Worship Bulletin

Weekly Bulletin

August 9, 2020

The Community Gathers
August 9, 2020  _____            CHRISTMAS IN AUGUST ____________10:00 AM

We extend a warm welcome to all who join us for worship.
We pray that the service will offer you peace, comfort, and substance to feed your soul.

The Community Gathers

Meditation       “Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace      
                      and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.”
                                                     ~ Calvin Coolidge

Prelude                              “The First Noel / Pachelbel’s Canon”     
                                     Duet ~ Sarah Heath and Jacqueline Savage               

Moment of Preparation – Let us prepare our hearts and minds for worship.

The Lighting of the Candles

Introit                                             “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” 
                             LuWayne Arnold and Wes English ~ Piano & Trombone                                 

Call to Worship
To us, watchful and waiting, a gift has been slipped into our midst.
A tiny child, born in a manger,
A gift of peace to troubled souls and dangerous streets,
A gift of joy to sad hearts and cautious lives,
A gift of hope to wearied brows and oppressed peoples,
A tiny child, gift of God.
Open your hearts; raise your songs.
Give thanks to the giver; welcome the gift.  

Opening Carol                                “O Come, All Ye Faithful”                                            #132  

Prayer of Invocation
Almighty God, you have wondrously revealed yourself in the Holy Child of Bethlehem. By faith we kneel beside the manger, hoping that he will be born in us here and now. Grant that we may share in a new birth of faith. Teach us to recognize your Presence in our lives. Help us to experience wonder in the ordinary. Help us to share your Love Incarnate with the world. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

A Time for the Children

                                                  The Word of God to Us

The Reading of Scripture                     Isaiah 9:2-6                                              Jennifer Poore

Carol                                     “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel “                                            #114

                                                              Luke 2:1-20                                         Delaney Clifford

Carol                                     “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”                                           #137

Message                                       “A Christmas Story”

Anthem                            “Joy to the World! The Lord Is Come”                         Watts/Handel
              Summer Virtual Choir, Trumpet ~ Nancy MacNider, Timpani ~ Sarah Heath

 We Respond to God’s Word

The Community at Prayer
Offering Prayers 
Silent Prayer                          
Pastoral Prayer
            Our 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.

              Prayer Response                        “Silent Night”
                                                        Jaqueline and Emily Savage

 Offering Our Gifts to God                


Prayer of Dedication

Closing Carol                          “Go, Tell It on the Mountain”                                                          #160

Go forth carrying Christmas in your hearts. Whatever you face this week, fun or stress, remember that Christ is with you; remember that God loves you; remember that the message of Christmas — the true meaning of Christmas — is not confined to a day, a week or a month. Allow the grace of God to flow through your hearts, allow that grace to give you wings of wisdom and understanding so that where ever you go, whomever you meet, you may carry God’s torch of love to quietly and kindly illuminate the paths of those living in darkness. You are the light of the world!

Benediction Response    

Postlude                             “God Rest Ye, Merry, Gentlemen”            
                                LuWayne Arnold and Wes English ~ Piano & Banjo

                                          Rev. Scott Cousineau, Senior Minister
                                    Kris Galasyn, Director of Christian Education
                                          Jacqueline Savage, Director of Music
                                                      Sarah Heath, Cantor

                               Special Guests LuWayne Arnold and Wes English


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