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Christmas Day

We Gather as the Body of Christ

WELCOME, ANNOUNCEMENTS, AND

FUNNY STORY     Pastor Bob

CALL TO WORSHIP

responsive reading

(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  

                   things.

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!

HYMN

Go, Tell It On the Mountain

UMC Hymnal    #251

OLD TESTAMENT READING

 Isaiah 52:7-10

Sharon Stewart

HYMN

Angels We Have Heard on High

UMC Hymnal    #238

EPISTLE READING

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

 

PASTORAL PRAYER

LORD'S PRAYER

We Attend to the Word

HYMN:

What Child Is This

UMC Hymnal    #219

GOSPEL LESSON        John 1:1-14

MEDITATION                   Pastor Bob

Is There Room?

INVITATION TO OFFERING   

Pastor Bob

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.

OFFERTORY

Do You Hear What I Hear

Barbara Houser – soloist

DOXOLOGY

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

BENEDICTION

Pastor Bob

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.

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