The Glory of Christmas (Cantata)

The Service for the Lord’s Day 2nd Sunday of Advent

Christmas Cantata “The Glory of Christmas”

December 9, 2018

 

WE GATHER TO PRAISE GOD, THE LORD OF LIFE

Prelude                          “The Angel Gabriel From Heaven Came”                   arr. H Hopson

Toccata on “One Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry”            arr. G Macchia

 

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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 #82                                                                  “Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus”

 

*Call to Worship

Leader:     We come today in anticipation;

People:    hopeful and eager to witness the glory of Christmas.

Leader:     Christmas is in the air, it is in our hearts and homes;

People:    but the glory of the season is in the coming of the Savior!

Leader:     Lift up your voices and sing praises to the Lord, who saved the world

through His birth in a manger.

ALL:        Let us worship and praise the glory of God!

 

Lighting of the Advent Candle                                                  Kathy Stockham and Arline Oliver

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

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

 

*Prayer of Confession (Unison)

Dear Lord, we know the true meaning of Christmas, but we let ourselves be distracted by commercials and tinsel.  We shop for gifts, bake and decorate until we are too tired to spend time with family and in Your Word.  We smile and wish each other a Merry Christmas while trying to remember what comes next on the to-do list.  Help us to remember the true glory of Advent:  preparing our hearts and minds for You!  Help us to celebrate by sharing the glory of the season with all we meet…(Silent time of prayer)

 

*Assurance of Pardon

Leader:     As we exchange gifts this Christmas season, let us praise Jesus for the gift

of mercy and forgiveness He gives us today and every day, until we can

witness His glory face to face.

      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

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          “The Glory of Christmas”          L Larson

 

The Hope of Christmas                                     “Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning”

The Promise of Christmas                                                   “Prepare the Way of the Lord!”

The Wonder of Christmas                                                “Child of Promise, Child of Love”

Gloria Stover, soloist

The Majesty of Christmas                                                               “Jesus Is Born Tonight”

The Mystery of Christmas                                                  “Christ Is Born This Holy Night”

The Brilliance of Christmas                                                 “Guide Us to the Perfect Light”

The Glory of Christmas                                                               “The Glory of Christmas!”

 

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                                        “The Rocking Carol”                                             A Page

 

*Doxology (The Hymnal, p. 606)

 

*Prayer of Dedication

 

WE GO FORTH TO SERVE 

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

 

*Benediction

 

Postlude                   Voluntary on “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus”          arr. G Macchia

 

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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

Kameron Brooks                  Dennis Brown                       Lois Feddersen                    Pat Gates

Jan Jackson                         David McBride                      John Nelson                          Phyllis Phillips

Alan Reinarz                         Betty Sender                         Bob Shuster                          Amy Smith

Pam Smith                            Gloria Stover                         Lily Symens                          Myrna Vasta

Karlene Werner                    James Wilson                       Mary Wilson

 

Orchestra

Flute: Christine Beard, Diane Diffey                                                                                Oboe: Andrea Smith

Clarinet: Gene Williams, Renee Pflughaupt                                                                   Bassoon: James Compton

Horn: Garrett Law, Kathleen Campbell                                                                           Trumpet: Debbie Bouffard,

Cello: Sophia Potter                                                                                                                            Jaime Tyser, Jesse McBee

Timpani: Scott Shinbara                                                                                                     Bass: Jeremy Baguyos

Trombone: Paul Niedbalski, Noel Johnson                                                                    Tuba: Jay Wise

Percussion: Jason Dominokos                                                                                         Violin: Frank Seligman, Melissa Pruss

Viola: Molly Moriarty