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Bulletin for December 31, 2017
Morningside Staff
 

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WORSHIP DECEMBER 31 2017
11 A.M. WORSHIP

 

THE GATHERING  Rev. Mathew Frease 

Leader: The Lord be with you. 

People: And also with you. 

 

THE PRELUDE  The Old Year Has Passed Away  J.S. Bach

Judi Caldwell, guest organist 

 

*THE CALL TO WORSHIP 

Leader: This is the temple of the Lord. 

People: We have come to seek God’s blessing. 

Leader: This is the house of the Holy One. 

People: We have come to praise God’s name. 

Leader: Let us worship God. 

 

*THE HYMN 40  Joy to The World  ANTIOCH 

 

THE CALL TO CONFESSION 

 

THE PRAYER OF CONFESSION 

God of wonder, you surround us with signs of your glory and surprise us with your presence, yet we often miss the marvels you place before us. Forgive our dullness and make us alert to the ways you make yourself known, that we might be witnesses to your good news and proclaim your extravagant love; through Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen. 

 

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

 

THE ASSURANCE OF PARDON 

Leader: In Jesus Christ God saved us, 

People: not because of any good works that we have done, but according to God’s mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. 

Leader: Therefore, people of God, rejoice and believe the good news of the gospel: 

People: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven! Alleluia! Amen. 

 

*THE CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE (Number 28) 

Good Christian friends, rejoice with heart, and soul, and voice; now ye hear of endless bliss: Jesus Christ was born for this! He hath opened heaven’s door, and we are blest forevermore. Christ was born for this! Christ was born for this! 

 

*THE PASSING OF THE PEACE 

Leader: The peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all! 

People: And also with you. 

 

THE CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH 

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

 

THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM 

People: With joy and thanksgiving we welcome this child into Christ’s church. 

We are the family of God for we are all one in Christ. 

 

THE BAPTISMAL RESPONSE  Baptized in Water  (Number 492) 

 

THE FIRST LESSON  Luke 2:22-35  (page 55 in the pew Bible, NT) 

 

THE SOLO  The Little Road to Bethlehem  Michael Nead 

 

THE SECOND LESSON  Luke 2:36-44  (page 55 in the pew Bible, NT) 

 

THE SERMON  Wisdom From Old Folks  Dr. Mardee Rightmyer 

 

*THE HYMN  Mary and Joseph Came to the Temple  EVENING HYMN 

 

* THE APOSTLES’ CREED 

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen. 

 

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen. 

 

THE OFFERTORY  Cold December Flies Away  Setting Donald Busarow 

 

*THE DOXOLOGY AND PRAYER OF DEDICATION  LASST UNS ERFREUEN 

Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise God all creatures here below. Praise God above ye heavenly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen. 

 

*THE HYMN 29  Go, Tell It on the Mountain  GO TELL IT 

 

*THE CHARGE AND BENEDICTION 

 

*THE POSTLUDE  In Thee is Gladness  Marcel Dupre 

 

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

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