Use this as a resource to guide you through the Service of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 20, 2020.

Piano Prelude

Teddy Myers, organist

What Child is This?  | arr. Tom Gerou

Welcome

Chris Griggs, Senior Pastor

O Come, All Ye Faithful | by John Francis Wade
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!

(Refrain) O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him, Christ, the Lord!

Yea, Lord, we greet Thee,
Born this happy morning,
Jesus, to Thee be all glory given;
Word of the Father,
Now in flesh appearing! (Refrain)

Sing, choirs of angels,
Sing in exultation!
Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above!
Glory to God, all
Glory in the highest! (Refrain)

Call to Worship

Jonathan Hancock, Associate Pastor for Congregational Care, and Debra Brambora

Once in Royal David’s City by Cecil F. Alexander
Joshua Strickler, Classic Worship Music Coordinator

Once in royal David’s city
Stood a lowly cattle shed,
Where a mother laid her baby
In a manger for His bed.
Mary was that mother mild,
Jesus Christ her little child.

He came down to earth from heaven
Who is God and Lord of all,
And His shelter was a stable,
And His cradle was a stall.
With the poor, oppressed, and lowly,
Lived on earth our Savior holy.

Jesus is our childhood’s pattern;
Day by day, like us He grew;
He was little, weak and helpless,
Tears and smiles like us He knew;
And He feels for all our sadness,
And He shares in all our gladness.

And our eyes at last shall see Him,
Through His own redeeming love,
For that Child so dear and gentle
Is our Lord in heaven above;
And He leads His children on
To the place where He is gone.

Prayers of Intercession and The Lord's Prayer

Lessons and Carols

Genesis 3:8-15, 17-19 (Adam and Eve disobey God)
Blake Riboli, Director of Student Ministries

Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus | by Rowland Hugh Prichard and Charles Wesley
Kerri Andersen

Come, Thou long expected Jesus,
Born to set Thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us;
Let us find our rest in Thee.

Israel’s strength and consolation,
Hope of all the earth Thou art;
Dear desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.

Born thy people to deliver,
Born a child and yet a King,
Born to reign in us forever,
Now thy gracious Kingdom bring.

By thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone;
By Thine all-sufficient merit
Raise us to Thy glorious throne.

Genesis 22:15-18 (God’s promise to Abraham)
Debra Brambora

O Come, O Come Emmanuel | by Henry Sloane Coffin and Thomas Helmore
Kathryn Profitt

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.

Refrain: Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Day-spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death’s dark shadows put to flight. (Refrain)

Isaiah 9:2, 6-7 (A great light in the darkness)
Don Andersen

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear | by Edmund Hamilton Sears and Richard Storrs Willis
Andrew Sedlacek, Director of Worship Ministries

It came upon the midnight clear, that glorious song of old,
From angels bending near the earth, to touch their harps of gold:
“Peace on the earth, good will to all, from heaven’s all gracious King”:
The world in solemn stillness lay, to hear the angels sing.

Yet with the woes of sin and strife, the world has suffered long;
Beneath the angel strain have rolled two thousand years of wrong.
And man at war with man hears not the love song which they bring.
O hush, the noise ye men of strife, and hear the angels sing.

And ye, beneath life’s crushing load, whose forms are bending low,
Who toil along the climbing way with painful steps and slow,
Look now! For glad and golden hours come swiftly on the wing;
O rest beside the weary road, and hear the angels sing.

For lo, the days are hastening on, by prophet bards foretold,
When with the ever circling years shall come the age of gold;
When peace shall over all the earth its ancient splendors fling,
And all the world give back the song which now the angels sing.

Glory to God, glory in the highest! Glory to God, glory in the highest!

Isaiah 11:1-4a, 6-9 (A little child will lead them)
Lauren Graba

Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming | by Gracia Grindal and Harriet Reynolds
Kerri Andersen

Lo, how a rose e’er blooming
From tender stem hath sprung.
Of Jesse’s lineage coming,
By faithful prophets sung.
It came a floweret bright,
Amid the cold of winter,
When half spent was the night.

