Have You Heard?

Today the Cantata takes the place of the sermon. Hear God’s word through a series of narration and song. What a wonderful way to praise God for the arrival of our Savior!

The Service for the Lord’s Day
December 15, 2019    10:30 am
2019 Christmas Cantata
“Have You Heard?”

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WE GATHER TO PRAISE GOD, THE LORD OF LIFE

Prelude                                 “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”                         arr. M Thomson

“Come, Thou Redeemer of the Earth”                          arr. J Lee

 

News of the Church

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*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                                                  “Our God”                                                          C Tomlin

(Christmas Lyrics: Mark Cole)

Call to Worship

Leader:     We gather today as those who know the Good News;

People:    and as people who want to be bearers of it.

Leader:     The joy and promise of the Christ Child is life changing;

People:    and worthy of sharing with all we know and all we meet.

       Leader:     The Shepherds did not keep the glorious news of Christ a

secret, and neither should we.  Go spread the Light of the world to its

darkest corners.

ALL:        Let us worship God!

 

Lighting of the Advent Candle:  The Shepherds’ Candle

 

*Hymn                                           “Go Light the World”                                                  C Rice

 

*Prayer of Confession (Unison)

       Dear Lord, we live in an age where news travels at the speed of light.  Whether on web pages, social media or more traditional media sources, anything happening across the world can be shared within seconds.  The internet is overflowing with the latest tragedies, crime sprees and errors in judgement.  We are people who love the latest story, whether true, false or enhanced.  Help us, Lord, to turn away from the distracting news of the world and focus on You.  Guide us away from the sensational and toward the miraculous.  Teach us to be shepherds, curious enough to seek You, determined enough to find You and bold enough to share You..…(Silent time of prayer)

 

*Assurance of Pardon

Leader:     Even when our voices are quiet and the light within us is dim, Jesus fills us, ignites us, loves us and forgives us.

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.

 

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD 

Children’s Message                                                                                               A J Baratta

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.

 

Cantata                                       “Have You Heard?”                                           Joel Raney

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Christmas Day in the Morning

Come Messiah, Come Emmanuel

Have You Heard?

Celtic Christmas Lullaby

O Little Town of Bethlehem

O Holy Night

Come and Adore Him

Wexford Carol/Finale

Gloria Stover, Soloist

 

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

*Hymn #93                                                              “Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates”

 

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.

 

Offering

Offertory                                “Exspecto Adventum”                                      JW Greene

 

 

*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                                     “The Advent of Our God”                                   JW Greene

 

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*Please stand, in body or in spirit

 

Thanks to the choir and orchestra for sharing their talents with us this morning!

Chancel Choir

AJ Baratta             Jesse Black          Jennifer Blake      Kameron Brooks

Lois Feddersen    Pat Gates              Jan Jackson          Michaela Johnson

Javaneh Jones     Seth Jones            Mary Mahoney     David McBride

Melissa McBride  John Nelson          Phyllis Phillips      Alan Reinarz

Bob Shuster          Amber Stover       Gloria Stover         Lily Symens

Myrna Vasta         Mary Wilson

 

Orchestra

Samantha Perkins, Violin

Rachael Neff, Violin

Molly Moriarty, Viola

Sophia Potter, Cello

Scott Shinbara, Percussion

Michael Frey, Fiddle

Christine Beard, Irish Flute

 

As you leave today, think of how you can share the light of the Shepherd’s candle with the world and make it brighter in your own daily lives.