Sunday, December 26, 2021

First Sunday of Christmastide

December 26, 2021



Organ Prelude


Welcome and Announcements     Rev. Debbie Scott


Choral Introit  “Come and Worship!” (Smart)

Come and worship! Worship Christ, the newborn King!


Call to Worship

L: Christ is born!

P: Christ is born!

L: Because of this birth, life is full of promise for you and for me. Life is full of promise for our community.

P: We celebrate today the presence of God’s promise in our midst.

L: The promise of a small child coming into a crowded, hurting world, and growing to be a liberator.

P: It’s the promise of you and me, struggling and stumbling together, growing and celebrating, reaching out to make a new presence in our world.


Opening Hymn  “Angels from the Realms of Glory” UMH  220 Vs. 1 & 2

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.

Refrain: 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: Refrain


Call to Confession (Leader)

L: In our carols, we are reminded the reasons 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, saying,


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.


Silent Prayer


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.


Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer


Choral Response “Cares Chorus”   TFWS 2215

I cast all my cares upon You

I lay all of my burdens down at Your feet

And any time I don’t know just what to do,

I will cast all my cares upon You.


Gospel Lesson Luke 2:22-40   NIV

22 When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”, 24 and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.” 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:

29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,

you may now dismiss your servant in peace.

30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,

31     which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:

32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,

and the glory of your people Israel.”

33 The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

36 There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. 38 Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem. 39 When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth. 40 And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.

The Word of God for the people of God…..THANKS BE TO GOD


Sermon    Old Simeon and Anna        Rev. Debbie Scott


Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving


Offertory  “Mary’s Lullaby” (Martin)

Sleep peacefully, Jesus, all warm in the hay;

May Your waking cries come with break of day,

Surrounded by silence onf this sacred night,

Sleep soundly, sweet Jesus, ’til morning’s first light.


How can it be true that in this cattle stall

Sleeps One Who is born to be Savior of all?

The darkness that covers the people of earth

Will somehow be lifted because of Your birth.


So sleep, Baby Jesus, and dream of the day

When Your little hands will turn sorrow away.

For you, born tonight in rhia dark cattle stall

Brought God’s gift of love to give light to us all.


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 Hymn  “There’s A Song in the Air” UMH 249   Vs. 1, 2 & 4

1. There’s a song in the air! There’s a star in the sky!

There’s a mother’s deep prayer and a baby’s low cry!

And the star rains its fire while the beautiful sing,

for the manger of Bethlehem cradles a King!

2. There’s a tumult of joy o’er the wonderful birth,

for the virgin’s sweet boy is the Lord of the earth.

Ay! the star rains its fire while the beautiful sing,

for the manger of Bethlehem cradles a King!

4. We rejoice in the light, and we echo the song

that comes down through the night from the heavenly throng.

Ay! we shout to the lovely evangel they bring,

and we greet in his cradle our Savior and King!



L: Arise, shine, for your light has come.

Take that light into the world and spread it around.

P: We see more now than when we came together.

We are ready to hear the world’s cries and feel its pain.

L: Your hearts will thrill and rejoice in your Savior.

Give yourselves as servants of the Gospel.

P: Christ has numbered us among the saints.

We are part of God’s eternal purpose.

L: You are commissioned and empowered to serve.

Look for the star that will lead you day by day.

P: In boldness and confidence, we make our witness.

In the strength God supplies, we become helpers of the needy. Amen.


Choral Benediction  “.A Great and Mighty Wonder “(Trad.)

Alleluia! Alleluia!

A great and mighty wonder! Alleluia!



Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell







We are grateful that you have come to be with us this morning.  It is our hope that you experience the love of Christ this morning and his presence during our worship. Please find our contact information below if you would like to reach out to us:


Church Office Number: 410-889-1512
Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, & Saturday (with the exception of Jan 1st)

8:00 AM to 4:00 PM


Pastor: Rev. Deb Scott

Phone Number: 301-641-4601




Thank you to all for your generous gifts on behalf of your staff.

Last Advent study Jan. 5th at 12:30pm.

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