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Bulletin for December 17, 2017
Morningside Staff
 

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WORSHIP DECEMBER 17 2017
11 A.M. WORSHIP

 

THE GATHERING  Rev. Mathew Frease 

Leader: The Lord be with you. 

People: And also with you. 

 

THE PRELUDE  Sleepers, Wake  J. S. Bach 

 

*THE CALL TO WORSHIP 

Leader: Rejoice always, pray without ceasing,

People: Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Leader: Do not quench the Spirit.

People Do not despise the words of prophets, but test everything; hold fast to what is good;

Leader: Abstain from every form of evil.

People: May the God of peace sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Leader: Let us worship God! -1 Thessalonians 5:17-23 

 

*THE PROCESSIONAL HYMN 9  O Come, O Come, Emmanuel  VENI EMMANUEL 

 

THE CALL TO CONFESSION 

 

THE PRAYER OF CONFESSION 

“Do not be afraid, for I bring good news of great joy,” said the heavenly host. And yet, sometimes we are afraid. We forget that faith is the exercise of joy. The hope and love of Christmas do not provoke in us great joy. Our lives are not marked with joy, but with blasé attitudes about all manner of things. We are blasé about our capacity to give. We are blasé about what we have received from you, grace upon grace. We fall prey to feelings of scarcity rather than remarking and reveling in the generosity of our lives. We forget joy. So forgive us, we pray. Remind us of how abundant our lives are. And in reminding us, use us. Use us to spread joy in all we do. Through Jesus Christ our Lord we pray, Amen. 

 

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

 

THE ASSURANCE OF PARDON AND LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT WREATH CANDLE 

Susan and Mark Gilbreath 

Leader: Jesus Christ is the light of the world. 

People: The light of Christ enters the world bringing hope, love, joy and peace. 

Leader: The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness does not overcome it. 

People: May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace as we trust in him, so that we may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. 

 

*THE CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Canticle of the Turning 

From the halls of pow’r to the fortress tow’r, not a stone will be left on stone. Let the king beware for your justice tears every tyrant from his throne. The hungry poor shall weep no more, for the food they can never earn; there are tables spread; every mouth be fed, for the world is about to turn. My heart shall sing of the day your bring. Let the fires of your justice burn. Wipe away all tears, for the dawn draws near, and the world is about to turn. 

 

*THE PEACE OF CHRIST 

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 GOSPEL LESSON  Matthew 11:2-11  (page 10 in the pew Bible, NT) 

 

THE ANTHEM  O Magnum Mysterium  Ludovico Tommaso da Victoria 

O great mystery, and wonderful sacrament, that animals should see the new-born Lord, lying in a manger! Blessed is the Virgin whose womb was worthy to bear our Savior, Jesus Christ. Alleluia! 

 

THE SECOND LESSON  James 5:7-10  (page 217 in the pew Bible, NT) 

 

THE SERMON  “Patience”  Rev. Dr. Baron Mullis 

 

*THE HYMN  Soon the earth will see the sunrise  MENDELSSOHN 

Soon the earth will see the sunrise, then the night will disappear; heav’n will ring with Alleluias when the Son of God is here. From his Father’s home above, Christ will manifest God’s love; every realm of time and space by a star will see God’s grace, unadorned and undefiled in the beauty of a Child. 

Soon the promises of prophet find fulfillment in God’s Word, resting in a lowly manger — Infant, King, Redeemer, Lord! Christ shall come with all his glory, Savior in Creation’s story; Prince of peace, Emmanuel, soon in flesh with us to dwell; hearts will sing new songs of mirth, joyful in your humble birth. (Text: Michael Morgan) 

 

*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  From Heaven Above — Var. 5  Walter Pelz 

 

*THE DOXOLOGY AND PRAYER OF DEDICATION  VENI EMMANUEL 

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. Rejoice! Rejoice! 

Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel! 

 

*THE HYMN 12  People, Look East  BESANÇON 

 

*THE CHARGE AND BENEDICTION 

 

*THE CHORAL RESPONSE  Canticle of the Turning  Rory Cooney 

 

*THE POSTLUDE  Improvisation on MENDELSSOHN  Dr. Jonathan Crutchfield 

 

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

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