Sunday January 1, 2017

First Sunday of Christmas
Morning Worship at 11 o’Clock

I love to tell the story of unseen things above, of Jesus and his glory, of Jesus and his love.  I love to tell the story, because I know ‘tis true; it satisfies my longings as nothing else can do.  I love to tell the story, ‘twill be my theme in glory, to tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love.

-Katherine Hankey, ca 1868

The Church Gathers

Organ Prelude “Marye’s Blessing”     Medieval English

Words of Welcome and Announcements (by the minister)

†   Choral Introit “Come and Worship”   Henry T. Smart

Come and worship Christ, the newborn King.

† Call to Worship

Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations
From everlasting to everlasting, you are God.

† Hymn “The First Noel” No. 245

The first Noel the angel did say was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay;
in fields where they lay keeping their sheep, on a cold winter’s night that was so deep.

Refrain: Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, born is the King of Israel.

They looked up and saw a star shining in the east, beyond them far;
and to the earth it gave great light,  and so it continued both day and night. (Refrain)

And by the light of that same star three Wise Men came from country far;
to seek for a king was their intent, and to follow the star wherever it went. (Refrain)

This star drew nigh to the northwest, o’er Bethlehem it took its rest;
and there it did both stop and stay, right over the place where Jesus lay. (Refrain)

Then entered in those Wise Men three, full reverently upon the knee,
and offered there, in his presence, gold and myrrh and frankincense. (Refrain)

Morning Prayer (unison)

Creative God, you make all things new in heaven and on earth.  We come to you in a new year with new desires and old fears, new decisions and old controversies, new dreams and old weaknesses.

Because you are a God of hope, we know that you create all the possibilities of the future.

Because you are a God of love, we know that you accept all the mistakes of the past.

Because you are the God of our faith, we enter your gates with thanksgiving and praise, we come into your presence with gladness and a joyful noise, and we serve and bless you.  Amen. M. Tirabassi, 20th

To Hear the Word

From the Epistles Hebrews 2:10-18

It was fitting that God, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For the one who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father. For this reason Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters, saying, “I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters, in the midst of the congregation I will praise you.” And again, “I will put my trust in him.” And again, “Here am I and the children whom God has given me.”

Since, therefore, the children share flesh and blood, he himself likewise shared the same things, so that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by the fear of death. For it is clear that he did not come to help angels, but the descendants of Abraham. Therefore he had to become like his brothers and sisters in every respect, so that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make a sacrifice of atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.

Anthem “Baby Born in Bethlehem” Victor Johnson

Run to the manger;
There’s a Baby born in Bethlehem.

See amid the winter snow:
Baby born in Bethlehem.
Born for us on earth below:
Baby born in Bethlehem.

Wise men traveled from afar;
Baby born in Bethlehem.
They were guided by a star;
Baby born in Bethlehem.

Go, tell it on the mountain,
Over the hills and everywhere;
Oh, come, tell it on the mountain:
There’s a Baby born in Bethlehem.

From the Gospel Matthew 2:13-23

Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet, “Out of Egypt I have called my son.”                  (continued) When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had learned from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what had been spoken through the prophet Jeremiah: “A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no more.”

When Herod died, an angel of the Lord suddenly 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 seeking the child’s life are dead.” Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother, and went to the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And after being warned in a dream, he went away to the district of Galilee. There he made his home in a town called Nazareth, so that what had been spoken through the prophets might be fulfilled, “He will be called a Nazorean.”

Sermon “Recount the gracious deeds of the Lord” Rev. Travis Knoll

Isaiah 63:7-9 I will recount the gracious deeds of the Lord, the praiseworthy acts of the Lord, because of all that the Lord has done for us, and the great favor to the house of Israel that he has shown them according to his mercy, according to the abundance of his steadfast love. For he said, “Surely they are my people, children who will not deal falsely”; & he became their savior in all their distress. It was no messenger or angel but his presence that saved them; in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; he lifted them up & carried them all the days of old.

To Respond in Faith

† Hymn “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” No. 240

Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the new born King,
peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!”
Joyful, all ye nations rise, join the triumph of the skies;
with th’ angelic host proclaim, “Christ is born in Bethlehem!”
Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the new born King!”

Christ, by highest heaven adored; Christ, the everlasting Lord;
late in time behold him come, offspring of a virgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; hail th’ incarnate Deity,
pleased with us in flesh to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel.
Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the new born King!”

Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace! Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings, risen with healing in his wings.
Mild he lays his glory by, born that we no more may die,
born to raise us from the earth, born to give us second birth.
Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the new born King!”

The Collection of Tithes and Offerings

Offertory “New Year Carol” Benjamin Britten

Here we bring new water from the well so clear,
For to worship God with, this happy New Year.
Sing levy-dew, sing levy-dew, the water and the wine,
The seven bright gold wires and the bugles that do shine.
Sing reign of Fair Maid, with gold upon her toe;
Open you the West Door and turn the Old Year go.
Sing reign of Fair Maid, with gold upon her chin;
Open you the East Door and let the New Year in.

† Presentation of Tithes and Offerings (unison) No. 99

To God be the glory, to God be the glory, to God be the glory for the things he hath done.
With his blood he has saved me; with his power he has raised me; to God be the glory for the things he hath done.

Pastoral Prayer

To Receive the Sacrament

The Invitation

Prayer of Confession and Pardon No. 8

(unison) Merciful God, we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart.  We have failed to be an obedient church.  We have not done your will, we have broken your law, we have not loved our neighbors, and we have not heard the cry of the needy.  Forgive us, we pray.  Free us for joyful obedience, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

All pray in silence

(leader) Hear the good news: Christ died for us while we were yet sinners; that proves God’s love toward us.  In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!

(unison to leader) In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!

(unison) Glory to God.  Amen.

Please stand.

The Great Thanksgiving (with Musical  Setting B: pp. 18-20)

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is good to give our thanks and praise.

(pastor prays, concluding) And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

(sung, leader calls and congregation echoes one line at a time)
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might. Heaven and earth are full of your glory Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna, in the highest

(pastor prays, concluding:) And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith.
(sung, call and echo) Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again!

(pastor prays, concluding:) All honor and glory is yours, almighty God, now and forever.
(sung, call and echo) Amen  Amen Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer (unison)

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 who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Please be seated.

Breaking the Bread

Giving the Bread and Cup

Prayer Following the Receiving of the Sacrament (unison)

Eternal God, we give thanks to you for this holy mystery in which you have given yourself to us. Grant that we may go into the world in the strength of your spirit, to give ourselves for others, in the name of Jesus Christ our lord, Amen.

And Scatters to Be the Church in the World

† Hymn “Love Came Down at Christmas” No. 242

Love came down at Christmas, Love all lovely, love divine,
Love was born at Christmas, Star and angels gave the sign.

Worship we the Godhead, Love incarnate, love divine,
Worship we our Jesus, But wherewith for sacred sign?

Love shall be our token, Love shall be yours and love be mine,
Love to God and all men(*), Love for plea and gift and sign.

† Dismissal with Blessing

Go, to recount the gracious and glorious deeds of the Lord.
We go now, to be God’s people.

† Choral Response “May God Grant You a Blessing” Trad. Swahili

May God grant you a blessing evermore.

† Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

† Organ Postlude “Carillon” Moutier


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