Sunday, December 31, 2017

First Sunday after Christmas

Morning Worship at 11:00 a.m.

*Please Stand, As You Are Able

Prelude – Paisde Naomh (trad. Gaelic)

Words of Welcome and Announcements

Choral Introit – How Great Our Joy (trad. German, arr. Hugo Juengst)                           Choir

How great our joy!  Praise we the Lord in Heaven on high!

Time of Morning Prayer

Prayer Song – Infant Holy, Infant Lowly (verse 1) Hymnal 229

1. Infant holy, infant lowly, for his bed a cattle stall; oxen lowing, little knowing, Christ the babe is Lord of all. Swift are winging angels singing, noels ringing, tidings bringing: Christ the babe is Lord of all.

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.

F
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 kin-dom 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 Song – Infant Holy, Infant Lowly (verse 2) Hymnal 229

2. Flocks were sleeping, shepherds keeping vigil till the morning new saw the glory, heard the story, tidings of a gospel true. Thus rejoicing, free from sorrow, praises voicing, greet the morrow: Christ the babe was born for you.

* Call to Worship  – Psalm 148 (without musical response) Hymnal  pp. 861-862

L: (1)     Praise the Lord!

L:     Praise the Lord from the heavens,

L:     Praise the Lord, in the heights!

ALL:     (2)     Praise the Lord, all his angels,

ALL:     Praise the Lord, all his hosts!

L: (3)     Praise the Lord, sun and moon,

L:     Praise the Lord, all shining stars!

ALL:     (4)     Praise the Lord, highest heavens,

ALL:     And all waters above the heavens!

L: (5)     Let them praise the name of the Lord,

L:     Who commanded and they were created,

ALL:     (6)     Who established them for ever and ever,

ALL:     And fixed their bounds which cannot be passed.

L: (7)     Praise the Lord from the earth,

L:     Sea monsters and all deeps,

ALL:     (8)     Fire and hail, snow and smoke,

ALL:     Stormy wind fulfilling God’s command!

L: (9)     Mountains and all hills,

L:     Fruit trees and all cedars!

ALL:     (10)     Beasts and all cattle,

ALL:     Creeping things and flying birds!

L: (11)     Kings of the earth and all peoples,

L:     Princes and all rulers of the earth!

ALL:     (12)     Young men and maidens together,

ALL:     Old men and children!

L: (13)     Let them praise the name of the Lord,

L:     Whose name alone is exalted,

L:     Whose glory is above earth and heaven.

ALL:     (14)     God has raised up a horn for his people,

ALL:     Praise for all his faithful ones,

ALL:     For the people of Israel who are near their God.

ALL:     Praise the Lord!

* SongAngels from the Realms of Glory Hymnal 220

1. Angels from the realms of glory, wing your flight o’er all the earth; ye who sang creation’s story now proclaim Messiah’s birth: Come and worship, come and worship, worship Christ, the newborn King.

2. Shepherds, in the field abiding, watching o’er your flocks by night, God with us is now residing; yonder shines the infant light: Come and worship, come and worship, worship Christ, the newborn King.

3. Sages, leave your contemplations, brighter visions beam afar; seek the great Desire of nations; ye have seen his natal star: Come and worship, come and worship, worship Christ, the newborn King.

4. Saints, before the altar bending, watching long in hope and fear; suddenly the Lord, descending, in his temple shall appear: Come and worship, come and worship, worship Christ, the newborn King.

Pastor’s Time with Young Disciples Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring

Special Music Song of Simeon (Lloyd Larson) Choir

Sovereign and holy God, Author of creation,
You have fulfilled Your promise for my eyes have seen Your salvation.
This Child, conceived in Your heart of love,
Sent to redeem us from Heaven above.
Now Your servant goes in peace:
May Your love and hope in this world increase…
 

Glory be to God on high! All hail the King Whom we adore.
Emmanuel, God with us dwells: sing praise for ever more!

Scripture Reading –                                                                                             Luke 2:22-40

When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord”), and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying,

“Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace,
according to your word;
for my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles
and for glory to your people Israel.”

