Invitation to Worship:
Leader: Joy to the World, the Lord is come!
People: We receive our King! We prepare room in our hearts for the King of Glory.
Leader: We light the Christ candle this morning, as the time of expectation has ended and heaven and nature sing. (light all candles while hymn is sung)
People: “Joy to the World” (vs 1 sung)
Opening Prayer: written by Brad Offutt, read by Cherie
God of unimaginable love, on the first Christmas You became one of us. We celebrate Your love for every person in every place and time.
God of all humanity, You offered Your Peace to anyone who would be satisfied with Your presence. We celebrate Your Peace in Your Church and accept Your commission to share it in all the world.
God of the shepherds, You announced Your arrival among us to the poorest, the most humble. We celebrate Your good news to each of us and to everyone, right here where we are.
God of the manger, You came to us through Your Son in a small and simple place. We celebrate Your presence with us this day in this small place made glorious by Your being in it.
God of deliverance, You came to be one of us in order to deliver all of us. We celebrate Your protection and mercy toward all who are sick or in trouble.
God of birth, when You became as we are, You opened Yourself to each of us, no matter who or what we are. We celebrate this day Your Kingdom and that we are welcome in it right now and always. Keep us close, now and in the life to come.
God of Christmas, bless us as we once again celebrate Your coming into Your creation. Amen.
Scripture: Luke 1:46-55
Message: “The Gift of a Child”