THE SECOND SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS
JANUARY 3, 2021 | 10:00 AM
WELCOME TO ONLINE WORSHIP AT FIRST CHURCH!
Welcome to all who gather to worship online today! We hope you feel the warmth of God’s presence and welcome right where you’re at. If this if your first time joining us online, we are honored by your presence and hope to see you again soon! To stay informed, please subscribe to our weekly email.
First, we’re not just friendly, we’re friends! Our primary belief is that everyone (no exceptions!) is created in the loving image of God, who is love itself.
Second, in everything we do, we strive to live our mission: By the power of Christ, we are blessed to be a blessing!
WE GATHER TO WORSHIP
(the people’s words in bold print)
PRELUDE + CHIMING OF THE HOUR
“Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light”
(MUSIC: ERMUNTRE DICH)
CALL TO WORSHIP (Isaiah 60)
Arise! Shine! Our light has come!
The glory of the Lord has risen upon us!
Thanksgiving and praise for Immanuel – God-with-us!
“Go, Tell It on the Mountain”
(GO TELL IT)
CALL TO CONFESSION
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Holy God, forgive us when we fail to live in the good news of your Christmas story:
when we hear the people sing, “Rejoice!” but we do not join in the chorus; when we know the angels say, “Do not fear,” yet fear is all we can muster; when we see a star rising in the east, but we turn away from its light. Forgive us, we pray. Convince us with the cry of a child from a manger, and free us to try again. Amen.
DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
This is God’s promise, that we are called by God, claimed by Christ, and free through the Spirit – to reflect the light of mercy and grace. Through True Light, we are forgiven!
Thanks be to God!
WE EXPERIENCE GOD’S WORD
SCRIPTURE READING - THE GOSPEL
Huey Hayes, Elder
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
“As with Gladness Men of Old”
(MUSIC: DIX, arr. Larry Shackley)
SCRIPTURE READING - THE GOSPEL
DeeDee Broadhead, Elder
John 1:6-8, 19-28
In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:
‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
who is to shepherd my people Israel.’”
Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.” When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.
"The Ministry of Light"
Rev. Lisa Martin, Pastor
WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD
HYMN OF RESPONSE
“We Three Kings of Orient Are”
(KINGS OF ORIENT)
INSTALLATION OF ELDERS
CLASS OF 2023: DeeDee Broadhead, Ann Fyfe, Huey Hayes
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER
Ann Fyfe, Elder
… 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.
WE DEPART TO SERVE
“Arise, Your Light is Come!”
“Rise Up, Shepherd”
(MUSIC: African American spiritual, arr. B. Thoreson)
GOD’S TITHES + OUR OFFERINGS
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