Worship Bulletin for December 29, 2019

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2019

GREETING

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

CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER

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

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