Bulletin for Dec. 30

PRELUDE by Janesta Williams, Organist

THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH
Glenda Manus, Liturgist

ENTERING GOD’S HOUSE

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: Praise God! Praise the Lord, all creation!
People: Stars glittering with grace, humpback whales singing of hope: all praise our God!
Leader: Praise God! Praise the Lord, all you people!
People: 12-year-olds, and 80 plus, wise and those learning to walk: all praise our God!
Leader: Praise God! Praise the Lord, in every moment, in every place!
People: In church, or relaxing at home; in a class and at the doctor’s office: we will praise our God!

*HYMN No. 38 It Came Upon the Midnight Clear

*CALL TO CONFESSION
Leader: We like to think we are wise beyond our years; but when we look at our lives as God’s people, we discover we still act too often like little children. Let us confess how we always want our way, rather than following God’s.

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
People: You set boundaries for us, Holy God, yet we continue to cross over
them into sin. Believing we are wiser than you, we are amazed that you would question our actions and lives. Offering us the warm sweater of love, we would rather slip our lives into the sleeves of bitterness and anger. Challenging us to carry one another’s burdens, we complain about how heavy and uncomfortable they are. Forgive us, Searching God, and clothe us with your gifts of compassion, humility, patience, and hope. Then, dressed as your grateful people, may we go forth to live as sisters and brothers of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.

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

*ASSURANCE OF PARDON
Leader: The good news is simple: God loves us so much, we are forgiven and granted new life.
People: Praise God! As forgiven people, we will go to forgive others, and share God’s grace with them. Amen.
(Lectionary Liturgies, Christmas 1, Dec. 30, 2012)

*GLORIA PATRI No. 579

MOMENT WITH THE CHILDREN by Pat Oglesby

HEARING GOD’S WORD

*HYMN No. 27 Gentle Mary Laid Her Child

(Please pass prayer cards to the end of the pew so they may be collected as we sing.)

SCRIPTURE Luke 2:41-52 New Testament Page No. 59 in pew Bible

SERMON
RELATIVE ALERT!!! by Rev. McSpadden

*RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD

*DECLARATION OF FAITH
The people of God have often misused God’s promises as excuses for doing nothing about present evils. But in Christ the new world has already broken in and the old can no longer be tolerated. We know our efforts cannot bring in God’s kingdom. But hope plunges us into the struggle for victories over evil that are possible now in the world, the church, and our individual lives. Hope gives us courage and energy to contend against all opposition, however invincible it may seem, for the new world and the new humanity that are surely coming. He has been Lord from the beginning. He will be Lord at the end. Even now he is Lord. ( A Declaration of Faith, Chapter 10 (5))

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

THE OFFERING

*THE DOXOLOGY NO. 592

*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

*HYMN OF RESPONSE NO. 29 Go, Tell It on the Mountain

*BENEDICTION

*POSTLUDE

*Please stand.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

As we pray today we will be remembering Ramah Presbyterian Church in York, SC and its 38 members.

E- 3 DEADLINE ON TUESDAY
If you plan to take advantage of the numerous E-3 Workshops at Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church (Rock Hill) on Sunday afternoon January the 13th, please see Randy after church today. The deadline to register is Jan. 8. For many years E-3 has been valuable and useful for those who have taken the time to attend. You can register online.

CHRISTMAS EVE OFFERING
The offering received at the Christmas Eve Service that will be divided between Lancaster HOPE and the Greater New Hope Christian Association Soup Kitchen totaled $852.00. You may still donate to this today. Just make your check payable to Van Wyck Presbyterian Church and designate on it for “Christmas Eve Offering”.

GREETERS AND USHERS
Jeff and RoseMary Bean

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