Worship Bulletin 12/28/14

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.

*(Source: http://re-worship.blogspot.ca/search?q=+Rushed+by+the+busyness+of+life)

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.

(Silent Confession)

* 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

Pastoral Prayer*

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…..

*(Source: http://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/prayers.php?id=58)

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.

*(Source: http://www.ucc.org/worship/worship-ways/year-b/ace/christmas-days-of.html)


* 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.

*(Source: http://www.ucc.org/worship/worship-ways/year-a/ace/christmas-days-of.html)                      

* Hymn                                         Go, Tell It on the Mountain                                        No. 29

* Benediction

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!

*(Source: http://re-worship.blogspot.ca/2012/08/benediction-to-do-work-of-god.html)



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s