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Bulletin for December 13, 2015
Morningside Staff
 

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WORSHIP DECEMBER 13 2015
11 A.M. WORSHIP

 

THE GATHERING  Baron Mullis

Leader: The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you.

 

THE PRELUDE  Meditation on “I Wonder as I Wander”  John G. Barr

Jonathan Crutchfield, Organist/Choirmaster

 

THE LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT WREATH 

Nancy Frampton, Christine Butz,

Michael Siedschlag, Brandon Odom

 

*Unison Prayer:

God of grace, ever faithful to your promises, the earth rejoices in the JOY of our Savior’s coming and looks forward with longing to his return. Prepare our hearts to receive him when he comes, for he is Lord of all time and space. Amen.

 

*THE PROCESSIONAL HYMN 12  People, Look East  BESANÇON

 

THE CALL TO CONFESSION

 

THE PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Eternal God, you are from everlasting to everlasting. You, the creator of heaven and earth extend from the furthest reaches of the universe to the depths of Sheol. Yet we forget from whom our blessings flow. We blur the lines between creator and creation and think that we are the authors of our own blessings. But you alone are eternal, you alone are the source of all life and all good. We are chastened and we ask forgiveness. Return us to your marvelous image, remind us that we are fearfully and wonderfully made, and call forth from us the commitment you would have us bring, through Jesus the Christ we pray. Amen.

 

A MOMENT OF SILENCE (for examination of conscience and personal prayers of confession)

 

THE ASSURANCE OF PARDON

Leader: We do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses,

People: But we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin.

Leader: Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Believe the promise of the Gospel:

People: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. - Hebrews 4:15-16

 

*THE CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE (Hymn 9)

O come, desire of nations, bind all peoples in one heart and mind; bid envy, strife, and discord cease; fill the whole world with heaven’s peace. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!

 

*THE PEACE OF CHRIST

(Children ages 3-10 are invited to leave after the Peace of Christ for special classes. Threes, fours & fives are in Room 011; K-1st grade in Room 001; 2nd-3rd grade in Room 003; 4th-5th grade in worship).

 

THE CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH

(Visitors and members are invited to sign the blue friendship register pad and pass it down the pew.)

 

THE OFFERTORY  Variation 7: From Heaven Above to Earth I Come  Walter Pelz

 

*THE DOXOLOGY AND PRAYER OF DEDICATION  (Hymn 592)

 

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

 

THE MUSICAL OFFERING  “Angels We Have Heard on High”

O Come, Little Children  IHR KINDERLEIN KOMME

Cherub and Treble Choirs; Jonathan Crutchfield and Megan Mashburn, directors O there lies the Christ Child on hay and on straw; the shepherds are kneeling before him with awe. And Mary and Joseph smile on him with love, while angels are singing sweet songs from above.

The First Nowell  THE FIRST NOWELL

The Youth Choir; Ashley Hoffman and Jonathan Crutchfield, directors

The first Nowell the angel did say was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay: Nowell, born is the King of Israel.

A Midnight Clear  Richard Storrs Willis, arr. Sondra Tucker

The Handbell Choir, Jeff Peters, director

It came upon the midnight clear, that glorious song of old, from angels bending near the earth, to touch their harps of gold.

 

*THE HYMN 23  Angels We Have Heard on High (verses 1 and 2)  GLORIA

Angelus ad virginem  14th-century Irish carol/arr. David Willcocks

Gabriel to Mary came, and entered at her dwelling. With his salutation glad her maiden fears dispelling: ‘All hail, thou queen of virgin’s bright! God, Lord of earth and heaven’s height, thy very Son shall soon be born in pureness, the Savior of all kind. Thou art the gate of heaven bright, the sinners ‘healer kind.’ “How could I a mother be that am to man a stranger? How should I my strong resolve, my solemn vows endanger?” ‘Power from the Holy Ghost on high shall bring to pass this mystery. Then have no fear: Be of good cheer, believing that still thy chastity in God’s almighty keeping shall all unsullied be.’ Then to him the maid replied, with noble mien supernal, “Lo! The humble handmaid I of God the Lord eternal! With thee, bright messenger of heaven, by whom this wondrous news is given, I well agree and long to see fulfilled thy gracious prophecy. As God my Lord doth will it, so be it unto me!” ‘Hail! Thou Mother of the Lord, who brings of gifts the rarest, peace to angels and to all, when Christ the Lord thou barest! Do thou, we pray, entreat thy son for us our longed redemption himself to win, and from our sin release us; his succor for to give, that, when we hence are taken, we too in heaven may live.”

Sussex Carol  English traditional carol/ arr. David Willcocks

On Christmas night all Christians sing, to hear the news the angels bring – news of great joy, news of great mirth, news of our merciful King’s birth.

Angels We Have Heard on High  arr. Robert Russell Bennett

(from The Many Moods of Christmas, suite 3)

Angels we have heard on high sweetly singing o’er the plains: Gloria in Excelsis Deo!

 

*THE CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

 

*THE CHORAL RESPONSE  “Sleepers, Wake!” A Voice Astounds Us  WACHET AUF

 

*THE POSTLUDE  Improvisation on “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”  Jonathan Crutchfield

 

*(The asterisk indicates parts of the worship when the congregation is invited to stand as they are able.)

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