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The Feast of St. Stephen

We welcome in a spirit of silence as the prelude begins our service.

OUR APPROACH TO GOD
Prelude "What Child Is This?"
Introit "A Nativity Prayer"

Welcome

The Blessing of the Christmas Gifts

The Lighting of the Christ Candle - Divine Office
This day true peace has come down to us from heaven,
THIS DAY THE HEAVENS DRIP HONEY UPON THE ENTIRE WORLD!
This day brought the day of new redemption,
OF THE DELIVERANCE ANNOUNCED OF OLD, OF ETERNAL HAPPINESS!
Let us this day with delight in the Lord
AND LET OUR HEARTS BE FILLED WITH REJOICING,
For eternal salvation has appeared on the earth,
LET ALL THE EARTH BOW TO YOU & SING TO YOU, LET ALL SING YOUR NAME MOST HIGH! ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA!

*Hymn 131 "Angels from the Realm of Glory"

Let us be before our God in silence.

Opening Prayer - John Wallace Suter
SEND, O GOD, INTO THE DARKNESS OF THIS TROUBLED WORLD, THE LIGHT OF YOUR SON: LET THE STAR OF YOUR HOPE TOUCH THE MINDS OF ALL PEOPLE WITH THE BRIGHT BEAMS OF MERCY AND TRUTH; AND SO DIRECT OUR STEPS THAT WE MAY ALWAYS WALK IN THE WAY REVEALED TO US, AS THE SHEPHERDS OF BETHLEHEM WALKED WITH JOY TO THE MANGER WHERE HE DWELT.

Kyrie (sung)
LORD, HAVE MERCY ON US.
CHRIST, HAVE MERCY ON US.
LORD, HAVE MERCY ON US.


A Word of Assurance: Isaiah 2:1-4

Anthem "The Birthday of a King" W. Neidlinger

THE WORD OF GOD
*Responsive Reading: John 1:1-14

*Gloria Patri (Hymn No. 623)
GLORY BE TO THE FATHER 
AND TO THE SON 
AND TO THE HOLY GHOST.  
AS IT WAS IN THE BEGINNING, 
IS NOW AND EVER SHALL BE, 
WORLD WITHOUT END, 
AMEN, AMEN!


The Greeting of Peace 
Announcements
Children's Moment
*Hymn 132 "Angels We Have Heard on High"

Scripture Lessons:
Jewish Scriptures: Isaiah 61:10-62:3
Epistle: Hebrews 1
The Celtic Alleluia!
Gospel: Luke 2:1-20
Sermon

OUR RESPONSE TO GOD
*Hymn 151 "Good Christian Folk Rejoice"
The Offering 
*Doxology (625) and Prayer
PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW; 
PRAISE GOD ALL CREATURES HERE BELOW; 
PRAISE GOD ABOVE YE HEAVENLY HOSTS; 
PRAISE FATHER (CREATOR), SON (CHRIST) AND HOLY GHOST. AMEN.

Giving Thanks and Praise to God
The Prayer of the People & the Lord's Prayer
*Hymn 133 "Hark the Herald Angels Sing"
*Benediction
*Choral Response "Ring the Bells" H. Bollback
Postlude

*Please stand if you are able.


 

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