Worship Service Dec 18


Gathering

Call to Worship 

Response to the Call: Good Christian Friends Rejoice   224  all

Welcome

Prayer of Illumination 

Announcements

Mission Moment: ABCCM North Food Donation 

Lighting the Advent Candle of Joy

Hymn of Praise: While Shepherds Watch Their Flock  236  vs 1,2,6

Responsive Reading: Psalm 98  118 – 119

Apostles Creed: Sheri  hymnal #881  

Gloria Patri – hymnal #71

Offering: Cynthia Special

Doxology – hymnal #95

Centering Song of Prayer: What Child is This  219  all

Pastor Prayer: Pastor Marjory

Scripture: Luke 2:1-14

Sermon: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!

Holy Communion – See Below 

Closing Carol: Do You Hear What I Hear 

Benediction


Holy Communion for the Advent Season

Pastor: The peace of the Lord be with you.

People:  And also with you.

Pastor:  Lift up your hearts.

People:  We lift them up to the Lord.

Pastor:  Let us give thanks to the Lord. People:   It is right to give God thanks and praise.

Invitation – Confession – Pardon

Pastor: Loving God, in many and various ways you have visited and     redeemed your people – finally sending to us your Son, Jesus.  We thank you, Lord God, for sending Jesus to us: As one of us he came, at first a tender infant, then a child, a youth, and an adult.  He rejoiced with those who rejoiced, he wept with those who wept.  To the despairing he spoke a word of hope; to the sick he gave healing, to the rejected he was a   friend.  And yet he was betrayed and nailed to a cross.  But you lifted   him from the grave and restored him to life so that he might be with us and we with him – alive – forevermore.  Therefore, with all the saints and with the angels in heaven we praise you, saying:

All:  Holy, holy, holy, Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory, Hosanna in the highest.  Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord, Hosanna in the highest.

Pastor:  Eternal God, King of heaven and earth: the life and death of your Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we profess; his resurrection from the dead and his ascension we confess; his coming in triumph we await. 

All:   Oh Lord, hear our earnest plea as we acknowledge our sins and seek forgiveness.  Grant us your mercy and grace.

The Great Thanksgiving

Pastor:  So it is, Lord Jesus, as we gather in praise and thanksgiving at your table, we remember how on the night before your passion you took the bread and gave thanks, saying: “Take and eat: this is my body which will be broken for you.”  We recall how, in the same way, when the meal   was over, you took the cup, and gave it to your disciples, saying:  “Take and drink. This is my blood, which will be shed for you.  Do this as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

The Mystery of the Faith and Consecration 

Pastor:   Let us proclaim the mystery of our faith:

All:  Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.

Pastor:  Loving God, let your Holy Spirit descend upon us and what we do here that we, and these gifts, touched by your Spirit, may be for us the body and blood of Christ Jesus and a sign of hope to us and to all the earth.  Give us the mind of Christ that we may follow faithfully in this world as we await Christ’s return in glory.  Amen

All:  By your Spirit make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world, until Christ comes in final victory
and we feast at his heavenly banquet. 

Pastor: Through your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church, all honor and glory is yours, almighty Father, now and forever. Amen.

Pastor:  And now, with the confidence of children of God, let us pray together:

All: THE LORD’S PRAYER

Breaking of the bread and the lifting of the Cup

Sharing of the Meal 


Dec 18 Alexander Chapel UMC Candlelight Service:  6pm    Choir arrives at 5pm.  Please be invitational! Zoom connection: alexanderchapel.org/candlelight-service

Dec 25: Recorded Christmas Day Worship Service: Please take time during your Christmas Day with family to celebrate the birth of Christ as you watch the Alexander Chapel UMC Christmas Worship Service together. We will post Christmas Morning!

NEW YEAR’S DAY: Worship January 1, 2022

 In person and on Zoom

Join us as to start the New Year in Worship 

ABCCM FOOD DONATIONS: Donation Basket at  Front Door. We dedicate gifts on Communion Sundays. 

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