Sunday, December 27, 2020

 

December 27, 2020

The First Sunday after Christmas

11:00 A.M.

 

 

Organ Prelude

 

Welcome & Announcements                                                              John Strawbridge

 

Choral Introit “He Is Born, the Holy Child” (arr. Young)

He is born, the holy Child,

Play the oboe and bagpipes merrily!

He is born, the holy Child,

Sing we all of the Savior mild.

Through long ages of the past,

Prophets have betold His coming;

Through long ages of the past,

Now the time has come at last!

 

Call to Worship

Like pilgrim shepherds we connect with one another this day.  Like children of royalty we have come together to celebrate the birth of true royalty.

Our Savior comes to us as a baby, wrapped in swaddling cloths. He lays aside his crown to dwell among us and share the joys and sorrows of our pilgrimage. He passes through the curtain around God’s love and, holding it aside invites us in.

Oh, the humanity of God, the divinity of God’s children!

What child is this? What love is this that seeks to share our burdens and lead us on in kindness towards a glory in which we see the world as you see it, Lord, sanctified, cleansed, and moving towards a healing so great we are almost afraid to hope in it?

 

Opening Hymn “What Child Is This”                                                 UMH 219

1. What child is this who, laid to rest, on Mary’s lap is sleeping?  Whom angels greet with anthems sweet while shepherds watch are keeping?  Refrain This, this is Christ the King, whom shepherds guard and angels sing; haste, haste to bring him laud, the babe, the son of Mary.

2. Why lies he in such mean estate where ox and ass are feeding? Good Christians, fear, for sinners here the silent Word is pleading.  Refrain

3. So bring him incense, gold, and myrrh, come peasant, king, to own him; the King of kings salvation brings, let loving hearts enthrone him.  Refrain

 

A Reading from Paul’s Letter to the Galatians 4:4-7                         NRSV

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children.  And because we are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a child but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.

The Word of God. . . .  Thanks be to God!

 

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

 

Choral Response “Love Came Down at Christmas”    Vs. 1 & 3  UMH 242

Love came down at Christmas, Love all lovely, Love divine Love was born at Christmas; star and angels gave the sign.

Love shall be our token; love be yours and love be mine; Love to God and all men, love for plea and gift and sign.

 

The Gospel Lesson                                                                               Luke 2:21-40  NRSV

After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

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 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 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 revelations to thee Gentiles and the glory of 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 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.

The Word of God for the People of God.          Thanks be to God!

 

Sermon    “The General and the Particular in Christmas”                      Rev. Dr. Emora T. Brannan

 

Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving

 

Offertory “Baby Born In Bethlehem” (Johnson)

Run to the manger;

There’s a Baby born in Bethlehem.

 

See amid the winter snow:

Baby born in Bethlehem.

Born for us on earth below:

Baby born in Bethlehem.

 

Wise men traveled from afar;

Baby born in Bethlehem.

They were guided by a star;

Baby born in Bethlehem.

 

Go, tell it on the mountain,

Over the hills and everywhere;

Oh, come, tell it on the mountain:

There’s a Baby born in Bethlehem.

 

Offering Prayer (All)

Almighty God, who declared your love to for all by the birth of the holy child at Bethlehem: Help us to welcome him with gladness and to make room for him in our daily lives, so that we may live at peace with one another and in good will with all your family; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

Closing Hymn  “O Little Town of Bethlehem”                                  Vs. 1, 2, & 4 UMH 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!

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! (Penned by Phillips Brooks after a Christmas visit to Bethlehem in the 1860s)

 

Benediction (Based on UMH 226)

Our Master, see the time has come to give your servants leave to go in peace, long waited for, your promise now fulfilled.

For we have seen salvation, Lord.  Now may the whole world see that light which is your Israel’s boast enlightening every land.

And the blessing of God Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be with you this day, in this holy Christmastide, and in all the days to come.

Amen.

 

Choral Benediction “Let the Earth Now Praise the Lord” (Ames)

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.

 

Ringing of Bicentennial Bell

 

 

Organ Postlude

 

December 27, 2020

The First Sunday after Christmas

11:00 A.M.

