Sunday Worship Guide - First Sunday after Christmas

Worship Guide

December 26, 2021

First Sunday after Christmas

Creating Disciples of Jesus who Transform the World

 

ENTRANCE WITH PRAISE

 

Lighting the Advent Candle:

 

Greetings:

 

Minister: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!

People: And also with you!

 

Special Music: “Mary Did You Know” Mike

 

Centering Words:

 

Christmas comes, Christmas goes… but God’s love is everlasting. Babies are born, babies grow up… but God’s love is everlasting. The God who made the entire world is with us here and now, and forever and ever. Alleluia!

 

*Call to Worship:

 

Leader:   God’s love has come to earth to dwell with us.

People:  Sing for joy with the angels.

Leader:   We are God’s chosen people, loved and cherished.

People:  Sing for joy with the angels.

Leader:   The birth of Love has changed us forever.

People:  Sing for joy with the angels.

Leader:   Let us sing, praise, rejoice and worship together as we pray.

 

ALL: God of the Incarnation, even as we celebrate the Love that was born at Christmas, we know that your love continues to grow far beyond Christmas Day. Even as parents watch tenderly and proudly as their children grow into adulthood, you hold us in your compassionate embrace throughout our lives.

 

Guide us into mature faith, O God, that we might be like Jesus in our love, in our humility and wisdom, and in every word and deed. Shape us, inspire us, challenge us, and bless us with the music to sing your praises. Amen.

 

Hymn: “What Child is This”

 

What child is this who, laid to rest,

on Mary’s lap is sleeping?

Whom angels greet with anthems sweet,

while shepherds watch are keeping?

 

This, this is Christ the King,

whom shepherds guard and angels sing;

haste, haste, to bring Him laud,

the babe, the son of Mary.

 

Why lies he in such mean estate,

where ox and ass are feeding?

Good Christians, fear, for sinners here

the silent Word is pleading.

 

This, this is Christ the King,

whom shepherds guard and angels sing;

haste, haste, to bring Him laud,

the babe, the son of Mary.

 

So bring him incense, gold and myrrh,

come peasant, king to own him;

The King of kings salvation brings,

let loving hearts enthrone Him.

 

This, this is Christ the King,

whom shepherds guard and angels sing;

haste, haste, to bring Him laud,

the babe, the son of Mary.

 

PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD

 

Words of Assurance

 

You are God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved! God has already forgiven you.

You are God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved! God has already forgiven you.

Thanks be to God! Alleluia!

 

*Old Testament Reading: 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26

 

18 Samuel was ministering before the Lord, a boy wearing a linen ephod. 19 His mother used to make for him a little robe and take it to him each year, when she went up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice. 20 Then Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife, and say, “May the Lord repay you with children by this woman for the gift that she made to the Lord”; and then they would return to their home.

26 Now the boy Samuel continued to grow both in stature and in favor with the Lord and with the people.

 

Leader:   This is the Word of God, for the People of God

People:  Thanks be to God!

 

WORD AND RESPONSE

 

Time with Young Friends: “Jesus Loves Me”

 

Children’s Message: “Don’t Miss Jesus”

 

Hymn: “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”

 

It came upon the midnight clear,

that glorious song of old,

from angels bending near the earth,

to touch their harps of gold;

“Peace on the earth, good will to men,

from heaven’s all gracious King."

The world in solemn stillness lay,

to hear the angels sing.

 

Still through the cloven skies they come

with peaceful wings unfurled,

and still their heavenly music floats

o’er all the weary world;

above its sad and lowly plains,

they bend on hovering wing,

and ever o'er its Babel sounds

the blessed angels sing.

 

And ye, beneath life’s crushing load,

whose forms are bending low,

who toil along the climbing way

with painful steps and slow,

look now! for glad and golden hours

come swiftly on the wing.

O rest beside the weary road,

and hear the angels sing!

 

For lo! the days are hastening on,

by prophet seen of old,

when with the ever circling years

shall come the time foretold

when peace shall over all the earth

its ancient splendors fling,

and the whole world send back the song

which now the angels sing.

 

Sermon: “Lost at Home” Luke 2:41-52

 

41 Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. 42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival. 43 When the festival was ended and they started to return, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. 44 Assuming that he was in the group of travelers, they went a day’s journey. Then they started to look for him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 When his parents saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, “Child, why have you treated us like this? Look, your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety.” 49 He said to them, “Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” 50 But they did not understand what he said to them. 51 Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart.

 

52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favor.

 

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

 

Hymn: “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”

 

God rest you merry, gentlemen,

let nothing you dismay,

for Jesus Christ, our Saviour,

was born upon this day,

to save us all from Satan's power

when we were gone astray.

 

O tidings of comfort and joy,

comfort and joy;

O tidings of comfort and joy!

 

In Bethlehem in Judah

this blessed babe was born,

and laid within a manger

upon this blessed morn;

for which his mother Mary

did nothing take in scorn.

 

O tidings of comfort and joy,

comfort and joy;

O tidings of comfort and joy!

 

From God our heavenly Father

a blessed angel came,

and unto certain shepherds

brought tidings of the same,

how that in Bethlehem was born

the Son of God by name.

 

O tidings of comfort and joy,

comfort and joy;

O tidings of comfort and joy!

 

The shepherds at these tidings

rejoiced much in mind,

and left their flocks a-feeding

in tempest, storm and wind,

and went to Bethlehem straightway,

the blessed babe to find.

 

O tidings of comfort and joy,

comfort and joy;

O tidings of comfort and joy!

 

Now to the Lord sing praises,

all you within this place,

and with true love and brotherhood

each other now embrace.

this holy tide of Christmas

all others doth deface.

 

O tidings of comfort and joy,

comfort and joy;

O tidings of comfort and joy!

 

Psalter: Psalm 148

 

1    Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens;

praise him in the heights!

2    Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his host!

3    Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars!

4    Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens!

5    Let them praise the name of the LORD, for he commanded and they were created.

6    He established them forever and ever;

he fixed their bounds, which cannot be passed.

7    Praise the LORD from the earth, you sea monsters and all deeps,

8    fire and hail, snow and frost, stormy wind fulfilling his command!

9    Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars!

10   Wild animals and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds!

11   Kings of the earth and all peoples,  princes and all rulers of the earth!

12   Young men and women alike, old and young together!

13   Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted;

his glory is above earth and heaven.

14   He has raised up a horn for his people, praise for all his faithful,

for the people of Israel who are close to him. Praise the LORD!

 

Gloria Patri

 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

And to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now

And ever shall be,

World without end. Amen. Amen

 

 Prayers of the People  Joys and concerns:       

Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer

 

SENDING FORTH

 

Hymn: “Joy to the World” 

 

Joy to the world, the Lord is come!

Let earth receive her King;

let every heart prepare him room,

and heaven and nature sing,

and heaven and nature sing,

and heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.

 

Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns!

Let all their songs employ;

while fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains

repeat the sounding joy,

repeat the sounding joy,

repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.

 

No more let sins and sorrows grow,

nor thorns infest the ground;

he comes to make his blessings flow

far as the curse is found,

far as the curse is found,

far as, far as, the curse is found.

 

He rules the world with truth and grace,

and makes the nations prove

the glories of his righteousness,

and wonders of his love,

and wonders of his love,

and wonders, wonders, of his love.

 

Benediction

 

 

 

 
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