North Presbyterian Church


December 27, 2020 11am Sunday Worship


Silent Prayer of Preparation: Royalty and shepherds came to worship from afar, guided through the long cold night by one persistent star.


Prelude
Welcome
Introit: 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
Call to Worship:


Christ the savior is born, He has broken satan’s power!
In Christ, the incarnate one, we are free to love and to live.
Grace, mercy and peace are ours in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
Come Messiah, Emmanuel, Come! Live in us! Let us worship God!

Hymn Christ, by highest heaven adored; Christ, the everlasting Lord! Late in time behold Him come, Offspring of the Virgin’s womb. Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; Hail the incarnate Deity, Pleased as man with men to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel. Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the new born King.”
Hail the heaven born Prince of Peace! Hail the Sun of Righteousness! Light and life to all He brings, Risen with healing in His wings. Mild He lays His glory by, Born that man no more may die; Born to raise the sons of earth, Born to give them second birth. Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King.” R184

Prayer of Confession: (Unison) Holy God, your beauty calls us to your glorious presence. Forgive our sin both committed and omitted goodness. (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.

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: 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, Jesus, Lord as Thy birth. b60


Prayer for peace: Grant us peace beyond our understanding, In Christ we pray. Amen


Prayer for Illumination: Holy One, open our eyes, ears and hearts to all you would say to us, In Christ we pray, Amen.


Old Testament Lesson: 2 Samuel 1: 1-12, 17-27; Psalm 96


New Testament Lessons: John 12:44-50


These are the Words of the Lord: Thanks be to God
Sermon “Judge and Jury” Ruling Elder Karen Bauer

 

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
 

Hymn Good Christian men, rejoice With heart and soul and voice; Now ye hear of
endless bliss: Joy! joy! Jesus Christ was born for this! He has opened heaven’s door, And
man is blessed evermore. Christ was born for this! Christ was born for this!


Good Christian men, rejoice With heart and soul and voice; Now ye need not fear the
grave; Peace! peace! Jesus Christ was born to save! Calls you one and calls you all To gain
His everlasting Hall. Christ was born to save! Christ was born to save! r177


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

Hymn As they offered gifts most rare At that manger rude and bare; So may we with
with holy joy, Pure, and free from sin’s alloy, All our costliest treasurers bring, Christ, to
Thee, our heavenly King.


Holy Jesus, every day Keep us in the narrow way; And, when earthly things are past, Bring
our ransomed souls at last Where they need no star to guide, Where no clouds Thy glory
hide. b63


Charge You can’t sit on the throne unless you have the crown. You can cry for mercy and justice from anywhere.
 

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.


Benediction Response: Glorious now behold Him arise, King and God and Sacrifice; Alleluia, Alleluia Sounds through the earth and skies. O star of wonder, star of night, Star with royal beauty bright; Westward leading still proceeding, Guide us to thy perfect light!
b 66


Postlude
Please prayerfully return your pledge for 2021. Thank you to all those who are giving gifts and have returned their pledge cards. We have received pledges of $51,700.


Please access our online worship services if you have any Covid symptoms.
Thanks to Ruling Elder Karen Bauer to leading worship today. Happy New Year