North Presbyterian Church
December 20, 2020 9:45 & 11am Sunday Worship


Silent Prayer of Preparation: Stars shine brightly, earth is still. Hills and valleys, filed and woodlands, all surround the small town of Bethlehem. In a manger Christ the Lord sleeps.


Prelude “Rondo on an Ancient Spanish Carol” Penfield


Welcome


Introit: Make way, make way, for Christ the King in splendor arrives; fling wide the gates and welcome him into your lives. Make way, (echo), Make way (echo) for the king of kings, (echo) Make way, (echo), Make way (echo), and let his kingdom in. CH 279


Call to Worship: Lighting of the Advent Wreath - Quin & Maddy Buisch


Come and worship, offer your lives to the little one, the crying one, the savior, a baby.
Shepherds came, wise ones came, a star moved, I must go too.
We light our fourth Advent candle holding on to your light.
Come Messiah, Emmanuel, Come! Let us worship God!


Response: Light the Advent candle, four: Think of joy forevermore; Christ child in a stable born, gift of love that Christmas morn. 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) Its busy Lord, you must be busy, Lord. Forgive me for thinking of you only in my own terms. (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: People, look east. The time is near of the crowning of the year. Make your house fair as you are able, trim the hearth and set the table. People look east: Love the guest is on the way.
Furrows, be glad. Though earth is bare, One more seed is planted there: Give up your strength the seed to nourish, That in course the flower may flourish. People look east: Love the rose is on the way Ref: b 12

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: Lord, I lift your name on high; Lord, I love to sing your praises. I’m so glad you’re in my life; I’m so glad you came to save us. You came from heaven to earth to show the way, from the earth to the cross my debt to pay; from the cross to the grave, from the grave to the sky; Lord, I lift your name on high. 2088
Prayer for peace: Grant us peace beyond our understanding, In Christ we pray. Amen.


Prayer for Illumination: Your word is Spirit and life, O Lord, richer than gold, stronger than death, your word is Spirit and Life, O Lord, life everlasting


Scripture Lessons: Luke 7:11-17; Isaiah 7: 1-17


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


Sermon “Just a bit Longer” Rev. Stuart Buisch


Response Light four candles to watch for Messiah: let the light banish darkness. He is coming; tell the glad tidings. Let your lights be shining. P85

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 While shepherds watched their flocks by night, All seated on the ground, The angel of the Lord came down, and glory shone around, and glory shone around.


Fear not! Said he, for mighty dread Had seized their troubled mind; “Glad tidings of
Great joy I bring To you and all mankind, To you and all mankind.” R 175


Joys and Concerns/Prayers of the People/Lord’s Prayer (pray for those who are hurting)


Hymn: Star Child, earth Child, go between of God, love Child, Christ Child, heaven’s lighting rod,
Ref:This year, this year, let the day arrive when Christmas comes for everyone, everyone alive! Street child, beat child, no place left to go, hurt child, used child, no one wants to know,


Hope for peace Child, God’s stupendous sign, down to earth Child, Star of stars that shine, 2095
Charge Waiting is actually a part of everyday. The difference comes in what we are waiting for. Wait for the Lord. Take Heart. Keep watch! Christ is coming for you!

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 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; Gloria, in excelsis Deo. B23
Postlude “Laissez Paitre vos betes” Mine

 

Please prayerfully return your pledge so we can plan for 2021. Thank you. We have received pledges of $51,700.

 

THANKS to Lynda Cox and all who did angel tree gifts!


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


CHRISTMAS EVE COULD BE 3, 7 & virtual with communion at both, no candles.


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