DECEMBER 27, 2020
The Order for the Worship of God
Faith Presbyterian Church 9:30 a.m.
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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 Pastorale “Christmas Concerto” Arcangelo Corelli, arr Lani Smith
Welcome and Greeting
Hymn #17 In the Bleak Midwinter (Christmas Songbook)
Psalter: Psalm 132:1-12 (read responsively) Grieke Toebes
1Oh Lord, remember in David’s favor all the hardships he endured;
2how he swore to the Lord and vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob,
3“I will not enter my house or get into my bed;
4I will not give sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids,
5until I find a place for the Lord, a dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.”
6We heard of it in Ephrathah; we found it in the fields of Jaar.
7“Let us go to his dwelling place; let us worship at his footstool.”
8Rise up, O Lord, and go to your resting place, you and the ark of your might.
9Let your priests be clothes with righteousness, and let your faithful shout for joy.
10For your servant David’s sake do not turn away the face of your anointed one.
11The Lord swore to David a sure oath from which he will not turn back: “One of the sons of your body I will set on your throne.
12If your sons keep my covenant and my decrees that I shall teach them, their sons also, forevermore, shall sit on your throne.”
Prayer for Illumination Grieke Toebes
First Lesson: Hosea 11:1-11 Grieke Toebes
11 When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son. 2The more I called them, the more they went from me; they kept sacrificing to the Baals, and offering incense to idols.
3Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk, I took them up in my arms, but they did not know that I healed them. 4I led them with cords of human kindness, with bands of love. I was to them like those who lift infants to their cheeks. I bent down and fed them.
5They shall return to the land of Egypt, and Assyria shall be their king, because they have refused to return to me. 6The sword rages in their cities, it consumes their oracle-priests, and devours because of their schemes. 7My people are bent on turning away from me. To the Most High they call, but he does not raise them up at all.
8How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, O Israel? How can I make you like Admah? How can I treat you like Zeboiim? My heart recoils within me; my compassion grows warm and tender. 9I will not execute my fierce anger; I will not again destroy Ephraim; for I am God and no mortal, the Holy One in your midst, and I will not come in wrath.
10They shall go after the Lord, who roars like a lion; when he roars, his children shall come trembling from the west. 11They shall come trembling like birds from Egypt, and like doves from the land of Assyria; and I will return them to their homes, says the Lord.
Lector: “This is the Word of the Lord.”
Congregation: “Thanks be to God for His Word.”
Special Music O Holy Night / In Christ Alone Christina Shi
Hymn #11 O Little Town of Bethlehem (vs. 1, 2, & 3) (Christmas Songbook)
Second Lesson: Matthew 2:13-23
13Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” 14Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, 15and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet, “Out of Egypt I have called my son.”
16When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had learned from the wise men. 17Then was fulfilled what had been spoken through the prophet Jeremiah:
18“A voice was hear in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no more.”
19When Herod died, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, 20“Get up, take the child and his mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who were seeking the child’s life are dead.” 21Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother, and went to the land of Israel. 22But when he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And after being warned in a dream, he went away to the district of Galilee. 23There he made his home in a town called Nazareth, so that what had been spoke through the prophets might be fulfilled, “He will be called a Nazorean.”
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Prayer of Dedication, Thanksgiving, and Intercession
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