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The First Sunday after Christmas
December 27, 2015
CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 148
LITURGIST: Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens; praise him in the heights!
PEOPLE: Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his host!
LITURGIST: Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars!
PEOPLE: Praise him,you highest heavens, andyou waters above the heavens!
LITURGIST: Let them praise the name of the LORD, for he commanded and they were created.
PEOPLE: He established them forever and ever; he fixed their bounds, which cannot be passed.
LITURGIST: Praise the LORD from the earth, you sea monsters and all deeps, fire and hail, snow and frost, stormy wind fulfilling his command!
PEOPLE: Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars! Wild animals and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds!
LITURGIST: Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth! Young men and women alike, old and young together!
PEOPLE: Let them praise the name of the LoRD, for his name alone is exalted; his glory is above earth and heaven.
LITURGIST: He has raised up a horn for his people, praise for all his faithful, for the people of Israel who are close to him.
PEOPLE: Praise the LORD!
GATHERING HYMN: “Good Christian Friends, Rejoice”
PRAYER OF CONFESSION:
Almighty God, we confess that we’ve sinned against you. At Christmas, we tend to focus on the gift rather than the giver. And even though that’s appropriate when we consider your gjft to us, often we neglect the responsibility we have to others after our gifts have been given. Merciful God,forgive us, and help us be givers who keep giving. Amen.
TIME FOR PERSONAL CONFESSION
WORDS OF ASSURANCE
ANTHEM: “Were You There on That Christmas Night?”
SCRIPTURE LESSON: I Samuel 2:18-20, 26
SERMON: “Givers Who Keep Giving”
HYMN: “In the Bleak Midwinter”
SHARING OF JOYS AND CONCERNS
PASTORAL PRAYER/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.
PRESENTATION OF TITHES AND OFFERINGS
We offer these gifts that your kingdom may take shape here on earth, and that we may also be shaped in the giving by the One whose very ljfe is a gjft to us, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
DEPARTING HYMN: “Go, Tell It on the Mountain”