Sunday, July 23, 2017

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost/Christmas in July

Morning Worship at 10:00 a.m.

O come let us adore Christ the Lord!


*Please Stand, As You Are Able


Words of Welcome and Announcements Lay Leader, John Strawbridge

* Introit

As we gather, may Your Spirit work within us; as we gather, may we glorify Your name, knowing well that as our hearts begin to worship, we’ll be blessed because we came.

* Call to Worship

Leader:     A child has been born for us.

People:     God’s son has been given to us.

Pastor:     His name is Emmanuel,

People: Emmanuel!  God with us!

Leader:     Come let us adore the gift given long ago,


* Song – O Come All Ye Faithful (Verses 1,2, and 3) Hymnal 234

1. O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant, O come ye, O come ye, to Bethlehem. Come and behold him, born the King of angels; O come, let us adore him, O Come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.

2. True God of true God, Light from Light Eternal, lo, he shuns not the Virgin’s womb; Glory to God, Son of the Father, begotten, not created; O come, let us adore him, O Come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.

3. Sing, choir of angels, sing in exultation; O sing, all ye citizens of heaven above! Glory to God, all glory in the highest; O come, let us adore him, O Come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.

Time of Morning Prayer

Pastor:      The Lord be with you.

People:     And also with you

Pastor:      Let us pray as we sing

Prayer SongO Little Town of Bethlehem (Verse 1 and 2) Hymnal 230

1. O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie; above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by. Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting light; the hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.

2. For Christ is born of Mary, and gathered all above, while mortals sleep, the angels keep their watch of wondering love. O morning stars together, proclaim the holy birth, and praises sing to God the King, and peace to all on earth!

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer(You may pray either version printed below or another that you know.)

Methodist Version
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.

or thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.  Amen.
Modern Ecumenical Version
Our God in heaven:
your holy name be honored,
your kingdom come, your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from the evil one.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory
are yours now and always.  Amen.

Prayer SongO Little Town of Bethlehem (Verses 3 and 4) Hymnal 230

3. How silently, how silently, the wondrous gift is given; so God imparts to human hearts the blessings of his heaven. No ear may hear his coming, but in this world of sin, where meek souls will receive him, still the dear Christ enters in.

4. O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray; cast out our sin, and enter in, be born in us today. We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell; O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel!

Scripture Lessons

From the Hebrew Scripture                                                                       Isaiah 9:2-6

The people who walked in darkness

have seen a great light;

those who lived in a land of deep darkness—

on them light has shined.

You have multiplied the nation,

you have increased its joy;

they rejoice before you

as with joy at the harvest,

as people exult when dividing plunder.

For the yoke of their burden,

and the bar across their shoulders,

the rod of their oppressor,

you have broken as on the day of Midian.

For all the boots of the tramping warriors

and all the garments rolled in blood

shall be burned as fuel for the fire.

For a child has been born for us,

a son given to us;

authority rests upon his shoulders;

and he is named

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

From the New Testament                                                                          John 1:1-14

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.

Reader:  This is the Word of God for the people of God.

People:  Thanks be to God.

Musical Selection


I fear not the days ahead, I know the Lord is in my soul.

I rejoice in Gabriel’s word,

And I am blessed by all I’ve heard.

My soul shall magnify the Lord.

He will be God’s only Son,

Lord and Savior, heavenly One.


I feat not what lies ahead, for Mary is God’s chosen one.

Just as angels did foretell,

This child shall be Emmanuel!

Sermon – “Christmas 365”                                                        Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring

* Song of Response – Joy to the World Hymnal 246

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

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

3. 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, far as the curse is found, far as, far as the curse is found.

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

* Affirmation of Faith – The Nicene Creed Hymnal 880

ALL:     We believe in one God,

ALL:     The Father, the Almighty,

ALL:     Maker of heaven and earth,

ALL:     Of all that is, seen and unseen.

ALL:     We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

ALL:     The only Son of God,

ALL:     Eternally begotten of the Father,

ALL:     God from God, Light from Light,

ALL:     True God from true God,

ALL:     Begotten, not made,

ALL:     Of one Being with the Father;

ALL:     Through him all things were made.

ALL:     For us and for our salvation

ALL:     He came down from heaven,

ALL:     Was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary

ALL:     And became truly human.

ALL:     For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

ALL:     He suffered death and was buried.

ALL:     On the third day he rose again

ALL:     In accordance with the Scriptures;

ALL:     He ascended into heaven

ALL:     And is seated at the right hand of the Father.

ALL:     He will come again in glory

ALL:     To judge the living and the dead,

ALL:     And his kingdom will have no end.

ALL:     We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

ALL:     Who proceeds from the Father and the Son,

ALL:     Who with the Father and the Son

ALL:     Is worshiped and glorified,

ALL:     Who has spoken through the prophets.

ALL:     We believe in the one holy [catholic]* and apostolic church.

ALL:     We acknowledge one baptism

ALL:     For the forgiveness of sins.

ALL:     We look for the resurrection of the dead,

ALL:     And the life of the world to come. Amen.

Pastor’s Time with Young Disciples

Glorifying God with our Gifts and Offerings

Invitation to Share in God’s Kingdom Work

Music to receive the offering

Prayer of Dedication

Lord God,
We thank you for the gift of Jesus, our Savior.
The birth that took place long ago in a manger was the greatest gift ever given.
In honor of your great gift we give our treasures
like the three visitors from the east.
As you received their gifts please receive our treasures and use them and us,
that the gift of Emmanuel, God with us,
will be known and celebrated by more people each Christmas,
until the day of Christ’s return.  Amen.

* Presenting our GiftsIn the Bleak Midwinter Hymnal 221

1. In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan, earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow, in the bleak mid-winter, long ago.

2. Our God, heaven cannot hold him, nor earth sustain; heaven and earth shall flee away when he comes to reign. In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed the Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.

3. Angels and archangels may have gathered there, cherubim and seraphim thronged the air; but his mother only, in her maiden bliss, worshiped the beloved with a kiss.

4. What can I give him, poor as I am? If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb; if I were a Wise Man, I would do my part; yet what I can I give him: give my heart.


* Benediction

Leader:           Retailers and media proclaim “Christmas in July,
but we proclaim Christ 365.

Pastor:           May God who gave the gift of Christ
May Jesus who always is the gift;
And may the Spirit which allows us to share the gift,
be with you 365 days a year..

All People:     We go rejoicing that Christ is born to save!.

Congregational Response – Good Christian Friends Rejoice Hymnal 224

1. Good Christian friends, rejoice with heart and soul and voice; give ye heed to what we say: News, news! Jesus Christ is born today! Ox and ass before him bow, and he is in the manger now. Christ is born today, Christ is born today!

2. Good Christian friends, rejoice with heart and soul and voice; now ye hear of endless bliss: News, news! Jesus Christ was born for this! He hath opened heaven’s door, and yet are blest forevermore. Christ was born for this, Christ was born for this!

3. Good Christian friends, rejoice with heart and soul and voice; now ye need not fear the grave: News, news! Jesus Christ was born to save! Calls you one and calls you all to gain his everlasting hall. Christ was born to save, Christ was born to save!

Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell


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