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Sunday, December 25, 2016
PRELUDE Please be in silent reflection as we prepare ourselves for worship.
Fuga sopra Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her BWV 700 — Johann Sebastian Bach
THE CANDLES of CHRISTMAS: No. 2092 (FWS) Like a Child
One: Who will come to save us? Who will the Lord send to heal our wounds?
All: Will God send the mighty angelic host? Will God send a great warrior?
The first candle is lit: (vs. 1) Like a Child
One: But a child has no voice, no power, no influence. Why would God send a child?
All: A child cannot change the world. Why would God send a child?
The second candle is lit: vs. 2 of Like a Child
One: We need to pay attention to this child.
All: For in this child God and humanity meet. This child will reveal the heart and mind of God!
The third candle is lit: vs. 3 of Like a Child
One: A child needs to be loved and cared for.
All: It is easy to love a child; they do not pose any threat. God comes as a child so we can comprehend God’s desire to share our lives.
The fourth candle is lit: No. 217 Away In a Manger vs. 1 & 3
One: As a child needs our care, so does the gift of God’s Son
All: We must cherish the gift of faith and grace He gives by faithfully nourishing our faith so it shall grow strong and mature.
The fifth candle, the Christ Candle is lit: No. 229 Infant Holy, Infant Lowly
God of manger and star, you have wondrously revealed yourself in the Holy Child of Bethlehem. By faith we kneel beside the manger-throne, hoping that somehow He will be born in us here and now. For Jesus’ sake, grant that we may share in a new birth of faith. Teach us to recognize your presence in our daily lives, and lead us to reflect the
perfectness of love you revealed to the world in Jesus, your Son and our Savior and Leader.
HYMN No. 234 (vs. 1–3, & 6) O Come, All Ye Faithful
GIFT OF MUSIC While You Were Sleeping — Casting Crowns
Bethany Murphy accompanied by Daniel Murphy
THE WRITTEN WORD Hebrews 1. 1–9
HYMN No. 240 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
CHRISTMAS MESSAGE God Speaks! Are We Listening? Rev. Dr. Brian Homan
PASTORAL PRAYER and THE LORD’S PRAYER
OFFERING OUR GIFTS and OURSELVES TO GOD
In dulci jubilo BWV 751 - Johann Sebastian Bach (attrib)
*PRESENTING OUR GIFTS
*PASSING OF THE PEACE OF CHRIST
*FELLOWSHIP CHORUS Love Has Come!
Love has come and never will leave us! Love is life everlasting and free. Love is Jesus within and among us. Love is the peace our hearts are seeking. Love! Love! Love is the gift of Christmas. Love! Love! Love is my gift to you!
THE WRITTEN WORD Luke 2. 15–20
L: We need to reach out in love, aren’t we God’s children? How will others know God’s desire to love and walk with them in life unless we tell them and show them?
P: The child is the blessed gift that God sends, teaching us again about loving and caring.
L: Then let us go into the world that may observe Christmas without the Christ. Let us tell them and show them the gift of God’s love, a gift that extends beyond the season, into eternity
BENEDICTION SONG No. 242 Go, Tell It on the Mountain
POSTLUDE In dulci jubilo BuxWV 197 - Dietrich Buxtehude