Sunday Worship Service Jan 3, 2021
We encourage you to gather in your homes at 10am on Sundays to listen for God's word and to pray for our friends and loved ones.
Thank you for worshiping together at this hour. Even if you need to worship at a different time, we are glad that you are continuing to worship with us, giving praise and glory to God.
Hymns: Click on the YouTube links to see the music and hear the accompaniment.
Video helpful hint: in your YouTube settings, set your video quality to HD before starting the videos.
Music: We encourage you to sing-along! YouTube links have been added so you can click on these to see the music and hear the accompaniment. If you can – before starting the videos, click on your YouTube settings and set your video quality to HD and turn up the speaker volume.
CALL TO WORSHIP:
Let us go, in heart and mind, to see what has come to pass. Let us go with the shepherds: Let us go to find the Savior! Let us go with the wise ones: Let us go to find God’s promise, born for us! Let us go with the poor and humble: Let us go to find our King, born in a lowly manger. Let us go with all the world, with all the peoples of the nations. Come, let us worship; come, let us adore him: Christ the Lord! Amen
*OPENING HYMN: #136 "Go, Tell It on the Mountain" (click on the music icon below to sing a-long)
PRAYER OF RECONCILIATION:
Come and stand amazed, you people, see how God is reconciled! See his plans of love accomplished, see his gift, this newborn child. See the Mighty, weak and tender, see the Word who now is mute. See the Sovereign without splendor, see the Fullness destitute; the Beloved, whom we covet, in a state of low repute. See how humankind received him; see him wrapped in swaddling bands, who as Lord of all creation rules the wind by his commands. See him lying in a manger without sign of reasoning; Word of God to flesh surrendered, he is wisdom’s crown, our King. See how tender our Defender at whose birth the angels sing. O Lord Jesus, God incarnate, who assumed this humble form, counsel me and let my wishes to your perfect will conform. Light of life, dispel my darkness, let your frailty strengthen me; let your meekness give me boldness, let your burden set me free; let your sadness give me gladness; let your death be life for me. We pray these things in Jesus’s name, and we ask that you hear our continued confession in silence.
*GLORIA PATRI: #581 (click on the music icon below to sing a-long)
PASSING THE PEACE: “May the Peace of Christ be with you --- And also with you!”
SHARING OUR JOYS AND CONCERNS
(Since we are not able to meet in person to ask for prayers - If you would like to add a prayer concern or joy to the weekly worship bulletin, please click on the email icon below to submit your prayer.)
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE:
We rejoice in you, O God, all the earth rejoices and sings glory to your name; we sing praise and glory to you, O God. As Christ’s beauty shines forth, we praise your great salvation and celebrate the merciful love that reconciles us to you. As the new year dawns around us, we pray for the welfare of the earth: for the healing of the climate; for the preservation of the beauty and balance of nature; for the lives of the creatures whose very being sings your praises.
As Christ calls us into renewed discipleship, we pray for the needs of your people everywhere: for the forgiveness and redemption of the sins that bind and wound us; for the deliverance of those who face chaos, despair, and sorry; for the comfort and courage of all who mourn or face death. We pray for the lives of the nations: keep watch, Sovereign, and teach us to work for justice and lasting peace. We bless you, O God, and we join all peoples in praising you, in the name of Jesus our Savior, our Lord. Amen.
OFFERING: Please click on the link below to share your tithe or gift. God’s ministry remains hard at work here at Terrace View.
Your continued faithfulness, dedication and support with your tithes and offerings is so admirable and greatly appreciated.
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION: Eternal God, we are listening for your gracious Word, made flesh for us in Jesus Christ. Call us to come and see where he leads, and teach us to believe in his name. Help us to do as he tells us so our lives might be signs of his glory. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen
PSALM LESSON: Psalm 72:1-14
Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to a king’s son. May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice. May the mountains yield prosperity for the people,
and the hills, in righteousness. May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the needy, and crush the oppressor. May he live while the sun endures, and as long as the moon, throughout all generations. May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth. In his days may righteousness flourish and peace abound, until the moon is no more. May he have dominion from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth. May his foes bow down before him, and his enemies lick the dust. May the kings of Tarshish and of the isles render him tribute, may the kings of Sheba and Seba bring gifts. May all kings fall down before him, all nations give him service. For he delivers the needy when they call, the poor and those who have no helper. He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy. From oppression and violence he redeems their life; and precious is their blood in his sight.
OLD TESTAMENT LESSON: Isaiah 60:1-6 - The Ingathering of the Dispersed
Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you. Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
Lift up your eyes and look around; they all gather together, they come to you; your sons shall come from far away, and your daughters shall be carried on their nurses’ arms. Then you shall see and be radiant; your heart shall thrill and rejoice, because the abundance of the sea shall be brought to you,
the wealth of the nations shall come to you. A multitude of camels shall cover you, the young camels of Midian and Ephah; all those from Sheba shall come. They shall bring gold and frankincense and shall proclaim the praise of the Lord.
*HYMN: #151 "We Three Kings of Orient Are” verses 1-4 (click on the music icon below to sing a-long)
NEW TESTAMENT LESSON: Luke 2:1-12 - The Birth of Jesus
In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
The Shepherds and the Angels - In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of 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. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.”
THE MESSAGE: “Dear 2021” by Pastor Janine Moriarty
-To watch Pastor Janine’s message – click on the video icon below:
-To read the written version, click on the document icon below:
THE LORD’S SUPPER
Invitation to the Table - Words of Institution for Communion (Click on the video icon below)
The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. The gifts of God for the people of God.
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 our sins as we forgive those who sin 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
Sharing in the Bread and Cup Together - All are welcomed at this table as it unites through Jesus Christ the King of Kings.
CLOSING HYMN: #113 “Angels We Have Heard on High” (click on the music icon below to sing a-long)
EXTINGUISHING OF THE CHRIST CANDLE - (if you lit a candle, please extinguish it)
The Light of Christ goes with you until we meet again
Beloved, we have heard and trusted in the good news of Jesus Christ. Go now into the world to do and see still greater things, to open heaven upon earth and bear witness to eternal life today; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Pastor Janine Moriarty– message, communion, and bulletin content
Jeff Segur – message video recording, additional bulletin content, Music Director
Avery Groenmann – Hymn accompaniments and audio recordings
Janet Segur – Bulletin layout, message video editing, hymn videos and YouTube/Google links
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