December 29 Post-Christmas Worship

Watch the entire worship service here:

On 5th Sundays we have family worship designed to engage all ages.  Since it was the Sunday after Christmas, we invited everyone to feel free to be casual, even in pajamas if they wanted, and some did.  Here’s our worship outline from that day.

I will recount the gracious deeds of the LORD, the praiseworthy acts of the LORD, because of all that the LORD has done for us, and the great favor to the house of Israel that he has shown them according to his mercy, according to the abundance of his steadfast love.  —Isaiah 63:7

WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS
*CALL TO WORSHIP (Psalm 148) Gordon Kling, Liturgist
We’re here to praise the Lord. Praise God from the heavens!
Praise Him from the skies above!
Praise God, angels and all the hosts of heaven!
Praise Him, sun and moon, and shining stars!
Praise God, all creatures great and small,
Praise Him, animals and birds, reptiles and fish!
Praise God, kings of the earth and people everywhere,
Praise Him, men and women, young and old!
Let all the earth bring praise to the Lord, at whose word everything was created.
We’re here to praise and worship our amazing God!

*SONG “First Noel” Hymn 229
*PRAYER OF ADORATION

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us
from all unrighteousness. —1 John 1:9
· What didn’t go the way you wanted it to this Christmas?
· What do you regret doing?
· What do you wish you’d done?
Consider your response and then write or draw on the paper in your bulletin. When
you are done, tear or crumple up the paper and put it in the trash can.

DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
Our sins are like trash (Micah 7:19). They’re gone and forgotten. This is what Jesus has done for us. Thanks be to God!

SONG “Goodness of God”  Tomlin
PRAYERS OF GOD’S PEOPLE
SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 63:7-9
I will recount the gracious deeds of the Lord,
the praiseworthy acts of the Lord,
because of all that the Lord has done for us,
and the great favor to the house of Israel
that he has shown them according to his mercy,
according to the abundance of his steadfast love.
8 For he said, “Surely they are my people,
children who will not deal falsely”;
and he became their savior
9 in all their distress.
It was no messenger or angel
but his presence that saved them;
in his love and in his pity he redeemed them;
he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.

This is the word of the Lord. Thanks be to God!

MEDITATION What Just Happened?

  • When have you been lifted and carried, either physically or in other ways?
    • He became our savior – not a messenger or an angel but God himself. 
  • What caught your attention?
  • What words describe God? 
    • Lovingkindness – hesed 2x in v7 – goodness, kindness, mercy, favor, steadfast love
  • Where have you seen God’s lovingkindness this week?

GIVING THANKS TO GOD
· What went well for you this Christmas?
· What are you most thankful for?
· What brought you joy?
· Where did you find Jesus?
Consider your response. Write or draw on the paper and then bring it to the bulletin
board. Share a word or picture on the white board. At any time during this part of the
service, you may bring your offering to the basket on the communion table. Your offering may include money and/or words of thanksgiving.

SONGS “Joy to the World” Hymn 179
“The World Sang A Little Bit of Alleluia” See Insert

MISSION UPDATES Arn Froese, Wellspring Woods

PRAYER OF DEDICATION

*SONGS “Doxology” Krabbe
“Go Tell It On the Mountain” Hymn 218

*BENEDICTION
POSTLUDE

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