Feb. 12, 2023

The Sermon on the Mount:

A Worship Service of Lessons and Songs

Hymn texts and prayers Copyright © 2011 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved

Call to Worship: Psalm 1:1-3

Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers.
But their delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night.
They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither.
In all that they do, they prosper.
Let us worship God together.

 Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit

Blessed are the poor in spirit; all God’s realm is surely theirs.
Those in mourning will find comfort as an answer to their prayers.
Meek ones whom this world despises will inherit everything.
God, your kingdom still surprises; may we seek the reign you bring.

Blessed, too, are those who hunger and who thirst for what is right.
They will not be prone to wander, for your will is their delight.
Those who show God’s care and mercy will receive that mercy too.
God, in Christ you show us clearly of the joy we have in you.

Those who share the peace God gives them will find blessings as God’s own.
Those oppressed for faithful living will call heaven’s kingdom Home.
When the world’s ways seem distressing and we feel life’s painful sting,
God, remind us of the blessings of the wondrous life you bring.

Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:1-20

Up On a Mountaintop (stanzas 1,2)

Up on a mountaintop, Jesus sat down,
Teaching the people who gathered around:
Look for the blessings that God kindly brings;
God’s loving kingdom is changing all things.

You are the salt and you’re also the light.
Flavor God’s world, with your faith shining bright.
Know that I’ve come here, God’s word to fulfill.
Keep the commandments and follow them well.

O God, we thank you for Jesus’ teachings to all who follow him. We thank you for the blessings of the Beatitudes, and for the wonderful surprises they bring us, about what it means for your church to live in your kingdom. Help us by your Spirit to hear your word in scripture, and to follow your way in our lives. Make us salt and light to your world. Amen.

Matthew 5:21- 26, 33-42

 Up On a Mountaintop (stanzas 3,4,5)

Let go of anger, for it is a sin.
It will destroy you, both outside and in.
Even your thinking can lead you astray;
Whatever tempts you, just throw it away.

Keep strong the bonds between husband and wife;
Keep your commitments for all of your life.
Don’t swear by heaven or by earth below;
Let “yes” be “yes” then, and let “no” be “no.”

If any hurt you, then you may resist,
But not with hatred or weapon or fist.
God’s way is stronger than any you face;
Stand up and love them! And give them God’s grace.

Prayer of Confession (unison)

O God, we have heard Jesus’ teachings many times, but we confess that sometimes we think they are impractical. We let anger take hold of us. We fail to keep our commitments to you and to others. We lack courage to follow Jesus’ way of love. Forgive us, we pray. Help us to find joy in obedience to you. Amen.

Silent Prayer

Assurance of Pardon

Jesus teaches us in Matthew 7:11, “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” In Jesus Christ, God gives us the gift of forgiveness.

In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!

Matthew 5:38-48

Up On a Mountaintop (stanza 6)

Love those who hate you and pray for them, too.
God’s mercy reaches out far beyond you.
Seek, as God’s people, God’s wholeness each day
So you can witness to God’s perfect way.

Sharing of the Peace

Leader: Jesus forgives us and calls us to new relationships with God and with each other. Let us share the peace of Christ with those around us in the pews.
Leader: The peace of Christ be with you.
People: And also with you.

Anthem/Special Music

Matthew 6:1-15

 Don’t Show Off Your Giving (stanza 1)

Don’t show off your giving — the good you are doing —
But quietly give without public display.
Let prayer be in secret, your spirit renewing.
Don’t heap empty phrases, but pray then this way:
“Our Father in heaven, may your name be holy.
We pray for your kingdom and our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we, too, pardon freely.
Protect us from troubles and evils we dread.”

