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10:30 A.M. SERVICE OF WORSHIP
CHRISTMAS DAY
December 25, 2016

*Please stand as you are able
Please turn off mobile phones before worship begins

Let us now enter into the Holy One’s presence.

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Pastors Matt Braddock & Gloria Grant

PRELUDE
Sam Wack

*CALL TO WORSHIP

Before us each day are challenges. The choices we make craft us into who we are becoming.
May we ever open our eyes to the newness of our days.
May we sense the surge of wonder just beneath the surface of the ordinary.
May we find purpose in each breaking moment.

*HYMN #131    It Came Upon the Midnight Clear    CAROL

PRAYER OF INVOCATION & THE LORD’S PRAYER

Blessed are they who find Christmas in the Christmas star…
in the age-old story of a child born in a stable and laid in a manger…
in the joy of gifts sent lovingly to others…
in the message of Jesus of Nazareth.

 All Singing:  Gloria, in excelsis Deo . . .

No one is ever really ready for Christmas.
If we were really all prepared;
If every gift we wished for had been received;
If all the goodies our friends deserve were baked and cooled, and stored just so;
If each and every person we love was gathered for our celebration;
If we never snapped at someone we care about;
If our minds were 100 per cent loving and our hearts were 100 per cent generous;
We would be truly ready – and truly we would not need Christmas quite so much.

God, come with the reminder that love does not depend on perfection but on willingness to risk connection. Come into the unready manger of our hearts that we may feel the warmth of new life and give flesh to the promise of hope that cries to bring healing into our world.

All Singing:  Gloria, in excelsis Deo . . .

In the living of this day, may we find the courage to let go of our fears,
In the living of this day, may we accept the challenges before us,
In the living of this day, may we open ourselves to the still, small voice of God.

All Singing:  Gloria, in excelsis Deo . . .

We pray together, saying …

Holy God, who art in heaven, hallowed be your name.  Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.  Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever.  AMEN

TIME WITH CHILDREN

LIGHTING OF THE CHRISTMAS CANDLES

Over the past four Sundays we at CCC have lit our Advent candles.
We light them again and remember… peace, hope, joy and love are always brought to birth in, through,  and among, all creation.

Last night we lit our Christ Candle.
It was a time for memories and remembering,
To wonder and to give thanks.
It was a time of quiet awakening to beauty that still lives on through strife.

We light our Christ Candle again.
It is a candle of understanding which drives away fear.
It is a candle of truth.
It will lead one in unknown paths to learn more about the mysteries of life.

CENTERING SILENCE
Let there be a quiet time among us. (Silence)

Come apart from the usual traditions of Christmas morning, and dwell together in the presence of God who is our source of life. (Silence)

May the silence which we now share quiet us, touch our need, refresh our courage,
enlarge our wonder. (Silence)

CELEBRATION OF CAROLS

#129    Good Christian Friends Rejoice
#133    O Little Town of Bethlehem
#139    The First Nowell (stz. 1 & 2)
#147    See the Little Baby

CHRISTMAS MEDITATION
Pastor Matt Braddock

CALL TO PRAYER & PASTORAL PRAYER
Pastor Gloria Grant

CALL TO OFFERING
Pastor Matt Braddock

OFFERTORY
What Is This Lovely Fragrance?
arr. Healey Willan
Old French Carol
Chancel Choir

*DOXOLOGY        VENI EMMANUEL

Praise God from whom all blessings flow,
Praise God, all creatures here below;
Praise God aloud, ye heav’nly choirs,
Incarnate Jesus, Spirit which inspires.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel has come to thee, O Israel.

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION        

Through these gifts we offer our thanks:
for all we have,
for all we are.
Especially the gift of our lives.

*HYMN OF GOING FORTH # 136
Jesus, Jesus, Oh, What a Wonderful Child

*BENEDICTION

Mysterious God, confounding our expectations meeting us where we least expect to find you … Stay with us now.

Child of the manger, healing our pain, sharing our weakness … Stay with us now.

Source of life, birth of God within our own experience … Stay with us now.

Stay with us in our frailty, stay with us on our journey. Walk beside us, live within us, lead us to glory, lead us home.

POSTLUDE
Sam Wack

Musical resources printed in our worship bulletins are used with permission under CCLI License No. 2837543

THIS WEEK IN PASTORAL CARE

Immediate Care …  As the church of God in this place, we ask your prayers for Merlene Bagley; Corine Bloss; Erven Boettner;  Jenni Bunch;  Jean, Randy and Ellen Caswell; Grace Dietz; Ben Gallup; Paul Geiser; Jim Henkelman-Bahn; Joanne Hollcroft; Barry Johnson; Jessica Johnson; Steve Jordan; Ruth Kaupert; Tina Lincoln; Jackie Lowery; Kathy McAdams; Doris Raber; David and Maureen Squires; Elijah Simpson-Sundell; Barbara Thorn; Kent Abraham, husband of Dianne Abraham; Cheryl and Beverly, family of Ron Rising; Bryan “Kirk” Bland, brother-in-law of Jessica Bland; Anna Carrigan, sister of Tim Carrigan; Helen Mae Davis, granddaughter of David and Maureen Squires; Larry Duff, Sr., father of Larry Duff; Douglas Griffith son of Doris Raber; Edward Kim, father of Elaine Kim; Alice McElhinney, mother of Alison Petersen; Dr. Craig Platt, son of Audrey and Neville Platt; Wayne Virag, brother-in-law of Steve Young.
In Memoriam … Janice Dennie

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