Worship Service

Christmastide (December 27, 2020)

Service for the Worship of God

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Angels We Have Heard on High
gloria, arr. Larry Shackley (b. 1956)

Rev. Katherine A. Stanford

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us worship God!

Preparing to Hear God’s Word

Call to Worship

Praise the Lord!
Praise God from the heavens.
Women and men, young and old together, praise the Lord!
We will praise the Lord who is exalted above heaven and earth.

HYMN 110
Love Has Come

bring a torch

1. Love has come: a light in the darkness!
Love shines forth in the Bethlehem skies.
See, all heaven has come to proclaim it;
hear how their song of joy arises:
Love! Love! Born unto you, a Savior!
Love! Love! Glory to God on high.

2. Love is born! Come, share in the wonder.
Love is God now asleep in the hay.
See the glow in the eyes of his mother;
what is the name her heart is saying?
Love! Love! Love is the name she whispers.
Love! Love! Jesus, Emmanuel.

3. Love has come and never will leave us!
Love is life everlasting and free.
Love is Jesus within and among us.
Love is the peace our hearts are seeking.
Love! Love! Love is the gift of Christmas.
Love! Love! Praise to you, God on high!

Prayer of the Day
Dr. Robert R. Laha

Almighty God, your light shines on us in Jesus Christ. Let his light shine in and through us, for our sakes and for the sake of the world you love so much. Blessed be you, O God, for the light and love you give to us in your son, Jesus. Amen.

Psalter Reading
Psalm 148
Rev. Katherine Stanford

Christmas Reflection
Beth Simmons

HYMN 113
Angels We Have Heard on High


1. Angels we have heard on high,
sweetly singing o’er the plains,
and the mountains in reply
echoing their joyous strains.
Gloria in excelsis Deo!
Gloria in excelsis Deo!

2. Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be
which inspire your heavenly song?
Gloria in excelsis Deo!
Gloria in excelsis Deo!

3. Come to Bethlehem and see
him whose birth the angels sing;
come, adore on bended knee
Christ, the Lord, the newborn King.
Gloria in excelsis Deo!
Gloria in excelsis Deo!

Epistle Lesson
Galatians 4:4–7

Dr. Robert R. Laha

Time with Children
The Perry Family

HYMN 147
The First Nowell (verses 1–4)

the first nowell

1. The first Nowell 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.

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

2. 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.

3. And by the light of that same star
three wise men came from country far;
to seek for a king was their intent,
and to follow the star wherever it went.

4. This star drew nigh to the northwest;
o’er Bethlehem it took its rest,
and there it did both stop and stay,
right over the place where Jesus lay.

Christmas Reflection
Bob Harris

Old Testament Reading
Isaiah 61:10–62:3
Dr. Robert R. Laha

Christmas Reflection
Mary Hill

Invitation to Discipleship
Rev. Katherine A. Stanford

Moment for Mission
Carolyn Heasley

Prayer of the People and The Lord’s Prayer
Rev. Katherine A. Stanford

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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; 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 134
Joy to the World (verses 1, 2 and 4)


1. Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her king;
let every heart prepare him room,
and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven, and heaven and nature sing.

2. Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns!
Let all their songs employ,
while fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
repeat the sounding joy,
repeat the sounding joy,
repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

4. 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.

Charge and Benediction
Rev. Katherine A. Stanford


Joy to the World
antioch, arr. Phillip Keveren (b. 1961)