Monday, December 31, 2018

Christmastide '18 | Magnify Jesus, the Son of God, Who Increases Child-Like Faith in Us + Saturday, December 29

Mary Poppins Returns, “The Place Where Lost Things Go”: Do you ever lie awake at night, just between the dark and the morning light, searching for things you used to know, looking for the place where the lost things go? Do you ever dream or reminisce, wondering where to find what you truly miss? Well maybe those things that you love so are waiting in the place where the lost things go? ... Jesus is ready to meet us in the place where the lost things go. In fact, He goes there to find us.

Homily Scriptures (from Lectionary) | Luke 1:352:52Colossians 3:12-17

Homily Quote

Adore the heavenly Birth by which you were loosed from the chains of your fallen birth. 
Honor little Bethlehem, which opened the door so you could be led back to Paradise. 
Worship at the manger through which you, being without sense, were fed by the Word.

O Come All Ye Faithful
John Francis Wade, 1751 A.D.

O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant!

O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;

Come and behold Him born the King of Angels:
O come let us adore Him ... (3x)

Christ the Lord!

God of God, light of light,

Lo, He abhors not the Virgin's womb;

Very God, begotten, not created:

O come let us adore Him ... (3x)

Christ the Lord!

Sing choirs of angels, sing in exultation,
Sing all ye citizens of Heaven above!

Glory to God, glory in the highest:

O come let us adore Him ... (3x)

Christ the Lord!

Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning;

Jesus, to Thee be all glory given!

Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing!

O come let us adore Him ... (3x)

Christ the Lord!

Silent Night
Joseph Mohr, 1816 A.D.

Silent night, holy night,
All is calm, all is bright.
Round yon virgin mother and child,
Holy infant so tender and mild;
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight!
Glories stream from heaven afar,
Heavenly hosts sing "Alleluia!
Christ, the Savior is born!
Christ, the Savior is born!"

Silent night, holy night,
Son of God, love's pure light;
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace.
Jesus, Lord at Thy birth!
Jesus, Lord at Thy birth!

What Child Is This

William Chatterton Dix, 1865 A.D.

What child is this, who laid to rest
On Mary's lap is sleeping;
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing:
Haste, haste to bring Him laud,
The babe, the son of Mary!

Why lies He in such mean estate,
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christians, fear, for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading.
Nails, spears shall pierce Him through,
The cross He bore for me, for you.
Hail, hail the Word made flesh,
The Babe, the Son of Mary!

So bring Him incense, gold, and myrrh,
Come, peasant, king, to own Him.
The King of kings salvation brings,
Let loving hearts enthrone Him.
Raise, raise a song on high,
The virgin sings her lullaby
Joy, joy for Christ is born,
The babe, the Son of Mary!

This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing:
Haste, haste to bring Him laud,
The babe, the son of Mary.

The Cradle and the Cross
Austin Stone Worship, 2013 A.D.

Oh the beauty and the loss
Of the cradle and the cross,
The Son of God so humbly sent for us.
Into darkness came the light,
Faith of fathers became sight

When the Christ arrived to save the fold of God.

Humanity embraced, He left a perfect place,
The prize of God in lowly manger lay.
Angels shout with joyous song,
Saints and sinners sing along

In the highest place, "Glory, Gloria!"

Immanuel, God with us!
The Lamb of God slain for us!
Finally, our hope’s secured
By the beauty of the cradle and the cross.

The Creator of the stars,
Then in flesh received the scars

On the cross He paid the debt of sinners earned.
And even death could not Him hold,
Peace on earth we see unfold
As the risen Christ ascends in victory! (Chorus)

Stars and angels sing around You, "Gloria!"

Hearts unfold like flowers before You, "Gloria!"
Joyful, joyful, we adore You, "Gloria!" (Chorus)

Joy to the World
Isaac Watts, 1719 A.D.

All of heaven and all creation sing
The wonders of His love!

Joy to the world, the Lord is come!

Let earth receive her King;

Let every heart prepare Him room,

And heaven and nature sing ... (x2)
And heaven and heaven and nature sing! (Refrain)

Joy to the world, the Savior reigns!

Let men their songs employ;

While fields and floods,
Rocks, hills, and plains

Repeat the sounding joy ... (x2)
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy! (Refrain)

No more let sins and sorrows grow,

Nor thorns infest the ground;

He comes to make His blessings flow

Far as the curse is found ... (x2)
Far as, far as the curse is found! (Refrain)

He rules the world with truth and grace,

And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,

And wonders of His love ... (x2)
And wonders, wonders of His love!

Prayers of Preparation for Eucharist
Matthew 26:26-291 Corinthians 11:23-26

Prayer seeking more from Jesus
Jesus, You claim to be the Way,
the Truth and the Life.
If what You claim is true,
please reveal to me who You are.
Give me an understanding of You
that is clear and convincing. Amen.

Prayer for Communion with Jesus
Jesus, grant that we may be filled
by You, the true Bread and Vine.
Be present with us, strengthen us,
and empower us to be Your witnesses
together as we seek first Your Kingdom
until You return and make all things new. Amen.

Eucharist | Thanking God for Communion with Christ and His Church

Benediction Based on 
John 14:27 & Matthew 28:20

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.
I do not give to you as the world gives.
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
And remember, I am with you always, to the end."

Next sermon audio and liturgy: Epiphany 2019 | Gifts for the Journey Ahead

Christ is all,

Rev. Mike "Sully" Sullivan

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