Worship Service December 27

By on December 26, 2020

Christmas Sunday December 27, 2020

A worship service provided by the Western North Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church (with some modification)

Welcome

Christmas Prelude / Centering

Opening Prayer

Litany of Thanksgiving:

Let us give thanks for all of God’s mercies. O God, our Covenant Friend, you have been gracious to us through all the years of our lives. We thank you for your loving care, which has filled our days and brought us to this time and place.

Joy to the world! The Lord is come!

You have given us life and reason, and set us in a world filled with your glory. You have comforted us with family and friends, and ministered to us through the hands of our sisters and brothers.

Joy to the world! The Savior reigns!

You have filled our hearts with a hunger after you, and have given us your peace. You have redeemed us, and called us to a high calling in Christ Jesus. You have given us a place in the fellowship of your Spirit and the witness of your Church.

No more let sins and sorrows grow.

You have been our light in darkness and a rock of strength in adversity and temptation. You have been the very Spirit of joy in our joys and the all-sufficient reward in our labors.

Christ rules the world with truth and grace.

You remembered us when we forgot you.  You followed us even when we tried to flee from you. You met us with forgiveness when we returned to you. For all your patience and overflowing grace.

Joy to the world! The Lord is come!

Christmas Carol: Joy to the World

Offering

Christmas Carol: Hark! the Herald Angels Sing

Scripture: Luke 2:25-35

Homily: Bishop Leeland

Wesley’s Covenant Service:

Invitation

Covenant Prayer:

I am no longer my own but yours. Put me to what you will; rank me with whom you will. Put me to doing; put me to suffering. Let me be employed for you or laid aside for you, exalted for you or brought low for you. Let me be full; let me be empty. Let me have all things; let me have nothing. I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things to your pleasure and disposal. And now, glorious and blessed God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, you are mine and I am yours. So be it. And the covenant now made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

Reflection

Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer

Christmas Carol: The First Noel

Benediction

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