North Presbyterian Church
December 24, 2020 7 pm Worship

Silent Prayer of Preparation: 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!
Prelude “Coventry Carol” Lachenauer


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: Lighting of the Advent Wreath - Sal, Missy, Alanna, Matteo Graci
The Christmas music will shift on the radios soon until next October.
But Christ lives on in us, when love lives in us and between us.
We light all our Advent candles seeing light in our darkness.
Come Messiah, Emmanuel, Come! Let us worship God!

Response: Light the Christmas candles, now: Sing of donkey, sheep and cow; birthday candles for the King, let the alleluias ring. Candle, candle, burning bright, shining in the cold winter night; candle, candle burning bright, fill our hearts with Christmas light. 2090

Prayer of Confession: (Unison) We would come and adore you but our hands, hearts and feet need your fresh forgiveness, O God. (Please pray silently) Gracious God, help us to hear the way you speak to us. Create in us clean hearts and ready spirits to follow you, in Christ we pray. Amen.

Hymn Sing, choirs of angels, Sing in exultation! Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above! Glory to God, All Glory in the highest! O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him, Christ, the Lord! B 41

Assurance of Pardon
In Jesus Christ you are forgiven and set free to live for Him!
In Christ we are forgiven and set free to love and to serve God always!
Response: Good Christian friends, rejoice With heart, and soul, and voice; Now ye need not fear the grave: Jesus Christ was born to save! Calls you one and calls you all To gain the everlasting hall. Christ was born to save! Christ was born to save! B 28

Prayer for peace: Grant us peace 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. (2)

Scripture Lessons: Isaiah 9: 1-6; Luke 2:1-7

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

Hymn O little town of Bethlehem, How still we see thee lie! Above thy deep and dreamless sleep The silent stars go by. Yet in thy dark streets shineth The everlasting light; The hopes and fears of all the years Are met I thee tonight. b44

Sermon “Dark in Light” Rev. Stuart C. Buisch
Response Why lies He in such mean estate Where ox and ass are feeding? Good Christian, fear; for sinners here The silent Word is pleading. This, this is Christ the King, Whom shepherds guard and angels sing; Haste, haste to bring Him laud, the Babe, the Son of Mary! B 53

Creed In life and in death we belong to God. Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel, who alone we worship and serve. We trust in Jesus Christ fully human, fully God; preaching good news to the poor and release to the captives, teaching by word and deed and blessing the children, healing the sick and binding up the brokenhearted, eating with outcasts, forgiving sinners, and calling all to repent and believe the gospel. A Brief Statement of Faith

Celebration of the Lord’s Supper

Hymn They looked up and saw a star Shining in the east beyond them far, And to the earth it gave great light, And so it continued both day and night. Ref:   Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Born is the king of Israel.
And by the light of that same star, Three wisemen came from country far; To seek for a king was their intent, and to follow the star wherever it went. Ref: B 56

Prayers of the People/Lord’s Prayer

Hymn Silent night, holy night! Son of God, love’s pure light Radiant beams from Thy holy face, With the dawn of redeeming grace, Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth,” (2)

Silent night, holy night! Wondrous star, lend they Light; With the angels let us sing, Alleluia to our King; Christ the Savior is born, (2) B 60

Charge/ Benediction Christmas is about worship. Go from this place because God calls you to life and love and worship and 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.

Benediction Response Go, tell it on the mountain Over the hills and everywhere; Go, tell it on the mountain That Jesus Christ is born! B 29 ref

Postlude “Tous Les Bourgeois de Chartres” Balbastre

Remember the Christmas envelope from your offering box goes to Salvation Army.

Christmas Joy ¼ goes to Lockport Home and the rest to the denomination for retired clergy and widowed spouses.

Loose, pew envelopes and regular envelopes go to North Church. THANK YOU!