Friday, December 31, 2021

Scripture for January 2

John 1:1-18

The Word Became Flesh

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it.

There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name,he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

15 (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) 16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and[b] is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.

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Daily Prayer for 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

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

Order of Worship December 26



O God, into a realm of clerics and kings you sent your child to teach the wise and show the world what power there is in love. Keep us vigilant to hear the voices of those who speak your truth. We pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

PRELUDE      IL EST NE      Larson 





Praise the Lord!

Praise God in the heavens.

Praise the Lord from the earth!

Young and old alike,

men, women, and everyone together.

Praise the Lord!

† HYMN      “Joy to the World”      Hymnal #134




God of wonder, you surround us with signs of your glory and surprise us with your presence, yet we often miss the marvels you place before us. Forgive out dullness and make us alert to the ways you make yourself known, that we might be witnesses to your good news and proclaim your extravagant love; through Jesus Christ, our Savior. (Silent Confession)





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


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 


† BENEDICTION “Peace On the Earth” 

POSTLUDE      Tocccatina on “O Sanctissima”      Giamaneo 

† You are invited to stand, as you are able

Saturday, December 25, 2021

The Birth of Jesus


Adoration of the Shepherds by Dutch painter Matthias Stomer, 1632

The Shepherds and the Angels

And in the same area there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And then an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were very afraid. 10 But the angel said to them, “Listen! Do not fear. For I bring you good news of great joy, which will be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign to you: You will find the Baby wrapped in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly there was with the angel a company of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
    and on earth peace, and good will toward men.”

Modern English Version (MEV)
The Holy Bible, Modern English Version. Copyright © 2014 by Military Bible Association. Published and distributed by Charisma House.

Friday, December 24, 2021

Order of Worship December 24: Christmas Eve

PRELUDE      Rocking      Sobaje 



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


Jesus, you are God’s holy child, born of Mary:

Lord have mercy.

Jesus, in you all the fullness of God is pleased to dwell.

Christ have mercy.

Jesus, you are the Word made flesh, full of grace and truth.

Lord have mercy. (Silent Confession)


† 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.



OFFERTORY      O Holy Night      Adam 

Patty Livesay & Carolyn McBee, Soloists 

† THE DOXOLOGY      Hymnal #606 


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.) 


POSTLUDE      GLORIA      Giamanco 

†You are invited to stand, as you are able.

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Prince of Peace Isaiah 9:2-6


Prince of Peace

Isaiah 9:2-6Modern English Version (MEV)

The people who walked in darkness
    have seen a great light;
those who dwell in the land of the shadow of death,
    upon them the light has shined.
You have multiplied the nation
    and increased the joy;
they rejoice before You
    according to the joy of harvest
and as men rejoice
    when they divide the spoil.
For You have broken the yoke of his burden
    and the bar of his shoulder,
the rod of his oppressor
    as in the day of Midian’s defeat.
For all the sandals of the tramping warriors
    and all the garments rolled in blood
    shall be burned as fuel for the fire.
For unto us a child is born,
    unto us a son is given,
    and the government shall be upon his shoulder.
And his name shall be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Luke 2: Birth of Jesus


Nativity of Jesus,
Botticelli, c. 1473–1475

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Matthew 1: Joseph


Dream of St Joseph, c. 1625–1630,
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.

20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,[f] because he will save his people from their sins.”

22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”[g] (which means “God with us”).

24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

Monday, December 20, 2021

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance


The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
(John 1:5)

As night fell on December 10, a horrific line of powerful tornadoes ripped across several states, ending the lives of more than 100 people and wreaking devastation across many communities by the time morning had broken. One of these tornadoes was on the ground for a terrifying and unprecedented 250 miles, more than 200 of those miles in Kentucky alone, where the town of Mayfield saw the catastrophic destruction of much of the downtown area, including the Presbyterian, Methodist and Baptist churches.

It is the season of Advent — a time of watchful expectation that begins with a warning of impending judgment, the end of days, and continues with a prayerful journeying toward the birth of the Christ Child at Christmas, an ordinary babe dependent on the love and care of others for his survival.

In the wake of these terrible and catastrophic storms, it is the role of ordinary people of faith like us to shine as light in this bleakest of winters. We are called to be the hands and feet of God as we reach out to shelter, feed, care for and help rebuild the lives of those who have lost loved ones, homes, work and a sense of safety as a result of the tornadoes. We are invited to stand with them — and to stand together — bearing witness by our gifts and prayers that God is indeed incarnate among us, no matter what.

The needs for the response will be great. God’s people are once again called on to stand in the "GAP" — Give. Act. Pray.


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PRAY: As we awake to news of devastation and death from another natural disaster, we pray.

For those experiencing loss, confusion, and despair, may they feel comfort only your Holy Spirit can bring.

For the community leaders and emergency personnel, we pray for wisdom and strength as they work to restore and repair their communities.

May we heed your call, oh God, to be co-creators with you in the caring of creation, our communities, and your beloved children in their time of need.

May the hope, peace and love of the Christ child comfort and keep us all.

  • Rev. Dr. Diane Moffett, President and Executive Director, Presbyterian Mission Agency