10:00 Am Virtual Service
ORDER OF WORSHIP
CENTERING PRAYER God of every nation, by the light of a wondrous star you led wandering magi to the humble infant Jesus, revealing to them your salvation for the world. In the miraculous and the mundane, in union with all who have glimpsed the light of your grace, lead us to Christ, that we may offer our worship and serve him with sincerity of heart; for he lives with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever. Amen.
PRELUDE Joyful Processional Norlan
WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS
CALL TO WORSHIP A star has risen
Star of Wonder, star of night!
A child is born in Bethlehem.
Hark! The herald angels sing!
Let us follow the star to Bethlehem
And bring our gifts to the newborn Christ. †
HYMN “We Three Kings of Orient Are” Hymnal #151
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
God of wonder, God of night, you are holy light in dark places; you are holy darkness when all is too bright. Forgive us, O God, when we turn away from your light; when we follow our own ambitions instead of your call, when we respond to your presence with fear rather than joy. Forgive us, O God, when we do not comprehend the depth of your Christmas love, the meaning of your powerful story, or the call you place on each of our lives. Forgive us, O God, and by your forgiveness, empower us to follow the star once more. (Silent Confession)
ASSURANCE OF GRACE
†SHARING THE PEACE OF CHRIST
The peace of Christ be with you. And also, with you.
† HYMN “Awake, Awake, and Greet the New Morn” Hymnal #107
SCRIPTURE Matthew 2:1-12
SERMON “Traveling with ‘2020’ Vision” Rev. MP Panco
AFFIRMATION OF FAITH From a Brief Statement of Faith 11.1-11.6
In life and in death we belong to God. Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel, whom alone we worship and serve.
SPECIAL MUSIC Quelle est cette Odeur Agreable (What Is That Lovely Fragrance) arr. Page
† THE DOXOLOGY
THE CELEBRATION OF HOLY COMMUNION
Invitation to the Table
Great Prayer of Thanksgiving and the Lord’s Prayer
Words of Institution
Sharing of the Bread & Cup
Prayer After Communion
† HYMN “O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go” Hymnal #833
† CHARGE AND BLESSING
† BENEDICTION RESPONSE “Peace On the Earth” Sussex Carol
POSTLUDE Angels from the Realm of Glory arr. Long