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Order of Worship
This is the day that the Lord has made.
Let us rejoice and be glad in it!
Announcements and Life Together
Advent Candle: Christ Candle
“Good news of great joy,” the angel said, “for to you a savior is born.”
“Peace on earth,” the choir sang, “for God reigns in the highest.”
“Follow me,” the star beckoned, “For Hope was born in Bethlehem.”
As we light the Christ candle,
we watch for the Christmas story around us.
Emmanuel has come and is coming.
Come, all ye faithful, and worship God.
Prayer of Praise and Adoration
Call to Confession
Prayer of Confession
The heavenly host fills the skies; the shepherds rush to behold the babe. But we stand still, for these glad tidings have lost all sense of urgency. The angel chorus rejoices with alleluias, but we hear words as nothing new. This story is so familiar we forget its power to transform the world. We forget it heralds a reign of justice. We forget that this story requires something of us. You have given us your Son. Now give us the gift of faith, that we might receive the Christ child into our hearts, our lives, our homes, our world, and live as those who walk in his light. Bless us with the gifts Emmanuel brings, that hope, peace, joy, and love might flow through us and bless your people everywhere—from far-flung fields to crowded city streets where there is no room in the inn. Embolden us to tell your story and send us out, glorifying and praising God—for to us is born a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord!
Assurance of Grace
The good news of great joy is for you. The love of God has come among us, bringing comfort to all. The peace of God has come among us, bringing wholeness to all. A child has been born for us, a son given to us, bringing salvation to all! In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!
Thanks be to God!
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness— on them light has shined. You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder. For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. For all the boots of the tramping warriors and all the garments rolled in blood shall be burned as fuel for the fire. For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.
This is the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
Rev. Kim Smith-Stanley
The Lord’s Prayer
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 debts,
as we forgive our debtors;
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.
Charge and Benediction
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