DECEMBER 25, 2020

The Order for the Worship of God

Faith Presbyterian Church     11:00 a.m.

Follow along by watching our livestream on our YouTube channel at 1100a on Christmas Day.

Let the first tone of the organ be a call to quiet meditation in which all

may become aware of God’s presence, and lift up a prayer for yourself

and for Faith Church.

 

Prelude          Carols



Welcome and Greeting



Lighting of the Candle     Isaiah 59:20-60:1          The Winter Family


       20And he will come to Zion as Redeemer, to those in Jacob who turn from transgression, says the Lord.

       21And as for me, this is my covenant with them, says the Lord: my spirit that is upon you, and my words that I have put in your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth, or out of the mouths of your children, or out of the mouths of your children’s children, says the Lord, from now on and forever.

       60 Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.



Carol     #20     On This Day the Earth Shall Ring          (Christmas Songbook)


On this day earth shall ring

With the song children sing

To the Lord, Christ our King,

Born on earth to save us

Him the father gave us

Ideo, Ideo, Ideo gloria in excelsis Deo!

 

His the doom, ours the mirth;

When he came down to earth

Bethlehem saw His birth;

Ox and ass beside him

From the cold would hide Him.

Ideo, Ideo, Ideo gloria in excelsis Deo!


God’s bright star, o’er His head,

Wise men three to him led,

Kneeling low by His bed,

Lay their gifts before Him,

Praise Him and adore Him.

Ideo, Ideo, Ideo gloria in excelsis Deo!

 

On this day angels sing;

With their song earth shall ring,

Praising Christ, heaven’s King,

Born on earth to save us,

Peace and love he gave us.

Ideo, Ideo, Ideo gloria in excelsis Deo!

 


Confession of Faith:     Nicene Creed (In Unison)        

    

       We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.

       And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, begotten from the Father before all ages; God from God, Light from Light, True God from True God, begotten, not made, of the same essence as the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven; he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and was made human. He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate; he suffered and was buried. The third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures. He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again with glory to judge the living and the dead. His kingdom will never end.

       And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life. He proceeds from the Father and the Son, and with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified. He spoke through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church. We affirm one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look forward to the resurrection of the dead, and to life in the world to come. Amen.



Special Music     #19     Some Children See Him          Grieke Toebes


Some children see Him lily white,

The baby Jesus born this night,

Some children see Him lily white,

With Tresses soft and fair.

Some children see Him bronzed and brown,

The Lord of heaven to earth come down;

Some children see Him bronzed and brown,

With Dark and heavy hair.


Some children see Him almond-eyed,

This Savior whom we kneel beside,

Some children see Him almond-eyed,

With skin of yellow hue.

Some children see him dark as they,

Sweet Mary’s Son, to whom we pray;

Some children see him dark as they,

And ah! they love Him, too!


The children in each different place

Will see the baby Jesus’ face

Like theirs, but ring with heavenly grace,

And filled with holy light.

O lay aside each earthly thing,

And with thy heart as offering,

Come worship now the infant King,

’Tis love that born tonight!



Prayer for Illumination          Diane Horner



Old Testament Reading:     Isaiah 52:7-10 (NRSV)          Diane Horner

                                                                                            

       7How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.” 8Listen! Your sentinels lift up their voices, together they sing for joy; for in plain sight they see the return of the Lord to Zion. 9Break forth together in singing, you ruins of Jerusalem; for the Lord has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem. 10The Lord has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God. 



Epistle Reading:     Hebrews 1:1-12 (NRSV)          Diane Horner


       1 Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, 2but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. 3He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

      5For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son;

today I have begotten you”?

       Or again, “I will be his Father, and he will be my Son”?

       6And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him.”

       7Of the angels he says, “He makes his angels winds, and his servants flames of fire.”

       8But of the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, and the righteous scepter is the scepter of your kingdom. 9You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.”

       10And, “In the beginning, Lord, you founded the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands; 11they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like clothing; 12like a cloak you will roll them up, and like clothing they will be changed.  But you are the same, and your years will never end.”


Lector:     “This is the Word of the Lord.”


Congregation:     “Thanks be to God for His Word.”



Carol     #24     God Rest You Merry Gentlemen (vs. 1, 2, & 3)          (Christmas Songbook)


God rest you merry gentlemen,

Let nothing you dismay,

Remember Christ our Saviour

Was born on Christmas Day;

To save us all from Satan’s power

When we were gone astray.

O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy

O tidings of comfort and joy.


From God our heavenly Father

A blessed angel came; and unto certain shepherds

Brought tidings of the same;

How that in Bethlehem was born

The Son of God by name.

O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy

O tidings of comfort and joy.


“Fear not, then,” said the angel,

“Let nothing you affright,

This day is born a Savior

Of a pure Virgin bright,

To free all those who trust in Him

From Satan’s power and might.”

O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy

O tidings of comfort and joy.



Gospel Reading:     John 1:1-14


       1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. 5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

       6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. 8He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. 9The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. 

       10He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. 11He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. 12But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, 13who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.

       14And 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. 



Sermon     “The Word Became Flesh”          Pastor Andrew Winter

 

Carol     #13     I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day          (Christmas Songbook)


I heard the bells on Christmas day

Their old familiar carols play,

And wild and sweet the words repeat

Of peace on earth, goodwill to men.

 

I thought how, as the day had come,

The belfries of all Christendom

Had roll’d along th’un broken song

Of peace on earth, goodwill to men.

 

And in the despair I bow’d my head:

“There is no peace on earth,” I said,

“For hate is strong and mocks the song

Of peace on earth, goodwill to men.”


Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:

“God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;

The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,

With peace on earth, goodwill to men.”



Benediction



Postlude          Carols

 

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