North Presbyterian Church
January 17, 2021 9:45 & 11:00am Sunday Worship


Silent Prayer of Preparation: Sheep fast asleep, there on a hill, grass for their bed; all is still. Cold winter night, the frost appears; shepherds keep watch by their fire. Soft there a sound, far, far away; Is it the stream? Winds at play? Nay, friend, it is the heavenly choir, singing throughout the spheres.


Prelude “Pastorale” Coupin


Welcome
 

Introit: Come to Bethlehem and see him whose birth the angels sing; Come, adore on bended knee Christ, the Lord, the newborn king. Gloria in excelsis Deo (2) b 23


Call to Worship:
Some travel great lengths to meet a Holy One, a majestic one.
We travel each weekend to worship Jesus and give glory to God!
Sometimes the journey inside from our want to God’s desire is longer.
Glory to God in the highest, glory to God in the lowest, Glory to God, Now!
Hymn For lo, the days are hastening on, by prophets seen of old, When, with the ever-circling years, shall come the time foretold, When the new heaven and earth shall own the Prince of peace their King, and the whole world send back the song which now the angels sing. R 197


Prayer of Confession: (Unison) Holy God, we desire to know you and please you. Then we wake up, get out of bed and face our day. Forgive us the distance between our desires and our actions. (Please pray silently) Gracious God, forgive us and cleanse us from all wrong, said, done and thought, in Christ we pray. Amen.

Hymn Prophets foretold Him, infant of wonder, angels behold him there on his throne; Worthy the savior of all our praises, happy and ever blest are his own. R198

Assurance of Pardon
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven and set free to follow Christ!
In Christ we are forgiven and set free to love and to serve God always!
Response: Dear baby Jesus, how tiny thou are, I’ll make a place for thee in my heart, and when the stars in the heavens I see, ever and always I think of thee. R 201


Prayer for peace: Replace the anxiety in us and the stress with your peace, O God, beyond
our understanding, In Christ we pray. Amen.


Prayer for Illumination: Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path


New Testament Lesson: Philippians 2: 12-18


New Testament Lesson: Matthew 2: 1-8


These are the Words of the Lord: Thanks be to God


Sermon “Wise Ones to Jesus” Rev. Stuart C. Buisch


Response And ye, beneath life’s crushing load, whose forms are bending low, who toil along the climbing way with painful steps and slow, Look now! For glad and golden hours come swiftly on the wing; O rest beside the weary road, and hear the angels sing. b38

Creed Unjustly condemned for blasphemy and sedition, Jesus was crucified, suffering the depths of human pain and giving his life for the sins of the world. God raised this Jesus from the dead, vindicating his sinless life, breaking the power of sin and evil, delivering us from death to life eternal. We trust in God, whom Jesus called Abba, Father. A Brief Statement of Faith

Hymn God’s bright star, o’er his head, wise men three to Him led, kneeling low by his
bed, lay their gifts before him, Praise Him and adore him. Ideooo (2) gloria in excelsis Deo. b46


Joys and Concerns/Prayers of the People/Lord’s Prayer (pray for our church family)
 

Hymn We three kings of orient are, bearing gifts we traverse afar Field and forest, moor and mountain, following yonder star. O star of wonder, star of night, star with royal beauty bright, westward leading, still proceeding, guide us to they perfect light. b66
Charge Make us bold in gentle ways. Strengthen us in our faith so that we can be compassionate, burn your Spirit in us so that we will not give up on your will.

 

Benediction May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the community of the Holy Spirit be with us all evermore. Amen.


Song Gentle Mary laid her child lowly in a manger; He is still the undefiled, but no more a stranger. Son of God, of humble birth, Beautiful the story; Praise His name in all the earth, Hail the King of glory!


Postlude “An Early American March” Hewitt


Please prayerfully return your pledge so we can plan for 2021. Thank you. .


Bible study with masks and distancing Tuesdays at 7pm in the basement.


Please access our online worship services if you have any Covid symptoms.


EDNA’S Valentine time is here. There are LISTS on the usher’s table.


Fish DINNER is February 17 @5 take out only, deadline to sign up with Andria Harrington is 2/8