SUNDAY DECEMBER 30, 2018
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)
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
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
HYMN #251 Go Tell It On the Mountain
Go Now in Peace by Don Besig
Fantasia super „Vom Himmel hoch’’ by Johann Pachelbel