 

 

Organ Prelude

Welcome & Announcements John Strawbridge

Choral Introit “He Is Born, the Holy Child” (arr. Young)

He is born, the holy Child,

Play the oboe and bagpipes merrily!

He is born, the holy Child,

Sing we all of the Savior mild.

Through long ages of the past,

Prophets have betold His coming;

Through long ages of the past,

Now the time has come at last!

Call to Worship

Like pilgrim shepherds we connect with one another this day.  Like children of royalty we have come together to celebrate the birth of true royalty.

Our Savior comes to us as a baby, wrapped in swaddling cloths. He lays aside his crown to dwell among us and share the joys and sorrows of our pilgrimage. He passes through the curtain around God’s love and, holding it aside invites us in.

Oh, the humanity of God, the divinity of God’s children!

What child is this? What love is this that seeks to share our burdens and lead us on in kindness towards a glory in which we see the world as you see it, Lord, sanctified, cleansed, and moving towards a healing so great we are almost afraid to hope in it?

Opening Hymn “What Child Is This”               UMH 219

1. What child is this who, laid to rest, on Mary’s lap is sleeping?  Whom angels greet with anthems sweet while shepherds watch are keeping?  Refrain This, this is Christ the King, whom shepherds guard and angels sing; haste, haste to bring him laud, the babe, the son of Mary.

2. Why lies he in such mean estate where ox and ass are feeding? Good Christians, fear, for sinners here the silent Word is pleading.  Refrain

3. So bring him incense, gold, and myrrh, come peasant, king, to own him; the King of kings salvation brings, let loving hearts enthrone him. Refrain

A Reading from Paul’s Letter to the Galatians 4:4-7    NRSV

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children.  And because we are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a child but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.

The Word of God. . . .  Thanks be to God!

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

Choral Response “Love Came Down at Christmas”    Vs. 1 & 3   UMH 242

Love came down at Christmas, Love all lovely, Love divine Love was born at Christmas; star and angels gave the sign.

Love shall be our token; love be yours and love be mine; Love to God and all men, love for plea and gift and sign.

The Gospel Lesson               Luke 2:21-40  NRSV

After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

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 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 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 revelations to thee Gentiles and the glory of 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 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.

The Word of God for the People of God.          Thanks be to God!

Sermon  “The General and the Particular in Christmas”                      Rev. Dr. Emora T. Brannan

Invitation to Offering

On-Line Giving

Offertory “Baby Born In Bethlehem” (Johnson)

Run to the manger;

There’s a Baby born in Bethlehem.

See amid the winter snow:

Baby born in Bethlehem.

Born for us on earth below:

Baby born in Bethlehem.

Wise men traveled from afar;

Baby born in Bethlehem.

They were guided by a star;

Baby born in Bethlehem.

Go, tell it on the mountain,

Over the hills and everywhere;

Oh, come, tell it on the mountain:

There’s a Baby born in Bethlehem.

Offering Prayer (All)

Almighty God, who declared your love to for all by the birth of the holy child at Bethlehem: Help us to welcome him with gladness and to make room for him in our daily lives, so that we may live at peace with one another and in good will with all your family; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Closing Hymn  “O Little Town of Bethlehem”              UMH 230 Vs. 1, 2, & 4

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!

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! (Penned by Phillips Brooks after a Christmas visit to Bethlehem in the 1860s)

Benediction (Based on UMH 226)

Our Master, see the time has come to give your servants leave to go in peace, long waited for, your promise now fulfilled.

For we have seen salvation, Lord.  Now may the whole world see that light which is your Israel’s boast enlightening every land.

And the blessing of God Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be with you this day, in this holy Christmastide, and in all the days to come.

Amen.

Choral Benediction “Let the Earth Now Praise the Lord” (Ames)

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.

Ringing of Bicentennial Bell

Organ Postlude

 

December 27, 2020

The First Sunday after Christmas

11:00 A.M.

