Gathering Around the Word
Choir Pianist: Carol Smith
CALL TO WORSHIP:
The word of life has come to us.
He who was with the Father before all time has come to us.
Praise God for the fellowship we have as His church.
Praise God for the fellowship we now can have with Him.
Let us testify to the truth that we have seen and know.
Draw your highest sense of joy from knowing the Lord.
For what God has done, for what He is doing in us and in our world, let us worship God together.
*HYMN: “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear” # 123
*PRAYER OF CONFESSION:
Father, the world’s priorities are all out of whack. It elevates that
which is temporary, promotes division, and values those with the most strength. At times we too have bought into that way of thinking. We have allowed insignificant differences to create significant divides, we have spent much of our time trying to obtain more and more of the things that do not last, and we have looked to a false sense of strength when You teach us that true strength comes from humility. Forgive us for the many times when we have forfeited the truth that we know, revealed to us by Your word, for the alternative offered to us by the world. We are sinful but trust that You are merciful. Transform us to be able to find all of our joy in knowing You. Amen
Time of silent prayer.
Assurance of Pardon
Response – Gloria Patri # 581
* Passing of the peace
Prayer of illumination
Scripture: Isaiah 2: 1-5 Lois Miller
Sermon text: 1 John 1: 1-4
*HYMN “The First Nowell” # 147
*Apostles Creed (next to Prayer List)
Presentation of tithes and offering
*Prayer of dedication
Concerns and Celebrations
Prayers of the people
The Lord’s Prayer
*HYMN ”Go Tell it on the Mountain” # 136
*Postlude Safe and Happy New Year!!
We are a small, rural Presbyterian church in southwestern Pennsylvania.