The Lord’s Prayer 

Matthew 6:16-21 as a Responsive Reading

And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward.
But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal;
But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

 Don’t Show Off Your Giving (stanza 2)

Whenever you’re fasting, don’t show off to others
In hopes that your neighbors will speak well of you.
Don’t brag of your faith to your sisters and brothers,
For it is enough that God sees what you do.
Don’t hoard earthly treasure or trust your possessions;
They rust and are stolen; you’ll have them no more!
Instead seek God’s kingdom — its worth never lessens —
And find your heart’s treasure in things that endure.

Presentation of Tithes and Offerings

Offertory

Doxology

Prayer of Dedication

 Matthew 6:22-34

Don’t Show Off Your Giving (stanza 3)

The eye is a lamp and we need it for seeing,
So be like that lamp and let God’s light shine through.
You can’t serve two masters with all of your being,
So choose God or money! Which one will rule you?
And so, too, I tell you to put away worry
Of what you’ll consume or the clothes that you’ll wear.
God cares for the birds and gives flowers their glory,
So trust God for shelter and safety and care.

Prayer

Leader: We trust that God loves us and cares for our daily needs. Let us bring to God our worries, our concerns for others, and our joys. Let us pray.

Pastoral Prayer

Matthew 7:1-6

Don’t Go Round Judging Others (stanza 1)

Don’t go round judging others, or they may judge you, too.
Don’t criticize your neighbors for things you also do.
Don’t squander what is holy or waste what you’ve received.
Hold fast the faith God gives you; rejoice, give thanks, believe!

Prayer (unison)

God, you have given us the wondrous gift of faith, through our Lord Jesus Christ. Help us to find joy in this precious gift — not wasting it or ignoring it — but sharing it with others. Amen.

Matthew 7:7-12

Don’t Go Round Judging Others (stanza 2)

Ask God, and God will give you; search well, and you will find.
Knock and the door will open for God is just and kind.
Do everything for others that you want them to do.
The Law and Prophets matter! This is God’s Word for you.

Time of Silent Prayer

Leader: What do you need to ask of God? Please take a few moments for silent prayer, and ask… seek… knock…

(Silent Prayer)

Leader: Amen.

Matthew 7:13-20

Don’t Go Round Judging Others (stanza 3)

The gate to life is narrow; destruction’s way is wide.
So take the way that’s harder and let God be your guide.
Beware of those who lead you down pathways that destroy.
And seek the fruit of heaven; God gives us kingdom joy!

Prayer (unison)

Loving God, help us to give ourselves to you anew, each day. Help us to listen to your voice and to find joy in following your way. Amen.

Matthew 7:21-29

Don’t Go Round Judging Others (stanza 4)

Not all who call the Lord’s name will enter heaven’s realm,
But only those obeying will call God’s kingdom Home.
The wise hear God and follow; on rock, they stand secure.
The storms of life may shatter, but they will still endure.

Charge

Benediction

Hymn texts and prayers Copyright © 2011 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.
Email: bcgillette@comcast.net     New Hymns: www.carolynshymns.com/

Carolyn Winfrey Gillette is the author of Songs of Grace: New Hymns for God and Neighbor(Discipleship Resources/Upper Room Books, 2009) and Gifts of Love: New Hymns for Today’s Worship (Geneva Press, 2000) and the co-pastor of Limestone Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware. A complete list of her 300+ hymns can be found at www.carolynshymns.com/.

Feb. 5

Feb. 5, 2023. 

Prelude 

Welcome and Announcements 

Introit 

Call to Worship

Liturgy for Evangelism     pg. 133 – 137 (ending with hymn) 

Prayers of the People

Pastoral Prayer/Lord’s Prayer 

Sharing of Offerings   

Doxology 819 “For the Love that You Have Given”

Joyful Noise 

 Scripture   Isaiah 58:1-12, Matthew 5:13-20

Hymn 624.  Called Together and United 

Sermon     Rev. Janel Rice 

Liturgy for Evangelism  pg. 137-138 

Benediction 

Postlude 

Welcome to our guest organist Donna Ambler, retired organist from Advent Moravian Church in Bethlehem.  

