Christ has come among us!
In winter’s deepest night, we welcome the light of the Christ child. Isaiah declares that the light of the long-promised king will illumine the world and bring endless peace and justice. Paul reminds us that the grace of God through Jesus Christ brings salvation to all people. The angels declare that Jesus’ birth is good and joyful news for everyone, including lowly shepherds.
Filled with the light that shines in our lives, we go forth to share the light of Christ with the whole world.
A candle burning & flickering at beginning (all is quiet)
Call to Worship: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel v. 1 (Tom Kiersky solo acapella)
Reading 1: Isaiah 9:2-7
Song: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel ELW 257 v. 2 & 6
(those participating online can light their Advent wreath & Christ candle at the same time)
Christmas Proclamation: read by Pr Dorthy at lectern
Special Music: Mary Did You Know? (Dave Lundahl and Erika Lundahl, accompanied by piano and drums)
Reading 2: Luke 2:1-7
Songs: O Little Town of Bethlehem ELW 279 v.1 & 4 Sounds of Grace (Piano intro, 4 measures)
Prayer of the Day led by Pr Dorthy at lectern
Almighty God, you made this holy night shine with the brightness of the true Light. Grant that here on earth we may walk in the light of Jesus’ presence and in the last day wake to the brightness of his glory; through your only Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
Special Music: Away In A Manger ELW278 (Colette Lajoie solo, accompanied by piano and flutes – Jim and Donna Wernz)
Reading 3: Luke 2:8-14
Songs: Hark the Herald Angels Sing ELW 270 v. 1& 3 Sounds of Grace
Reading 4: Luke 2:15-20
Prayer of the Day Pr D+
Almighty God, you made this holy night shine with the brightness of the true Light. Grant that here on earth we may walk in the light of Jesus’ presence and in the last day wake to the brightness of his glory; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Song: Love Has Come ELW 292 Sounds of Grace
Christmas Dialog: Pr Dorthy at lectern
P: Jesus Christ is the Light of the world! C: He is the Light no darkness can overcome.
P: At darkest night we gather to celebrate the great light of our salvation. C: With the heavenly host we sing, “Glory to God in the highest heaven.”
P: In Christ, God’s Word is made flesh and lives among us. C: With the shepherds, we will tell of the wonders we have seen and heard.
Song: Angels We Have Heard ELW 289 v. 1 & 3 Sounds of Grace (organ, intro refrain, 4 parts)
Brief Sermon / Homily Pr Dorthy at lectern
Song: What Child is This ELW 296
Reading: The Incarnation — John 1:1-5, 14-16 by Pr Dorthy (Guitar during reading)
& candle lit from the Christ candle—at pulpit, then light other candles, move to altar
Song: Silent Night ELW281
Prayer: Pr Dorthy from altar
Blessing: Pr Dorthy from altar
Song: Joy to the World ELW 267 Sounds of Grace (Intro all instruments, 4 parts)
Postlude: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring Johann Sebastian Bach Michael Beachley (Piano) and Sunghee Kim (Organ)
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: