Praise the Lord, O my soul.
I will praise the Lord all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
PRELUDE Kathy Nash
CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: We praise You, O God, Father Almighty.
All: We praise You, O God, true and only Son.
Leader: We praise You, O God, Holy Spirit, our counselor.
All: We praise You, O God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.
Leader: Blessed be Your glorious Name forever and ever!
* HYMN “We Three Kings” UMH #254
CALL TO CONFESSION
UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Almighty and Eternal God, we come to You confessing the sins we have committed and the evil we have allowed to remain in our lives un-corrected and tolerated. In repentance and contrition, we place before You the promises we have broken, the injuries to others we have inflicted by word and deed, the heartaches created by our lives and our evil ways. Have mercy upon us, O Lord. Accept our confession. Grant us Your pardon. By Your Holy Spirit’s power within us, may true repentance encourage us in right living. We pray in Jesus’ Name.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
TIME WITH YOUTH Janet Keffer
*HYMN “Good Christian Friends, Rejoice” UMH #224
OLD TESTAMENT LESSON Psalm 148
PRAYERS AND OFFERINGS
From the foundation of the world, and the creation of humankind, You have loved and cared for that which You made. You have loved and cared for us, O God, and we are grateful. Accept our gratitude and accept the gifts we bring as a token of our love for You. Bless and use these gifts for Your own most wise and holy purpose. Amen.
RECEIVING OUR OFFERING
PRESENTATION OF OUR OFFERING
*DOXOLOGY UMH #95
JOYS AND CONCERNS-PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE Janet Keffer THE LORD’S PRAYER
PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORD
PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION
NEW TESTAMENT LESSON Luke 2:41-52
THE MESSAGE Michael Keffer
*HYMN “Go, Tell It On The Mountain” UMH #251
*CIRCLE SONG: “He Lives” UMH #310
He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today! He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way. He lives, He lives, salvation to impart! You ask me how I know He lives! He lives within my heart.
*BLESSING (God’s presence be with you and give you peace. Amen.)
*Stand as you are able. The quiet room is available in the back of the sanctuary if needed.