December 5, 2021

Joseph, Did You Know? - Media - Bayside Community Church

Prelude - Joseph's Song

Call to Worship

Immanuel, God-with-us, interrupt and soften our hearts to the message of this hour, that we might turn toward you, and have the way prepared in us for your coming.  May your light shine!  Immanuel, God-with-us, with eyes open, hearts softened, minds listening, and spirits full, we rejoice that you interrupt what we have in mind in order to bring into being something more than we dare imagine. May your light shine! Amen.

Hymn - What Child Is This?

Invocation and Lord's Prayer

Lord, we thank you for the birth of your Son. Help us to prepare again for his coming: to prepare inwardly, in our hearts, and outwardly, in our world.  Grant us wisdom in our preparations as together we pray in the Spirit of your Son: 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.  Amen.

Scripture Reading

New Testament - Matthew 1:18-25

18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

Joys and Concerns

This Christmas, we want to be finding you--finding you in the silence of the gray morning and in the sweet smile of a child;
finding you in the dark starry sky and in the warm handshake of a friend; finding you in the familiar Christmas narrative
and in the story of a stranger; finding you in our own hearts and in the face of our enemies.  We pray this in Jesus' name.  Amen.

Youth Message 

Hymn - The Birthday of a King

Sermon - Joseph - Did You Know?

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Hymn - A Communion Hymn for Christmas

Lord's Supper

We come now to the Lord’s Table as guests invited.  This is the Lord’s Table is offered freely to show God’s intent to bring together all people and to reconcile all people to Him.  At this table, we celebrate the birth, death, and resurrection of the baby; the Messiah, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham, and Mighty God. This is a table of faith and each is invited to take of the elements as an act of faith and empowerment to share the good news. 

At supper, on the evening before his death, Jesus took the bread, gave thanks, broke it, and said, “Take and eat. This is my body.”

Let’s thank God for Jesus’ body, represented in the bread.  I invite you now to pray silently a prayer of thanks for the body of Jesus represented by the bread.

Jesus said, “This is my body, given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”

In the same way, after the supper Jesus took the cup, gave thanks, and said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.”   I invite you now to pray silently a prayer of thanks for the blood of Jesus represented by the cup.

Jesus said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

Benediction

Let us go now seeking the peace of God that surpasses all understanding.  Amen.

Postlude - How Great Our Joy

 

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November 28, 2021

Mary Did You Know Kids Lyrics - YouTube

Prelude - Mary Did You Know?

Call to Worship

Immanuel, God with us, we wait for your presence this Christmas; help us to give with generous hearts and receive with thankfulness.  Give us patience and kindness.  Fill us with contentment and peace.  May our celebration of your birth
give honor to you in all we say and do.  In Jesus Name we pray.  Amen.

Hymn - O Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

Invocation and Lord's Prayer

Lord, we thank you for the birth of your Son.  Help us to prepare again for his coming: to prepare inwardly, in our hearts, and outwardly, in our world.  Help us to believe deeply in the prayer your Son taught us saying: 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.  Amen.

Scripture Reading

Old Testament - Isaiah 7:14

14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

New Testament - Galatians 4:1-7

1 What I am saying is that as long as an heir is underage, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. The heir is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. So also, when we were underage, we were in slavery under the elemental spiritual forces of the world. But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.

New Testament - Matthew 1:16-18

16 and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah.  17 Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah.  18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.

Joys and Concerns

It may seem naïve, in a world of grief, to choose to live in joy.  It may seem foolish, in a world where violence is power,
to sing and dance to a different tune.  It may even seem cruel, in a world of suffering and injustice, to speak of light and celebration.  But you have come, Jesus, to bring joy into our grief, light into our darkness, singing into our mourning;
and it is an act of healing and proclamation to believe and embrace the joy you offer. Joy to the world!  The Lord is come!
Hallelujah! Amen.

Youth Message 

Hymn - O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Sermon - Mary - Did You Know?

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Hymn - Love Divine, All Love Excelling

Benediction

Let us go now knowing all that Mary knew and could not know.  Amen.

Postlude - Arise, Your Light Is Come

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