 

 

Organ Prelude

 

Welcome & Announcements                                                              John Strawbridge

 

 

Choral Introit “He Is Born, the Holy Child” (arr. Young)

He is born, the holy Child,

Play the oboe and bagpipes merrily!

He is born, the holy Child,

Sing we all of the Savior mild.

Through long ages of the past,

Prophets have betold His coming;

Through long ages of the past,

Now the time has come at last!

 

Call to Worship

Like pilgrim shepherds we connect with one another this day.  Like children of royalty we have come together to celebrate the birth of true royalty.

 

Our Savior comes to us as a baby, wrapped in swaddling cloths. He lays aside his crown to dwell among us and share the joys and sorrows of our pilgrimage. He passes through the curtain around God’s love and, holding it aside invites us in.

 

Oh, the humanity of God, the divinity of God’s children!

 

What child is this? What love is this that seeks to share our burdens and lead us on in kindness towards a glory in which we see the world as you see it, Lord, sanctified, cleansed, and moving towards a healing so great we are almost afraid to hope in it?

 

 

Opening Hymn “What Child Is This”                                                 UMH 219

1. What child is this who, laid to rest, on Mary’s lap is sleeping?  Whom angels greet with anthems sweet while shepherds watch are keeping?  Refrain This, this is Christ the King, whom shepherds guard and angels sing; haste, haste to bring him laud, the babe, the son of Mary.

2. Why lies he in such mean estate where ox and ass are feeding? Good Christians, fear, for sinners here the silent Word is pleading.  Refrain

3. So bring him incense, gold, and myrrh, come peasant, king, to own him; the King of kings salvation brings, let loving hearts enthrone him.  Refrain

 

 

A Reading from Paul’s Letter to the Galatians 4:4-7                         NRSV

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children.  And because we are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a child but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.

The Word of God. . . .  Thanks be to God!

 

 

Sharing Joys and Concerns

 

 

Pastoral Prayer

 

 

The Lord’s Prayer

 

 

Choral Response “Love Came Down at Christmas”    Vs. 1 & 3       UMH 242

Love came down at Christmas, Love all lovely, Love divine Love was born at Christmas; star and angels gave the sign.

Love shall be our token; love be yours and love be mine; Love to God and all men, love for plea and gift and sign.

 

The Gospel Lesson                                                                               Luke 2:21-40  NRSV

After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

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 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 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 revelations to thee Gentiles and the glory of 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 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.

The Word of God for the People of God.          Thanks be to God!

 

Sermon    “The General and the Particular in Christmas”                      Rev. Dr. Emora T. Brannan

 

 

Invitation to Offering

On-Line Giving

 

Offertory “Baby Born In Bethlehem” (Johnson)

Run to the manger;

There’s a Baby born in Bethlehem.

 

See amid the winter snow:

Baby born in Bethlehem.

Born for us on earth below:

Baby born in Bethlehem.

 

Wise men traveled from afar;

Baby born in Bethlehem.

They were guided by a star;

Baby born in Bethlehem.

 

Go, tell it on the mountain,

Over the hills and everywhere;

Oh, come, tell it on the mountain:

There’s a Baby born in Bethlehem.

 

Offering Prayer (All)

Almighty God, who declared your love to for all by the birth of the holy child at Bethlehem: Help us to welcome him with gladness and to make room for him in our daily lives, so that we may live at peace with one another and in good will with all your family; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

Closing Hymn  “O Little Town of Bethlehem”                                  UMH 230 Vs. 1, 2, & 4

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!

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! (Penned by Phillips Brooks after a Christmas visit to Bethlehem in the 1860s)

 

Benediction (Based on UMH 226)

Our Master, see the time has come to give your servants leave to go in peace, long waited for, your promise now fulfilled.

 

For we have seen salvation, Lord.  Now may the whole world see that light which is your Israel’s boast enlightening every land.

 

And the blessing of God Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be with you this day, in this holy Christmastide, and in all the days to come.

Amen.

 

Choral Benediction “Let the Earth Now Praise the Lord” (Ames)

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.

 

 

Ringing of Bicentennial Bell

 

 

Organ Postlude

 

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