Welcome to Liverpool First United Methodist Church
December 24, 2017 at 7 & 9 p.m.
PRELUDE Ding Dong! Merrily on High, Arr. by Joel Raney
(Lighting the altar candles)
CALL TO WORSHIP
One: In the midst of the darkness of this world and our lives
All: A light has been revealed and a hope given to those who would receive it.
One: The hope comes surprisingly as a vulnerable child, yet not an ordinary child.
All: For He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
One: As a child grows and matures so must God’s Child grow with us and fill the world with His light.
All: Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.
One: We celebrate tonight the Child who is the Light of the world.
All: We receive Him to live by His truth, to chase the darkness from our world and to build the Kingdom of our Lord.
One: We celebrate the victory that is already ours, for the zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish what we hope in Christ for.
ANTHEM An Antiphonal Noel — Joel Raney Chancel Choir
Wesley Bell Ringers & Alleluia Choir
In the cold and darkness of winter we are painfully aware of the struggles and brokenness of our world. We long for healing, for wholeness, but it remains an elusive dream we grow weary chasing after. We thank you, O God, that in due time you sent your Son following eons of preparation. We praise you that He came as our Savior to provide us hope when we thought there was none left. We celebrate His birth tonight to remind ourselves of your evolving plan and your promise of His return to complete what we are incapable of doing fully, that of righting the world. Renew our faded hope and fill us with renewed dreams so we might be strengthened in our perseverance to bear the light of Jesus where we live. Amen!
CAROL No. 234 (vs. 1, 3) O Come, All Ye Faithful
THE CANDLE OF ANTICIPATION Luke 1:26–38 The Revelation To Mary
(7:00) Mary Hoy, (9:00) Ron Peckham
THE GIFT OF MUSIC
(7:00) Alleluia for Christmas — Phil Cohen Alleluia Choir
(9:00) Mary Did You Know Jen Snyder & Chloe Miller
Mark Lowry & Buddy Green
THE CANDLE OF COMMITMENT Matthew 1. 18–25, The Revelation to Joseph
(7:00) Elizabeth & Miguel Patino, (9:00) Connie & Gary Schopfer
ANTHEM Christmas Bells are Ringing — Mark Hayes Chancel Choir
THE CANDLE OF CHALLENGE Luke 2:1–7, The Birth of the Savior
(7:00) Michael Parish, (9:00) Charles McChesney
CAROL No. 230 (vs. 1 & 3) O Little Town of Bethlehem
THE CANDLE OF HOPE Luke 2:8–12, The Revelation to the Shepherds
(7:00) Pastor Candace Lawrence, (9:00) Pastor Penny Hart
CAROL No. 245 (vs. 1 & 2) The First Noel
THE CANDLE OF PRAISE, THE CHRIST CANDLE Luke 2:13–16, The Glorification of Angels
(7:00) Darlene & Bill Patton, (9:00) Pastor Blessed Sikhosana & Birnie Bird
CAROL No. 238 (vs. 1 & 3) Angels We Have Heard on High
GIVING OUR GIFTS TO GOD Matthew 2:1–2, 11–12
OFFERTORY O Holy Night (Cantique de Noel) Nancy B. James
PRESENTING OUR GIFTS No. 234 (chorus) O Come Let Us Adore Him
CHRISTMAS MESSAGE Transforming the Scrooge in Us All Dr. Homan Hebrews 2. 1–4
Lord, oh how you love me! I can scarcely take in the thought that I mattered that much to You. By faith, I receive this most beautiful gift ever given to me. I look forward to awakening each day knowing that I am yours and uncovering the plan You have for my life. I pray that You help me to share Your gift with others, especially my family and friends, for there is no greater gift I can give than sharing the gift of Your love with others. Thank You for loving me, giving Your life for mine, and coming to live in my life! I love You, Lord! Amen
LIGHTING THE CANDLES OF CHRISTMAS
*BEARING THE LIGHT OF CHRIST No. 239 Silent Night
The person at the end of the pew will light his/her candle from the candlelighter and pass the light along. Please leave burning candles upright and tip only unlit candles.
TOLLING OF THE BELL (7:00) Kathy Nortman, (9:00) Michael Nortman
HYMN No. 246 Joy To The World
PRAYER OF BLESSING
POSTLUDE In dulci jubilo BWV 729 — J S Bach