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Welcome

 

 

GATHERING MUSIC 

WELCOME 

Call to Worship (Psalm 96)

L: Sing to the Lord a new song! Sing to the Lord, all the earth!

Sing to the Lord! Bless his name! Share the news of his saving work every single day!

P: Declare God’s glory among the nations; declare his wondrous works among all people. He is awesome beyond all other gods!

L: Greatness and grandeur are in front of him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary. Give to the Lord, all families of the nations, give to the Lord glory and power!

P Give to the Lord the glory due his name! Bring gifts! Enter his courtyards! Bow down to the Lord in his holy splendor!

The creation trembles before the creator. The Lord rules! 

L: He will judge all people fairly.”Let the earth rejoice! Let the sea and everything in it roar! Let the countryside and everything in it celebrate! Then all the trees of the forest too will shout out joyfully before the Lord because he is coming!

 

A time of hymns: Joy to the World

Advent reading Light the first candle of hope. The second  candle of faith. Third candle of joy. Fourth candle of peace. 

 

Unison Prayer

Loving God, moved by the coming of Christ to our lives, we seek to be your people. Help us to live in faithful covenant with you and with one another. Let the peace of Christ guide us, and let Christ’s message in all its richness live in our hearts, that we may praise you without ceasing. Amen.(Ruth Duck, Bread for the Journey, Pilgrim Press, 1981, p.24.)

 

A time of hymns: Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee  

 

Our Christmas Affirmation

L: Advent hope moves us; Advent love leads us; Advent joy stirs us; Advent peace stills us, that we might affirm our King Jesus.

P: It is time we set flame to this Advent affirmation by lighting the Christ Candle.

ALL: We believe that Jesus is the Son of God. He was born of the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem of Judea. He was the long-awaited Messiah whose coming was prophesied. The same Jesus lives today in our hearts. He deserves our highest loyalty and total commitment. In Jesus Christ our hope is fulfilled; our love is consummated; our joy is complete; and our peace is sealed.

L: Rejoice, a Savior is born.

P: A savior is born, indeed. Joy to the world!

 

A time of hymns:  Hark! The Herald Angels Sing 

Scripture readings: Isaiah 9:2-7,  Titus 2:11-14   Luke 2:1-20

A Time of prayer

Sermon - Pastor Paul

A time of hymns: Silent Night, Holy Night    

Closing Blessing

 

 

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