Isaiah ’twas foretold it,
The rose I have in mind,
With Mary we behold it,
The virgin mother kind.
To show God’s love aright
She bore for us a Savior,
When half spent was the night.

Luke 1:26-35, 38 (An angel appears to Mary)
Jonathan Hancock

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing | by Charles Wesley
Kathryn Profitt

Hark! The herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King.
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!”
Joyful, all ye nations rise,
Join the triumph of the skies;
With the angelic host proclaim,
“Christ is born in Bethlehem!”

Refrain: Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Christ, by highest heaven adored,
Christ the everlasting Lord!
Late in time, behold Him come,
Offspring of the virgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
Hail the incarnate Deity,
Pleased in flesh with us to dwell,
Jesus our Emmanuel. (Refrain)

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 we no more may die.
Born to raise us from the earth,
Born to give us second birth. (Refrain)

Luke 2:1-7 (Mary gives birth in Bethlehem)
Blake Riboli

Away in a Manger | by Jon Bauer and John Thomas McFarland
Joshua Strickler

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head.
The stars in the sky looked down where He lay,
The little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay.

The cattle are lowing, the poor Baby wakes,
But little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes.
I love Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky,
And stay by my cradle till morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever and love me, I pray.
Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care,
And fit us for heaven to live with Thee there.

Luke 2:8-16 (Angels announce the Messiah)
Debra Brambora

Angels We Have Heard on High | by James Chadwick
Kerri Andersen

Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o’er the plains,
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains.

Refrain: Gloria, in excelsis Deo;
Gloria, in excelsis Deo.

Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be
Which inspire your heavenly song? (Refrain)

Come to Bethlehem and see
Him whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee
Christ the Lord, the newborn King. (Refrain)

Matthew 2:1-11 (Magi come from the East)
Lauren Graba

We Three Kings of Orient Are | by John Henry Hopkins
Andrew Sedlacek

We three kings of Orient are,
Bearing gifts we traverse afar,
Field and fountain, moor and mountain,
Following yonder star.

Refrain: O star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright;
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect light!

Born a King on Bethlehem’s plain
Gold I bring to crown Him again,
King forever, ceasing never,
Over us all to reign. (Refrain)

Frankincense to offer have I:
Incense owns a Deity nigh;
Prayer and praising, we are raising,
Worshipping God Most High. (Refrain)

Myrrh is mine; its bitter perfume
Breathes a life of gathering gloom;
Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying,
Sealed in the stone-cold tomb. (Refrain)

Glorious now behold Him arise,
King and God and Sacrifice;
Alleluia, Alleluia,
Sounds through the earth and skies. (Refrain)

John 1:1-14 (And the Word became flesh)
Don Andersen

Silent Night | by Joseph Mohr and Franz Xaver Gruber
Kathryn Profitt

Silent night, holy night!
All is calm, all is bright,
Round yon virgin mother and Child!
Holy Infant, so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight,
Glories stream from heaven afar,
Heavenly hosts sing “Alleluia;
Christ the Savior is born,
Christ the Savior is born!”

Silent night, holy night!
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face,
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth,
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth.

Silent night, holy night!
Wondrous star, lend thy light;
With the angels let us sing,
Alleluia to our King;
Christ the Savior is born,
Christ the Savior is born!

Sending

Announcements

Prayer

Joy to the World | by George Frideric Handel and Isaac Watts
Joshua Strickler

Joy to the world, the Lord is come:
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.

Joy to the world, the Savior reigns:
Let us our songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as, the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.

Blessing and Benediction

Piano Postlude

Go Tell it on the Mountain | arr. Glenda Austin
Teddy Myers

Tonight's Worship Participants

Teddy Myers, organ and piano; Andrew Sedlacek, Joshua Strickler, Kathryn Profitt and Kerri Andersen, vocals; Blake Riboli, Debra Brambora, Don Andersen and Lauren Graba, readers

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Budgeted: $1,635,650 thru December 13
Actual: $1,492,035 thru December 13

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