Bulletin for January 1, 2017

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

GREETING

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.

OPENING PRAYER

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.