Friday, December 31, 2021
They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
Daily Readings for Friday, December 31, 2021
- Morning Psalms 98; 148
- First Reading 1 Kings 3:5-14
- Second Reading James 4:13-17, 5:7-11
- Gospel Reading John 5:1-15
- Evening Psalms 45; 96
Holy God, Creator of all, the risen Christ taught from scripture of his death, resurrection, and ascension into your glorious presence. May the living Lord breathe on us his peace, that our eyes may be opened to recognize him in breaking bread, and to follow wherever he leads. Fountain of wisdom, by your word you set the universe in space, and with your hands you molded us in your image. Everywhere we see signs of your loving care. Guide us always into your ways, that in your wisdom we may find life abundant
and live forever in the splendor of your glory. Almighty God, in giving us dominion over things on earth, you made us co-workers in your creation. Give us wisdom and reverence to use the resources of nature, so that no one may suffer from our abuse of them, and that generations yet to come may continue to praise you for your bounty. (Add your prayers.) Amen.
The grace of Christ attend you, the love of God surround you, the Holy Spirit keep you, that you may live in faith, abound in hope, and grow in love, both now and forevermore.
(Opening sentences, prayers, and blessings are from the Book of Common Worship. Readings are from the daily lectionary in Daily Prayer. Both are published by Westminster/John Knox Press.)
Sunday, December 26, 2021
ASSURANCE OF GRACE
† SHARING THE PEACE OF CHRIST
The peace of Christ be with you. And also with you.
†GLORIA PATRI Hymnal #581
TIME WITH CHILDREN (There is no Sunday school today. Students should remain in church.)
SCRIPTURE Luke 2:41-52
SERMON “Home Alone” Rev. Dr. Dave Burgess
† AFFIRMATION OF FAITH Westminster Confession of Faith, Shorter Catechism
Question One Q. What is our chief end? A. Our chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy God forever.
OFFERING Angels We Have Heard on High McDonald
Marsha Medley, piano
† THE DOXOLOGY Hymnal #606
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on 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.
† HYMN “Go Tell It on the Mountain” Hymnal #136
† CHARGE AND BLESSING
† BENEDICTION “Peace On the Earth”
POSTLUDE Tocccatina on “O Sanctissima” Giamaneo
† You are invited to stand, as you are able
Saturday, December 25, 2021
Friday, December 24, 2021
ADVENT WREATH LITURGY
We light these candles as a sign of the coming light of Christ.
In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord!
Make a highway in the desert for our God.
From ages of old, no ear has heard, no eye has seen one so glorious as the Lord our God, for whom we wait.
Every valley shall be lifted, every mountain and hill, made low;
Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed.
God’s anointed one is coming –
to bring good news to the oppressed,
to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and to announce the time of the Lord’s favor.
The promise of the Lord is sure;
the realm of God will be established forever.
† CAROL O Come, All Ye Faithful Hymnal #133
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
ASSURANCE OF GRACE
† GLORIA PATRI Hymnal p. 581
† CAROL O Little Town of Bethlehem Hymnal #121
SCRIPTURE Luke 2:1-20
CHRISTMAS MESSAGE Rev. Dr. Dave Burgess “Awake in the Manger”
† CAROL “The First Nowell” Hymnal #147
† AFFIRMATION OF FAITH unison John 1:1-5
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
CHRISTMAS JOY OFFERING
OFFERTORY O Holy Night Adam
Patty Livesay & Carolyn McBee, Soloists
† THE DOXOLOGY Hymnal #606
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
CANDLE LIGHTING As the lights are dimmed, the minister will take light from the Christ candle and pass it to the ushers who will carry the light from pew to pew. Please share the light with those around you by tipping the unlit candle toward the lit candle.
† CAROL Silent Night Hymnal #122 (Please extinguish your candles as you exit the sanctuary.)
†CHARGE, BLESSING AND, CARRYING YOUR LIGHT INTO THE WORLD
POSTLUDE GLORIA Giamanco
†You are invited to stand, as you are able.
Thursday, December 23, 2021
Wednesday, December 22, 2021
Tuesday, December 21, 2021
|Dream of St Joseph, c. 1625–1630, |
by Gerard Seghers
Joseph Accepts Jesus as His Son
18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about[d]: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet[e] did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
Monday, December 20, 2021