January 3 Worship Order

11:00 A.M.

Prelude
The First Noel
arr. Allen

Chiming of the Hour
David Beaver

Greeting & Lighting of Christ Candle
Dr. J. Michael Parnell

Worship Song                                                                                                       
Here I Am to Worship

Light of the world, You stepped down into darkness, opened my eyes, let me see Beauty that made this heart adore You, hope of a life spent with You, Here I am to worship, here I am to bow down, Here I am to say that You’re my God. You’re all together lovely, altogether worthy, all together wonderful to me. Here I am to worship.

Litany & Invocation

Leader: Praise be to God who has given God’s light to us.
People: Honor and praise to God for God’s most precious gift.
Leader: The darkness that enveloped the people.
People: Has been pierced by the Light.
Leader: Let us rejoice in God’s blessed goodness!
People: Let us continually praise God with great joy and thanksgiving.

Carol
As with Gladness Men of Old

As with gladness men of old Did the guiding star behold; As with joy they hailed its light, Leading onward, beaming bright; So, most gracious Lord, may we Evermore be led to Thee.

As with joyful steps they sped To that lowly manger bed, There to bend the knee beforeHim whom heaven and earth adore; So, may we with willing feet, Ever seek the mercy seat

As they offered gifts most rare At the manger rude and bare, So may we with holy joy, Pure and free from sin’s alloy, All our costliest treasures bring, Christ, to Thee our heavenly King.

First Lesson & Pastoral Prayer
Ephesians 1:3-14
Dr. Mike

Solo
Grace Alone
David Beaver

Second Lesson
Dr. Mike

Sermon
Dr. Mike

Postlude
We Three Kings
arr. Burger