Thursday, December 31, 2015

Cove's Worship Service – The First Sunday after Christmas (1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26)

Below is a copy of the service I led in Cove Presbyterian Church, Weirton, West Virginia, on Sunday, December 27, 2015. You can also find a podcast of this service at The Cove Podbean page.

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The Order of Worship
The First Sunday after Christmas – December 27, 2015

Enter Worship with Praise

Entry of the Word: “This is the Day that the Lord Has Made”


Praising God Through Song
Hymn: “Good Christian Men, Rejoice”
Hymn: “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”
Song for the Children: “Bethlehem Lullaby”


Approach God with Humility and Thanks

The Choir Offering Praise thru Music: “Were You There on That Christmas Night?”

Our Congregational Prayer, followed by 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 us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.  Amen.

Our Song Glorifying God: Gloria Patri


Giving Back to God: “Now The Holy Child is Born”

Song of Praise:  Doxology

Our Prayer of Thanks and Dedication

Stating Our Faith: From The Second Helvetic Confession
The Lord enjoined his ancient people to exercise the greatest care that young people, even from infancy, be properly instructed.  Moreover, he expressly commanded in his law that they should teach them, and that the mysteries of the sacraments should be explained.  Now since it is well known from the writings of the Evangelists and apostles that God has no less concern for the youth of his new people, when he openly testifies and says: "Let the children come to me; for the pastors of the churches act most wisely when they early and carefully catechize the youth, laying the first grounds of faith, and faithfully teaching the rudiments of our religion by expounding the Ten Commandments, the Apostles' Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the doctrine of the sacraments, with other such principles and chief heads of our religion.  Here let the Church show her faith and diligence in bringing the children to be catechized, desirous and glad to have her children well instructed. 

Hear the Word with Understanding

The Word Read: 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26
Samuel was ministering before the Lord, a boy wearing a linen ephod. His mother used to make for him a little robe and take it to him each year, when she went up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice. Then Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife, and say, "May the Lord repay you with children by this woman for the gift that she made to the Lord"; and then they would return to their home. Now the boy Samuel continued to grow both in stature and in favor with the Lord and with the people.

The Word Proclaimed: The Giver That Keeps Giving

Leave Worship with Joy

Hymn: “How Great Our Joy!”

Charge and Blessing

Congregational Response    


Postlude: “ In Dulci Jubilo”


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