Sunday, December 27: First Sunday of Christmas

Following the season of Advent, in which the church observes four weeks of preparation for the celebration of Jesus’ birth, the liturgical season of Christmas recalls the Nativity of Jesus Christ and his manifestation to all people, bringing God’s light into the darkness of the world.

This week’s service began with a rendition of “What Child Is This?” by trumpeter Brad Ulrich and organist Angie Jenkins, recorded on December 23, 2012. The arrangement of the Old English Melody is by Norman Johnson.

Chancel Choir Intern Wesley Walker submitted a beautiful musical offering recorded at his home: Robert Vert’s arrangement of “Rise Up, Shepherd and Follow.” We are truly grateful for Wesley’s contribution to our worship service.

Pastor Emily Wilmarth gave the Opening Litany, and Pastor Curtis Fussell offered the Prayer of Confession, Assurance of God’s Grace, and Passing of the Peace.

Emily’s sermon, entitled “What Do You See?” centered on the reading of Luke 2:22-40, in which the newborn child Jesus was taken to Jerusalem to be consecrated to the Lord, and there received words of prophesy and blessing by the devout Simeon, who had watched and waited with longing for the coming of Christ. Simeon’s words and his full and unreserved embrace of the child remind us of our call to focus our eyes and our hearts on Jesus Christ, the only one capable of making our lives whole.

Pastor Curtis offered the Prayers of God’s People and led the congregation in The Lord’s Prayer and the Offertory Prayer.

Angie Jenkins played the Benediction hymn, “God Be With You Til We Meet Again.” Her Postlude on the pipe organ was “How Great Our Joy,” a German carol arranged by James Mansfield.+550People Reached11EngagementsBoost Post

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