January 29, 2023

Jan. 29, 2023

Prelude 

Welcome and Announcements 

Introit 

Call to Worship (by Eliza Buchakjian-Tweedy, used with permission)

What does the Lord require of you?

To do justice, and to love kindness,

and to walk humbly with our God.

What does God command of us?

To love God with all our heart,

and all our soul,

and all our mind,

and all our strength,

and to love our neighbor as ourselves.

God does not call us to ease or to comfort.

But to presence, and abundance,

and grace in our struggle.

Let us worship the God who believes in us,

and trusts in us, and abides with us.

Let us worship the God who will ask much of us,

but will be beside us and guide us every step of the way. 

Praise to our God, our Great Redeemer.  Amen.      

Hymn 790.   Guide me, O My Great Redeemer.     

General Prayer of Intercession  pg. 115

Sharing of Offerings   

Offertory Prayer 

Doxology 819 “For the Love that You Have Given”

Joyful Noise 

 Scripture   Matthew 5:1-12  

Sermon  “Surprising Company of the Blessed”    Rev. Janel Rice 

– Hymn 754.    “When Peace Like a River”   (Please join the Chancel Choir in singing).  

Celebration of Anne Ettinger  “Do it with all Thy Might”  

Special Music  “My Way”  Christian Rice, piano and vocals.

Benediction 

Postlude 

January 22, 2023

PRELUDE: “CHRISTIANS, AWAKE” WAINWRIGHT (1723)

WELCOME/ANNOUNCEMENTS

INTROIT: “HERE IS JOY” ENGLISH CAROL

CALL TO WORSHIP:

The invitation is given to every person by Jesus Christ:

Come to me! Follow me! Be my disciples!

We come to this place, to this time,

at the invitation of Jesus Christ.

In the name of Christ,

we accept the invitation to discipleship.

In the name of Christ,

as his disciples, we worship and praise God.

In the midst of a world where cruelty abounds,

we proclaim the God of Compassion.

In the midst of despair that threatens to swallow up whole lives,

we proclaim the God of Hope.

In the midst of indifference and apathy,

we proclaim the God of Love.

Come, let us worship together

and share our witness of God’s  loving presence in the world.

LITURGY: DISCIPLESHIP P.37

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE/PASTORAL PRAYER

LORD’S PRAYER

SHARING OF OFFERINGS 

DOXOLOGY 819: “FOR THE LOVE THAT YOU HAVE GIVEN”

OFFERTORY PRAYER

JOYFUL NOISE: LEHIGH CONFERENCE OF CHURCHES

SCRIPTURE: MATTHEW 4:12-24, PG. 785 CHERYL FERRICH

1 CORINTHIANS 1:10-18, PG. 926

SPECIAL MUSIC: GARY GIPSON

MESSAGE JOSHUA FOLLWEILER, STUDENT PASTOR

HYMN: “Come Now and Sing” No. 481 

BENEDICTION

POSTLUDE

January 15, 2023

Order of Worship – January 15, 2023

Prelude: ”Chorales in D” J. s. Bach (1685)

Welcome & Announcements

Introit: “The Angel Gabriel” English Carol

Call to Worship:

This morning we remember dreams and dreamers. Joseph’s dreams were filled with uncertainty.

We, too, know the uncertainty of dreaming. May we, like Joseph, respond in faith.

Mary dreamt about a child and a new beginning.

We, too, dream of new beginnings. May we, like Mary, respond in hope.

After encountering Jesus and being visited in their dreams, the Magi returned home differently.

God’s vision can alter our plans. May we, like the Magi, respond with our feet.

There have been many dreams and many dreamers. Today we remember Martin Luther King Jr., who dreamed of justice rolling down like the waters. He dreamed of a beloved community where all people find kinship, belonging, dignity, and love.

Like Dr. King, we, too, dream of justice and your beloved community. May we, through your, respond with our actions, our voices, and our lives.