And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day. At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.

When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.

SongOnce in Royal David’s City Hymnal 250

1. Once in royal David’s city stood a lowly cattle shed, where a mother laid her baby in a manger for his bed; Mary, loving mother mild, Jesus Christ, her little child.

2. He came down to earth from heaven who is God and Lord of all, and his shelter was a stable, and his cradle was a stall. With the poor, the scorned, the lowly lived on earth our Savior holy.

3. Jesus is our childhood’s pattern; day by day, like us he grew; he was little, weak, and helpless, tears and smiles like us he knew; and he feeleth for our sadness, and he shareth in our gladness.

4. And our eyes at last shall see him, through his own redeeming love; for that child so dear and gentle is our Lord in heaven above; and he leads his children on to the place where he is gone.

Sermon and Song – “Celebrate All Twelve Days”                          Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring

* Song – The Twelve Days of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
A partridge in a pear tree 

On the second day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Two turtledoves
And a partridge in a pear tree

On the third day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Three French hens
Two turtledoves
And a partridge in a pear tree

On the fourth day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Four calling birds
Three French hens
Two turtledoves
And a partridge in a pear tree

On the fifth day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Five golden rings
Four calling birds
Three French hens
Two turtledoves
And a partridge in a pear tree

On the sixth day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Six geese a laying
Five golden rings
Four calling birds
Three French hens
Two turtledoves
And a partridge in a pear tree

On the seventh day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Seven swans a swimming
Six geese a laying
Five golden rings
Four calling birds
Three French hens
Two turtledoves
And a partridge in a pear tree

On the eighth day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Eight maids a milking
Seven swans a swimming
Six geese a laying
Five golden rings
Four calling birds
Three French hens
Two turtledoves
And a partridge in a pear tree

On the ninth day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Nine ladies dancing
Eight maids a milking
Seven swans a swimming
Six geese a laying
Five golden rings
Four calling birds
Three French hens
Two turtledoves
And a partridge in a pear tree

On the tenth day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Ten lords a leaping
Nine ladies dancing
Eight maids a milking
Seven swans a swimming
Six geese a laying
Five golden rings
Four calling birds
Three French hens
Two turtledoves
And a partridge in a pear tree

On the eleventh of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Eleven drummers drumming
Ten lords a leaping
Nine ladies dancing
Eight maids a milking
Seven swans a swimming
Six geese a laying
Five golden rings
Four calling birds
Three French hens
Two turtledoves
And a partridge in a pear tree

On the twelfth day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Twelve pipers piping
Eleven drummers drumming
Ten lords a leaping
Nine ladies dancing
Eight maids a milking
Seven swans a swimming
Six geese a laying
Five golden rings
Four calling birds
Three French hens
Two turtledoves
And a partridge in a pear tree
And a partridge in a pear tree

Glorifying God with our Gifts and Offerings

Invitation to Share in God’s Kingdom Work

Offertory – New Year Carol (Benjamin Britten)                                                            Choir

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 the gold upon her toe
Open you the west door,
And let the old year go.

Sing reign of Fair maid
With the gold upon her chin
Open you the east door,
And let the new year in..

Prayer of Dedication –

Giver of the best gift,

We thank you for the gift of our Savior.
We pray that as we release these monetary gifts in honor of your birth,
that you will bless and use them along with our God-given gifts and talents,
to carry the news of Christ’s birth to all the world,
that everyone would know your love and forgiveness.   Amen.

*   Song to Present the Offering – Go, Tell It on the Mountain 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.

Going Out to Celebrate Christ’s Birth Canticle of Simeon Hymnal 225

ALL:  Lord, now let your servant go in peace;

ALL:  Your word has been fulfilled:

ALL:  My own eyes have seen the salvation

ALL:  Which you have prepared in the presence of all people,

ALL:  A light to reveal you to the nations

ALL:  And the glory of your people Israel.

* Choral Response – Gaudete! (Arr. Prior and Kemp)                                                         Choir

Rejoice! Christ is born of the Virgin Mary. Rejoice!

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Postlude – Jubilate (Norman)

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