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GATHERING

+All are invited to stand. If you are more comfortable remaining seated, please feel free to do so.

PRELUDE

Sing We Now of Christmas

arr. Jeremy Yowell

Melanie Wright

WELCOME & OUR CHURCH AT WORK

One:

Come, let everyone in this place receive the love of God,

extended in and through this community.

All:

No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey,

you are welcome here.

One:

Let us greet one another with the peace of Christ.

             (The congregation is invited to greet each other.)

+SONG

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.

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.

REFLECTING

CHILDREN’S TIME

 Analiese Hill

SPECIAL MUSIC

In the Bleak Midwinter

Elizabeth Wills, soloist

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

Our prayer will include the opportunity to offer individual prayers, aloud or silently.

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.

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,

for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.  Amen.

ENGAGING

MODERN LESSON

Every Ending is a New Beginning

by Faolodrin

        I used to think

That every ending

Was just that

The end

But as time goes on

I've come to realise

That time goes on

My life continues

New things come

And old things go

At every ending

I've tried to die

But every time

I live

And every time I wonder why

But as time goes on

I've come to realise

That time goes on

My life continues

It is different every time

And every time

A new ending comes

But every time

There is a new beginning

It makes life worth living

And it took times like these

So hard

And horrible to bear

To realise

That every ending

Is a new beginning

SERMON

Wrapping Things Up

Rev. Lee Ann

RESPONDING

SONG

Have I Told You Lately

             CHORUS:

                BRIDGE:

Have I told you lately that I love you?

Have I told you there's no one else above you?

Fill my heart with gladness, take away all my sadness,

ease my troubles that's what you do.

For the morning sun in all its glory,

greets the day with hope and comfort, too.

You fill my life with laughter, and somehow you make it better,

ease my troubles that's what you do.

There's a love that's divine, and it's yours and it's mine like the sun.

And at the end of the day, we should give thanks and pray

to the one, to the one.

CHORUS. BRIDGE. CHORUS

Take away all my sadness, fill my life with gladness,

ease my troubles that's what you do.  (Repeat one time)

INVITING GENEROSITY

+SONG OF PRAISE

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

Praise God, all creatures here below:  Alleluia!  Alleluia!

Praise God, the source of all our gifts!

Praise Jesus Christ whose power uplifts!

Praise the Spirit, Holy Spirit!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!

PRAYER

GOING FORTH

+SONG

Tiny Bubbles

First Congo Ukers      

As we sing, glasses of sparkling wine (both champagne and non-alcoholic) will be passed for our toast. Please hold until song is completed.  

CHORUS:

Tiny bubbles, in the wine,

make me happy, make me feel fine.

Tiny bubbles, make me warm all over

with a feeling that I’m gonna love you till the end of time.

So here’s to the golden moon and here’s to the silver sea,

but most of all a toast to you and me.               (CHORUS)

So here’s to the ginger lei I give to you today,

and here’s a kiss that will not fade away.         (CHORUS)

+TOAST

Auld Lang Syne

   

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

and never brought to mind?

Should auld acquaintance be forgot

and days of auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,

for auld lang syne.

We'll take a cup o' kindness yet,

for auld lang syne.

+POSTLUDE

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

 arr. Tom Roed

Melanie Wright