Holy God, awaken us to our dreams and your voice speaking from within them.

Awaken us to your world, Holy God — and to the places where our greatest joy can meet the world’s greatest need.

Liturgy for Peace and Justice: p.148

Pastoral Prayer

Sharing of Offerings 

Doxology 819: “For the Love that You Have Given”

Offertory Prayer 

Joyful Noise

We will be sharing with the Outreach Team of the Lehigh Conference of Churches that travels throughout the Valley connecting with those living unsheltered to provide supplies and build trusting relationships. These outreach workers especially help in these cold (and hot) seasons seeking to explore  permanent housing options.

Pastoral Prayer

Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12, pg.    John 1:29-42, pg.    Olga Pirone

Hymn: “We Are Called to Be God’s People” No. 635 v. 1,3

Message: Joshua Follweiler

Hymn: “Ye Who Called, Ye Who Called” No. 636

Benediction

Postlude 

January 8, 2023

Jan. 8, 2023

Prelude 

Welcome and Announcements 

Introit 

Call to Worship

Congregational Watchword 2023:  “Inquire first for the word of the Lord.”  2 Chronicles 18:4. 

Liturgy for Epiphany  pg. 65. 

– Prayers of the People 

Sharing of Offerings 

Doxology 819 “For the Love that You Have Given”

Offertory Prayer 

Joyful Noise 

Scripture  Matthew 2:1-12.     Peter Swavely. 

Choir Anthem   “We Three Kings”   (Hopkins, 1857) 

Message

Sacrament of Holy Communion for Christ’s Coming pg. 183 

Serving of the Bread (start with hymns on pg. 186)

Serving of the Cup (start with hymns on pg. 190) 

Postlude 

January 1, 2023

Jan. 1, 2023 

Prelude 

Welcome and Announcements 

Introit 

Call to Worship 

Congregational Watchword for 2022

 “O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.” (Psalm 51:15).

Hymn 310.  At your Feet, Our God and Father 

Selection of Congregational Watchword

Distribution of Watchwords 

Special Music 

Liturgy for the New Year   pg. 143

Prayers of the People 

Pastoral Prayer/Lord’s Prayer

Sharing of Offerings 

Doxology 

Offertory Prayer 

Scripture  Hebrews 2:10-18,  Matthew 2:13-23

Sermon    “Fear of Death”   

Hymn 706.  God Sent His Son 

Benediction. 

Looking Ahead: 

Next Sunday, January 8th:   Holy Communion in celebration of Epiphany 

January 10- January 24, 2023:   Pastor Janel will be on a two week writing sabbatical, sponsored by the Northern Province of the Moravian Church from Tuesday, Jan. 10th – Tuesday, Jan. 24th.   She will still be available for emergencies and pastoral care.    Our student pastor Josh Follweiler will be leading worship and preaching (January 15 and 22), Tuesday Bible study (on Zoom) and have some office hours available while she is on sabbatical.  Please contact the office to be in touch with Josh.      

Annual Reports

If you are writing an annual report for a group or committee, please submit them to the office (if possible by email) by Wed, January 11th. Our annual church council is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 5th following worship.  

Sunday, January 8th: Moravian History field trip! 

Join our confirmation class on Sunday, January 8th for an exciting afternoon of learning (or refreshing your knowledge) about our incredible Moravian history right here in our backyard! We’ll start with a light lunch together after worship where Pastor Janel will lead in a short review of the early days of the Moravian Church (often called the Ancient Unity: 1457 – 1700’s). Then we’ll go to the place where the 18th century Moravians started one of their first missions in America: the Gemeine House in Bethlehem PA. This community house is now the Moravian Museum on Church St in downtown Bethlehem. Jeanne Reppert (Pastor Janel’s mom and docent at the Moravian Museum) will give our group a guided tour of the museum teaching us the history of the early Moravian settlement in Bethlehem, their businesses like the blacksmith shop and waterworks, and show us some of the notable sites like the first graveyard (God’s Acre). You can rsvp by contacting the office or sign up in the back of the church.  Suggested donation: $10 to cover lunch and Moravian Museum admission.  

