Watercolor painting by E. J. Kirsch

Christmas Day Bulletin

Dec 22, 2017

The Order for the Worship of God
Faith Presbyterian Church                11:00 a.m., December 25, 2017

Christmas Day

Prelude                          Carols


 Litany (read responsively)                            Pastor Horner    
Christmas is a time to proclaim.
Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
We proclaim a hope that is stronger than any trial.
Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
We proclaim a victory that is stronger than any defeat.
Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
We proclaim a peace that is stronger than any conflict.
Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
We proclaim a freedom that is stronger than any bondage.
Joy to the world, the Lord is come!


Lighting of the Candles - Candle Lighters: The Johnson Family
This morning we light all of the candles. The first candle reminds us that Advent is a time to wait upon the Lord with faithful endurance. The second candle reminds us that Advent is a time to watch for God’s presence with hopeful expectation. The third candle reminds us that Advent is a time to prepare for the Lord in heart, soul and mind.  The fourth candle reminds us that the One we wait for, watch for, and prepare for is Jesus Christ, who is Emmanuel, meaning God is with us. Today we light the last candle; the Christ candle. This candle reminds us that we are to proclaim the message of Christmas by celebrating what Christ has done, and by sharing it with others.  As the light from each candle fills this room, so may the Light of Christ fill our world!


God in heaven, we thank you for guiding us through our Advent  journey. Through waiting, watching, preparing, and praising,  we are now ready to proclaim. Help us receive the glory of  Christmas, as we celebrate and rejoice that you have come to us  through the gift of Christ, our Savior and Redeemer.  Amen.


 Hymn     #28     Good Christian Men, Rejoice
                                   (Christmas Songbook)


 Confession of Faith: Nicene Creed (In Unison)      Mike Bergmann    
We believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, begotten from the Father before all ages, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God.
Begotten, not made; of the same essence as the Father.  Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven; he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary, and was made human. He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate; he suffered and was buried.  The third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures. He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.  He will come again with glory to judge the living and the dead.  His kingdom will never end.
And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life.  He proceeds from the Father and the Son, and with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified. He spoke through the prophets. 
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church. 
We affirm one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. 
We look forward to the resurrection of the dead, and to life in the world to come.  Amen.


Special Music     The Shepherd’s Story, French Carol

                                 Christmas Day Choir

1 — Angels of the light, sang in the night.
They told us of a baby boy, born in a stable, born for Joy.

2 — There in the hay, our Savior lay;
His mother sings a lullabye, While ox and ass are standing nigh.

3 — Jesus is King, peace He will bring;
A faithful Shepherd He will be, And with His death will set us free.

Refrain — Come shepherds leave your meadows, and hasten to the stable now. Come shepherds leave your meadows, Hurry to Bethlehem.


Prayer for Illumination                 Mike Bergmann    


Old Testament Lesson:     Psalm 89:20-37          Mike Bergmann    

20I have found my servant David; with my holy oil I have anointed him;
21my hand shall always remain with him; my arm also shall strengthen him.
22The enemy shall not outwit him, the wicked shall not humble him.
23I will crush his foes before him and strike down those who hate him.
24My faithfulness and steadfast love shall be with him; and in my name his horn shall be exalted.
25I will set his hand on the sea and his right hand on the rivers.
26He shall cry to me, ‘You are my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation!’
27I will make him the firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth.
28Forever I will keep my steadfast love for him, and my covenant with him will stand firm.
29I will establish his line forever, and his throne as long as the heavens
30If his children forsake my law and do not walk according to my ordinances,
31if they violate my statutes and do not keep my commandments,
32then I will punish their transgression with the rod and their iniquity with scourges;
33but I will not remove from him my steadfast love, or be false to my faithfulness.
34I will not violate my covenant, or alter the word that went forth from my lips.
35Once and for all I have sworn by my holiness; I will not lie to David.
36His line shall continue forever, and his throne endure before me like the sun.
37It shall be established forever like the moon, an enduring witness in the skies.”


Lector:     “This is the Word of God.”


Congregation:     “Thanks be to God for His Word.”


 Hymn     #29     What Child Is This   
                          (Christmas Songbook)


Gospel Lesson:     Luke 2:1-20      
In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3All went to their own towns to be registered. 4Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. 5He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child.6While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. 7And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
8In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.10But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: 11to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. 12This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, 14“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!” 15When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. 17When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; 18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. 19But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. 20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.


Sermon     “A Treasury”    Pastor David Horner


 Hymn     #13     I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day   
                                       (Christmas Songbook)






There will be four receptacles for your offerings 
following Worship today.  The plates will be for
your regular Sunday offerings.  The Baskets
will be for Alms, in keeping with our Christmas Day custom. 
You will find these in the narthex and in the office hallway.


Christmas Poinsettias have been donated by the following:

* Given in loving memory of our parents — Charles & Betty Rhodes, Eugene & Mildred Matthews from Emily & Jerry Matthews.

* Given in loving memory of Ingrid Toebes Saile from Grieke Toebes.

* Given in loving memory of Albert & Mildred Chapman, Henry & Georgia Gick from Bert & Becky Chapman, Brent Chapman & Mark Gick.

* Given in loving memory of Tom Housley from Peggy Housley.