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December 29, 2013

                  Celebration  of  Worship

First Sunday after Christmas                                December 29, 2013


* * * Entering Into God’s Presence * * *

 (Please refrain from conversation during the Prelude as we quietly prepare to worship God)


Welcome and Announcements                  (Please Sign and Pass Fellowship Pads)


Sharing Our Joys and Concerns


* Call to Worship   adapted from Psalm 148   (Read responsively)

Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise Him in the heights!
Praise Him, all His angels; praise Him, all His hosts!

Praise Him, sun and moon, praise Him, all you shining stars!
Praise Him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens!

Let them praise the name of the Lord! For He commanded and they were created.
He established them forever; he gave a decree, and it shall not pass away.

Let them praise the name of the Lord, for His name alone is exalted;
His majesty is above earth and heaven.
ALL:  Praise the Lord!


* Affirmation of Faith        “The Apostle’s Creed”

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.  AMEN.


* Prayer of Invocation


* Hymn of Adoration                  “Joy to the World”                     Red Book # 270


Invitation to Confession


Admitting Our Sin to God  

Father in heaven, we confess that we have fallen far short of the standard for loving which Your Son Jesus demonstrated, taught, and lived at the cost of His own life. We live more like the descendants of Adam than like children and heirs of the Redeemer and King of creation. Lord our God, we acknowledge our sinful nature and confess our sinful acts. We desire to be obedient, and we meekly await Your moving to restore us to fellowship with You, and the rekindling of joy at the salvation You have made ours through Jesus Christ the Lord. In His name.  (silent, personal confession)  AMEN.


* Responding with Praise               “Gloria Patri”                            Blue Book #579

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning; is now and ever shall be. World without end, Amen! Amen!


Time with Young Disciples


Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer


* * * Responding to God’s Grace * * *


Bringing Our Tithes and Offerings


* Singing Our Praise and Gratitude     “The Doxology”                Blue Book   #592

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


* Prayer of Dedication 


* Hymn of Preparation                    “We Three Kings”                    Red Book # 288


* * * Listening to God’s Word * * *


OLD TESTAMENT LESSON              Isaiah 63:7-9                     pew Bible pg 622


NEW TESTAMENT LESSON           Hebrews 2:10-18               pew Bible pg 1002


* MESSAGE TEXT                           Matthew 2:13-23                    pew Bible pg 808


MESSAGE                                 “Three Men and A Kid”                  Elder Jim Madary


* Hymn of Closing                "Go Tell It on the Mountain”               Red Book # 258


* Receiving the Blessing


* Choral Response                   “Three-fold Amen”                         Blue Book # 586


* Postlude


* Please stand (if able) when prompted by the worship leader.


WHETHER you’re investigating the Gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ, looking for a church home, or have been with us for a long time – welcome! God is real, God is present, and we hope you sense and experience the grandeur of God today in this morning’s worship. Please remember to sign the blue attendance pad.


FIRST SUNDAY - Please remember to bring your contributions for local outreach organizations next Sunday, January 5th and place them in the baskets located under the old pew in the Narthex.


NEXT SUNDAY - We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper. In the Presbyterian Church (USA), all who sincerely trust in Jesus Christ and Him alone, for the forgiveness of sin are invited to partake, including baptized children with parental permission.


OUR DAILY BREAD (LARGE PRINT EDITION) - Complimentary copies of Our Daily Bread for January, February, and March are located on the table in the Narthex. Many find this daily devotional aid helpful to their spiritual growth.


FLOWERS – If you would like to sponsor flowers for the chancel in loving memory or in honor of a loved one or of a special occasion, there is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board by the drinking fountain in the Narthex. Cost: $24/Sunday.

Birthdays & Anniversaries This Week

Today:   Omer Johnson        Tuesday:  Jim & Shirley Madary     

Saturday:    Barbara Haifley


Flowers Today

are given to the glory of God by Jim & Shirley Madary

in honor of their 20th Anniversary


Today’s Participants

Liturgist: Elder Peter Pfefferkorn

Fellowship Hostess: Mun Sparks


The cradle without the cross misses the true meaning of Christ's birth.

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