Journey From the Manger to the Cross!

Indicates to stand if you are able.

Prayer cards may be filled out prior to the first

hymn and placed in the offering plate in the back

of the church, or handed to an usher during the

first hymn.

 

We Gather as the Body of Christ

PRELUDE                                                     Heidi Prior

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS                         

CENTERING WORDS                                 Pastor Bob

INTROIT       Faith, While Trees are Still in Blossom

CALL TO WORSHIP                 Joan Fossum, Liturgist

L: Sisters and brothers, the living God, the God

who never forgets, calls us to remember.

             P: Our help comes from the Holy One,

    maker of heaven and earth.

L: Sisters and brothers, the living God, the God

who always remembers, calls us to rejoice.

       P: We are standing on Holy Ground

   and we do not stand alone.

       Our God is a mighty God who

        was and is and will be forever!

 HYMN                                        Blessed Assurance

                                                   / UMC Hymnal # 369

Acolyte(s) will bring in the Light of Christ

OLD TESTAMENT READING

Genesis 12: 1-4a / OT page 9

EPISTLE LESSON

Romans 4: 1-5; 13-17 / NT page 142

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Psalm 121 Response 1 / UMC Hymnal # 844

 

WORDS OF ASSURANCE

 

BRINGING IN THE COMMUNION ELEMENTS

Sacred Dance

December Morning by Tim Janis

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING

COME TO THE TABLE AND BE BORN AGAIN

COMMUNION ANTHEM

Love Filled the Cup / Choir

PRAYER FOLLOWING COMMUNION

The Lord’s Prayer

 CHILDREN’S TIME WITH PASTOR BOB

 

Nursery aged children may leave for nursery care.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

PASTORAL PRAYER

PRAYER RESPONSE

There’s Room at the Cross for You / Randy Travis

We Attend to the Word

 HYMN           Freely, Freely / UMC Hymnal # 389

GOSPEL READING                                                   

John 3:1-17 / NT page 86

Pastor:  This is the Word of God for the

                         people of God

                      People:  Thanks be to God.

MEDITATION

“Born Again?” /  Pastor Bob

We Gather at Christ's Table

OFFERTORY

Written in Red / Choir

DOXOLOGY

Now Thank We All Our God / UMC Hymnal #102

Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices, who wondrous things has done, in whom this world rejoices; who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way with countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.

 

BLESSING THE OFFERING (Unison)

Bless us this day, Eternal God, that we may be a blessing to a world in need. Bless our gifts and our offerings in your name, that they may light the way home for those who have wandered far and lost their way. As these gifts go forth to do your work, may they help others hear you call their names and bring them peace.  Amen.

We Are Sent in Ministry to the World

 HYMN                                         Shout to the Lord

                          / The Faith We Sing Hymnal # 2074

(Please form a circle around the sanctuary to

receive the Benediction and to sing to each other)

† BENEDICTION

Hear the voice of God calling your name.

Hear the voice of Christ claiming you as His own.

Hear the voice of the Spirit sending you forth.

Go forth, called, named, and claimed by God.

 Change My Heart, O God

/ The Faith We Sing Hymnal # 2152

POSTLUDE                                                 Heidi Prior

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