December 25, 2022

December 25, 2022 

Prelude 

Welcome and Announcements 

Introit. 

Call to Worship – Prayer of Confession 

(Prayers are adapted and used with permission from Rev. Sarah (Are) Speed, sanctifiedart.org)

Holy God, too often we feel as if change is hopeless. The problems of this world feel

too big, the path forward is unclear, and we are not confident that we can truly make a

difference. We give up hope.

(Extinguishing the candle of hope) 

Together we pray:

Forgive us for extinguishing hope.

Holy God, too often we believe that peace is a thing of fairy tales. Our spirits are anxious. Our

bodies are weary. Our world is fractured. Instead of praying for peace—both in ourselves

and in our society—we assume that peace is no longer on the table. We give it up.

(Extinguishing the candle of peace) 

Together we pray:

Forgive us for extinguishing peace.

Holy God, too often we paint joy as naive—a luxury reserved for children and pets. We

forget that you ate with friends, that you went to weddings, that you laughed and rested

and hiked mountains. We forget that you knew joy, and that you want joy for us in this

fractured world. Forgive us for turning away from your light.

(Extinguishing the candle of joy) 

Together we pray:

Forgive us for extinguishing joy.

Holy God, too often we treat love like a vending machine. We put some coins in and

assume that we’ll get something back. However, in our wiser moments, we know that love

is not meant for keeping score. Love is meant to overflow, to spill out to our neighbors, to

transform our world. Forgive us for holding love so tightly.

(Extinguishing the candle of love) 

Together we pray:

Forgive us for extinguishing love.

Family of faith, sin separates us from things like hope, peace, and joy. Sin wiggles its way

between us and love, both love of neighbor and love of self.

Fortunately for us, God had something else in mind. God sent God’s only son to this world

so that we could see another way. So friends, hear and believe the good news of the gospel:

no matter how many times we turn our back on hope, or extinguish peace, or snuff out

joy—no matter how many times we let love burn out—God continues to light our way.

(Relighting Candles of hope, peace, joy, and love from the Christ candle)

We are forgiven. We are seen. We are loved.

Thanks be to God! Amen.

Liturgy for Christmas.  Pg. 59-60. 

Prayers of the People 

Pastoral Prayer/Lord’s Prayer 

Scripture   “A Counterpoint Reading: Genesis 1 and John 1”  Josh Follweiler and Cheryl Ferrich

Message  “This Little Light of Mine” 

Liturgy for Christmas pg. 61-64

Benediction 

Christmas Eve, 4 p.m.

Order of Worship – Christmas Eve 

Prelude and Choir Processional 

Call to Worship 

Hymn 297: “Silent Night”

Verse 1 (German) Men’s Choir

Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht, Alles schläft; einsam wacht
Nur das traute hochheilige Paar.
Holder Knabe im lockigen Haar,
Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh! Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh!

Verse 2 Choir

Silent night, holy night, shepherds quake at the sight; 

glories stream from heaven afar,

heav’nly hosts sing alleluia;.

Christ, the Savior, is born! Christ, the Savior is born!

Verse 3 Congregation

Silent night, holy night, Son of God, love’s pure light 

radiant beams from your holy face,

with the dawn of redeeming grace, 

Jesus, Lord, at your birth, Jesus, Lord, at your birth,  

Prayer

Hymn 283: “O Come, All Ye Faithful” (verses 1, 3, and 4)

O Come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant,

O come, ye, O come ye, to Bethlehem;

come and behold him, born the king of angels;

O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him,

O come, let us adore him, Christ, the Lord.

O sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation,

sing, all ye citizens of heav’n above:

glory to God, glory in the highest;

O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him,

O come, let us adore him, Christ, the Lord.

Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning;

Jesus, to thee be all glory giv’n;

Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing!

O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him,

O come, let us adore him, Christ, the Lord.

Scripture: Luke 2:1-20, page 832

Message 

Anthem

Offering  

Welcome to Lovefeast

Hymn 290 “The First Noel” (verses 1 and 2)  

The first Noel, the angel did say,

was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay;

in fields where they lay keeping their sheep

on a cold winter’s night that was so deep.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, born is the King of Israel.

They looked up and saw a star

shining in the east, beyond them far,

and to the earth it gave great light,

and so it continued both day and night.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, born is the King of Israel.

Hymn 288  “Angels We Have Heard On High” (Verses 1, 2 and 3)

Angels we have heard on high, 

singing sweetly through the night,

and the mountains in reply

echoing their brave delight.

Glo-ri-a in excelsis De-o,

Glo-ri-a in excelsis De-o.

Shepherds, why this jubilee?

Why these songs of happy cheer?

What great brightness did you see? 

What glad tidings did you hear? 

Glo-ri-a in excelsis De-o,

Glo-ri-a in excelsis De-o.

Come to Bethlehem and see 

him whose birth the angels sing.

Come adore on bended knee

Christ, the Lord, the newborn king.

Glo-ri-a in excelsis De-o,

Glo-ri-a in excelsis De-o. 

Hymn 292: “Once in Royal David’s City”     (verses 1,2 & 3)

Once in royal David’s city, 

stood a lowly cattle shed

where a mother laid her baby

in a manger for his bed.

Mary was that mother mild,

Jesus Christ her little child.

He came down to earth from heaven

who is God and Lord of all,

and his shelter was a stable,

and his cradle was a stall;

with the poor and meek and lowly

lived on earth our Savior holy.

For he is our childhood’s pattern; 

Day by day like us he grew; 

He was little, weak and helpless; 

Tears and smiles like us he knew;

and he feels for all our sadness, 

and he shares in all our gladness. 

Hymn 816. Table Blessing 

Be present at our table Lord;

be here and everywhere adored;

from your all-bounteous hand our food

may we receive with gratitude.

Partaking of Lovefeast 

Anthem 

Hymn 294:Joy to the World, the Lord is Come”(vs. 1, 2 & 4)

Joy to the world, the Lord is come!

Let earth receive her king;

let ev’ry heart prepare him room,

and heav’n and nature sing,

and heav’n and nature sing,

and heav’n and heav’n and nature sing.

Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns! 

Let us our songs employ, 

while fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains

repeat the sounding joy,

repeat the sounding joy, 

repeat, repeat the sounding joy. 

He rules the world with truth and grace,

and makes the nations prove

the glories of his righteousness

and wonders of his love,

and wonders of his love,

and wonders, wonders of his love.

Distribution of Candles 

HYMN

Behold, a great, a heavenly light,

From Bethlehem’s manger shining bright,

Around those who in darkness dwell,

The night of evil to dispel.

Incarnate God, exert thy power!

Arise, Thou glorious Conqueror!

Subdue sin, death and ev’ry foe,

Erect thy Kingdom here below.

Hymn  305  “WHAT CHILD IS THIS” (verses 1 and 3) 

What child is this, who, laid to rest

on Mary’s lap is sleeping?

Whom angels greet with anthems sweet 

while shepherds watch are keeping?

This, this is Christ the King,

whom shepherds guard and angels sing.

Haste, haste to bring him laud,

the babe, the son of Mary!

So bring him incense, gold, and myrrh;

come peasant, king, to own him.

The King of kings salvation brings;

let loving hearts enthrone him.

This, this is Christ the King,

whom shepherds guard and angels sing.

Haste, haste to bring him laud,

the babe, the son of Mary!

Hymn 301  “Away in the Manger”

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,

The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head.

The stars in the sky looked down where he lay,

The little Lord Jesus asleep in the hay.

