Christmas Season – Order of Worship

SERVICE FOR THE LORD’S DAY – Christmas  2020

 Life Tree Presbyterian Church of Crystal River, Florida

First Presbyterian Church of Crystal River, Florida

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GATHERING[1]

* Worshipers are invited to respond using the text in bold face.

 

PRELUDE

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

OPENING SENTANCES

There is good news of great joy for all!

Our Savior is born: the Messiah, the Lord. (Luke 2:10-11)

 

PRAYER OF ADORATION

Glory to you, almighty God, for you set your only-begotten Son, that we might have new life. Glory to you. Lord Jesus Christ, for you became flesh and lived among us that we might become your people. Glory to you Holy Spirit, for you direct and rule our lives. Glory to you, almighty God, and to your Son, Jesus Christ, and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

 

Hymn

LITANY FOR CHRISTMAS

The grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all. Glory to God in the highest!

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. Glory to God in the highest!

For a child has been born for us, a Son has been given to us. Glory to God in the highest!

He is Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Glory to God in the highest!

To us is born in the city of David a Savior, the Messiah, the Lord. Glory to God in the highest!

And the Word became flesh and lived among us. Glory to God in the highest!

(Brief silence)

Christ is born1 Give him glory! Christ has come down from  heaven! Receive him! Christ is now on earth! Exalt him! O earth, sing to the Lord! O you nations, praise him in joy, for he has been glorified! Amen

Confession and Pardon

The grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all and teaching us to renounce what is evil in the world. (Titus 2:11-22). Trusting in God’s grace let us confess our sin.

God of grace and truth, in Jesus Christ you came among us as light shining in darkness. We confess that we have not welcomed the light, or trusted good news to be good. We have closed our eyes to glory in our midst, expecting little, and hoping for less. Forgive our doubt, and renew our hope, so that we may receive the fullness of your grace, and live in the truth of Christ the Lord

Christ our Savior gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from our sin and claim us as his own people. (Titus 2:14). In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven! Amen.

 

Prayer for Illumination

Gracious God, by the gift of your Holy Spirit show us the Word made flesh…

Good new of great joy for all…

 

So that we man sing with the angels: glory in the highest and peace on earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

 

Scripture

Ascription of Praise: (To be read following the reading of scripture) Glory to God in the highest and peace to God’s people on earth! Amen. 

Sermon

Hymn

Prayers of Intercession (O Christ, our light, hear our prayer).

Offering

Doxology

Blessing and Charge

Postlude

 

[1] Service materials from Book of Common Worship, Office of Theology and Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster John Know Press, Louisville, Kentucky, 2018.

* Worshipers are invited to respond using the text in bold face.