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Bulletin for January 3, 2016
Morningside Staff
 

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WORSHIP JANUARY 3 2016
11 A.M. WORSHIP

 

THE GATHERING  Baron Mullis 

Leader: The Lord be with you. 

People: And also with you. 

 

THE PRELUDE  Fum, Fum, Fum  Richard Lind 

Jonathan Crutchfield, Organist/Choirmaster 

 

*THE CALL TO WORSHIP 

Leader: Praise the Lord! How good it is to sing praises to our God! 

People: For he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting. 

Leader: The Lord builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel. 

People: He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up all their wounds. 

Leader: God covers the heavens with clouds, prepares rain for the earth, makes grass grow on the hills. 

People: The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love. 

Leader: Let us worship God, our creator, redeemer and sustainer. - from Psalm 147 

 

*THE PROCESSIONAL HYMN 56  The First Nowell  THE FIRST NOWELL 

Verses 1-5 

 

THE CALL TO CONFESSION 

 

THE PRAYER OF CONFESSION 

God our Savior, we confess that we are not people of peace. You call us home from our exile, yet we remain wandering and lost. You chose us in Christ, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in love, yet we fail to show love to one another and to you. You came to dwell among us, yet we refuse to welcome you. Forgive us, God of grace. Gather us up in your arms and hold us close, as your own, so that we may live to praise you, through Jesus Christ our Lord. We pray it in the name of Jesus and for his sake. Amen. 

 

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

 

THE ASSURANCE OF PARDON 

Leader: When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. 

People: Because we are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba, Father!” 

Leader: The grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all. Believe the promise of the Gospel: 

People: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven! - Galatians 4:4-6 

 

*THE CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE (Number 56) 

Then let us all with one accord sing praises to our heavenly Lord, that hath made heaven and earth of nought, and with His Blood our life hath bought. Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, born is the King of Israel. 

 

*THE PEACE OF CHRIST 

(Children are invited to remain 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 GOSPEL LESSON  Matthew 2:7-18  (page 2 in the pew Bible, NT) 

 

THE ANTHEM  “Thou Must Leave Thy Lowly Dwelling”  Hector Berlioz 

(from L’enfance du Christ, op. 25) 

Thou must leave thy lowly dwelling, the humble crib, the stable bare, Babe, all mortal babes excelling, content our earthly lot to share. Loving father, loving mother, shelter thee with tender care! Blessed Jesus, we implore thee with humble love and holy fear, in the land that lies before thee, forget not us who linger here! May the shepherd’s lowly calling ever to thy heart be dear! Blest are ye beyond all measure, thou happy father, mother mild! Guard ye well your heavenly treasure, the Prince of Peace, the Holy Child! God go with you, God protect you, guide you safely through the wild! Guide you safely through the wild! 

 

THE OLD TESTAMENT LESSON  Jeremiah 31:7-17 (page 690 in the pew Bible, OT) 

 

THE SERMON  “Mourning into Joy”  James Klotz 

 

*THE HYMN 21  All My Heart Today Rejoices  WARUM SOLLT’ ICH 

 

THE OFFERTORY  “In Dulci Jubilo”  J.S. Bach 

 

*THE DOXOLOGY AND PRAYER OF DEDICATION (Hymn 592) 

 

THE SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S SUPPER 

Invitation 

The Great Thanksgiving 

Leader: The Lord be with you. 

People: And also with you. 

Leader: Lift up your hearts! 

People: We lift them to the Lord. 

Leader: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. 

People: It is right to give thanks and praise. 

Leader: It is truly right… 

And with our loved ones, separate from us now, who yet in this mystery are close to us, we join in the song of your unending greatness. 

Sanctus Gloria in excelsis Deo; Gloria in excelsis Deo. (Hymn 23) 

Leader: You are holy, O God of majesty…Great is the mystery of faith. 

People: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again. 

The Lord’s Prayer 

Communion of the People 

(The round wafers on the plate are provided for our members and guests with gluten intolerance.) 

 

*THE HYMN 516  Lord, We Have Come at Your Own Invitation  O QUANTA QUALIA 

 

*THE CHARGE AND BENEDICTION 

 

*THE CHORAL RESPONSE  Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ  LINSTEAD 

 

*THE POSTLUDE  Improvisation  Jonathan Crutchfield 

 

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

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