North Presbyterian Church
January 3, 2021 9:45 & 11am Sunday Worship


Silent Prayer of Preparation: the love of God is greater far than tongue or pen can ever tell;
Prelude


Welcome


Introit: Thou camest, O Lord, with the living word That should set Thy people free, But with mocking scorn and with crown of thorn They bore Thee to Calvary. O come to my heart, Lord Jesus: There is room in my heart for Thee! R 170


Call to Worship:
Christ is born, the world has changed, God is with us!
Christ is born, Mary said yes, Joseph said yes and the Christ child is here!
All the generations of prophets and seers have come to life in Jesus Christ.
Come! Let us worship God!


Hymn O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant, O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem; Come and behold Him born the King of angels; O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, Christ, the Lord.
Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation, O 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. R 193


Prayer of Confession: (Unison) Some days God, everything seems good, other days nothing. Forgive us for holding on to things that keep us from following you. (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: 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 more may die; Born to raise the sons of earth. Born to give them second birth. Hard! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King”. R184


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


Prayer for Illumination: King of kings, yet born of Mary, as of old on earth he stood, Lord of lords in human nature, in the body and the blood, He will give to all the faithful his own self for heavenly food. Amen


Old Testament Lessons: Ruth 1: 18-22


New Testament Lesson: Luke 1: 39-45


These are the Words of the Lord: Thanks be to God
Song: Shepherds, why this jubilee? Why your joyous strains prolong? Say what may the tidings be, Which inspire your heavenly song? Ref:
Ref: Gloria in excelsis Deo Gloria is excelsis Deo.
Come to Bethlehem and see Him whose birth the angels sing; Come adore, on bended knee, Christ, the Lord, the newborn King. Ref: R 192


Sermon “Journeying: Mary to Elizabeth” Rev. Stuart C. Buisch

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 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. R180
Joys and Concerns/Prayers of the People/Lord’s Prayer

Hymn Infant holy, infant lowly, for His bed a cattle stall; Oxen lowing, little knowing Christ, the babe, is Lord of all. Swift are winging angels singing, noels ringing, tidings bringing: Christ the babe is Lord of all.
Flocks were sleeping: shepherds keeping vigil till the morning new Saw the glory, heard the story, tidings of a gospel true. Thus rejoicing, free from sorrow, Praises voicing greet the morrow: Christ the babe was born for you. R194
Charge Each step is the beginning or the end of a journey. Each day with God is a step further into Christ or not. Life in the journey of Christ offers the greatest fulfillment.

 

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 Saints before the altar bending, Watching long in hope and fear, Suddenly the Lord, descending, In His temple shall appear. Come and worship, come and worship, Worship Christ, the newborn King. R190


Postlude


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