Straight Outta Bethlehem

Today’s message came in the form of one of God’s most adorable blessings, the innocence of our children. Enjoy the Children’s program. The audio in the link above may be clearer than the Facebook video.

The Service for the Lord’s Day
December 8, 2019    10:30 am
Children’s Christmas Celebration
Straight Outta Bethlehem

 

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WE GATHER TO PRAISE GOD, THE LORD OF LIFE

Prelude                                        “Come, Messiah King”                                    arr. J Rouse

“Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus”                       arr. J Rouse

 

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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                                     “Bless the Lord, Oh My Soul”                                  M Redman

(Christmas Lyrics: Mark Cole)

 

Call to Worship

Leader:     We gather as people thankful for the Christ Child;

People:    the Savior who came straight out of Bethlehem into our hearts.

Leader:     We gather as followers blessed by His birth;

People:    and celebrate it though prayer, praise and song.

       Leader:     Today we learn from the children, those who Jesus used as examples of

true faith.  The child’s heart is the key to the kingdom of God.

ALL:        Let us worship God!

 

Lighting of the Advent Candle                                                             Mark and Michelle Lynch

 

*Hymn                                           “Go Light the World”                                                  C Rice

 

*Prayer of Confession (Unison)

       Dear Lord, anyone who has a child in their life knows how much work and preparation is necessary before the baby arrives.  Whether through birth, adoption, marriage or open hearts and arms, there is a time of waiting.  It is during this time we are called to prepare, but instead we complain; we become restless; we get distracted, depressed or demanding.  Help us to understand that the wait, the anticipation, and the hope are all important and necessary.  The wait teaches us fortitude and tolerance.  The wait creates the time to stop and notice others who also are waiting.  Help us to use the preparation time of Advent as a pause, a rest in our busy lives so that we will be able to appreciate and receive the blessing of Jesus.…(Silent time of prayer)

 

*Assurance of Pardon

Leader:     Life is full of delays that can either teach us or taunt us.  Jesus sees our struggle to cope as we wait for Him.  He gives us mercy, patience and the promise that the best is yet to come.

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

Children are invited to remain in Worship this morning.

Very young children may go to the nursery.

 

Message                                   “Straight Outta Bethlehem”

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We thank all the children of First Presbyterian Church, as well as the adult leaders, helpers, and parents for preparing this celebration of the coming of the Christ Child.

 

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

*Hymn #121                                                                           “O Little Town of Bethlehem”

 

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                                      “Thy Word”                                               arr. M Hayes

 

*Doxology (The Hymnal, p. 606)

 

*Prayer of Dedication

 

WE GO FORTH TO SERVE

Hymn #113                                                                     “Angels We Have Heard on High”

 

Benediction

 

Postlude                                    “Hark!  The Glad Sound”                              arr. M Burkhardt

 

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*Please stand, in body or spirit