Virtual Church: Sunday, FEBRUARY 14 – “Love Changes Things”

February 14, 2021 - Love Changes Things

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!

Oh How He Loves You and Me

Oh, how He loves you and me,
Oh how He loves you and me.
He gave His life,
what more could He give?
Oh, how He loves you;
Oh, how He loves me;
Oh, how He loves you and me.

Jesus to Calvary did go,
His love for sinners to show.
What He did there
brought hope from despair.
Oh, how He loves you;
Oh, how He loves me;
Oh, how He loves you and me.

(Words & Music: © 1975 Word Music, LLC (a div. of Word Music Group, Inc.)

Come Let Us Sing of A Wonderful Love

Come, let us sing of a wonderful love,
tender and true, tender and true;
out of the heart of the Father above,
streaming to me and to you:
wonderful love, wonderful love
dwells in the heart of the Father above.

Jesus the Saviour this Gospel to tell
joyfully came, joyfully came,
Came with the helpless and hopeless to dwell,
sharing their sorrow and shame;
seeking the lost, seeking the lost,
saving, redeeming at measureless cost.

Jesus is seeking the wanderers yet;
Why do they roam? Why do they roam?.
Love only waits to forgive and forget;
home, weary wanderers, home:
wonderful love, wonderful love
dwells in the heart of the Father above.

(Words: Robert Walmsley, Music: Adam Watson Words & Music: Public Domain Church CCLI #2458953)

RESPONSIVE PSALM: Psalm 8

Reader: Evelyn McCarthy

Psalm 8 – Divine Majesty

1 O Lord, our Sovereign,
how majestic is Your name in all the earth!
You have set Your glory above the heavens.
2 Out of the mouths of babes and infants
You have founded a bulwark because of Your foes,
to silence the enemy and the avenger.

3 When I look at Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
the moon and the stars that You have established;
4 what are human beings that You are mindful
of them, mortals that You care for them?

5 Yet You have made them a little lower than God,
and crowned them with glory and honor.
6 You have given them dominion over the works
of Your hands;
You have put all things under their feet,

7 all sheep and oxen,
and also the beasts of the field,
8 the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
9 O Lord, our Sovereign,
how majestic is Your name in all the earth!

SUNG RESPONSE:  Thy Word

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet
and a light unto my path.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet
and a light unto my path.

When I feel afraid, think I’ve lost my way,
still You’re there right beside me,
and nothing will I fear,
as long as You are near.
Please be near me to the end.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet
and a light unto my path.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet
and a light unto my path.

(Words: Amy Grant, Music: Michael W. Smith © Meadowgreen Music/Word Music Church CCLI #2458953)

Quartet: Where Love is There is God

We Are One in the Spirit

We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord,
we are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord,
and we pray that all unity will one day be restored,
and they’ll know we are Christians
by our love, by our love,
and they’ll know we are Christians by our love.

We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand,
we will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand,
and together we’ll spread the news
that god is in our land,
and they’ll know we are Christians
by our love, by our love,
and they’ll know we are Christians by our love.

We will work with each other, we will work side by side,
we will work with each other, we will work side by side,
and we’ll guard each one’s dignity
and save each one’s pride,
and they’ll know we are Christians
by our love, by our love,
and they’ll know we are Christians by our love.

(Words & Music: Peter Scholtes © F.E.L. Publications, assigned to The Lorenz Corp. 1991
Church CCLI # 2458953)

Virtual Church: Sunday, FEBRUARY 7 – “Reassurance”

February 7, 2021 - Reassurance

 

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You Are My All in All

You are my strength when I am weak
You are the treasure that I seek
You are my all in all.
Seeking You as a precious jewel
Lord, to give up I’d be a fool,
You are my all in all.
Jesus, Lamb of God
Worthy is Your name
Jesus, Lamb of God
Worthy is Your name.

Taking my sin, my cross, my shame
Rising again I bless Your name
You are my all in all.
When I fall down You pick me up,
When I am dry You fill my cup,
You are my all in all.
Jesus, Lamb of God,
Worthy is Your name.
Jesus, Lamb of God,
Worthy is Your name.

Jesus, Lamb of God,
Worthy is Your name.
Jesus, Lamb of God,
Worthy is Your name.
Worthy is Your name.
Worthy is Your name.

(Words & Music: © Dennis L. Jernigan; Church CCLI # 2458953)

Come, Let Us Sing to the Lord Our Song

Come, let us sing to the Lord our song:
we have stood silently too long;
surely the Lord deserves our praise,
so joyfully thank God for our days.

O thirsty soul, come drink at the well;
God’s living waters will never fail.
Surely the Lord will help us to stand,
strengthened and comforted by God’s hand.

You dwell among us and cause us to pray,
and walk with each other following Your way;
our precious brothers and sisters will grow
in the fulfilling love they know.

Deserts shall bloom and mountains shall sing
to the desire of all living things.
Come, all you creatures, high and low,
let your praises endlessly flow.

(Words & Music: Jim Strathdee © Desert Flower Music, 1977.
As printed in the PCC Book of Praise, 1997, Church CCLI #2458953)

RESPONSIVE PSALM:  Psalm 121 – Assurance of God’s Protection

1 I lift up my eyes to the hills—
from where will my help come?
2 My help comes from the LORD,
who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
4 He who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The LORD is your keeper;
the LORD is your shade at your right hand.
6 The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The LORD will keep you from all evil;
He will keep your life.
8 The LORD will keep your going out
and your coming in
from this time on and forevermore.

SUNG RESPONSE: Thy Word

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet
and a light unto my path.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet
and a light unto my path.

When I feel afraid, think I’ve lost my way,
still You’re there right beside me,
and nothing will I fear,
as long as You are near.
Please be near me to the end.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet
and a light unto my path.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet
and a light unto my path.

(Words: Amy Grant, Music: Michael W. Smith © Meadowgreen Music/Word Music Church CCLI #2458953)

Solo: Faith to Carry On  – Scott MacDonald

 

In Christ Alone

In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid Ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone! – who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe.
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ

No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me
From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand
Till He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.

No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand
Till He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.

(Words & Music: Keith Getty / Stuart Townend © Universal Music Publishing Group Church CCLI # 2458953)

BENEDICTION: GO NOW IN PEACE

Virtual Church: Sunday, JANUARY 31 – “Going Fishing”

January 31, 2021 - Going Fishing

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I Will Enter His Gates

I will enter His gates
with thanksgiving in my heart.
I will enter His courts with praise.
I will say this is the day
that the Lord has made.
I will rejoice for He has made me glad.

He has made me glad.
He has made me glad.
I will rejoice for He has made me glad.
He has made me glad.
He has made me glad.
I will rejoice for He has made me glad.

(Words & Music: Leona Von Brethorst © 1976 by Maranatha! Music Church CCLI#2458953)

New Every Morning is the Love

New ever morning is the love
our waking and uprising prove;
through sleep and darkness safely brought,
restored to life and power and thought.

New mercies each returning day
around us hover while we pray,
new perils past, new sins forgiven,
new thoughts of God, new hopes of heaven.

If on our daily course our mind
be set to hallow all we find,
new treasures still of countless price
God will provide for sacrifice.

The trivial round, the common task,
will furnish all we ought to ask,
room to deny ourselves,
a road to bring us daily nearer God.

Only, O Lord, in Thy dear love,
fit us for perfect rest above,
and help us, this and every day
to live more nearly as we pray!

(Words: John Keble, Music: Samuel Webbe, Public Domain. Church CCLI # 2458953)

RESPONSIVE PSALM: Psalm 111

Praise for God’s Wonderful Works

1 Praise the Lord!
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,
in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
2 Great are the works of the Lord,
studied by all who delight in them.
3 Full of honor and majesty is His work,
and His righteousness endures forever.
4 He has gained renown by His wonderful deeds;
the Lord is gracious and merciful.

5 He provides food for those who fear Him;
He is ever mindful of his covenant.
6 He has shown his people
the power of His works,
in giving them the heritage of the nations.
7 The works of His hands are faithful and just;
all His precepts are trustworthy.
8 They are established forever and ever,
to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.

9 He sent redemption to His people;
He has commanded his covenant forever.
Holy and awesome is His name.
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
all those who practice it have a good understanding.
His praise endures forever.

 

SUNG RESPONSE: Thy Word

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet
and a light unto my path.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet
and a light unto my path.

When I feel afraid, think I’ve lost my way,
still You’re there right beside me,
and nothing will I fear,
as long as You are near.
Please be near me to the end.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet
and a light unto my path.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet
and a light unto my path.

(Words: Amy Grant, Music: Michael W. Smith © Meadowgreen Music/Word Music Church CCLI #2458953)

SOLO: Come Follow Me Forever

We’ve a Story to Tell to the Nations

We’ve a story to tell to the nations,
that shall turn their hearts to the right,
a story of truth and mercy,
a story of peace and light,
a story of peace and light,
for the darkness shall turn to dawning
and the dawning to noonday bright,
and Christ’s great kingdom shall come on earth,
the kingdom of love and light.

We’ve a song to be sung to the nations,
that shall lift their hearts to the Lord,
a song that shall conquer evil
and shatter the spear and sword,
and shatter the spear and sword,
for the darkness shall turn to dawning
and the dawning to noonday bright,
and Christ’s great kingdom shall come on earth,
the kingdom of love and light.

We’ve a message to give to the nations,
that the Lord who reigneth above
hath sent us His Son to save us,
and show us that God is love,
and show us that God is love,
for the darkness shall turn to dawning
and the dawning to noonday bright,
and Christ’s great kingdom shall come on earth,
the kingdom of love and light.

(Words: Traditional, Public Domain.
Music: John Johnson, © Lorenz Publishing Co. Church CCLI # 2458953)

Virtual Church: Sunday, JANUARY 24- “Where is Our Help?”

January 24, 2021 - Where is Our Help?

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Majesty

Majesty, worship His majesty.
Unto Jesus be all glory, honour, and praise.
Majesty, kingdom authority
Flow from His throne unto His own;
His anthem raise.

So exalt, lift up on high the name of Jesus.
Magnify, come glorify Christ Jesus the King.
Majesty, worship His majesty;
Jesus who died, now glorified, King of all Kings.

(Words & Music: Jack Hayford © 1981 Rocksmith Music. CCLI#2458953)

Great is Thy Faithfulness

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
there is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changes not; Thy compassions they fail not;
as Thou hast been, Thou forever wilt be.
Great is Thy faithfulness; great is Thy faithfulness;
morning by morning new mercies I see;
all I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me.

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
join with all nature in eloquent witness
to Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.
Great is Thy faithfulness; great is Thy faithfulness;
morning by morning new mercies I see;
all I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide,
strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow:
blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!
Great is Thy faithfulness; great is Thy faithfulness;
morning by morning new mercies I see;
all I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me.

(Words: Thomas O. Chisholm, Music: William M. Runyan. Words & Music: © Hope Publisng Co., as printed in the Presbyterian Church in Canada Book of Praise © 1996, Church CCLI # 2458953)

RESPONSIVE PSALM: Psalm 46

1 God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.

2 Therefore we will not fear,
though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake
in the heart of the sea;

3 though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble with its tumult.

4 There is a river whose streams make glad
the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.

5 God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved;
God will help it when the morning dawns.

6 The nations are in an uproar,
the kingdoms totter;
He utters his voice, the earth melts.

7 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge.

8 Come, behold the works of the Lord;
see what desolations He has brought on the earth.

9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow, and shatters the spear;
He burns the shields with fire.

10 “Be still, and know that I am God!
I am exalted among the nations,
I am exalted in the earth.”

11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge.

SUNG RESPONSE:

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet
and a light unto my path.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet
and a light unto my path.

When I feel afraid, think I’ve lost my way,
still You’re there right beside me,
and nothing will I fear,
as long as You are near.
Please be near me to the end.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet
and a light unto my path.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet
and a light unto my path.

(Words: Amy Grant, Music: Michael W. Smith © Meadowgreen Music/Word Music Church CCLI #2458953)

SOLO: Blessed Assurance – Evelyn McCarthy

I to the Hills Will Lift My Eyes

I to the hills will lift my eyes;
from whence shall come my aid?
My help is from the Lord alone,
who heaven and earth has made.

God will not let your foot be moved;
your Guardian never sleeps.
God’s watchful and un-slumbering care
protects and safely keeps.

Your faithful keeper is the Lord,
your shelter and your shade;
’neath sun or moon, by day or night
you shall not be afraid.

From evil, God will keep you safe,
provide for all you need;
your going out, your coming in,
God will forever lead.

(Words: Psalm 121, Music: Scottish Psalter. Words and Music: Public Domain, Church CCLI #2458953)

BENEDICTION: GO NOW IN PEACE

Virtual Church: Sunday, JANUARY 17 – “Waiting”

January 17, 2021 - Waiting

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Gathering Chorus – We Have Come Into His House

We have come into His house
and gathered in His name to worship Him.
We have come into His house
and gathered in His name to worship Him.
We have come into His house
and gathered in His name to worship Christ the Lord.
Worship Him, Christ the Lord.

So forget about yourself
and concentrate on Him, and worship Him.
So forget about yourself
and concentrate on Him, and worship Him.
So forget about yourself
and concentrate on Him, and worship Christ the Lord.
Worship Him, Christ the Lord.

Let us lift up humble hearts
and magnify His name, and worship Him.
Let us lift up humble hearts
and magnify His name, and worship Him.
Let us lift up humble hearts
and magnify His name, and worship Christ the Lord.
Worship Him, Christ the Lord.

(Words & Music: Bruce Ballinger © 1976 Sound III, Inc. CCLI#2458953)

Let Us With a Gladsome Mind

Let us with a gladsome mind
praise the Lord, so good and kind,
for God’s mercies shall endure,
ever faithful, ever sure.

Let us blaze God’s name abroad;
of all gods the Lord is God,
for God’s mercies shall endure,
ever faithful, ever sure.

God with all-commanding might
filled the new-made world with light,
for God’s mercies shall endure,
ever faithful, ever sure.

All things living God doth feed;
with full hand supplies their need,
for God’s mercies shall endure,
ever faithful, ever sure.

Let us then with gladsome mind
praise the Lord, so good and kind,
for God’s mercies shall endure,
ever faithful, ever sure.

(Words: John Milton, Music: Hymn Tunes of the United Brethren.
Words & Music: Public Domain
Church CCLI # 2458953)

RESPONSIVE PSALM: Psalm 33 – The Greatness and Goodness of God

1 Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous.
Praise befits the upright.
2 Praise the Lord with the lyre;
make melody to Him with the harp of ten strings.
3 Sing to Him a new song;
play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.

4 For the word of the Lord is upright,
and all His work is done in faithfulness.
5 He loves righteousness and justice;
the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.

6 By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
and all their host by the breath of His mouth.
7 He gathered the waters of the sea as in a bottle;
He put the deeps in storehouses.

8 Let all the earth fear the Lord;
let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.
9 For He spoke, and it came to be;
He commanded, and it stood firm.

10 The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing;
He frustrates the plans of the peoples.

11 The counsel of the Lord stands forever,
the thoughts of His heart to all generations.
12 Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord,
the people whom He has chosen as his heritage.

13 The Lord looks down from heaven;
He sees all humankind.
14 From where He sits enthroned He watches
all the inhabitants of the earth—
15 He who fashions the hearts of them all,
and observes all their deeds.

16 A king is not saved by his great army;
a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.
17 The war horse is a vain hope for victory,
and by its great might it cannot save.

18 Truly the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His steadfast love,
19 to deliver their soul from death,
and to keep them alive in famine.

20 Our soul waits for the Lord;
He is our help and shield.
21 Our heart is glad in Him,
because we trust in His holy name.
22 Let Your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,
even as we hope in You.

Sung Response: Thy Word

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet
and a light unto my path.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet
and a light unto my path.

When I feel afraid, think I’ve lost my way,
still You’re there right beside me,
and nothing will I fear,
as long as You are near.
Please be near me to the end.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet
and a light unto my path.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet
and a light unto my path.

(Words: Amy Grant, Music: Michael W. Smith © Meadowgreen Music/Word Music Church CCLI #2458953)

In the Bulb There is a Flower

In the bulb there is a flower,
in the seed, an apple tree,
in cocoons, a hidden promise:
butterflies will soon be free!
In the cold and snow of winter
there’s a spring that waits to be;
unrevealed until its season,
something God alone can see.

There’s a song in every silence,
seeking word and melody;
there’s a dawn in every darkness,
bringing hope to you and me.
From the past will come the future;
what it holds, a mystery,
unrevealed until its season,
something God alone can see.

In our end is our beginning,
in our time, infinity;
in our doubt there is believing,
in our life, eternity;
in our death, a resurrection,
at the last, a victory;
unrevealed until its season,
something God alone can see.

(Words & Music: Natalie Sleeth © Hope Publishing Co. as in the PCC Hymnal, Church CCLI #2458953)

Virtual Church: Sunday, JANUARY 10 – “The Road Less Travelled”

January 10, 2021 - The Road Less Travelled

 

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We Three Kings

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

Refrain:
O star of wonder, star of night
star of 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, voices raising,
worshipping God on high. (Refrain)

Myrrh is mine; its bitter perfume
breathes a life of gathering gloom,
sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying,
sealed in a stone-cold tomb. (Refrain)

Glorious now behold Him arise,
King and God and sacrifice:
hallelujah, hallelujah,
sounds through the earth and skies. (Refrain)

(Words: John H. Hopkins Jr., Music: Traditional Carol; Words & Music: Public Domain; Church CCLI # 2458953)

The People that in Darkness

The people that in darkness pined
have seen a glorious light;
the people dwell in day, who dwelt
in death’s surrounding night.

To hail Your rise, O better Sun,
the gathering nations come,
Rejoicing as when reapers bear
the harvest treasures home.

To us a Child of hope is born,
to us a Son is given,
and on His shoulders ever rests
all power in earth and heaven.

His name shall be the Prince of Peace,
for evermore adored,
the Wonderful, the Counsellor,
the great and mighty Lord.

His reign of righteous government
shall over all extend,
for peace and justice shall abound
in this world without end.

(Words: John Morison, Music: Scottish Psalter. Words & Music: Public Domain Church CCLI#2458953)

Responsive Reading – PSALM 72:1-14

1 Give the king your justice, O God,
and your righteousness to a king’s son.
2 May he judge your people with righteousness,
and your poor with justice.
3 May the mountains yield prosperity for the people,
and the hills, in righteousness.
4 May he defend the cause of the poor of the people,
give deliverance to the needy,
and crush the oppressor.

5 May he live while the sun endures,
and as long as the moon, throughout all generations.
6 May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass,
like showers that water the earth.
7 In his days may righteousness flourish
and peace abound, until the moon is no more.

8 May he have dominion from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.
9 May his foes bow down before him,
and his enemies lick the dust.
10 May the kings of Tarshish and of the isles
render him tribute,
may the kings of Sheba and Seba
bring gifts.
11 May all kings fall down before him,
all nations give him service.

12 For he delivers the needy when they call,
the poor and those who have no helper.
13 He has pity on the weak and the needy,
and saves the lives of the needy.
14 From oppression and violence he redeems their life;
and precious is their blood in his sight.

 

As With Gladness Men of Old

As with gladness men of old
did the guiding star behold;
as with joy they hailed its light,
leading onward, beaming bright:
so, most gracious Lord, may we
evermore be led to Thee.

As they offered gifts most rare
at Thy cradle rude and bare,
so may we with holy joy,
pure and free from sin’s alloy,
all our costliest treasures bring,
Christ, to Thee, our heavenly King.

Holy Jesus, every day
keep us in the narrow way,
and when earthly things are past,
bring our ransomed souls at last
where they need no star to guide,
where no clouds of glory hide.

In that heavenly country bright
need they no created light:
Thou its light, its joy, its crown,
Thou it’s sun which goes not down;
there forever may we sing
hallelujahs to our King.

(Words: William Chatterton Dix, Public Domain. Music: Conrad Kocher, harmony: William H. Monk, descant: Sydney H. Nicholson; Public Domain, Descant: © The Royal School of Church Music. Church CCLI#2458953)

Virtual Church: Sunday, JANUARY 3 – “TRUST”

January 3, 2021 - Trust

 

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What Child Is This?

What child is this, who laid to rest,
on Mary’s lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet,
while shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the King,
whom shepherds guard and angels sing;
haste, haste to bring Him laud,
the babe, the son of Mary.

Why lies He in such mean estate
where oxen now are feeding?
Good Christians, fear, for sinners here
the silent Word is pleading.
Nails, spear shall pierce Him through,
the Cross be borne for me, for you.
Hail, hail the Word made flesh,
the babe, the son of Mary.

(Words: William Chatterton Dix, Music: English Traditional; Words & Music: Public Domain; Church CCLI # 2458953)

Go Tell it on the Mountain

Go, tell it on the mountain,
over the hills and everywhere.
Go, tell it on the mountain,
that Jesus Christ is born.

While shepherds kept their watching
o’er silent flocks by night,
behold, throughout the heavens
there shone a holy light.
Go, tell it on the mountain,
over the hills and everywhere.
Go, tell it on the mountain,
that Jesus Christ is born.

The shepherds feared and trembled,
when lo, above the earth
rang out the angel chorus
that hailed our Saviour’s birth!
Go, tell it on the mountain,
over the hills and everywhere.
Go, tell it on the mountain,
that Jesus Christ is born.

Down in a lowly manger
the humble Christ was born,
and God sent us salvation
that bless-ed Christmas morn.
Go, tell it on the mountain,
over the hills and everywhere.
Go, tell it on the mountain,
that Jesus Christ is born.

(Words & Music: African American Traditional, adaptation: John W. Work. © John W. Work, 1940.  Church CCLI#2458953)

Responsive Reading – PSALM 147:1-11

1 Praise the Lord!
How good it is to sing praises to our God;
for He is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting.
2 The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
He gathers the outcasts of Israel.
3 He heals the brokenhearted,
and binds up their wounds.
4 He determines the number of the stars;
He gives to all of them their names.
5 Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
His understanding is beyond measure.
6 The Lord lifts up the downtrodden;
He casts the wicked to the ground.
7 Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
make melody to our God on the lyre.
8 He covers the heavens with clouds,
prepares rain for the earth,
makes grass grow on the hills.
9 He gives to the animals their food,
and to the young ravens when they cry.
10 His delight is not in the strength of the horse,
nor his pleasure in the speed of a runner;
11 but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him,
in those who hope in His steadfast love.

SOLO: The Colours of Winter Meghan McCarthy  © 2016 Hal Leonard, Milwin Music Corporation. Church CCLI#2458953

Come In, Come In, New Year

Come in, come in, New Year
with sparkling winter day!
Your promise calls us here
to celebrate and pray,
through January’s open door
to stride with hopeful step once more.

For though December dies,
still Christmas keeps the light,
the hope in children’s eyes,
the star that shatters night;
now Simeon and Anna see
the child who rules all time to be.

The calendar of Christ
will mark the seasons’ turn;
His story claim our trust;
His love be ours to learn.
For all the world,
for young and old,
we pray a year of peace unfold!

(Words: Shirley Erena Murray © 1996 Hope Publishing Co.; Music: John Darwall; Harmony: William Henry Monk. Music: Public Domain Descant: Sydney H. Nicholson © Hope Publishing Co.
Church CCLI#2458953)

Virtual Church: Sunday, DECEMBER 27 – “Keeping Christmas in Our Hearts”

December 27, 2020 - Keep Christmas in Your Heart

 

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Oh Come All Ye Faithful 

Oh come, all ye faithful,
joyful and triumphant;
Oh come ye, oh come ye, to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him,
born the King of angels:
Oh come, let us adore Him;
oh come, let us adore Him;
oh come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

Sing, choirs of angels,
sing in exultation;
sing, all ye citizens of heaven above:
“Glory to God
in the highest!”
Oh come, let us adore Him;
oh come, let us adore Him;
oh come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

(Words: F. Oakeley, Music: Anonymous
Words & Music: Public Domain; Church CCLI # 2458953)

’Twas in the Moon of Wintertime

‘Twas in the moon of wintertime,
when all the birds had fled,
that mighty Gitchi Manitou sent angel choirs instead;
before their light the stars grew dim,
and wandering hunters heard the hymn:
Jesus your King is born,
Jesus is born, in excelsis Gloria.

Within a lodge of broken bark
the tender Babe was found;
a ragged robe of rabbit skin
enwrapped His beauty round,
but, as the hunter braves drew nigh
the angel song rang loud and high:
Jesus your King is born,
Jesus is born, in excelsis Gloria.

(Words: Huron, Jean de Brebeuf, Translation: J. Edgar Middleton. Music: Anonymous, arrangement: Frederick Jackisch.
Words: © The Frederick Harris Music Co. Ltd. Music: arrangement © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship/Augsburg Fortress. Church CCLI # 2458953)

 

Good Christians, All Rejoice

Good Christians, all rejoice
with heart and soul and voice;
now give heed to what we say:
Jesus Christ is born today,
oxen before Him bow,
and He is in the manger now.
Christ is born today;
Christ is born today.

Good Christians, all rejoice
with heart and soul and voice;
now you hear of endless bliss:
Jesus Christ was born for this.
He has opened heaven’s door,
and we are blest for evermore.
Christ was born for this;
Christ was born for this.

Good Christians, all rejoice
with heart and soul and voice;
now you need not fear the grave:
Jesus Christ was born to save,
calls you one and calls you all
to gain the everlasting hall.
Christ was born to save;
Christ was born to save.

(Words: translation, John Mason Neale, Music: German Carol Melody  / Words & Music: Public Domain. Church CCLI#2458953)

 

DUET: In the Bleak Mid-Winter – Dr. Tom and Susie

(Words: Christina G. Rossetti, Music: Gustav T. Holst
Words: Public Domain; Music: © Oxford University Press. Church CCLI # 2458953)

DUET: Is There Room in Your Heart? Tracy & Vivian Lo

Joy to the World

Joy to the world! The Lord is come:
let earth receive its 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 earth! The Saviour 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.

(Words: Isaac Watts, Music: Lowell Mason  Words & Music: Public Domain. Church CCLI#2458953)

Virtual Church: Sunday, DECEMBER 20 – “LOVE”

December 20, 2020 Fourth Week of Advent

 

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The First Noel

The first Noel the angel did say
was to certain poor shepherds
in fields as they lay,
in fields where they lay keeping their sheep,
on a cold winter’s night that was so deep.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel!
Born is the King of Israel.

(Words & Music: English Traditional Words & Music: Public Domain; Church CCLI # 2458953)

That Boy-Child of Mary

That boy-child of Mary was born in a stable,
a manger His cradle in Bethlehem.
What shall we call Him,
child of the manger?
What name is given in Bethlehem?

That boy-child of Mary was born in a stable,
a manger His cradle in Bethlehem.
His name is Jesus,
God ever with us,
God given for us in Bethlehem.

That boy-child of Mary was born in a stable,
a manger His cradle in Bethlehem.
One with the Father,
He is our Saviour,
heaven-sent helper of Bethlehem.

That boy-child of Mary was born in a stable,
a manger His cradle in Bethlehem.

(Words: Tom Colvin; Music: Malawi traditional. arranged by Tom Colvin. Words & Music: 1969 Hope Publishing Co. Church CCLI # 2458953)

Oh Come All Ye Faithful

Oh come, all ye faithful,
joyful and triumphant;
Oh come ye, oh come ye, to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him,
born the King of angels:
Oh come, let us adore Him;
oh come, let us adore Him;
oh come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

Sing, choirs of angels,
sing in exultation;
sing, all ye citizens of heaven above:
“Glory to God
in the highest!”
Oh come, let us adore Him;
oh come, let us adore Him;
oh come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

(Words: F. Oakeley, Music: Anonymous  Words & Music: Public Domain; Church CCLI # 2458953)

 

Candle of Love – Lester & Lois MacFadyen
L = Leader C = Congregation

L: In this season of Advent, we celebrate God’s love.

C: Soon we will welcome
the beautiful and radical love of God
as Jesus Christ comes to live among us.

L: We embrace our identity as God’s beloved children
and let this truth guide our decisions and relationships.

C: In our homes and in our church
we offer hospitality,
welcoming those we don’t know, those who are in need,
and those who are different from us.

L: We demonstrate our care for creation
in real and tangible ways through the products we buy,
the food we eat, and the way we live every day.

C: Together, we are a sign of God’s love for the world.

(The candle is lit)

L: Let us pray:

C: God of extravagant generosity,
in Jesus we discover
the depth of your care
and the lengths you will go to save us.
Forgive us when we ignore those in need,
trample your creation
and refuse to share
all that we receive from you.
Teach us to love our neighbours,
caring for each other
in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

Sung Response: Love is a Flame

Love is a flame that burns in our hearts,
Jesus has come and will never depart.
When God is a child
there’s joy in our song.
The last shall be first
and the weak shall be strong,
and none shall be afraid.

(Words: Brian Wren, Music: Joan Collier Fogg Words & Music: © 1989 by Hope Publishing Co. Church CCLI # 2458953)

 

By Heaven’s Light: A Christmas Cantata

(Words: Tom S. Long Music: Allen Pote © 2007 Hope Publishing Company)

Once in Royal David’s City

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

Christ came down to earth from heaven,
Who is God and Lord of all,
sheltered by a humble stable,
cradled in a cattle stall:
with the poor, oppressed and lowly,
lived on earth, our Saviour holy.

(Words: Cecil Frances Alexander, Music: Henry John Gauntlett, harmony: A.H. Mann.
Words & Music: Public Domain, Harmony: © Novello & Co Ltd. Church CCLI#2458953)