Worship: Online Saturday, Dec. 26 at 5 pm & Sunday, Dec. 27 at 11 am

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 (RSV)

View or Print the Bulletin with Song Sheet:
2020-12-27 1st Sunday of Christmas


PreRecorded Guest Worship Leaders
Bishop William T. McAlilly, Nashville Episcopal Area
Rev. Dr. Rob Martin, Assistant to the Bishop
Rev. Amy Martin, Brittany Martin, and Mason Rice, Musicians
Rev. Donna Parramore, Caney Fork River District Superintendent
Rev. Deborah Smith, Metro District Superintendent
Rev. Scott Aleridge, Cumberland River District Superintendent

Worship music provided by Karen Heise

CONNECT
BY PHONE OR COMPUTER

To participate by phone only:
Call any one of these numbers:

929-205-6099 or 253-215-8782,
301-715-8592 or 669-900-6833
When prompted, enter the
Meeting ID: 377 073 712
Passcode: 522606

Or

Tap Here for Zoom Video
on smart phone, computer, or tablet

Online meeting opens 15 minutes early
so we can greet each other as we gather
before the worship services.

WELCOME

BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
December 27-Jan 2

Birthdays
Rebecca Rushing
Ginalee Wyatt
Michelle Hanson
Ryan Hodges

Anniversaries
Ginalee & Jerry Wyatt

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

      • Wednesday Bible Study, 6:30 pm
        • 1 John 2:18 – 3
      • Online Interactive Worship
        • 5 pm Saturday
        • 11 am Sunday
      • In-Person Worship is suspended

The host will mute everyone except the leader during hymns and longer unison prayers so we can all sing and speak together without the distraction of various lag times. Otherwise, sound will be on for all participants so we can interact freely throughout the service (exception: disruptive background noises).

INVOCATION

CHRIST CANDLE FOR SALVATION
“The Christ Candle”

The Christ candle’s light
that shines for us here
Tells out the good news
that God has come near!
God came, a poor baby,
in one time and place,
To show all creation the
wealth of God’s grace.

Biblical References: Matthew 24:36-44, Mark 13:24-37; Isaiah 11:1-10; Luke 1:68-79; Isaiah 2:4; Luke 1:46b-55; John 3:16-17; Luke 1:26-38; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 2:1-20;
John 1:1-14; Titus 3:4-7
Text: Copyright © 2015 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette
Suggested tune: “O Worship the King”

HYMN OF PRAISE
“O Come, Let Us Adore Him”

O come, let us adore him
O come, let us adore him
O come, let us adore him
Christ the Lord

We’ll give him all the glory
We’ll give him all the glory
We’ll give him all the glory
Christ the Lord.

For he alone is worthy
For he alone is worthy
For he alone is worthy
Christ the Lord

We’ll praise his name forever
We’ll praise his name forever
We’ll praise his name forever
Christ the Lord
We’ll praise his name forever
Christ the Lord

Text: vs. 1 by J. F. Wade,
vss. 2-4 anonymous (Public Domain)

 

PRAISE AND TESTIMONIES
Briefly share your recent God-Sightings, joys, thankfulness, and good thoughts so the rest of us can rejoice with you.

PRAYER CONCERNS
We remain in solidarity with suffering children, immigrants, victims of war and storms, and everyone affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additions from Last Week
Mildred Nichols, Harold Brandon, Todd Noles, Aggie Carter, Steve Clark,
Darrell Newton, Mae Chambley, Christy Wahlen, Family of Kay Wyatt

Health Care Workers
Ron Fowler, Melissa Milam, Donna Smith, Greer Waldrop, Joy Crook, Susie Schumann

Homebound
Dianne Stallion, Freda & Dan Wyatt, Mary Lou Anderson, Betty Travis,
Carl Hamilton, Ruth Purvis

Military Families
Ron Fowler, Dylan Field, Kale Merrick, Matthew Petway, Sarah Petway,  Randy Bagwell, Christopher Telle, Brittany Jones, Bryar Fortner

Ecumenical Prayer Cycle for December 27-January 2:
Stateless People

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
From St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Fayetteville AR, Worship Bulletin

You have called the Church to bear witness to the light which enlightens everyone: Empower our testimony, that all persons may know themselves to be children of God and share the gospel of the Word made flesh.

