Wonders of His Love: Compassionate Joy

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                   “Wonders of His Love: Compassionate Joy

                                You are welcome here

                                   January 2,  2022– 10:00 A.M.

  Compassionate Joy

            Let us be as open vessels that God’s spirit may enter.

The Community Gathers:  Experience God’s presence in the

assembly. Please greet one another with joy and welcome new friend

s into our community of love.

              You are welcome here…come and worship!

Focus: “I will honour Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year.”                                                                                                        -Charles Dickens

Gathering MusicMary Did You Know  (by Mark Lowry/Buddy Greene)   -Michelle Currie

Welcome: 

Call To Worship:
L: How magnificent is all creation.
P: God’s love is poured throughout all living things.
L: God’s love is poured out upon us each day.
P: We give thanks to our God.
L: Let your souls and spirits rejoice at the goodness of God.
P: Let all the people sing of God’s love.  Amen.

Opening Hymn:  Hark the Herald Angels Sing       *See Lyric Insert

Invocation:  

Holy Living One, You who are our Joy, Give us the strength

we need to face the sorrows of the world and meet them with

as much compassion as we can. We give you thanks for the

time we have had to contemplate what joy means in our lives

and prepare ourselves for the work we will commit to

in this next year, offering love and hope in all we do.

Let wonders of your love rule our hearts this day.

Let wonders of your love rule our church this day.

Let wonders of your love rule the world this day…

in the name of Compassion. Amen.

Lords Prayer               

Awakening: All Is Well  (by Michael W, Smith/Wayne Kirkpatrick)  -Michelle Currie

Message for the children and the child in each of us:

Scripture Reading:  Isaiah 63:7-9, Matthew 2:13- 23               Rev. Lamar Robinson

             After the reading, you may  respond, “Thanks be to God.”

Anthem:  We’re Gonna Bring Joy to the World (by Marsha Jean Moors-Charles)

                                                                                                    -Michelle Currie

Meditation:                                                                         Rev. Paula Norbert

                     Celebration of the Lord’s Supper

     Words of Invitation              The Bread and The Cup

                          Prayer of Thanksgiving                 

Sermon Response:   Meditative Instrumental ~  Meditation on Christmas Hymns (arr. by Chuck Bell)                                                                                      – Michelle Currie

Musical call to Prayer:  (two times)  Hush now in quiet peace, be still your mind at ease. The Spirit brings release, so wait upon the Lord.

                               Prayers of the People  

        Silent Prayers                                    Pastoral Prayer

Closing Hymn:  Joy to the World       *See Lyric Insert

Benediction:     

My friends, may you be blessed with a Compassionate Joy

that compels you outward from this place to serve.

May you know the wonders of Christ’s love—

and tune your heart for looking at the world, for being in the

world, and bringing compassion to the world.

And may you forever sing along with all heaven and earth!

Postlude:   Go In Peace…

Hark the Herald Angels Sing     * Lyrics

Hark the herald angels sing, Glory to the new-born king

Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled

Joyful all ye nations rise, join the triumph of the skies

With the angelic host proclaim, Christ is born in Bethlehem

Hark the herald angels sing, Glory to the new-born king!

Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace! Hail the the sun of righteous-ness

Light and life to all he brings, risen from healing in the wings

Mild he lays his glory by, born that we no more may die

Born to raise us from the earth, born to give us second birth

Ark the herald angels sing, Glory to the new-born king!

Joy to the World      *Lyrics

Joy to the world, the Lord is come!

Let earth receive her king

Let every heart prepare him room

And heaven and nature sing, and heaven and nature sing

And heaven and nature sing

Joy to the earth the savior reigns!

Let all their songs employ

While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains

Repeat the sounding joy, repeat the sounding joy

Repeat, repeat the sounding joy

He rules the world with truth and grace

And makes the nations prove

The glories of his righteous-ness

And wonders of his love, and wonders of his love

And wonders of his love

Many thanks to Michelle Currie, our wonderful Music Director, who brings joy to our worship each week through the gift of her music.

Great thanks to all who helped with our Christmas Eve Service.

                                         Happy New Year to all!