November 29, 2020

 

5 Big Myths and Misconceptions Surrounding the Story of Jesus' Birth

 

Prelude - Hallelujah; Light Has Come

Call to Worship

Immanuel, God-with-us, interrupt and open our eyes to the wonder of this night, that we might catch a glimpse of your glory
in the simplicity of these moments.  May your light shine!

Hymn - Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

Invocation and Lord's Prayer

Gracious God, we sing with joy at the coming of your Son, the wonderful counselor.  We praise you because your counselor brings us hope, grace, deliverance, and life. He has become the ruler of our hearts and with great joy we lift our voices in the prayer he 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

NEW TESTAMENT READING - 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

Gracious God, we offer you thanks and praise for this season of anticipation, this season of Advent. As we prepare for the birth of your Son, we share our prayers for those among us who are ill and in need of your touch.  We pray as well for our church as we approach Advent with the joy and excitement that one has in anticipating the birth of a new child. Bless us to share our excitement with others in your Holy Name. Amen

Youth Message - The Story of Christmas

Hymn - O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Sermon - Detangling Christmas                                                                                                                                          

Hymn - The Birthday of a King

Benediction

Let us seek the simplicity and wonder of Jesus' birth and share our contentment and peace with others.  Amen.

Postlude - Adore

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November 22, 2020

 

WORSHIP | Service Opener & Worship Intro - YouTube

 

Prelude - Every Praise

Call to Worship

This day we offer You, our God, our praise and thanksgiving, for Your mercy and Your faithful love toward us.  Through the power of Your Holy Spirit make Your presence known among us that we may hear Your Word and know Your will. Amen.

Hymn - Glorify Thy Name

Invocation and Lord's Prayer

Father, we come here to glorify Your name and worship You as our redeemer and savior.  We praise You for Your great love shared with all the earth through Your Son who taught us to pray: 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 READING - Romans 12:1-8

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

Joys and Concerns

In every season, God of love and goodness, your steadfast love sustains us. You have brought us here, invited us to become a community of faith, called us to remember that we live and breathe only by the power of your grace in our lives. In this season of harvest, our hearts are full of gratitude for what your hand has so generously provided us. On this day of promise, then, we look to the future with hope, opening ourselves to your Spirit at work in our lives. Be present with us this day and in this time of worship, we pray. Amen. 

Youth Message

Hymn - I Know Whom I Have Believed

Sermon - Right Worship of God                                                                                                                                           

Hymn - Give Thanks

Benediction

Let us go now in the spirit of thankfulness and give all worship to God through living changed lives in Jesus.  Amen.

Postlude - Thank You

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