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Join Us For Worship Sunday December 27th at 11:00am on our Youtube Channel
The worship video will be available live at 11:00 am. Text for hymns are found below each hymn. Click on the hymn highlighted text for music.
Prelude: “Silent Night” by Franz Gruber………..Greg Dixon Please post your prayer requests and praises in the YouTube chat box, or email concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org
Opening Hymn: “The First Noel” #245………Evan The United Methodist Hymnal Traditional English carol; harmony from Christmas Carols New and Old, 1871
1. “The first Noel the angel did say was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay; in fields where they lay keeping their sheep, on a cold winter’s night that was so deep. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, born is the King of Israel.
2. They looked up and saw a star shining in the east, beyond them far; and to the earth it gave great light, and so it continued both day and night. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, born is the King of Israel.
3. And by the light of that same star three Wise Men came from country far; to seek for a king was their intent, and to follow the star wherever it went. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, born is the King of Israel.
4. This star drew nigh to the northwest, o’er Bethlehem it took its rest; and there it did both stop and stay, right over the place where Jesus lay. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, born is the King of Israel.
5. Then entered in those Wise Men three, full reverently upon the knee, and offered there, in his presence, gold and myrrh and frankincense. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, born is the King of Israel.”
Second Opening Hymn: “Away in a Manger” #217……sung by Michael & Noelle (with Wendy Poister on piano) The United Methodist Hymnal Words: Anonymous Music by James R. Murray, 1887
“1. Away in a manger, no crib for a bed, the little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head. The stars in the sky looked down where he lay, the little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay.”
Prayers of the People: Please comment with your prayer concerns and especially offer up those things that cause your soul to be in a place of deep lament this day. (After each prayer read) Leader: Lord in your mercy… All: Hear our prayer.
Closing Prayer of the People……………………Pastor Juan
Hymn of Preparation: “O Little Town of Bethlehem” #230……Lucy The United Methodist Hymnal Words by Phillips Brooks, circa 1868 Music by Lewis H. Redner, 1868
“1. O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie; above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by. Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting light; the hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.
4. O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray; cast out our sin, and enter in, be born in us today. We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell; O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel!”
Message: Blessings of 2020………Pastor Juan & KIDS ROC
Giving of our tithes and offerings…………………………………Emily (video 07) You can do this with no fee through your bank’s online bill pay option. It is easy to set up for automatic monthly giving. Or, you can use this link: Online Giving
Offertory hymn: “What Child Is This?” #219 ….. Mary The United Methodist Hymnal Words by William C. Dix, 1865 16th Century English melody
“1. What child is this who, laid to rest, on Mary’s lap is sleeping? Whom angels greet with anthems sweet, while shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the King, whom shepherds guard and angels sing; haste, haste to bring him laud, the babe, the son of Mary.”