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We welcome you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! May today’s worship open you to God. Your entire family is welcome, but we do offer a nursery for children birth to 3 years of age, located in the education building behind the sanctuary.
Bob High, Grace Palmer; Rhonda Scott; Nancy Thurston; Rita & R. L. Lewis; Geraldine Becker Assisted Care: Kenneth Smith; Ellen Thurston; Charlene Hinnant; Anna Jane Collier Friends: Reta Hinson; Donna Parker; Carole Short; Mary Bair; Hollis Salyer; Joe Youngblood; Jean Turner; Ed Jackson; Shandell McPherson; Christy Stuckey; Mary Cherry; Billie Joe Conrad; Shari Dutton; Rex Ros; Brenda Walters; Hobert Wicker; David Gore; Daphne McLeod; Gail Moye; Melinda Powell; Jerome McPherson; Nancy Wilson; Pat Allen; Benny McBride; Shelby Hodge; Frank Youngblood; Barbara Shepherd; Annette Caldwell; The Family and Friends of Phyllis Farley. *Please notify the church office if you would like to add someone to the prayer list, and then again when the name may be removed.
- Tuesday: NETworX of Hope, 5:30 p.m. Children’s Team:1/1-Sally Medford
- Thursday: Chicks with Sticks, 10:30 a.m.
- Head Usher Dec: Fuller Royal
- January 2: Evening Circle with Diane Scott, 7:00 pm
- Head Usher Jan: Jim Brooks
- January 3: Morning Circle, 11:00am
Gathering Around the Word
Before the service begins, quietly consider the printed prayers and Scriptures. During worship, let them help open you to God.
Welcome, Announcements, Joys and Concerns
Lighting the Candles
*Hymn of Praise Joy to the World, verses 1-3 134
Call to Confession Let us confess in self-searching silence.
Song of Assurance Joy to the World, verse 4 134
Declaration of Forgiveness
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.
*Sharing the Peace of Christ
The Peace of Christ be with you all
And also with you!
Proclaiming the Word
Gospel Reading Luke 2:4-7, 11-14
The Gospel of our Lord, Thanks be to God!
Songs from the Congregation
Responding to the Word
*Affirmation of Faith – Apostles’ Creed 35
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.
Giving Our Tithes and Offerings
Offertory – Hymn Angels from the Realms of Glory Congregation 143, vs. 1,2,4
Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him, above, ye heavenly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Prayers of the People – The Lord’s Prayer
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 of Commitment “O Come, All Ye Faithful” 133 vs. 1,4
*Charge and Benediction
*Benediction Response: “Christmas Isn’t Christmas” Congregation
Christmas isn’t Christmas ‘til it happens in your heart. Somewhere deep inside you is where Christmas really starts; So give your heart to Jesus, you’ll discover when you do that it’s Christmas, really Christmas, for you.