Sunday Worship – 12/27/2020

Beginning with Stillness

Take two minutes to sit still before you begin your morning of worship. Close your eyes. Take a few deep breaths in and out. Allow your mind to catch up to your body. Maybe you were just making pancakes for kids, or trying to send off a quick email, or folding some laundry – but NOW you’re here for the purpose of worship and prayer. You’re in the presence of God. When you’re ready, thank God for His presence with you and begin.

Scripture Reading – Galatians 4:4-5

If you are meeting with others, take turns reading, switching readers each line.

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son,
born of a woman, born under the law,
in order to redeem those who were under the law,
so that we might receive adoption as children.

Song of Worship – “Hope for Everyone”

Jerry – HCC

Hear the angels sing
There’s hope for everyone
To announce our King
There’s hope for everyone
What good news they bring
There’s hope for everyone
Angels sing
There’s hope for everyone

They came from afar
There’s hope for everyone
Wise men saw the star
There’s hope for everyone
Shepherds heard the choir
There’s hope for everyone
From afar
There’s hope for everyone

We are waiting on the promise
For the One who lights the darkness
Bending low to be among us
Bring Your glory in the highest

Come let us adore
There’s hope for everyone
On the manger floor
There’s hope for everyone
What are you waiting for
There’s hope for everyone
Come adore
There’s hope for everyone

We are waiting on the promise
For the One who lights the darkness
Bending low to be among us
Bring Your glory in the highest, Jesus

Come let us adore
There’s hope for everyone
On the manger floor
There’s hope for everyone
What are you waiting for
There’s hope for everyone
Come adore
There’s hope for everyone

Scripture Reading – Psalm 148

Read it aloud!

Praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord from the heavens!
    Praise him from the skies!
Praise him, all his angels!
    Praise him, all the armies of heaven!
Praise him, sun and moon!
    Praise him, all you twinkling stars!
Praise him, skies above!
    Praise him, vapors high above the clouds!
Let every created thing give praise to the Lord,
    for he issued his command, and they came into being.
He set them in place forever and ever.
    His decree will never be revoked.

Praise the Lord from the earth,
    you creatures of the ocean depths,
fire and hail, snow and clouds,
    wind and weather that obey him,
mountains and all hills,
    fruit trees and all cedars,
wild animals and all livestock,
    small scurrying animals and birds,
kings of the earth and all people,
    rulers and judges of the earth,
young men and young women,
    old men and children.

Let them all praise the name of the Lord.
    For his name is very great;
    his glory towers over the earth and heaven!
He has made his people strong,
    honoring his faithful ones—
    the people of Israel who are close to him.

Praise the Lord!

Homily on Psalm 148

Reflecting on The Advent and Christmas Season

Take some time to consider where you noticed the movement of God in your life over the Advent and Christmas season. Get a pen and a piece of paper, hit play on the song below, and prayerfully jot out some reflections on one (or more) of the following questions:

  • When did God seem especially close over these past weeks? When did He seem distant?
  • What caught your attention in the Advent and Christmas seasons about the way God works in the world?
  • What character from the Christmas narratives most captured your imagination and why?
  • To what has God been inviting you over the past weeks?
  • What truth do you need to hold on to from these past weeks as we approach a new year?
Jerry – HCCC

Offering

Living God:
Thank you that you are the Light of the World, the source of our hope, our peace, our joy, and all true love. Your word says that the earth is Yours, and so is everything in it; the world and all its people belong to You. Everything we have belongs to You – our very lives belong to You. At the end of a strange and difficult year, we now offer back to You a portion of what You have given us. This we do as an act of worship, as a thanksgiving for Your provision, and as an expression of our ongoing trust in You into the future.
Amen.

Song of Sending – “The Blessing”

May the words of this song be a prayer for you, as well as a reminder and encouragement to you as we approach the end of this year. God is with you. He is for you.

Gavin – HCCC

Benediction

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