December 27, 2020 Bulletin

1st Sunday of Christmas

 

Prelude          “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”      

arranged by James Denton

 

Welcoming and Call to Worship

 

Carol       "Angels We Have Heard on High"        UMH #238

1. Angels we have heard on high sweetly singing o’er the plains,
and the mountains in reply echoing their joyous strains.

Refrain:
Gloria, in excelsis Deo! Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

2. Shepherds, why this jubilee? Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be which inspire your heavenly song? (Refrain)

3. Come to Bethlehem and see Christ whose birth the angels sing;
come, adore on bended knee, Christ the Lord, the newborn King. (Refrain)

4. See him in a manger laid, whom the choirs of angels praise;
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid, while our hearts in love we raise. (Refrain)

                                                                                             

Pastoral Prayer & Lord's Prayer

 

Carol         "Hark! the Herald Angels Sing"        UMH #240 (vv. 1 & 3)

 

1. Hark! the herald angels sing, "Glory to the new-born King;
peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!"
Joyful, all ye nations, rise, join the triumph of the skies;
with th'angelic host proclaim, "Christ is born in Bethlehem!"
Hark! the herald angels sing, "Glory to the new born King!"

 

3. Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace! Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings, risen with healing in his wings.

Mild he lays his glory by, born that we no more may die,
born to raise us from the earth, born to give us second birth.
Hark! the herald angels sing, "Glory to the new born King!"

 

1st Lesson     Genesis 3:8-15, 17-19

Carol        "Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus"         UMH #196 (v. 1)

 

  1. Come, thou long expected Jesus, born to set thy people free;
    from our fears and sins release us, let us find our rest in thee.
    Israel's strength and consolation, hope of all the earth thou art;
    dear desire of every nation, joy of every longing heart.

 

2nd Lesson    Genesis 22:15-18

Carol          "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel"         UMH #211 (vv. 1 & 7)

 

1. O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear.

[Refrain] Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

7. O come, Desire of nations bind all peoples in one heart and mind.

From dust thou brought us forth to life; deliver us from earthly strife.

[Refrain] Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

 

3rd Lesson    Isaiah 9:2, 6-7

Carol         "Angels from the Realms of Glory"         UMH #220 (vv. 1 & 4)

 

1. Angels from the realms of glory, wing your flight o'er all the earth;
ye who sang creation's story now proclaim Messiah's birth:

Refrain:
Come and worship, come and worship, worship Christ, the newborn king.

4. Saints, before the altar bending, watching long in hope and fear;
suddenly the Lord, descending, in his temple shall appear:
(Refrain)

 

4th Lesson     Micah 5:2-5

Carol           "O Little Town of Bethlehem"         UMH #230 (vv. 1 & 4)

 

1. O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie;
above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting light;
the hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.

 

4. O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray;
cast out our sin, and enter in, be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel!

 

5th Lesson    Luke 1:26-35, 38

Carol         "Joy to the World"         UMH #246 (vv. 3-4)

 

3. No more let sins and sorrows grow, nor thorns infest the ground;
he comes to make his blessings flow far as the curse is found,
far as the curse is found, far as, far as the curse is found.

4. He rules the world with truth and grace, and makes the nations prove
the glories of his righteousness, and wonders of his love,
and wonders of his love, and wonders, wonders of his love.

 

Special Music

 

6th Lesson        Luke 2:1-7

Carol           "The First Noel"        UMH #245 (v. 1)

 

1. The first Noel the angel did say was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay;
in fields where they lay keeping their sheep, on a cold winter's night that was so deep.

Refrain: Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, born is the King of Israel.

 

7th Lesson       Luke 2:8-16

Carol      "Infant Holy, Infant Lowly"         UMH #229

1. Infant holy, infant lowly, for his bed a cattle stall;
oxen lowing, little knowing, Christ the babe is Lord of all.
Swift are winging angels singing, noels ringing, tidings bringing:
Christ the babe is Lord of all.

2. Flocks were sleeping, shepherds keeping vigil till the morning new
saw the glory, heard the story, tidings of a gospel true.
Thus rejoicing, free from sorrow, praises voicing, greet the morrow:
Christ the babe was born for you.

8th Lesson      Matthew 2:1-11

Carol        "What Child Is This"         #219 (vv. 1 & 3)

 

1. What child is this who, laid to rest, on Mary's lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet, while shepherds watch are keeping?


Refrain:
This, this is Christ the King, whom shepherds guard and angels sing;
haste, haste to bring him laud, the babe, the son of Mary.

 

3. So bring him incense, gold, and myrrh, come, peasant, king, to own him;
the King of kings salvation brings, let loving hearts enthrone him.
(Refrain)

 

9th Lesson        John 1:1-14

Carol        "O Come, All Ye Faithful"       #234 (vv. 1 & 6)

 

1. O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant, O come ye, O come ye, to Bethlehem.
Come and behold him, born the King of angels;

Refrain:
O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.

6. Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning, Jesus, to thee be all glory given.
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing:
(Refrain)

 

Invitation to Give & Offertory

Prayer of Dedication

O Lord, the light of your peace shines like the dawn! Give us eyes of faith so we will see that Christ is present in our midst. You have covered your people in the finest clothes, the garments of salvation! Receive these gifts as a sign of our gratitude and commitment to live into our new reality in Jesus Christ. We ask this as a people clothed in your Son’s grace. Amen.

 

Carol        "Go, Tell It on the Mountain"        UMH #251

 

Refrain:
Go, tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere;
go, tell it on the mountain, that Jesus Christ is born.

1. While shepherds kept their watching o'er silent flocks by night,
behold throughout the heaven there shown a holy light. (Refrain)

2. The shepherds feared and trembled, when lo! above the earth,
rang out the angel chorus that hailed the Savior’s birth. (Refrain)

3. Down in a lowly manger the humble Christ was born,
and God sent us salvation that blessed Christmas morn. (Refrain)

 

Benediction

 

Postlude                “Chanson De Noel”

arranged by George Blake

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