We Gather as the Body of Christ
WELCOME, ANNOUNCEMENTS, AND
FUNNY STORY Pastor Bob
CALL TO WORSHIP
(John 1, Psalm 98)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with
God, and the Word was God.
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Let the seas roar
and the mountains quake.
Everything came into being through the Word. What came into being was
life, and the life was the light for all people.
Sing to the Lord a new song, for God has done marvelous
The Word became flesh and blood and lived among us to bring all people to the light.
Let heaven and earth break forth into joyous song, singing
praises to our God.
The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.
Christ, our light, shines forth in glory. Christ, our life, brings
grace and truth.
Let us worship God together. Alleluia!
Go, Tell It On the Mountain
UMC Hymnal #251
OLD TESTAMENT READING
Angels We Have Heard on High
UMC Hymnal #238
Hebrews 1:1-4 Sharon Stewart
CHILDREN'S TIME with Pastor Bob
PREPARATION for PRAYER
Angels from the Realms of Glory vs 1
UMC Hymnal #220
We Attend to the Word
What Child Is This
UMC Hymnal #219
GOSPEL LESSON John 1:1-14
MEDITATION Pastor Bob
Is There Room?
INVITATION TO OFFERING
God so loved the world that he sent us Jesus to save us and to give
us an eternal life. May we return that LOVE to God by sharing our gifts that we offer today. Give as you are called and as you are able.
Do You Hear What I Hear
Barbara Houser – soloist
Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow
UMC Hymnal #94
BLESSING OF THE OFFERING
(Unison) Pastor Bob
God, in this sacred season, we offer you these treasures from our stores, along with the gift of our hearts. We place these gifts on your altar to help build the kingdom you opened to us on this day of Christ’s birth. We lift our hearts to you, even as we place our lives into your care, as we follow your Son, who is the way, the truth, and the life. Amen.
HYMN: Joy to the World
UMC Hymnal #246
Gabriel foretold it. The angels heralded it. The shepherds came to see for themselves. And it is true. God is with us through Jesus Christ, the babe of Bethlehem and our resurrected Lord.
The world will never be the same; we ourselves will never be the same if we choose to be the innkeeper who decides if there is room for Jesus. Come Lord Jesus, Come!
SENDING FORTH HYMN
Let There Be Peace on Earth
UMC Hymnal #431
DEPART IN PEACE MY FRIENDS...SHALOM!
Worship Liturgy is taken from two sources: Lectionary Liturgies and the Abingdon Worship Annual 2022.