A Simplified Order of Worship July 26, 2020 - Christmas in July

Call to Worship
    Let us sing to the Lord a new song;
        We join all creation in singing to the Lord!
    Great is the Lord, and greatly to he praised,
        For we have known Emmanuel, God-with-us!

Opening Prayer
O God, you make us glad with the yearly expectation of our redemption:
    Grant that as we joyfully receive your only- begotten Son as our Redeemer, we may also see him without fear when he comes to he our judge;
    Even our Lord Jesus Christ, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.                                                                                 [Gelasian Sacramentary; alt, TJC]

Hymn                                                       “O Come, All Ye Faithful”✝

Prayer Before the Word                                                                                                    Donna McSpadden

First Lesson                                                      Isaiah 52:7-10
                                                    The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Psalm and Response                                           Psalm 98*

Hymn                                             “Angels We Have Heard on High” ✝✝   

Gospel Lesson:                                               Matthew 2:1-20
                                L: The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ P: Praise to you, Lord Christ

Message:                                            “We Need a Little Christmas”                       Pastor Gilbert Stones

Hymn                                                       "Joy to the World” ✝✝✝

Prayers of the People
The Lord’s Prayer
    Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come,
    your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
    Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who
    sin against us.
    Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.
    For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever.


Offertory                                  “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow” ✝✝✝✝   

Prayer of Dedication

                                               Join us on Zoom at 11:00 a.m. for fellowship.

Song of Blessing:                                   “Shalom to You”

Passing the Peace of Christ with phone calls, texts, emails, cards and prayers

Announcements: Next Sunday, God willing, we will have our first Online Service on video as well as audio. Also, we will celebrate Eucharist together. Watch for an email with information about both of these things.

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Music Notes: To the best of our ability to check, all music is either Public Domain or used by permission. None of the congregational music uses copyrighted special arrangements or performances.

✝ "O Come, All Ye Faithful" Trinity United Methodist Church, Big Stone Gap, VA

✝✝ “Angels We Have Heard on High” UMM and UMW of Kamuning First UMC, Quezon City, Philippines

✝✝✝ “Joy to the World” Polk Street United Methodist Church, Amarillo, Tx

✝✝✝✝ “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow” Trinity Methodist Church, Wilmette, IL

* The Psalm response if from “Sing to the Lord” © George R. Crisp, used by permission. It may be found on his 2005 album, Songs Along the Road

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