Order of Worship
December 31, 2017 – New Year’s Eve
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We Open Ourselves to God and Each Other
Prelude “Away In a Manager” James Osorio, Piano Timothy Foster, Cello
Welcome and Announcements
*Call to Worship
Liturgist: Praise the One who spoke and made everything!
People: Let the rivers ripple with joy;
let the mountains stomp their feet.
Liturgist: Praise the One who adopts all of us as children!
People: Let old folks tell familiar stories;
let little children swim with dolphins.
Liturgist: Praise God!
People: We will sing of God’s glory;
we will shout our joy to the heavens.
*Opening Hymn of Praise #251 “Go Tell It on the Mountain”
Call to Reconciliation
It is easy to become slaves to our passions, it is harder to live as God’s children. Let us confess the easy choices we have made, so God can strengthen us to be faithful sisters and brothers of Christ .
Unity Prayer of Forgiveness
Abba God: we know that given the chance, we rarely praise others. We are guided more by meanness than by your gentleness. And we are seldom wise enough to listen to your voice, preferring instead the sweet, sweet songs of sin.
Forgive us, Heart of Heaven. Touch those inner places of hope and joy that they might become the gifts we can offer to those around us, as we seek to follow Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
Silence is kept
Assurance of Pardon
Minister: Hear the good news; the time is now; the place is here: God has redeemed us from sin; God has claimed us as the children of Hope.
Congregation: Praise God, all people, for life is given to us anew; eternity is our home. Thanks be to God. Amen.
*Passing the Peace
We invite the congregation to openly greet one another. Show a smile, shake a hand, give a hug. Let’s share God’s love with one another. During the singing of “Blest Be the Tie That Binds”, please find your way back to your seat as we continue fellowship.
*Song of Response sung while on the way back to our seats
#557 “Blest Be the Tie That Binds”
Blest be the tie that binds
Our hearts in Christian love.
The fellowship of kindred minds
Is like to that above.
Moment as Children
We Listen Together for the Divine Word
Anthem “The Holy Boy” Micah Gleason, soloist
Prayer of Illumination
Speak to us, Lord.
Speak to us in the waiting, the watching,
the hoping, the longing,
the sorrow, the sighing, the rejoicing.
Speak to us by your Word in these Advent days,
and walk with us until the day of your coming. Amen.
1st Scripture Reading Psalm 148
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All: Thanks be to God.
2nd Scripture Reading Luke 2: 22-40
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All: Thanks be to God.
Sermon “Hope Is Here” Gracie Bates-Davis, M.Div.
We Respond to God’s Call
*Hymn of Response #228 “He Is Born”
Invitation to the Offering
Offertory “As We Come Together”
#95 “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow”
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
praise him, all creatures here below;
praise him above, ye heavenly host;
praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen
*Prayers of the People
After a brief introductory prayer, the people are invited to offer brief expressions of intercession, petition, or thanksgiving.
After each prayer the pastor will offer: Come Holy Spirit – And the people will respond: Hear our prayer!
The Lord’s Prayer
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 sins,
as we forgive those who sin against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
*Hymn #240 “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
Guest Pastor: Gracie Bates-Davis, M.Div .
Liturgist: Deborah Major
Director of Music – Organist: Joe Wilkinson