Mifflin Avenue United Methodist Church
Love Came Down at Christmas L. Smith
GREETING AND WELCOME
*CALL TO WORSHIP
Do not be afraid;
for see—I am bringing you good news of a great joy for all the people:
to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior,
who is the Messiah, the Lord.
*HYMN UMH 224
Good Christian Friends, Rejoice In Dulci Jubilo
PRAYER in unison
We bless you, Abba, Father,
for you have visited your people
in one like us in all things but sin,
and in human fragility you have revealed
the face of divinity.
Gather into your arms
all the peoples of the world,
so that in your embrace
we may find blessing, peace,
and the fullness of our inheritance
as your daughters and sons. Amen.
Boy Child of Mary H. Hopson
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
AFFIRMATION OF FAITH UMH 880
The Nicene Creed
The House of Bread
HYMN UMH 230
O Little Town of Bethlehem St. Louis
SHARING OUR JOYS AND CONCERNS
THE LORD’S PRAYER in 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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass 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.
Bethlehem Town D. Scarlatti
*DOXOLOGY UMH 95
*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
What can I give you, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
if I were a wise man, I would do my part;
yet what can I give you:
give my heart.
*HYMN UMH 238
Angels We Have Heard on High Gloria
The joy of the angels,
the eagerness of the shepherds,
the perseverance of the Magi,
the obedience of Joseph and Mary,
and the peace of the Christ child be yours this Christmas.
And the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be upon you and remain with you always.
An Acclamation of Joy D. Paxton
*Those who are able are invited to stand.