First Sunday of Christmas, Revised Common Lectionary Year B
Gathering Music: Hymn #142: “ ’Twas in the Moon of Wintertime” ~ Pastor Scott
Welcome and Announcements
Prelude: “What Child Is This?” ~ arr. Kenon D. Renfrow
Call to Worship
This is good news of great joy for all!
Our Savior is born, Messiah, the Lord.
Now we have seen the saving love of the Lord,
The glory of God’s people and a light to all.
Please join me in this Christmas Litany.
Lighting the Advent Wreath
We gather in our homes and light candles to warm our hearts with the Holy Spirit and remember God’s promises. We light the Christ candle to remember Christ’s birth so long ago.
We light this candle for the Christ child (light the Christ candle).
Christ’s light enables all lives to be kindled for God’s heavenly reign. From this, we light the Advent candles of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love.
Our first candle is the candle of Hope. “The light of hope shines in the darkness and the darkness has never put it out.”
We light this candle for Hope (light the first candle).
Our second candle is the candle of peace. This candle glows with a calm steadiness that centers our minds and bodies on Christ.
We light this candle for Peace (light the second candle).
Our third candle is the candle of Joy; this candle sparks praise in our souls for Christ is with us and has been with us ever since Mary replied to the angel, “I am the Lord’s servant. Let it be with me just as you have said.”
We light this candle for Joy (light the third candle).
Our fourth candle is the candle of Love; this candle reminds us that Jesus is love. He is with us always and loves us unconditionally through all the events in our lives – in birth and death, in joy and sorrow.
We light this candle for Love (light the fourth candle).
Thank you, God, for sending Jesus as a gift to us. Thank you that he loves us so much and teaches us how to love others. Thank you for letting us celebrate Jesus’ birth each year with Christmas. Help us to remember that the greatest gift we receive this and every Christmas is Jesus.
Hymn of Praise #119: “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
Invitation to Healing
Let us give our incomplete and broken selves to the One whose mercy endures from generation to generation, and who makes us whole.
Prayer for Wholeness
God our Savior, we confess that we fail to live in your light. You reveal your saving love, but we hide your love from others. You claim us as your children, but we do not claim you as our God. Forgive us, God of grace. Let your will be done in our lives so that we may live in peace according to your word; through Jesus Christ our Lord we pray…
Please continue in silent prayer
Hymn #469 “Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying”
Assurance and Passing of the Peace
Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!
Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. Please share a sign of peace.
You are invited to share God’s Peace with those with whom you are worshiping.
Sung Response: Hymn #654 “In the Lord I’ll Be Ever Thankful”
Celebrating Joys: Where we have seen God at work
Hymn #148 “Mary and Joseph Came to the Temple”
Prayer of Illumination:
Holy God, our hope and strength, by the power of your Spirit prepare the way in our hearts for the coming of your Word, so that we may see the glorious signs of your promise fulfilled; through Jesus Christ or Lord. Amen.
Hebrew Scripture: Isaiah 61:10-62:3
“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”
Epistle Reading: Galatians 4:4-7
“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”
Gospel Reading: Luke 2:22-40
“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”
Reflection: “When the Waiting is Over” ~ Pastor Scott Crane
Please spend several moments in silent reflection
RESPONSE TO THE WORD
Hymn of Response: #545 “Lord, Bid Your Servant Go in Peace”
Affirmation of Faith: ~ Adapted from the Confession of 1967, 9.19
Out of Israel, God in due time raised up Jesus. His faith and obedience were the response of the perfect child of God. He was the fulfillment of God’s promise to Israel, the beginning of the new creation, and the pioneer of the new humanity. He gave history its meaning and direction and called the church to be his servant for the reconciliation of the world.
Intercessory Prayers of the People
As children of God and heirs of the promise, let us pray to the Lord, saying,
Loving God, hear our prayer. For the holy church of God, that all who have been baptized into Christ may shine like the dawn, bear witness to the Good News of Jesus, and light the way of salvation in Jesus’ name, let us pray to the Lord: Loving God, hear our prayer.
For the nations of the earth, that governments and those in authority may protect the vulnerable, shelter the oppressed, and pursue the way of peace, let us pray to the Lord: Loving God, hear our prayer.
For our communities and for all places of human interaction and livelihood,
that kindness may abound, compassion prevail, and harmony endure, let us pray to the Lord: Loving God, hear our prayer.
For the planet earth, our home, that we may honor her gifts, respect her limitations, and protect her resources, let us pray to the Lord: Loving God, hear our prayer.
For those troubled with illness, hardship, or conflict, that they may receive healing for their bodies, release from their burdens, and mending of their brokenness, let us pray to the Lord: Loving God, hear our prayer.
Hear us, O God, for our eyes have seen your salvation. Let your light shine through us and fill the world with the radiance of your love revealed in Jesus Christ, our Lord; we pray all this through our Lord Jesus Christ who taught his disciples to pray, saying:
The Lord’s Prayer: “…debts…debtors…” Hymnal p. 35 (Español p. 40)
Invitation to Present Our Offerings
Members, friends, and guests: Church expenses total roughly $1900 a month. Thank you for your commitment and your generosity. Please make checks out to First Presbyterian Church of Trout Lake, PO Box 210, Trout Lake, WA 98650.
Offering of Thanksgiving with Poetry: “A Very Merry Christmas Prayer”
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Dedication
Loving God, we give you thanks for the light of the world, Jesus Christ, through whom we have received adoption as your children. With Jesus as our brother, we dedicate ourselves in ministry to the world, that we may live as heirs of your promises to the honor and glory of your name. Amen.
Closing Hymn #546 “Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing”
Do not be afraid, for God is with you and will strengthen you in your journey through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever!
May the blessing of God, who creates, redeems, and restores, be with you now and always. “May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the [snow] fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may you be held in the palm of God’s hand.”
Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth”
Question for Reflection
Consider what it means to be a child of God by adoption. What does it mean to you to think of yourself as a brother or sister of Jesus, who is the Son of God?
Household Prayer for Morning and Evening
Lord, reveal to me this day the salvation that you have prepared for all people. With Jesus Christ, help me be a light to the nations and a sign of your glorious promise to Israel. Tonight, let your servant sleep in peace, and upon waking again, give energy for another day to fulfill your gracious word in the world as Christ’s own. Amen.