The Importance of Christmas
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Hymn: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Call to Worship
In the midst of our waiting, God sends an invitation. The rough places are made smooth; the soft flutter of angel wings is heard. God keeps the promise; the signs are everywhere. A twinkle of light from a stable, a new bright herald star. Deep in our hearts, we must journey to Bethlehem, and kneel in worship and join our voices with the angelic chorus singing: "Glory to God."
Call to Confession
It is in our confession that we realize our desires for God and our hope for God’s mercy. It is in admitting the truth of our lives that we take the first step toward wholeness and healing. So let us make our confession this day.
Prayer of Confession
Joyous God, creator of laughter and beauty, pleasure and joy, we confess our need of your delight and insight. We see longer lists and fewer days, hurried clerks and impatient customers, busy schedules and quick conversations, fewer dollars and greater needs. Open our ears to the angel's chorus and fill our hearts with joy this Advent season.
Time of Personal Reflection
Special Music: Days of Elijah - Frank Baker
Assurance of Pardon
In Christ there is no east or west,
In him no south or north,
But one great fellowship of love throughout the whole wide earth.
In Jesus Christ, there is new life.
In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.
Hymn: Angels from the Realms of Glory
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Ghost
and born of the virgin Mary.
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead and buried.
On the third day he arose from the dead.
He ascended into heaven
and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From thence he shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
Special Music: O Little Town of Bethlehem - Frank Baker
Prayer of Illumination
The Birth of Jesus
Sermon: The Importance of Christmas
Hymn: O Come, All Ye Faithful
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Lift up your hearts
We lift them up to the Lord
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
It is right to give God thanks and praise
Church Joys and Concerns
If you have a joy or concern to share that is not listed below, and you feel comfortable doing so, you may share it in the comments.
Dec. 29 John O”Hara Anniversaries None
25 Cris Miller
27 Chip Rogers
SYMPATHY: The Family of Carolyn Grimes
Continued prayers for Roma Grose, Ruth Hampe, Susan Schively, Jimmy Davis, Judy Donaldson, Margo Johnson, Melissa Pedigo, Aaron Blake, Lisa Phillips, Mickey Gubitti, Chip Rogers, Dixie Avoila, Virginia Coffield, Dennis McWreath, Chuck Warlow, Chuck Dicks, Randy Moore, Margaret Knabenshue, Janet Schively, Mary Ann Durila, Patty Nagey, Dr. Craig Fox, Karen Eisiminger, Kelley Gump, Mary Ann McFeeley, Ed Horne, DonnaWest, June and Keith McGill, Dianna Donaldson, Chuck Montecello, April Hincy, 3 yr. old Hayden Dijean, Glenn Miles, Dave Cummings, Ken Jackson, Doug Ward, Mark Knabenshue, Rick McFeeley, Dick McFeeley, Ricky Amos, Deron Wood, Susan Alberti, Bryan Dunn, Dana Wilson, Marge McWreath, Marlene Huffman, Debbie Kelley, and Seth Cummings (3 yrs old) dental surgery on 31st.
Pastoral Prayer and the Lord's Prayer
Hymn: It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
Charge and Benediction
We're so glad that you decided to join us today, as you prepare for Christmas this week. There will not be a live Christmas Eve Service this year, but there will be a recorded service for you to watch.
If you need anything during this time, please contact Pastor Gary or a session member. If you have requests for our prayer chain, please contact Linda Miller. If you need food from our food pantry, please contact Becky Phillips.
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