Sunday, December 30, 2018

1st Sunday of Christmastide

Organ PreludeNox noctium (Sequence)

Words of Welcome and Announcements Rev. Debbie Scott

Choral IntroitCome And Worship (Henry Smart)

Come and worship! Come and worship! Worship Christ, the newborn King!

* Call to Worship

L: And so we begin again. . . the Christ is a child, small and helpless. . . carried, entrusted to human hands.
All: And in the temple, old Simeon and the prophet Anna wait and watch.
L: He comes to them wrapped and tightly held, God’s life burning in his baby black eyes.
Men: Simeon looks into the face of God and cries, “I’ve seen your salvation!”
Women: Anna holds God s future in her arms and cries out in praise.
L: And the weary folk around them take another look at the baby Jesus and begin to wonder…
All: Is this the One?
Men: Is this the face of hope?
Women: How will those little hands change our world?
L: What will he do when he grows up?
Women: Who will he be?
Men: Is he the One?
All: Have I seen God’s salvation?

* Opening HymnGood Christian Friends Rejoice UMH 224

Prayer of Invocation (All)

Spirit of Life, as we approach the New Year, help us to live into hope, to anticipate Your coming into our world and lives in a new way. May we be prepared to work for justice in this new year, to be in solidarity with the oppressed and the marginalized. May we be ready to see You at work in the world around us and to participate fully in Your reign here on earth as it is in heaven. May we seek to serve You, in all we say and do, as we look forward to this new year with hope, peace, joy, and love. Amen.

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

AnthemHear the Angels Singing (Larson)

Hear the angels singing joyful news to all the earth.
Tidings they are bringing of the Savior’s birth.
Noel! Noel! Sing far and near!
God’s own Son is born on earth;
God’s own Son is born so dear.
Lying in a manger in a humble cattle stall.
Kings and nations worship;
At his feet they fall.
Let us then by joyful! Christ has come to bear our pain,
Comfort us in sorrow, make us glad again!

Reading from the Old Testament – Samuel 2:18-21, 26                                         Denzel Enos, Liturgist

Call to Confession Denzel Enos, Liturgist

Before we put away the ornaments and put the tree out by the curb, before we toss the cards and wrapping paper into the recycling bin, before we store the movies and music back in the closet, let us confess how quickly we forget the true meaning of this holy season, as we offer our prayers to our God, saying,

Prayer of Confession (All)

How patient You are with us, Loving Creator, and how hard we find it to put up with the foolishness of others. In humility, You became one of us, and we keep wanting everything to be about us. You model a life of meekness in service to others, and we are convinced life is all about power and success. All creation sings of Your kindness, while we hurl angry words at those we say we care about the most.
Yet, rather than becoming frustrated with us, Joy of Christmas, You continue to forgive us. Clothe us with Your love, we pray, so we might be more compassionate towards others. Touch us with Your grace, so we might become more gentle people. Fill us with that peace which longs to reside in our hearts, even as we seek to continue our journey with the Child of Bethlehem, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

Silence is kept

Assurance of Pardon

In these moments, let God’s peace dwell in your hearts. For God gives us hope, gives us peace, and gives us new life in the forgiveness of God’s grace.
We will be thankful, for in receiving God’s forgiveness, we are enabled to live as faithful followers of Jesus Christ. Amen.

* Hymn of PreparationWhat Child Is This UMH 219

A Reading from the Gospel – Luke 2:41-52

Sermon – “They Grow Up Fast”                                                                                            Rev. Debbie Scott

Offering of Gifts and Tithes

OffertorySong of Simeon (Douglas Wagner)

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!

Presentation of Tithes and Offerings

* Presentation of OfferingPraise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow UMH 95

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below;
praise him above, yet heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

* Offering Prayer (All)

In the midst of the wrapping paper and ribbons, may we embrace others with your hope. In the piles and piles of stuff, may we minister to those who have so little. In the warmth of family and feasts, may we touch the lives of those who are lonely and feed those who are hungry. May our gifts bless others with the Gift of Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.

* Closing HymnGo Tell It on the Mountain UMH 251
* Benediction

L: The old year is nearly gone, and we give you thanks, O God. We thank you for courage in the tough times.
P: We thank you for joy in the good times.
L: We thank you for a challenge when the days are easy;
P: We thank you for endurance when the going was rough.
L: The new year comes close, and we have hope in our hearts. We hope for a strengthening of our faith community.
P: We hope for a deepening of our own faith.
L: We hope for a vision of truth and justice.
P: We hope for an end to poverty and powerlessness.
L: As you have blessed us in times past, O God, make us a blessing in the days that lie ahead.
ALL: Amen.

* Choral ResponseLet The Earth Now Praise The Lord (John Antes)

Let the earth now praise the Lord, Who has truly kept His word
And at last to us did send Christ, the sinner’s help and friend.

Organ PostludeExsultate (Norman)

On behalf of the entire staff, a prayer of thanks for each of you, and a wish for a healthy, happy and safe New Year.

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