*Those that are able are invited to stand
Welcome and Announcements
- Gathering into worship -
Introit “Morning Has Broken” Choir
Special Music of Praise Jason Born
*Call to Worship
Leader: Shout with joy to God, all the earth!
Men: Come into God’s presence with singing!
Women: Worship the Lord with gladness!
Leader: Remember that our God is the only God—
Women: the One who made us,
Men: the One who sustains us,
All: the One whose Spirit lives within us.
Leader: Let us enter God’s house with thanksgiving;
Men: and come into God’s presence with praise.
Leader: For God is good,
Women: with unfailing love that lasts forever,
All: and faithfulness that extends to all generations.
*Hymn “The First Noel” #245
* Unison Opening Prayer – adapted from the prayers of Ignatius of Loyola, 16th c.
Teach us, good Lord,
to serve you as you deserve;
to give and not to count the cost;
to labor and not to ask for any reward,
except that of knowing that we do your will.
Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
Give us only your love and your grace; that is enough for us.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord we pray, Amen.
*Chorus “Glory Be to the Father” (Refrain) #70
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Amen.
- blessings to share –
Invitation to the Table and Great Thanksgiving
Celebrating Our Offerings and Receiving Communion
(The ushers will collect our weekly offerings and tithes. The Celebration Sunday gifts are brought forward to the altar and communion is received.)
*Doxology “Bless Thou the Gifts” #587
Bless thou the gifts our hands have brought;
bless thou the work our hearts have planned.
Ours is the faith, the will, the thought; the rest, O God, is in thy hand.
*Prayer of Thanksgiving
--Reflecting on the Story–
Children’s Sermon Rev. Ed Bailey, UM Foundation
Scripture Matthew 2:1-12
Message How Will You Respond? Rev. Kelly Smith
Yearly Star Words
Silent Prayer / Prayers of the People / Lord’s Prayer
(You are invited to share your prayer concerns with the congregation by writing them on the
Prayer Request cards in the pews and placing them in the offering plate.)
- Taking the Word to the World -
Honoring Our Church Leadership
*Closing Praise Jason Born
*Chorus “Go, Tell It on the Mountain” (Refrain) #251
Go, tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere;
Go, tell it on the mountain, that Jesus Christ is born.
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Pastor: Rev. Kelly Smith