The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes,

But little Lord Jesus no crying he makes.

I love you, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky

And stay by my cradle ’til morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask you to stay

Close by me forever, and love me, I pray.

Bless all the dear children in your tender care,

And fit us to heaven, to live with you there.

Hymn 282: “O Little Town of Bethlehem”      (vs. 1, 3, & 4)

O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie;

above thy deep and dreamless sleep, the silent stars go by.

Yet in thy dark streets shineth, the everlasting light;

the hopes and fears of all the years, are met in thee tonight.

How silently, how silently, the wondrous gift is giv’n! 

So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of his heav’n. 

No ear may hear his coming, but in this world of sin,

Where meek souls will receive him still, the dear Christ enters in. 

O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray;

cast out our sin, and enter in, be born in us today.

We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell;

O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Immanuel.

Hymn 281: Morning Star Solo and Congregation

Morning Star, O cheering sight!

Ere Thou cam’st, how dark earth’s night!

Morning Star, O cheering sight! 

Ere thou cam’st, how dark earth’s night!

Jesus mine, in me shine;

in me shine, Jesus mine;

fill my heart with light divine.

Morning Star, thy glory bright

far excels the sun’s clear light.

Morning Star, thy glory bright 

far excels the sun’s clear light. 

Jesus be, constantly,

constantly, Jesus be

more than thousand suns to me.

Thy glad beams, thou Morning Star,

cheer the nations near and far.

Thy glad beams, thou Morning Star, 

cheer the nations near and far.

Thee we own, Lord alone

Lord alone, thee we own,

our dear Savior, God’s dear Son.

Morning Star, my soul’s true light,

tarry not, dispel my night.

Morning Star, my soul’s true light, 

tarry not, dispel my night.

Jesus mine, in me shine;

in me shine, Jesus mine;

fill my heart with light divine. 

Hymn: “Candle Glowing”

Candle glowing, my heart knowing

I should follow Him;

Jesus leading, guiding, pleading,

“Let no light be dim.”

Candle burning, let it shine, 

Glowing for a friend divine

to be near me, bless and cheer me,

be forever mine.

Candle gleaming, my face beaming,

let me rise and go

while He leads me, where He needs me,

in His world below.

Candle flaming, Him I call, 

Jesus Christ, the Lord of all, 

Jesus, Savior, mine forever;

I have heard your call.

Candle glorious – Christ victorious

leads His people on

round the world now, tells the world how

Jesus is God’s Son.

Wondrous love and peace on earth 

testify to Jesus’ birth

into glory, forward journey, 

till the goal is won!

Benediction  

Silent prayer  –  (Please extinguish candles) 

Postlude 

December 18, 2022

Dec. 18

Prelude 

Welcome and Announcements 

Introit 

Hymn 266 People in Darkness are Looking for Light 

We come to light the candles of hope, peace, joy and love as we prepare for the coming of the Christ child.   We come also acknowledging each other; one of the greatest gifts and challenges of faith is that we cannot be Christians alone.    

We need one another to grow. 

We need one another to love. 

We need one another to see God more clearly.  

Today we light the candle of love as a reminder that from the very first generation God has surrounded us with love.    May this good news – these threads of love – not only weave deeper connections between neighbors, but shape our actions and allow us to see God more clearly.    

Lighting of the Advent Wreath.  Claire Cole

Liturgy for Advent 2 pg. 55

– Prayers of the People  (pg. 57) 

Offerings our Gifts/Remembering God’s Gifts

Hymn 819. “For the Life that You Have Given”

Scripture   Luke 1:39-58.      Ed Lester. 

Special Music “Gesu Bambino” Bob Kahle

Sermon “We see God in each other”

Hymn 263. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed 

Benediction 

Prayers are adapted and used with permission from Rev. Sarah (Are) Speed | A Sanctified Art LLC | sanctifiedart.org.