Watercolor painting by E. J. Kirsch

Christmas Day Service

Dec 21, 2018

The Order for the Worship of God
Faith Presbyterian Church                11:00 a.m., December 25, 2018

Christmas Day

Prelude                          Carols

 Litany (read responsively)                    Pastor Copeland    
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 Christ Candle - Candle Lighters: The Clase Family
Reader 1: The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness— on them light has shined.
Reader 2: You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing the plunder.
Reader 3: For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian.
Reader 4: For a child has been born for us, a son has been given us; authority rests on his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Reader 5: His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.
ALL: And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father's only son, full of grace and truth.

Candle-lighting Prayer
Today, O God of light, Your loving kindness dawns, Your tender compassion shines upon us, for in our Savior, born of human flesh, You reveal Your gracious gift of life eternal. Fill us with wonder on this holy day: let us treasure in our hearts what we have been told, that our lives may proclaim Your mighty power and gentle mercy.


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

Confession of Faith: Nicene Creed (In Unison)         Mark Johnson    
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     # 338     Come and Stand Amazed, You People                                                                        (Gray Psalter Hymnal) Dutch Carol

Christmas Day Choir

Stanza 1: Choir
Stanza 2: Choir
Stanza 3: Choir & Congregation

1- Come and stand amazed, you people,
See how God is reconciled!
See his plans of love accomplished,
See his gift, this newborn child.
See the Mighty, weak and tender,
See the Word who now is mute.
See the Sovereign without splendor,
See the Fullness destitute;
The Beloved, whom we covet,
In a state of low repute.

2- See how humankind received him;
See him wrapped in swaddling bands,
Who as Lord of all creation
Rules the wind by his commands.
See him lying in a manger
Without sign of reasoning;
Word of God to flesh surrendered,
He is wisdom’s crown, our King.
See how tender our Defender
At whose birth the angels sing.

3- O Lord Jesus, God incarnate,
Who assumed this humble form,
Counsel me and let my wishes
To your perfect will conform.
Light of life, dispel my darkness,
Let your frailty strengthen me;
Let your meekness give me boldness,
Let your burden set me free;
Let your sadness give me gladness,
Let your death be life for me.

Prayer for Illumination           Mark Johnson    

Old Testament Lesson:     Isaiah 62:6-12         Mark Johnson    
6Upon your walls, O Jerusalem, I have posted sentinels; all day and all night they shall never be silent. You who remind the LORD, take no rest,7and give him no rest until he establishes Jerusalem and makes it renowned throughout the earth. 8The LORD has sworn by his right hand and by his mighty arm: I will not again give your grain to be food for your enemies, and foreigners shall not drink the wine for which you have labored; 9but those who garner it shall eat it and praise the LORD, and those who gather it shall drink it in my holy courts.
10Go through, go through the gates, prepare the way for the people; build up, build up the highway, clear it of stones, lift up an ensign over the peoples. 11The LORD has proclaimed to the end of the earth: Say to daughter Zion, “See, your salvation comes; his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.” 12They shall be called, “The Holy People, The Redeemed of the LORD”; and you shall be called, “Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken.”

Epistle:     Titus 2:11-14        Mark Johnson
11For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, 12training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly, 13while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. 14He it is who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds.

Lector:     “This is the Word of God.”

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

 Hymn     #20     On This Day Earth Shall Ring   
                                   (Christmas Songbook)

Gospel Lesson:     Luke 2:8-20      
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     “Heard and Seen, as Told”   Pastor Paul Copeland

 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 my parents and brother Bill from Gayle Weast.

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

* Given in loving memory of Lola Miller from John Miller.

* Given in loving memory of John C. Thornburg, brother of Marilyn from Bill & Marilyn Hinze.