Call to Worship
A star has risen in the east.
Star of wonder, star of night!
A child is born in Bethlehem.
Hark! The herald angels sing!
Let us follow the star to Bethlehem
and bring our gifts to the newborn Christ.
Prayer of Praise
Call to Confession
Like a great light in a land of deep darkness,
the mercy of the Lord shines upon us. - Isaiah 9:2
Trusting in God’s grace, let us confess our sin.
Prayer of Confession
God of wonder, God of night, you are holy light in dark places;
you are holy darkness when all is too bright.
Forgive us, O God, when we turn away from your light:
when we follow our own ambitions instead of your call,
when we respond to your presence with fear rather than joy.
Forgive us, O God, when we do not comprehend the depth of your Christmas love,
the meaning of your powerful story, or the call you place on each of our lives.
Forgive us, O God, and by your forgiveness, empower us to follow the star once more.
Assurance of Grace
Hear the promise of the Lord: See, your salvation has come!
You are a holy people, redeemed by God, sought out, not forsaken. - Isaiah 62:11–12
In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!
Thanks be to God.