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Prelude:                                                                                          Tina Andersen

Lighting the Path & Ringing of the Bells

Welcome & Greeting

Call to Worship   (Psalm 92:1-4)

Leader:        Give thanks to the Lord.

People:        We bring praises to the Most High God.

Leader:        We declare your steadfast love in the morning

People:        and our faithfulness by night.

Leader:        The Lord’s work makes us glad.

People:        The works of God’s hands make us sing for joy.

Prayer of Praise and Adoration (Unison)                                     

        With joy in our hearts, we lift our voices to the Lord.

        United with the saints of old and hoping with the saints to come,

        we offer our songs of worship to the living God. Amen

Opening Hymn:                         O Come, All Ye Faithful                            ADESTE FIDELES                                                         

1 O come, all ye faithful,

joyful and triumphant! 
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem,
come and behold him,

born the King of angels; 


3 Child, for us sinners
poor and in the manger,
we would embrace thee, with love and awe;
who would not love thee,
loving us so dearly? [Refrain]


O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him, 
O come, let us adore him, Christ, the Lord

4 Yea, Lord, we greet thee,
born for our salvation,
Jesus, to thee be all glory given;
Word of the Father,
now in flesh appearing: [Refrain]

2 Sing choirs of angels,

sing in exultation,

sing, all ye citizens of heaven above!

Glory to God, all

glory in the highest. [Refrain]

Time for the Young and Young at Heart                                                   Barb Thurlby


Scripture                 Psalm 92:1-4 (NRSV)

        It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
        to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night,

        to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre.

        For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work;

        at the works of your hands I sing for joy.

Hymn                                        Hark! the Herald Angels Sing

1 Hark! the herald-angels sing,
"Glory to the new-born King;
peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!"
Joyful, all ye nations, rise,
join the triumph of the skies;
with the angelic host proclaim,
"Christ is born in Bethlehem."
Hark, the herald-angels sing,
"Glory to the new-born King!"

3 Hail, the heaven-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
risen with healing in his wings,
mild he lays his glory by,
born that we no more may die,
born to raise us from the earth,
born to give us second birth.
Hark, the herald-angels sing,
"Glory to the new-born King!"

2 Christ, by highest heaven adored,
Christ, the everlasting Lord!
Late in time behold him come,
offspring of the Virgin's womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
hail the incarnate Deity,
pleased in flesh with us to dwell,
Jesus, our Emmanuel.
Hark, the herald-angels sing,
"Glory to the new-born King!"

Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer & The Lord’s Prayer 

Hymn                                         It Came Upon a Midnight Clear


1 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 all
from heaven's all-gracious King!"
The world in solemn stillness lay
to hear the angels sing.

3 And you 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!

2 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.

4 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.

Offering         Offerings may be made at or mailed to the church office.

Hymn                                        O Little Town of Bethlehem

1 O little town of Bethlehem,
how still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
the silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
the everlasting Light;
the hopes and fears of all the years
are met in thee tonight.

3 How silently, how silently,
the wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts
the joys of highest heaven.
No ear may hear Christ coming,
but in this world of sin,
where meek souls will receive him still,
the dear Christ enters in.

2 For Christ is born of Mary;
and, gathered all above,
while mortals sleep, the angels keep
their watch of wondering love.
O morning stars, together
proclaim the holy birth.
Your voices raise to God in praise;
and peace to all on earth;

4 O holy child of Bethlehem,
descend to us, we pray;
cast out our sin, and enter in,
be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels
the great glad tidings tell:
O come to us, abide with us,
our God, Emmanuel.

Prayer of Dedication of Gifts and Self (Unison)

O Faithful One,

accept these gifts of our hearts and hands.

May they be multiplied and magnified

as the living presence of Christ in the world. Amen.

Hymn                                            The First Noel


1 The first Noel, the angel did say;
was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay;
in fields where they lay keeping their sheep,
on a cold winter's night that was so deep.

3 And by the light of that same star
three wise men came from country far;
to seek for a king was their intent,
and to follow the star wherever it went: [Refrain]

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
born is the King of Israel.

4 This star drew nigh to the northwest,
o'er Bethlehem it took its rest,
and there it did both stop and stay
right over the place where Jesus lay. [Refrain]

2 They looked up and saw a star,
shining in the east, beyond them far,
and to the earth it gave great light,
and so it continued both day and night: [Refrain]

5 Then entered in those wise men three,
full reverently upon their knee,
and offered there in his presence
their gold and myrrh and frankincense: [Refrain]

Hymn                                                What Child is this?

1 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?

2 Why lies he in such mean estate
where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christian, fear: for sinners here
the silent Word is pleading: [Refrain]

This, this is Christ the King,
whom shepherds guard and angels sing:
haste, haste to bring him laud,
the Babe, the Son of Mary.

3 So bring him incense, gold and myrrh,
come, rich and poor, to own him,
the King of kings salvation brings,
let loving hearts enthrone him. [Refrain]

Hymn                                        Angels from the Realms of Glory

1 Angels, from the realms of glory,
wing your flight o'er all the earth;
you who sang creation's story,
now proclaim Messiah's birth:

3 Sages, leave your contemplations
brighter visions beam afar;
seek the great Desire of nations;
you have seen the natal star: [Refrain]

Come and worship, come and worship,
worship Christ, the new-born King.

4 Saints before the altar bending,
watching long in hope and fear,
suddenly the Lord, descending,
here among us shall appear: [Refrain]

2 Shepherds, in the field abiding,
watching o'er your flocks by night,
God with us is now residing,
yonder shines the infant light: [Refrain]

Hymn                                              Joy to the World                                       ANTIOCH

1 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,

3 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.

2 Joy to the world, 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.

Hymn                                        Go, Tell It on the Mountain

Go tell it on the mountain,
over the hills and everywhere;
go, tell it on the mountain
that Jesus Christ is born.

2 The shepherds feared and trembled,
when lo! above the earth,
rang out the angel chorus
that hailed the Savior's birth: [Refrain]

1 While shepherds kept their watching
o'er silent flocks by night,
behold throughout the heavens,
there shone a holy light. [Refrain]

3 Down in a lonely manger
the humble Christ was born,
and God sent us salvation
that blessed Christmas morn. [Refrain]

Carrying the Light into the World: The Alleluia & Blessing

Postlude:                                                                                        Tina Andersen

Mission Statement:

To live as Jesus lived:  Love without Judgement. Welcome without Exception

Serve with Compassion. Teach by Example.

Vision Statement:

God’s community of unconditional love, made real for everyone, everywhere.