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Sunday, January 1, 2017
PRELUDE Please be in silent reflection as we prepare ourselves for worship.
Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern BWV 739 — Johann Sebastian Bach
LIGHTING THE CANDLES OF ADVENT
The candles of Hope, of Love, of Joy, Peace and Jesus who fulfills all
CALL TO WORSHIP
L: The heavens are bursting forth with God’s glory!
P: God’s mighty acts of power and love are sung by God’s angels!
L: From the darkness of our night, God has brought us salvation!
P: We have not been forgotten!
L: Thanks be to God who, in a little child, has again reminded us of God’s love.
P: Praise be to God who comes to save and lead us. AMEN.
God of hope and light, your good news has been emblazoned across the skies, the great starry night of Jesus’ birth, sung by angels, celebrated by shepherds, witnessed by animals. You have given to us a new chance, a reminder of your continual love for us. Be with us in this worship, we pray. Guide our thoughts, our lives, our spirits. Heal and restore us. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN.
*HYMN No. 224 Good Christian Friends, Rejoice
CHILDREN’S TIME Why was Jesus born in a stable?
HYMN No. 227 The Friendly Beasts
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE and THE LORD’S PRAYER
OFFERING OUR GIFTS and OURSELVES TO GOD
Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern (2 settings) — Gaël Liardon
*PRESENTING OUR GIFTS No. 234 O Come, Let Us Adore Him
*PASSING 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 Matthew 2. 13–23
QUESTIONS OF LIFE and FAITH
How can you tell when a dream is from God or from your own desires or fears?
When have you felt threatened by Jesus’ claim of authority over your life?
How has God called you to move on with Him and how long does it take for you to say “yes?”
HYMN OF PREPARATION One Small Child
MEDITATION Our Dreams and the Guidance of God Rev. Dr. Brian Homan
A GIFT OF MUSIC I Wonder as I Wander Kathy and Brian Homan
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
We come to you this day, gracious Lord, exhausted from the activities of the season. It seems that we spend so much energy, time, and resources in preparation, and then when it is over, we collapse. We wonder what happened to the enthusiasm we had. Lord, forgive us for placing our energies in getting and gathering. Give us peace and strength to renew our commitment to you. Remind us to look around at the many ways in which we can be of service to you by serving others. Help us move forward in our compassion and not collapse in our witness. Heal us, merciful Lord. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
WORDS OF ASSURANCE
CELEBRATING THE LORD’S SUPPER
Holy Communion is open to all despite age or religious affiliation. Come forward as directed by the ushers through the center aisle and return to your seat by the side aisle. The rail is available for prayer after receiving Holy Communion. If you have mobility challenges, please inform an usher and we will be pleased to serve you where you are seated.
BENEDICTION (Hebrews 2, The Message)
*HYMN No. 242 Love Came Down at Christmas
POSTLUDE Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern — Johann Pachelbel
Please join us for continued fellowship over refreshments in Fellowship Hall.
Those desiring to receive Christ or to pray with the pastor are invited
to meet with him in the Prayer Room off of the Fellowship Hall.