NEC Sunday Worship – 4 PM on 2020-12-27


SPOTLIGHT OF OUR WORSHIP PARTICIPANTS

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Caroling – could you hear the singers last Sunday?

Perhaps a moment of music as we begin?   String Quartet – O Come All Ye Faithful


LAURA reads   Isaiah 61:10-62:3
I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my whole being shall exult in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

For as the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations.

For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until her vindication shines out like the dawn, and her salvation like a burning torch.

The nations shall see your vindication, and all the kings your glory; and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the LORD will give.

You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.


LAURA – leads us in a Prayer of Adoration



Angels We Have Heard on High 


MARILYN READS Luke 2:22-40
When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord

(as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord”),

and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him.

It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.

Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law,

Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying,

“Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word;

for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,

a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.”

And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him.

Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed

so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed–and a sword will pierce your own soul too.”


STEVE shares a Prayer of Confession

Hark the Herald Angels Sing – Page AD

SONG – Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Hark! the herald angels sing,        “Glory to the newborn King;

peace on earth, and mercy mild,    God and sinners reconciled!”

Joyful, all ye nations rise,              join the triumph of the skies;

with th’ angelic hosts proclaim        “Christ is born in Bethlehem!”

Hark! the herald angels sing,        “Glory to the newborn King!”

[INSTRUMENTAL SECTION]

Christ, by highest heaven adored;        Christ, the everlasting Lord;

late in time behold him come,        offspring of a virgin’s womb.

Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;     hail the incarnate Deity,

pleased with us in flesh to dwell,        Jesus, our Emmanuel.

Hark! the herald angels sing,        “Glory to the newborn King!”

[INSTRUMENTAL SECTION]

Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace! Hail the Son of Righteousness!

Light and life to all he brings,        risen with healing in his wings.

Mild he lays his glory by,               born that we no more may die,

born to raise us from the earth,      born to give us second birth.

Hark! the herald angels sing,        “Glory to the newborn King!”



MARILYN READSLuke 2:36-40

There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage,

then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day.

At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.

When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth.

The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.


STEVE LEADS: Sharing of Joys & Concerns

  • Confluence of pandemics (COVID-19, racial injustice, income inequality, climate);
  • CONCERNS:
    • Sheri’s back surgery update
    • Dick P. – TIA, diabetes complications
    • OTHER UPDATES?
    • OTHER CONCERNS?
  • JOYS:
    • Jupiter and Saturn near each other in SW sky at dusk – WOW!
    • Bruce Syl. home for holidays!
    • Christmas celebrations – different, yet we adapt…
    • OTHER JOYS?

 

Prayer – concluding with The Lord’s Prayer

WE’LL JOIN THE MWPC ORGAN, STRING QUARTET AND CONGREGATION IN SINGING SILENT NIGHT



Silent night, Holy night,         All is calm, all is bright, 

‘round yon Virgin Mother and Child,    

Holy Infant so tender and mild, 

Sleep in heavenly peace,        sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, Holy night,          shepherds quake at the sight, 

glories stream from heaven afar,

Heav’nly hosts sing Alleluia; 

Christ the Savior is born, Christ the Savior is born.

Silent night, Holy night,         Son of God, love’s pure light.  

Radiant beams from Thy holy face, 

with the dawn of redeeming grace,

Jesus, Lord at Thy birth, Jesus, Lord at Thy birth.

Silent night, Holy night,        Wondrous Star, lend thy light,

With the angels let us sing, 

Allelulia to our King

Christ the Savior is Born, Christ the Savior is Born


STEVE – AS WE CLOSE… (in unison:) 

Friends,

Life is short

and there is precious little time

to gladden the hearts of those who travel with us…

So make haste to be kind,

and be swift to love,

because in every act of love and kindness, the God who first formed us,

reforms and transforms us

again and again.

And certainly for these blessings,

all of God’s people say. 

AMEN!