Bulletin for Dec. 25

Christmas Day

PRELUDE by Rob Johns, Pianist

HYMNS by David Cook, Pianist

THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH
Shirley Cauthen, Liturgist

ENTERING GOD’S HOUSE

CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: Wonder of wonders, God has come to us!
People: Not as a judge, but a Savior, not in power, but as a servant.
Leader: Wonder of wonders, God comes to us!
People: Not in silence, but in the Word made flesh; not in the shadows, but bringing Light.
Leader: Wonder of wonders! People: God is with us!

*HYMN No. 38 It Came Upon the Midnight Clear

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Leader: God became one of us, so that we could see the face of love, hear the voice of peace, be touched by the hand of grace, know the heart of mercy. God comes to us, offering us forgiveness and peace. Please join with me as we pray together, saying,
People: You came in weakness, Mighty God: forgive our grasping for power. You came in humility, Prince of Peace: forgive us for wanting more than others. You came in poverty, Everlasting One: forgive us when we do not see members of your family sleeping on the streets in downtown Charlotte. You came in gentleness, Wonderful Counselor: forgive us for the anger we speak and the pain we cause. Child of Bethlehem, be born in us today: forgive us, heal us, make us new; then we will join the angels in singing your praises this Christmas Day and all the days to come. Amen

*KYRIE ELEISON
Lord, have mercy upon us. Christ, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us.

*ASSURANCE OF PARDON
Leader: Break forth into singing, children of God: for the Babe comes to comfort us, like a mother rocking her son to sleep, like a father wiping away the tears of his daughter.
People: (sung) Joy to the Word, 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.
(Lectionary Liturgies, Christmas Day-B)

*GLORIA PATRI No. 579

MOMENT WITH THE CHILDREN by Pat Oglesby

HEARING GOD’S WORD

*HYMN No. 31 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
(Please pass prayer cards to the end of the pew so they may be collected as we sing.)

SCRIPTURE Luke 2:1-20 New Testament pages 58 in pew Bible

SERMON – PRESENTS, FEASTS, AND FAMILY by Rev. McSpadden

RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD

* THE APOSTLES’ CREED
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried, he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead, he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen

PASTORAL PRAYER AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

*THE OFFERING

*THE DOXOLOGY No. 592

*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

*CLOSING HYMN No. 23 Angels We Have Heard on High

*BENEDICTION

*POSTLUDE by Rob Johns

* Please Stand

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