Worship Bulletin for December 30, 2018

SUNDAY DECEMBER 30, 2018

GREETING

PRELUDE Trio super „Vom Him­mel hoch’’ by Johann Pachel­bel (Choral­bear­beitung J S Bach)

A time to reflect and pre­pare to hear God while altar can­dles are lit

CONGREGATIONAL INTROIT #228 He Is Born (verse 3 only)

LIGHTING THE ADVENT CANDLES

Tina Holz and her daugh­ters, Desiree and Sum­mer

A mir­a­cle hap­pened in a sta­ble in Beth­le­hem. It seemed like an ordi­nary event — just a son born to a peas­ant cou­ple. But it was an extra­or­di­nary event. Angels announced it. God had sent his Son into the world.

On the first Sun­day of Advent, we lit the can­dle of light and hope. The sec­ond can­dle sym­bol­ized God’s pres­ence and near­ness to us. The third Sun­day, the can­dle remind­ed us that Jesus came to all peo­ple every­where. The fourth can­dle remind­ed us that believ­ing in Jesus means shar­ing with oth­ers. Today we light the Christ can­dle. Christ­mas is here. We cel­e­brate with great and won­drous thanks, our Savior’s birth! Mer­ry Christ­mas!

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader:  When Jesus is born to Mary and Joseph,

All:      God is there.

Leader:  When Jesus is pre­sent­ed at the tem­ple,

All:      God is there.

Leader:  When Jesus is found in the tem­ple teach­ing,

All:      God is there.

Leader:  This very morn­ing,

All:      God is here.

Leader:  In the future we can not see,

All:      God will be there.

All:      Let us wor­ship God.

HYMN #218 It Came Upon a Mid­night Clear

PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST

FELLOWSHIP CHORUS #204

Emmanuel, Emmanuel His name is called Emmanuel.
God with us, revealed in us, His name is called Emmanuel.

CONGREGATIONAL CALL TO PRAYER

 #217 Away in a Manger (verse 3 only)

CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER

Dear God, You made the earth on which we stand, the air of which we breathe, and the beau­ty in the sky we stand beneath. How vast is your cre­ativ­i­ty, how immea­sur­able is the del­i­cate bal­ance and detail in cre­ation. And yet you chase after us, like a shep­herd watch­es sheep, you know us by name and pour out grace through your redeem­ing love. Father, you long for us to recog­nise your imprint on all we see, to take hold of free­dom from the prison of our human­i­ty, and to be redeemed to walk again with you. Amen.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

SILENT PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER

GIFT OF MUSIC

Do You Hear What I Hear?, arranged by Har­ry Sime­one

Chloe & Kei­th Miller, soloists

OFFERTORY

Vom Him­mel hoch, da komm ich her BWV 700, by J S Bach

PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS

O come let us adore Him, O come, let us adore him! O Come, let us adore him, Christ, the Lord! For he alone is wor­thy, for he alone is wor­thy. For he alone is wor­thy, Christ, the Lord!

WRITTEN WORD Luke 2:41–52

Now every year his par­ents went to Jerusalem for the fes­ti­val of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usu­al for the fes­ti­val. When the fes­ti­val was end­ed and they start­ed to return, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his par­ents did not know it. Assum­ing that he was in the group of trav­el­ers, they went a day’s jour­ney. Then they start­ed to look for him among their rel­a­tives and friends. When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for him. After three days they found him in the tem­ple, sit­ting among the teach­ers, lis­ten­ing to them and ask­ing them ques­tions. And all who heard him were amazed at his under­stand­ing and his answers. When his par­ents saw him they were aston­ished; and his moth­er said to him, “Child, why have you treat­ed us like this? Look, your father and I have been search­ing for you in great anx­i­ety.” He said to them, “Why were you search­ing for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” But they did not under­stand what he said to them. Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obe­di­ent to them. His moth­er trea­sured all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wis­dom and in years, and in divine and human favor.

   One: The Word of God for the peo­ple of God

   All:    Thanks be to God

QUESTIONS OF LIFE & FAITH

   • Where do you go when you want to be lost?

   • Are you about God’s work?

   • Do you take time to lis­ten for God and His spir­it?

HYMN #216 Lo, How a Rose Ere Bloom­ing

MESSAGE Pre­sent­ed by Kay Phillips

PASTORAL PRAYER

HYMN #251 Go Tell It On the Moun­tain

BLESSING

SENDING

Go Now in Peace by Don Besig

POSTLUDE

Fan­ta­sia super „Vom Him­mel hoch’’ by Johann Pachel­bel