Christmas Day Hybrid Worship Bulletin

St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

CHRISTMAS DAY 

12-25-2022     10:00AM Zoom Worship

         

+   Gathering   +

THE OPENING RITE:

L   All through the ages our ancestors have looked and listened,

watched and waited,

wondered and worried,

prayed and proclaimed that God was surely alive,

that God really cared,

that God was supremely mighty,

that God would not refuse to act.

C And now it is our turn and our time to announce God’s presence,

             to proclaim God’s concern,

             to dance in jubilation,

to shout in celebration,

to go and tell all the world the GOOD NEWS of Jesus Christ!

L   Still, in shadowy times, some people see no light,

some people sense no love,

some people feel more broken than alive,

some people are desperate and in despair.

C So today, if we know different, we ought to say!

Christ is born among us!

Hope and promise are alive!

  Jesus is our Redeemer!

             God is here! God is now! God is love!

 

OPENING SONG: “JESUS, THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD” Charlotte Webb

  •  Hark the herald angels sing,   Jesus, the Light of the world.

Glory to the newborn King,   Jesus the Light of the world.

We’ll walk in the light, beautiful light, come where the dewdrops of mercy shine right.

Oh, shine all around us by day and by night – Jesus, the Light of the world.

  1. Joyful, all you nations, rise.   Jesus, the Light of the world.

Join the triumph of the skies.   Jesus, the Light of the world.

  1. Christ, by highest heav’n adored.   Jesus, the Light of the world.

Christ, the everlasting Lord.   Jesus, the Light of the world.

  1. Hail, the heav’n born Prince of Peace.   Jesus, the Light of the world.

Hail, the Sun of righteousness.   Jesus, the Light of the world.

THE PRAYER OF THE DAY:

Kind and loving God, we bless you for the wonderful gift of your Son, who became human to dwell among us, and who was born to die for our salvation. Forgive us when we reject your grace and mercy, whenever we cling to this world’s fading treasures and fleeting pleasures, and whenever we choose shadows instead of light and death instead of life. Today and always, AMEN.

+   Holy Word   +

FIRST READING:  Isaiah 52:7-10    [A messenger races home to Jerusalem with good news: God redeems his people!]

52:7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”

52:8 Listen! Your sentinels lift up their voices, together they sing for joy; for in plain sight they see the return of the LORD to Zion.

52:9 Break forth together into singing, you ruins of Jerusalem; for the LORD has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem.

52:10 The LORD has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

SECOND READINGHebrews 1:1-12   [God speaks to us now through the Son, co-creator of the world and our redeemer.]  

1:1 Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets,

1:2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds.

1:3 He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

1:4 having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

1:5 For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you”? Or again, “I will be his Father, and he will be my Son”?

1:6 And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him.”

1:7 Of the angels he says, “He makes his angels winds, and his servants flames of fire.”

1:8 But of the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, and the righteous scepter is the scepter of your kingdom.

1:9 You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.”

1:10 And, “In the beginning, Lord, you founded the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands;

1:11 they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like clothing;

1:12 like a cloak you will roll them up, and like clothing they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will never end.”

GOSPEL VERSE:    “HE CAME DOWN”                      St. Peter’s Christmas Choir

  •   He came down that we may have love;

He came down that we may have love;

He came down that we may have love;

Hallelujah forevermore!

  •   He came down that we may have light…
  •   He came down that we may have peace…
  •   He came down that we may have joy…

GOSPEL READING:   John 1:1-14   [Word in the flesh, Light in the darkness, life through Jesus Christ!]

1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

1:2 He was in the beginning with God.

1:3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being

1:4 in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.

1:5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

1:6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

1:7 He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him.

1:8 He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light.

1:9 The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

1:10 He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him.

1:11 He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him.

1:12 But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God,

1:13 who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.

1:14 And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.

THE SERMON:      Pastor Neil or Pastor Gwen

SONG SELECTION Dr. Sarah Carter Blanford

THE OFFERING For the sake of those in need, for the care of the Church in proclaiming the birth of Christ, and for all that God calls us to do, let us offer our tithes, our time, and our talents. 

OFFERING SONG:

JESUS… JESUS…   OH, WHAT A WONDERFUIL CHILD! Jenza Evans

JESUS… JESUS…   SO HOLY, MEEK, AND MILD!

NEW LIFE, NEW HOPE, TO ALL HE BRINGS; LISTEN TO THE ANGELS SING,

“GLORY, GLORY, GLO-RY TO THE NEW BORN KING!”

OFFERING PRAYER:

Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth! Loving God, we rejoice in the Word-made-flesh… and we rejoice in the light Christ brings to our lives and our world… and we rejoice in the new life that is ours as a gift that was not earned! Because you have blessed us to be a blessing, guide us to be bearers of light, makers of peace, and heralds of good news to all the world!  Always, AMEN

THE PRAYERS…  We pray that the joy and light of JESUS CHRIST will touch all lives!          

SONG SELECTION Ida Swindle

+   Sending   +

THE BENEDICTION by the Pastor… God sends us TO SHINE with the Light of Jesus Christ in a shadowy world!

He was born to die, he died to give us new birth.

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January 1…  FIRST SUNDAY OF CHRISTMAS. Hybrid Worship at 10:00AM.

Continue the MIRACLE AND MYSTERY OF JESUS into the new year! Come into the sanctuary to be physically present or gather with us on Zoom. 

A new YEAR… a new YOU!

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