December 24, 2016 ~ 4:00pm
Carol Singing led by Jim Pospisil, Music Director
God is Revealed as We Gather
Words of Welcome Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Ringing of the Peace Bells
Choral Call to Worship “Do You Hear What I Hear? Sung by Rachel Peterson
The Lighting of Our Advent Candles: “The Candle of Christ”
Scripture & Prayer read by Ellyn Wiens, Connor, Maren & Brendan Friday
Call to Worship Leader: Adrianna Hudyma
Let us go, just as we are, to see what has happened.
Let us go with the shepherds:
let us go and find the One of whom the angels sang.
Let us go with those who are wise:
let us go and find the One who brings God’s truth to us.
Let us go with the poor in spirit, and in flesh;
let us go with those who are humbled by life:
let us find the Glory of God
born in a stable, and placed in a manger.
Let us go with our friends and family,
let us go with our neighbors and with strangers,
let us go with all the children of God:
let us go to find the One who comes to lead us home to God.
O come, let us go to the Babe of Bethlehem;
O come, let us adore him!
Christ our Lord!
*Opening Hymn “O Come All Ye Faithful” (#89 red hymnal)
Henry Bray & Frost Bowen-Bailey, French horn
Story for All Ages Nathan Holst, Faith Formation Minister
Special Music as Children Come Forward: “O Come All Ye Faithful” Savi Holden
Celebrating the Baptism of Latka Mari Hanka
Song “I’ll Be Here Loving You” written and sung by Barb Hanka
The Birth of Jesus Christ in Word and Song
The Story of the Birth: Luke 2:1–7 Reader: Abbie Amundsen
Hymn: “Away in a Manger” (#93 red hymnal) Connor Friday, cello
The Story of the Shepherds: Luke 2:8–12 Reader: Gabriel Ehlers-Nelson
Hymn: “The First Nowell” (#100 red, verses 1 & 2)
Special Music: “O Holy Night” sung by Eva Reistad
The Story of the Angels: Luke 2:13–20 Reader: Hannah Feyen
Hymn: “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” (#94 red hymnal)
We Respond to God’s Word
Time of Prayer with the Lord’s Prayer (debts)
Sharing Our Offerings
The Offertory “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” sung by Eva Reistad
*The Thanksgiving The Doxology
Hope in the God who reigns above,
Who holds us all in steadfast love;
Whose Spirit blows across the earth,
Preparing us for second birth.
*Prayer of Dedication
Telling of a Story
Zlateh, the Goat by Isaac Bashevis Singer
Narrators: Andre Good & Mark Kaczmarczyk
Zlateh: Zoie Jackson
Erin: Crystal Kaczmarczyk
Director: John Pokrzywinski
Lighting of Candles
Closing Hymn “Silent Night” (#95 red hymnal) Barb, D, and Sergei Hanka, Crystal & Mark Kaczmarczyk