Prayer for Christmas Day

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O God, you make us glad by the yearly festival of the birth of your only Son Jesus Christ: Grant that we, who joyfully receive him as our Redeemer, may with sure confidence behold him when he comes to be our Judge; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and
for ever. Amen.

O God, you have caused this holy night to shine with the brightness of the true Light: Grant that we, who have known the mystery of that Light on earth, may also enjoy him perfectly in heaven; where with you and the Holy Spirit he lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

Almighty God, you have given your only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and to be born [this day] of a pure virgin: Grant that we, who have been born again and made
your children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit; through our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom with you and the same Spirit be honor and glory, now and
for ever. Amen.

Merry Christmas

facebook-timeline-cover-christmas-tree1Four weeks ago, we started our preparations for the arrival of Jesus.  Today, we celebrate the Incarnation – that Jesus (the Word) became flesh and dwelt among us.

From our family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas – Dale and Pam

Christmas Day

Nativity-SceneNativity of the Lord – Proper III (December 24, 2014)

  • First reading
    • Isaiah 52:7-10
  • Psalm
    • Psalm 98
  • Second reading
    • Hebrews 1:1-4, (5-12)
  • Gospel
    • John 1:1-14

Sing a new song to the Lord,
    for he has done wonderful deeds.
His right hand has won a mighty victory;
    his holy arm has shown his saving power!
The Lord has announced his victory
    and has revealed his righteousness to every nation!
He has remembered his promise to love and be faithful to Israel.
    The ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.

Shout to the Lord, all the earth;
    break out in praise and sing for joy!
Sing your praise to the Lord with the harp,
    with the harp and melodious song,
with trumpets and the sound of the ram’s horn.
    Make a joyful symphony before the Lord, the King!

Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise!
    Let the earth and all living things join in.
Let the rivers clap their hands in glee!
    Let the hills sing out their songs of joy
before the Lord,
    for he is coming to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with justice,
    and the nations with fairness.

Second Reading – Christmas Eve

nativity-scene-clip-art-7Nativity of the Lord – Proper II (December 24, 2014)

The Lord is king!
    Let the earth rejoice!
    Let the farthest coastlands be glad.
Dark clouds surround him.
    Righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
Fire spreads ahead of him
    and burns up all his foes.
His lightning flashes out across the world.
    The earth sees and trembles.
The mountains melt like wax before the Lord,
    before the Lord of all the earth.
The heavens proclaim his righteousness;
    every nation sees his glory.
Those who worship idols are disgraced—
    all who brag about their worthless gods—
    for every god must bow to him.
Jerusalem has heard and rejoiced,
    and all the towns of Judah are glad
    because of your justice, O Lord!
For you, O Lord, are supreme over all the earth;
    you are exalted far above all gods.

10 You who love the Lord, hate evil!
    He protects the lives of his godly people
    and rescues them from the power of the wicked.
11 Light shines on the godly,
    and joy on those whose hearts are right.
12 May all who are godly rejoice in the Lord
    and praise his holy name!

Lessons and Carols Service | Christmas Eve 2014

2011-LS-PageBannerCall to Worship

Opening Songs

O Come All Ye Faithful

Here I Am to Worship

Once In David’s Royal City

Lighting of the Advent Candles

First Lesson: Genesis 1:1-2, 26-28

The Creation

Song: Glory In the Highest

Second Lesson: Genesis 3:8-15, 17-19

The Fall of Man

Carol: Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

Third Lesson: Jeremiah 23:5-6; 33:14–16

A King is Promised

Carol: Joy to the World

Fourth Lesson: Isaiah 9:2-7

The prophet announces the birth of a king to a people in darkness

Carol: O Come O Come Emmanuel

Fifth Lesson: Luke 1:26-38

The angel Gabriel announces to the virgin Mary that she will give birth to God’s promised son, whose kingdom will never end.

Carol: What Child is This?

Sixth Lesson: Luke 1:39-56

Mary’s Song

Song: Emmanuel (Hallowed Manger Ground)

Seventh Lesson: Luke 2:1-20

Jesus is born!

Carol: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Lighting of the Christ Candle

Carol: All Is Well

Eighth Lesson: Matthew 2:1-11

The wise men follow a star to find the child Jesus, the King of the Jews

Carol: Beautiful Star of Bethlehem

Ninth Lesson: John 1:1-14

John unfolds the great mystery of the Incarnation

Carol: Joy Has Dawned

Candlelighting

Carol: Silent Night

Benediction

Christmas Eve

Nativity of the Lord – Proper I (December 24, 2014)

Sing a new song to the Lord!
    Let the whole earth sing to the Lord!
Sing to the Lord; praise his name.
    Each day proclaim the good news that he saves.
Publish his glorious deeds among the nations.
    Tell everyone about the amazing things he does.
Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise!
    He is to be feared above all gods.
The gods of other nations are mere idols,
    but the Lord made the heavens!
Honor and majesty surround him;
    strength and beauty fill his sanctuary.

O nations of the world, recognize the Lord;
    recognize that the Lord is glorious and strong.
Give to the Lord the glory he deserves!
    Bring your offering and come into his courts.
Worship the Lord in all his holy splendor.
    Let all the earth tremble before him.
10 Tell all the nations, “The Lord reigns!”
    The world stands firm and cannot be shaken.
    He will judge all peoples fairly.

11 Let the heavens be glad, and the earth rejoice!
    Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise!
12 Let the fields and their crops burst out with joy!
    Let the trees of the forest sing for joy
13 before the Lord, for he is coming!
    He is coming to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with justice,
    and the nations with his truth.

Sunday Night Thoughts

Sunday Night Thoughts

Wow! What a day – and I mean that in a very good way.  It has been a long, but very rewarding day.  This morning our teen Sunday School class had breakfast.  It is a Sunday before Christmas tradition.  This was the first year that I helped.  I make Cheesy Sausage Scrambles and we also had Biscuits and Gravy and Pancakes.  It was quite the Sunday morning feast.  Following that – and I was surprised that I could even sing – we had a wonderful worship service this morning.  God is moving and God is working.  This evening we had our 2nd annual Christmas Dessert Theatre.  It was a wonderful time.  Everyone did so well.

Just so that you know, I will be taking some time off from the blog – meaning there will be no regularly scheduled posts (except for some Bible readings) for the next 10 days or so.  I may be sharing things as they come to mind, but my brain needs a rest, so we will see you sometime after the new year.

Speaking of taking a rest, I am also giving my body a rest and a chance to heal – see if I can get that ankle feeling better.  I’m planning on taking a two week rest and then get back to it after the new year as well.

We are looking forward to spending some time with family before the holidays and then we will be heading south to Hephzibah Ministries located in Macon, GA.  We are looking forward to ministering there.

I hope you have a great week, and if I don’t get back here – Merry Christmas!