Worship – Sunday, December 27, 2020

Community Worship
December 27, 2020

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~ The First Sunday After Christmas ~

Prelude

The First Noel
DeerGrove String Ensemble (from 2019)


Welcome
Pastor Sarah Winter


Entrance of the Light

O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Barbara Fisk, piano


Scripture Reading
Phillip & Stephanie Voland
ECC Missionaries in Germany

Matthew 2:1-23
Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.” King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem. He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?”
“In Bethlehem in Judea,” they said, “for this is what the prophet wrote:
‘And you, O Bethlehem in the land of Judah,
    are not least among the ruling cities of Judah,
for a ruler will come from you who will be the shepherd for my people Israel.”Then Herod called for a private meeting with the wise men, and he learned from them the time when the star first appeared. Then he told them, “Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. And when you find him, come back and tell me so that I can go and worship him, too!”After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! 11 They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.12 When it was time to leave, they returned to their own country by another route, for God had warned them in a dream not to return to Herod.13 After the wise men were gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up! Flee to Egypt with the child and his mother,” the angel said. “Stay there until I tell you to return, because Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” 14 That night Joseph left for Egypt with the child and Mary, his mother, 15 and they stayed there until Herod’s death. This fulfilled what the Lord had spoken through the prophet: “I called my Son out of Egypt.”[e16 Herod was furious when he realized that the wise men had outwitted him. He sent soldiers to kill all the boys in and around Bethlehem who were two years old and under, based on the wise men’s report of the star’s first appearance. 17 Herod’s brutal action fulfilled what God had spoken through the prophet Jeremiah: 18 “A cry was heard in Ramah – weeping and great mourning. Rachel weeps for her children, refusing to be comforted, for they are dead.”[f19 When Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt. 20 “Get up!” the angel said. “Take the child and his mother back to the land of Israel, because those who were trying to kill the child are dead.”21 So Joseph got up and returned to the land of Israel with Jesus and his mother. 22 But when he learned that the new ruler of Judea was Herod’s son Archelaus, he was afraid to go there. Then, after being warned in a dream, he left for the region of Galilee. 23 So the family went and lived in a town called Nazareth. This fulfilled what the prophets had said: “He will be called a Nazarene.”

Ephesians 3:2-7
assuming, by the way, that you know God gave me the special responsibility of extending his grace to you Gentiles. As I briefly wrote earlier, God himself revealed his mysterious plan to me. As you read what I have written, you will understand my insight into this plan regarding Christ. God did not reveal it to previous generations, but now by his Spirit he has revealed it to his holy apostles and prophets.
And this is God’s plan: Both Gentiles and Jews who believe the Good News share equally in the riches inherited by God’s children. Both are part of the same body, and both enjoy the promise of blessings because they belong to Christ Jesus.[a] By God’s grace and mighty power, I have been given the privilege of serving him by spreading this Good News.

This is the Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.


Worship Through Music

Joy to the World
Pastor Rick and Barbara Fisk
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Children’s Moment

Pastor Sarah Winter


Prayer for Offering

Pastor Taylor Sexton


Offering Song

What Child Is This
Pastor Rick and Barbara Fisk


Message

“Look For the Light”
Reverend David Green


Worship Through Music

Go Tell it on the Mountain
Barbara Fisk and Deborah Inman
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Thank You to Pastoral Staff

Byron Amundsen


Benediction

Pastor Rick Fisk


Coffee Time Music Selection

As With Gladness of Old Men
Gretchen Stroner, piano

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
Barbara Fisk, piano
Deborah Inman, violin

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
Gretchen Stroner, piano


Music and License Information:

Deer Grove Streaming License:
CSPL129269
CCLI License #1034421

Joy To the World, What Child is This, Go Tell it on the Mountain
Public Domain