Children’s Christmas Worship Celebration “Star Search”

The youth of FPC lead us in adorable worship while sharing the core message of our faith.

The Service for the Lord’s Day 3rd Sunday of Advent

 

Children’s Christmas Worship Celebration “Star Search”

December 16, 2018

 

WE GATHER TO PRAISE GOD, THE LORD OF LIFE

Prelude                             “Comfort, Comfort, Now My People”                                 E  Hovland

“Comfort, Comfort, Now My People”                                     G Near

“O Come, O Come Emmanuel”                            arr. D Callhoun

 

News of the Church

Please complete the attendance form found in the red Welcome book in your pew.  Prayer request forms are also available in the Welcome book.  Thank you.

 

*The Greeting and Welcoming of One Another

(There are no strangers in God’s House, just friends we have not yet met.

Greet your neighbor with Christian love and let them know that you’re glad to see them!)

 

*Hymn                                                       “Glory”                                                    M Maher

 

*Call to Worship

Leader:     We gather in search of joyful news;

People:    and respond with joyful praise!

Leader:     We seek the Christ Child, to be born in a manger;

People:    and He seeks us, to live in our hearts!

Leader:     As Christmas approaches, we wait for the promised Savior; we prepare

our hearts for the joy He provides; and we search for the light that leads

the way.

ALL:        Let us worship and praise God!

 

Lighting of the Advent Candle

He came down that we may have joy; he came down that we may have

                        joy; he came down that we may have joy; hallelujah forevermore.  

 

*Prayer of Confession (Unison)

Dear Lord, we hang Christmas lights on our Christmas trees and our homes, but often forget to illuminate You.  We shop for and wrap presents, even though we know You are the true gift of the season.  We sing of being merry and jolly, but You alone bring us true joy.  Help us to be beacons of Your light.  Encourage us to open our hearts to Your presence.  Help us to remember that happiness comes and goes, but the joy You give is eternal…(Silent time of prayer)

 

*Assurance of Pardon

Leader:     Upon His birth, many people sought Jesus; Jesus now seeks us.  He gives

us gifts.  He wraps us in love and forgiveness so that we may shine brightly

to lead others to Him.

      ALL:          Thanks be to God!

 

* The Gloria Patri – Hymn Tune, 581

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.

 

Children’s Message

After the Children’s Message, preschoolers through 1st graders may continue to Millard Hall for Children’s Church.  All other students are asked to remain in worship.

 

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

Children’s Christmas Worship Celebration “Star Search”

 

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

Prayers of the People and The Lord’s Prayer (Unison)

       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.

 

Offertory                  “Joyous Angel” (Angels We Have Heard on High)              arr. J Raney

 

*Doxology (The Hymnal, p. 606)

 

*Prayer of Dedication

 

WE GO FORTH TO SERVE

 *Hymn #100                                                          “My Soul Cries Out with a Joyful Shout”

 

*Benediction

 

Postlude                 “Festive Angels” (Angels We Have Heard on High)             arr. J Raney

 

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*Please stand, in body or in spirit