Christmas Day 2021

Angels we have heard on high,

sweetly singing through the night,

and the mountains in reply

echoing their brave delight.

Refrain:

Gloria in excelsis Deo,

Gloria in excelsis Deo.

Shepherds, why this jubilee?

Why these song of happy cheer?

What great brightness did you see?

What glad tidings did you hear?

Gloria in excelsis Deo,

Gloria in excelsis Deo.

Come to Bethlehem, and see

him whose birth the angels sing.

Come adore on bended knee

Christ, the Lord, the new-born king.

Gloria in excelsis Deo,

Gloria in excelsis Deo.

See him in a manger laid

whom the angels praise above.

Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,

while we raise our hearts in love.

Gloria in excelsis Deo,

Gloria in excelsis Deo.

Saving God, we confess to you our sinfulness. We are consumed with greed and with self, instead of loving you as we ought. Too often we are indifferent to those for whom this season is not a time of joy. You call us to the simple life, but we engage in extravagance, which directs our hearts away from you and from those in need.

My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.

Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed .for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.

His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.

He has shown strength with his arm. he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.

He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty.

He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy,according to the promise he made to our ancestors,to Abraham and his descendants forever.

Glory be to you, Lord our God; you have chosen us in Jesus Christ, our Lord, before thefounding of the world.

You have given us such love, Father, that we should be called the children of God!

You have blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.

You have rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of your beloved Son.

You have redeemed us through Jesus Christ, your Incarnate Son.

For the sake of the great love with which you love us, make us alive in Christ, our Lord.

Holy Child of Mary, Savior of the world,
Reveal yourself to us.

By your holy incarnation,
By your human birth,
By your pure and blameless childhood,
By your obedience and diligence,
By your humility, meekness, and patience,
By your extreme poverty,
By your griefs and sorrows,
By your prayers and tears,
By your having been despised and rejected,
By your cross and suffering,
By your death and burial,
By your triumphant resurrection and ascension,
Help us and save us.

For the poor, the abused, and the sick,
For prisoners and the homeless,
For victims of natural disaster and war,
For those who are in danger, misery, or distress,
For those who minister to human need in your name,
For all who share your good news,
For your whole church on earth,
We pray for your blessing, strength, and encouragement.


Watchword for Christmas Day

And the word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.
John 1:14

Watchword

Moses said, “You must diligently observe everything that I command you, do not add to it or take anything from it.”
Deuteronomy 12:32

Teaching Text

This is the commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another.
1 John 3:23

Let us pray

Holy God, we rejoice again this day in your coming to live in us. Your presence makes all of life holy. Help us to share this good news.
AMEN.

God sent His Son, they called Him Jesus
He came to love, heal and forgive
He lived and died, to buy my pardon
An empty grave, is there to prove, my Savior lives

Because He lives,
I can face tomorrow
Because He lives,
all fear is gone
Because I know,

He holds the future
And life is worth,
the living just, because He lives


Statement of Purpose

“By the grace of God to make disciples of all people, both local and global. To enhance the deeper experiences with our Lord Jesus Christ through prayer, Bible Study, witnessing and the worship hour.

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