The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness does not overcome it.

Live among us as the Word made flesh, that all within our community may be reconciled to your light.

The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness does not overcome it.  

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
AND RECONCILIATION
Brief silent consideration of how we have responded to our personal and congregational opportunities to do good, as we face ourselves honestly in the presence of the Almighty.

WORDS OF ASSURANCE
May Almighty God have mercy on us
to bless our good works
and forgive us our sins,
and lead us into everlasting life.

PASTORAL PRAYER

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done in earth,
as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power,
and the glory,
for ever. Amen.

OFFERTORY
www.Briensburg.org/donate

We give thanks for those who are continuing their financial support of our ministries with online, mail-in, or drop-off tithes and offerings.

We offer to the Lord our prayers,
our presence, our gifts,
our service, and our witness,
praying they will be multiplied
for the upbuilding of God’s kingdom.

DOXOLOGY

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!
Praise God all creatures here below!
Praise God above, ye Heavenly host!
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!

CCLI Song # 56204 CCLI License # 3194034
Louis Bourgeois | Thomas Ken
© Words: Public Domain Music: Public Domain

THE BIBLE READING
Links to multiple translations:
John 1:1-18

26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,

27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.

28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.

29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.

30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.

31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.

32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:

33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?

35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.

37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.

38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

HYMN OF CELEBRATION
“Jesus, the Light of the World”

We’ll walk in the light, beautiful light
Come where the dewdrops of mercy shine bright
Oh, shine all around us by day and by night
Jesus, the light of the world

Hark! The herald angels sing
Jesus, the light of the world
Glory to the newborn King
Jesus, the light of the world

We’ll walk in the light, beautiful light
Come where the dewdrops of mercy shine bright
Oh, shine all around us by day and by night
Jesus, the light of the world

Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace
Jesus, the light of the world
Hail the Sun of Righteousness
Jesus, the light of the world

We’ll walk in the light, beautiful light
Come where the dewdrops of mercy shine bright
Oh, shine all around us by day and by night
Jesus, the light of the world

We’ll walk in the light, beautiful light
Come where the dewdrops of mercy shine bright
Oh, shine all around us by day and by night
Jesus, the light of the world
Jesus, the light of the world
Jesus, the light of the world

Text: Charles Wesley and George D. Elderkin
(Public Domain)

 

PASSING THE PEACE

May the peace of Christ be with you all!
And also with you!

SERMON by Bishop McAlilly
“O, Come Let Us Adore Him”

 

WESLEY COVENANT PRAYER

I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee,
Exalted for thee or brought low for thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things
to thy pleasure and disposal.

And now, O Glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
Thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
Let it be ratified in heaven. Amen

INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP
The Altar in our hearts is always open

HYMN OF DEDICATION
“Joy to the World”

Joy to the world,
the Lord is come!
Let earth
receive her King;
let every heart
prepare him room,
and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven, and heaven and nature sing!

Joy to the world,
the Savior reigns!
Let all their songs employ;
while fields and floods,
rocks, hills and plains
repeat the sounding joy,
repeat the sounding joy,
repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

No more let sins
and sorrows grow,
nor thorns infest the ground;
he comes to make
his blessings flow
far as the curse is found,
far as the curse is found,
far as, far as the curse is found.

He rules the world
with truth and grace,
and makes the nations prove
the glories of his righteousness,
and wonders of his love,
and wonders of his love,
and wonders, wonders of his love.

UM Hymnal #246
Isaac Wats, 2719 (Psalm 98:4-9)
Words & Music: Public Domain

“Go ye into all the world,
and preach the gospel to every creature.”
Jesus, Mark 16:15

INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP
We invite you, your friends, and your family to a relationship with God in Jesus Christ, and to full participation and membership in our congregation. 

GOING FORTH TO LOVE OTHERS
AS CHRIST LOVES US

CHORAL BENEDICTION
“Beloved, Let Us Love One Another”

Beloved let us love one another
For love is of God and ev’ryone that loveth
Is born of God and knoweth God
He that loveth not knoweth not God for God is love
Beloved let us love one another
First John four seven and eight

CCLI Song # 26344; CCLI License # 3194034
Dennis Ryder
© 1974 Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.)