Christ has come among us!
Within the gospel reading’s profound words lies the simple message that God is revealed in a human person. Though we may try to understand how the Word existed with God from the beginning of time, the wonder we celebrate at Christmas is that the Word continues to dwell among us.
Christ comes among us in the gathered assembly, the scriptures, the waters of new birth, and the bread and the wine. Through these ordinary gifts we receive the fullness of God’s grace and truth.
Call to Worship and Welcome
Bell Ringing & Walk into Sanctuary video (use through Jan 3)
Opening Song Sounds of Grace (Keep using Christmas songs, please)
Greeting Pr D+
P: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
C: And also with you
Prayer of the Day Pr D+
Almighty God, you have filled all the earth with the light of your incarnate Word. By your grace empower us to reflect your light in all that we do, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Gospel Acclamation ELW 715 Christ, Be Our Light v2 —through Epiphany season (to 2/14/21)
Children’s Time Pr D+
Hymn of the Day
Prayers of the Faithful Pr D+ and/or Reader lighting candles ??
Sharing Christ’s Peace Pr D+
Offering Pr D+
Offering Prayer (in unison) Pr D+
Announcements Pr D+
Blessing—Benediction Pr D+
Go in peace. Share the gift of Jesus.
Thanks be to God.
Readings & Psalm
Joy at the gathering of God’s scattered flock
Sirach 24:1-12 (alternate)
Wisdom lives among God’s people
Worship the Lord, O Jerusalem; praise your God, O Zion. (Ps. 147:12)
Wisdom of Solomon 10:15-21 (alternate)
We sing, O Lord, to your holy name. (Ws. 10:20)
The will of God made known in Christ
God with us: the incarnation of the Word
Celebrate Holy Communion together “virtually”.
Please join with other worshipers and the pastors for this Sunday’s Communion service at 11:00 on ZOOM via computer, tablet or smart phone.
You simply need to have ready your own wine, grape juice, or apple juice as you choose, in a separate glass for each person. And have a piece of bread of your choice, or wafer, or cracker as you choose.
If you didn’t receive an email to join us this Sunday, you may find the ZOOM login information to login by entering your name and email in the green form.
Learn more with the additional resources in this post. Click through this post to find the materials.
Drive-through Nativity Story Saturday, December 18, 5:00pm - 8:30 pm This year we will again tell the story of Jesus' birth outside in lights, art, music, and a living creche scene. Come enjoy a colorful lighted series of signs and characters that show and tell the Biblical Nativity story with classical Christmas carols as you pass slowly through the parking lot. The story of Christ's birth will be told in lighted signs and figures lining the path from the entry of the Grace...
Adult Bible Study - Starts December 5 Sundays after Worship: 11:15am in Ronnencamp Hall However, we will continue to email to those that wish. Contact Frank or Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to get the Bible Study lessons emailed to you or want to learn more about the class. Stay well.Justice, Law, History The study focuses on Old Testament scriptures and the interaction between the ideal of justice, God’s pursuit of justice in history, and God’s gift of the law that allows humans to...
Offerings of Thanksgiving
While we are keeping physical social distance, there are still options for you to continue bringing your offerings to God and support the ministries of Grace.
- Mail a check to church address below
- Online bill pay through your bank
- Online giving – Orange button
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord!
We thank the following for today’s flowers: