Greeting and Welcome
Prelude - We Three Kings
Sisters and brothers, as God’s children, we share a bond deeper than the sea. We belong to the family of God! As children of God, let us praise our Lord with joy!
Call to Worship
Rejoice, our Lord has come!
Let us sing for joy as we worship.
Rejoice, Christ presence is with us!
Let us come as God’s children into his presence.
Rejoice, Christmas is here!
Let us celebrate the coming of Christ!
Rejoice, we belong to the family of God!
Let us give thanks for his salvation!
Light of the world, shine in our lives this day. Grant us to experience your presence as we gather to worship you. Fill us with your Spirit as we come before you with hope. Unite us in your love as we praise your name! Amen.
Good Christian Friends, Rejoice UMH 224
Joys and Concerns
Luke 2:22-24, 39-40
It came upon the Midnight clear UMH 218
Prayer of Yearning
Lord, we yearn to turn to you, as we seek to grow in your wisdom and increase in your grace. When our hearts are unsure, give us joy. When we are tired of waiting, grant us patience. Strengthen our hope that we may live as heirs of your promise all the days of our lives. Amen.
Words of Assurance
As children of the living God, let us receive his forgiveness.
In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!
Thanks be to God!
“We belong to the family!”
Rev. Ileana Rosario
Go, Tell It on the Mountain UMH 251
We go forth in peace, the peace of Christ.
We go forth with joy, the joy of the season.
We go forth with love, the love of God.
We go forth to serve, led by the Spirit of God!