Sunday, December 29, 2019

1st Sunday of Christmastide

Organ PreludeEx Maria natus est (Gregorian)

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge

Choral IntroitVenite Adoremus Dominum (Old French, arr. Moore)

Come, adore the Lord!

* Call to Worship

L: The heavens are bursting forth with God’s glory!
P: God’s mighty acts of power and love are sung by God’s angels!
L: From the darkness of our night, God has brought us salvation!
P: We have not been forgotten!
L: Thanks be to God who, in a little child, has again reminded us of God’s love.
P: Praise be to God who comes to save and lead us. AMEN.

* Opening HymnAngels From the Realms of Glory UMH 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.

Prayer of Invocation (All)

God of hope and light, your good news has been emblazoned across the skies, the great starry night of Jesus’ birth, sung by angels, celebrated by shepherds, witnessed by animals. You have given to us a new chance, a reminder of your continual love for us. Be with us in this worship, we pray. Guide our thoughts, our lives, our spirits. Heal and restore us. For we ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN.

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Children’s Moment

AnthemThe Angels’s Carol (Rutter)

Have you heard the sounds of the angel voices ringing out so sweetly, ringing out so clear?
Have you seen the star shining out so brightly as a sign from God that Christ the Lord is here?
Have you heard the news that they bring from heaven to the humble shepherds who have waited long?
Gloria in excelsis Deo! Gloria in excelsis Deo!
Hear the angels sing their joyful song.

He is come in peace in the winter’s stillness, like a gentle snowfall in the gentle night.
He is come in joy, like the sun at morning, filling all the world with radiance and with light.
He is come in love as the child of Mary.
In a simple stable we have seen his birth.
Gloria in excelsis Deo! Gloria in excelsis Deo!
Hear the angels singing ‘Peace on earth’.

He will bring new light.
He will bring new light to a world in darkness, like a bright star shining in the skies above.
He will bring new hope.
He will bring new hope to the waiting nations.
When he comes to reign in purity and love.
Let the earth rejoice.
Let the earth rejoice at the Saviour’s coming.
Let the heavens answer with the joyful morn: Gloria in excelsis Deo!
Gloria in excelsis Deo! ||: Hear the angels singing, ‘
Christ is born’.

Reading from the Old Testament – Isaiah 63:7-9    Elizabeth Brannan, Liturgist
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”;
and 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 and carried them all the days of old.

Call to Confession Elizabeth Brannan, Liturgist

L: In the carols, we are reminded the reason why God came to us in Jesus, so we might have life and share it with others. Let us confess how we have misused this great gift as we pray together,

Prayer for Confession (Unison)

You came as a baby into our world, forgive us for ignoring the children who are hungry and lost around us. You became weak for our sake, forgive us when we think power is the only way to live. You became poor to serve the world, forgive us for our obsession with wealth and material goods. You became one of us, so we might draw closer to you, God of Christmas mornings, so have mercy on us.

Comfort us, as you touch us with your steadfast love; strengthen us as you pour out your faithfulness on us; help us to sing the glad news of the coming of Jesus Christ our Lord, your Child, into our world.

Assurance of Pardon

L: In the silence of that first morning, grace took a breath, a tiny hand clutched love, the Light of life came into the world that we might be forgiven.
P: We join all around us in singing the glad songs of Christmas joy this morning and all the days to come. Amen.

* Hymn of PreparationIt Came Upon the Midnight Clear UMH 218

1. It came upon the midnight clear, that glorious song of old, from angels bending near the earth, to touch their harps of gold: “Peace on the earth, good will to men [all], from heaven’s all-gracious King.” The world in solemn stillness lay, to hear the angels sing.

2. Still through the cloven skies they come with peaceful wings unfurled, and still their heavenly music floats o’er all the weary world; above its sad and lowly plains, they bend on hovering wing, and ever o’er its Babel sounds the blessed angels sing.

3. And ye, beneath life’s crushing load, whose forms are bending low, who toil along the climbing way with painful steps and slow, look now! for glad and golden hours come swiftly on the wing. O rest beside the weary road, and hear the angels sing!

4. For lo! the days are hastening on, by prophet seen of old, when with the ever-circling years shall come the time foretold when peace shall over all the earth its ancient splendors fling, and the whole world send back the song which now the angels sing.

A Reading from the Gospel – Matthew 2:12-23

And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.

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.”

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 – “Things Change Quickly”   Rev. Debbie Scott

Offering of Gifts and Tithes

OffertoryA Maiden Most Gentle (Carter)

A maiden most gentle and tender we sing
Of Mary the mother of Jesus our King
Ave, Ave, Ave Maria.

How blest is the birth of her heavenly child
Who came to redeem us in Mary so mild
Ave, Ave, Ave Maria.

The archangel Gabriel foretold by his call
The Lord of creation and Saviour of all
Ave, Ave, Ave Maria.

Three kings came to worship with gifts rich and rare
And marveled in awe at the babe in her care
Ave, Ave, Ave Maria.

Rejoice and be glad at this Christmas we pray
Sing praise to the Savior sing end-lessly
Ave, Ave, Ave Maria. Ave, Ave, Ave, Ave Maria.

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 HymnAngels We Have Heard on High UMH 238

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

2. Shepherds, why this jubilee? Why your joyous strains prolong? What the gladsome tidings be which inspire your heavenly song? Gloria, in excelsis Deo! Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

3. Come to Bethlehem and see Christ whose birth the angels sing; come, adore on bended knee, Christ the Lord, the newborn King. Gloria, in excelsis Deo! Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

4. See him in a manger laid, whom the choirs of angels praise; Mary, Joseph, lend your aid, while our hearts in love we raise. Gloria, in excelsis Deo! Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

* 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 ResponseGo Tell It on The Mountain (Spiritual, Arr. Moore)

Go, tell it on the mountain, Over the hills and everywhere;
Go, tell it on the mountain, That Jesus Christ is born!

Organ PostludeIn Dulci Jubilo (Honegger)

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