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PRELUDE MUSIC
 
WELCOME & OPENING PRAYER
 
UMW Christmas Luncheon – Wednesday, Dec 8 at Noon:  All the women of the church are invited.  Bring a side dish or dessert to share.  A main course will be provided.  If you’d like to participate in a gift exchange, please bring a gift valued at no more than $20.
 
Men’s Breakfast at Perkins – Monday, Dec 13 at 8:30am
 
Crosswood’s Christmas Eve Service – Friday, December 24 at 4pm
 
OPENING HYMN PART ONE – “O Little Town of Bethlehem” (United Methodist Hymnal #230, verses 1 & 2)
 
O little town of Bethlehem,
how still we see thee lie;
above thy deep and dreamless sleep
the silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
the everlasting light;
the hopes and fears of all the years
are met in thee tonight.
 
For Christ is born of Mary,
and gathered all above,
while mortals sleep, the angels keep
their watch of wondering love.
O morning stars together,
proclaim the holy birth,
and praises sing to God the King,
and peace to all on earth!
 
ADVENT READING – The Candle of Peace
 
OPENING HYMN PART TWO – “O Little Town of Bethlehem” (United Methodist Hymnal #230, verses 3 & 4)
 
How silently, how silently,
the wondrous gift is given;
so God imparts to human hearts
the blessings of his heaven.
No ear may hear his coming,
but in this world of sin,
where meek souls will receive him, still
the dear Christ enters in.
 
O holy Child of Bethlehem,
descend to us, we pray;
cast out our sin, and enter in,
be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels
the great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us,
our Lord Emmanuel!
 
 
OPENING PRAISE SONG – “Bring a Torch Jeanette Isabella” (17th century French carol)
 
Bring a torch, Jeanette Isabella
Bring a torch, to the cradle run
It is Jesus, good folk of the village
Christ is born, and Mary’s calling
Ah, ah, beautiful is the mother
Ah, ah, beautiful is her Son
 
Hasten now, good folk of the village
Hasten now, the Christ child to see
You will find Him asleep in the manger
Quietly come and see the Savior
Hush, hush, peacefully now He slumbers
Hush hush, peacefully now He sleeps
 
It is wrong when the Child is sleeping
It is wrong to speak so loud
Silence now as you gather around Him
Lest your noise should waken Jesus
Hush, hush, see how fast He slumbers
Hush, hush, see how fast He sleeps
 
Softly to the little stable
Softly for a moment come
Look and see how charming is Jesus
See how he smiles, oh see how rosy
Ah, ah, see how the Child is sleeping
Ah, ah, see how He smiles in dreams
 
CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER
 
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name;
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread – and forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,
for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.
Amen.
 
SPECIAL MUSIC – Nancy Shaffer
 
SCRIPTURE – Isaiah 60:3-6 and 11:6-9 (NRSV)
 
REFLECTIVE PRAISE SONG – “Starlight”
 
Starlight, star bright, first star I’ve seen tonight,
Wish I may, wish I might,
Have the wish I wish tonight
 
I wish this world, that in my eyes
Seems awf’lly big, would recognize
It’s only as big as a baby boy
Who lived and died to bring me joy
 
Starlight, star bright, first star I’ve seen tonight,
Wish I may, wish I might,
Have the wish I wish tonight
 
I wish that men, who seem so wise
Could just resist the tempting lies
Of silver and gold and the other things
That make men turn to phony kings
 
Starlight, star bright, first star I’ve seen tonight,
Wish I may, wish I might,
Have the wish I wish tonight
 
I wish for clear and peaceful skies
For love and truth without disguise
I wish most of all that my own two hands
Could make my wishes my commands
 
Starlight, star bright, first star I’ve seen tonight,
Wish I may, wish I might,
Have the wish I wish tonight
 
Starlight, starlight star bright
Starlight, star bright
Starlight, Oooooooo
 
MESSAGE – The Heart that Grew Three Sizes:  When Christmas Isn’t Christmas
 
CLOSING HYMN – “Hark!  The Herald Angels Sing” (United Methodist Hymnal #240)
 
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 th'angelic host proclaim,
"Christ is born in Bethlehem!"
Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the newborn King!"
 
Christ, by highest heaven adored;
Christ, the everlasting Lord;
late in time behold him come,
offspring of a virgin's womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
hail th' incarnate Deity,
pleased with us in flesh to dwell,
Jesus, our Emmanuel.
Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the new-born King!"
 
Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
risen with healing in his 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.
Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the newborn King!"
 
BENEDICTION
 

Upcoming Events

5 Dec
Join us online for a worship service recorded for both Crosswood and Epworth UMC any time after 8:30am on Sunday mornings. Or join us in-person in the Crosswood sanctuary or out in the church parking lot for a drive-in worship service (tune to 106.5 FM) each Sunday morning at 9:30am. (Masks are not required in the church building for those who are fully vaccinated against COVID.)
8 Dec
All ladies are invited to join our UMW for our annual women's Christmas luncheon. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share and, if you wish to participate in a gift exchange, a small gift valued at no more than $20. You are invited!
12 Dec
Join us online for a worship service recorded for both Crosswood and Epworth UMC any time after 8:30am on Sunday mornings. Or join us in-person in the Crosswood sanctuary or out in the church parking lot for a drive-in worship service (tune to 106.5 FM) each Sunday morning at 9:30am. (Masks are not required in the church building for those who are fully vaccinated against COVID.)

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