First Sunday of Christmas
December 28, 2014
Welcome to worship today. Please prepare in the silence of the sanctuary to meet God in worship.
You may record your presence in the Friendship Pad as it is passed. Be sure to join with others
in the narthex (through the main doors behind you) for fellowship after worship.
Responses in bold face are said by all. * Please stand.
Order for Morning Worship 10:00 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Greeting
* Call to Worship
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit
be with you all.
And also with you. Let us worship God!
* Hymn O Come All Ye Faithful No. 41
Call to Confession*
Rushed by the busyness of life, weary from the stress of everyday, we have these moments to catch our breath, to think of how we have treated others unjustly and without regard for their person, to remember how we have not been God’s faithful people. Let us come to God, knowing that the One who listens to our words, is the One who has given us the Word of grace and mercy. Let confess our sin before God and neighbor so that we can indeed be forgiven by our God’s loving mercy and justice.
Prayer of Confession
God of grace and truth,
in Jesus Christ you came among us
as light shining in darkness.
We confess that we have not welcomed the light,
or trusted good news to be good.
We have closed our eyes to glory in our midst,
expecting little, and hoping for less.
Forgive our doubt, and renew our hope,
so that we may receive the fullness of your grace,
and live in the truth of Christ the Lord.
* Assurance of Forgiveness
The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting. I declare to you, in the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven. May the God of mercy, who forgives you all your sins, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in everlasting life. Let us all say: Amen!
(Source: Book of Common Worship)
Response: Thanks be to God.
* Response Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing (verse 3 only) Screen
* Passing of the Peace
The Word Proclaimed
Time for Young Disciples Nancy Gaston
Prayer for Illumination
Lord, open our hearts and minds
by the power of your Holy Spirit,
that as the scriptures are read
and your Word is proclaimed,
we may hear with joy what you say to us today.
Old Testament Reading Amos 5:13-15, 19-24 Pg. 805
Gospel Reading John 1:1-5 Pg. 86
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!
Sermon The Incarnation and Justice Seminarian Nick Silvey
* Affirmation of Faith The Nicene Creed
See this link for the creed in the PCUSA Book of Confessions: http://www.pcusa.org/resource/book-confessions/
* Hymn Hark the Herald Angels Sing No. 31
Please write prayer concerns on a prayer card in the pew rack; an usher will collect them.
Life of the Church — Prayers of the People
God has blessed creation with a great variety of gifts
and gathered all people into one family,
so that in sharing, we might strengthen
and be strengthened by one another.
We gather into our hearts and minds
the universe entrusted to us,
remembering its needs before God and this company.
Insert prayers from congregation here and spontaneous prayers
Grant that these prayers, O God,
may be enfleshed by our commitment not only to pray them,
but to live them in your Son’s name. And now let us prayer the prayer our Lord taught us to pray saying: Our father…..
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
Presentation of Tithes, Pledges, and Offerings
Call for the Offering*
God, you call us to give as we have received. On this Sunday following Christmas, when our blessings are great, when you have shared your Child with us, help us to share our blessing with those in need. Let us receive the morning offering.
* Response Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow Screen
* Prayer of Dedication
Bless these gifts, offered in hope for the fulfilling of all your promises, gracious God. May they draw all your children together in peace and joy, in order that the world may be filled with Christ’s love. Amen.
* Hymn Go, Tell It on the Mountain No. 29
Now, go forth from this place with renewed inspiration to do the work of God. Seek good, not evil, love goodness, and establish justice. Do this every where you go! Treat all those God has created as you want to be treated. This the greatest offering we can make; letting justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever flowing stream. Go in peace, with love for our neighbors whether they look and act like us or not!