SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2019
PRELUDE Canon D‑dur — Johann Pachelbel
CONGREGATIONAL INTROIT #228
He Is Born (refrain, verse 3 only, refrain)
CALL TO WORSHIP (Psalm 148)
One: Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens; praise him in the heights!
People: Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his host!
One: Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars!
People: Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens!
One: Let them praise the name of the LORD, for he commanded and they were created.
People: Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his glory is above earth and heaven.
One: He has raised up a horn for his people, praise for all his faithful, for the people of Israel who are close to him.
All: Praise the LORD!
CONGREGATIONAL CALL TO PRAYER #217 (verse 3)
Away in a Manger
God of glory, your splendor shines from a manger in Bethlehem, where the Light of the world is humbly born into the darkness of human night. Open our eyes to Christ’s presence in the shadows of our world, so that we, like him, may become beacons of your justice, and defenders of all for whom there is no room. Bless all those who are, through no fault of their own, forced to flee their homes and take, along with family, only that which they can carry and seek a safer place to live. Remind us of our Saviour who, as a child, was also a refugee, finding shelter in a foreign land, and give us hearts and hands willing to reach out and help our brothers and sisters within your worldwide family. Amen.
HYMN # 221 In the Bleak Midwinter
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
SPECIAL MUSIC Here With Us
by Joy Williams, Ben Glover, Jason Ingraham Sharon Hartman, alto
HYMN # 254 We Three Kings
OFFERING Pastorale (Christmas Concerto) — Arcangelo Corelli
PRESENTING OUR GIFTS
PASSING THE PEACE
SCRIPTURE READING Matthew 2:13–23
When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.” When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:
“A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.” After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child’s life are dead.” So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee, and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets, that he would be called a Nazarene.
QUESTIONS OF FAITH OF LIFE
• How do you think Mary and Joseph felt about hearing the news that they needed to leave their home and go to another country?
• Do you believe Joseph, Mary, and Jesus were refugees?
• Have you or anyone you know ever had to flee a situation?
• Have you ever needed refuge? Would you welcome someone seeking refuge?
• Have you and or any of your friends or neighbors ever been a refugee?
MESSAGE Seeking Refuge Judy Lieber-Butler
HYMN # 89 Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
BENEDICTION RESPONSE Go Now In Peace by Don Besig
Go now in peace. Never be afraid. God will go with you each hour of every day. Go now in faith, steadfast, strong and true. Know He will guide you in all you do. Go now in love, and show you believe. Reach out to others so all the world can see. God will be there watching from above. Go now in peace, in faith, and in love.
Blessing and Sending
POSTLUDE Allabreve D‑dur BWV 589 — J S Bach