Sunday December 25, 2016

Christmas Day: Festival of the Nativity of Our Lord
Morning Worship at 10 o’Clock

Christmas Day declares that he dwelt among us. . . . This is the festival which makes us know, indeed, that we are members of one body; it binds together the life of Christ on earth with his life in heaven; it assures us that Christmas day belongs not to time but to eternity.

-Frederick Denison Maurice (1803-1872) English theologian and writer

The Church Gathers

Organ Prelude

Words of  Welcome and Announcements (by the minister)

†   Call to Worship (responsive)

Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon His shoulder;
and his name shall be called Wonderful.
Sing unto the Lord a new song,
for God has done marvelous things.

† Opening Hymn “Angels We Have Heard on High” No. 238

Angels we have heard on high
sweetly singing o’er the plains,
and the mountains in reply
echoing their joyous strains.

Refrain:

Gloria, gloria, gloria, gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, gloria, gloria, gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Shepherds, why this jubilee? Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be which inspire your heavenly song? (Refrain)

Come to Bethlehem and see Christ whose birth the angels sing,
come, adore on bended knee, Christ the Lord, the newborn King. (Refrain)

See him in a manger laid, whom the choirs of angels praise,
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid, while our hearts in love we raise. (Refrain)

Prayer for Christmas Day (unison)

GOD, you make us glad with the yearly remembrance of the birth of your only Son Jesus Christ; grant that as we joyfully receive Him for our Redeemer, so we may with sure confidence behold Him, when He shall come to be our Judge, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit ever one God, forever and ever.  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.

A Time of Congregational Carols Rev. Travis Knoll

Request a carol you would like to sing.
Guidelines: Choose from the Christmas section of Hymnal No. 216-251.
We will sing only 2 verses so as to have as many as time allows.

To Hear the Word

The Christmas Story in Scripture Luke 2: 1-20 Authorized Version (King James)

Sermon “Christmas Day in the Morning” Rev. Emora Brannan

To Respond in Faith

The Collection of Tithes and Offerings

Presentation 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 to all men,
Love for plea and gift and sign.

† 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.

To Receive the Sacrament

The Invitation

Service of Word and Table IV No. 27-31

Including the following sections: please see Hymnal for details:
Great Thanksgiving
Prayer
Breaking the Bread
Prayer of Humble Access
Giving of Bread and Cup

And Scatters to Be the Church in the World

† Hymn “Joy to the World” No. 246

Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
let every heart prepare him room,
and heaven and nature sing. (x3)

Joy to the world, the Savior reigns!
Let all their songs employ;
while fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
repeat the sounding joy. (x3)

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
nor thorns infest the ground;
he comes to make his blessings flow
far as the curse is found.(x3)

He rules the world with truth and grace,
and makes the nations prove
the glories of his righteousness,
and wonders of his love. (x3)

† The Three-Fold Christmas Blessing (responsive)

May the Father,
who has loved the eternal Son
from before the foundation of the world,
shed that love upon you his children.
Amen.
May Christ,
who by his incarnation gathered into one
things earthly and heavenly,
fill you with joy and peace.
Amen.
May the Holy Spirit,
by whose overshadowing Mary became the God-bearer,
give you grace to carry the good news of Christ.
Amen.
And the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.
Amen.

† Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

(Replica cast in 1984 of the Bell of Cokesbury College, founded at the Christmas Conference held at Lovely Lane in 1784, the original is in Museum downstairs)

† Organ Postlude

Merry Christmas!

 

 

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