Eighth Sunday after

Pentecost

We Gather as the Body of Christ

PRELUDE

Angels We Have Heard On High

Joan, Heidi, Debbie & Jeremy - bells

WELCOME, ANNOUNCEMENTS, AND

FUNNY STORY         Pastor Bob

CENTERING WORDS         (Isaiah 9)

Pastor Bob

Walk no longer in darkness, for the light of the world has come.

CALL TO WORSHIP  (Psalm 80)

Debbie Young - Liturgist

O God, hear our call. Stir up your strength and come to save us! Restore us, O God. Let your face shine, that we might be saved. For we know that new life is coming. A child will change us. Let your hand be upon him in blessings. For he will bring you near. He will be God-with-us. Give us life, O God, and we will forever call on your name.

Come let us “Go to Bethlehem.”

HYMN:

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel vs 1-4

UMC Hymnal    #211

OPENING PRAYER  (Unison)

Debbie Young - Liturgist

Holy One, you send us new life in so many forms. Open our minds, that we might recognize it. Open our hearts, that we might receive it. Open our bodies, that we may embrace it. Open our souls, that we may live it. Open us this day and all days. Amen.

CHILDREN'S TIME    with Pastor Bob

OLD TESTAMENT READING

Isaiah 9: 2-7

PREPARATION FOR PRAYER

Christmas Lullaby

Joan, Heidi, Debbie & Jeremy - bells

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE        Pastor Bob

PASTORAL PRAYER

LORD’S PRAYER

HYMN:          Star Child

The Faith We Sing Hymnal    #2095

GOSPEL LESSON                   Luke 2: 1-20

MEDITATION                             Pastor Bob

“A Child Will Change Us?”

OFFERTORY                  Praise Him!

Heidi Prior - piano solo

BLESSING THE OFFERING  (Unison)

God of surprise and wonder, you came in a way no one expected. When we looked to you in power and might, you came in weakness and vulnerability. As we worship you anew this day, open our hearts to those you came to save…especially the least and the lost. May the gifts we offer into your service continue the work you began in a manger so many years ago. Amen.

SENDING HYMN             Joy to the World

UMC Hymnal #246

BENEDICTION

Go to the Manger of love. For God’s love has brought us salvation. Christ’s grace has given us hope. The Spirit’s mercy has made us servants of the Prince of Peace. Go with God. Depart in Peace. Shalom.

Depart in Peace...Shalom

POSTLUDE              He Is Born!

Joan, Heidi, Debbie & Jeremy - bells