O God, out of the busyness of this season, we give pause this morning to refocus our lives on you. We invite you into this place and into our hearts. Accept our worship as a humble attempt to glorify and honor you. Hear our prayer, O God. Amen.
Prayer of Confession
God of mercy, light and love, we confess that we have not been people who are quick to pray. When an emergency befalls us, we turn to pleas and prayers which usually begin with the heart-wrenching cry, “Why?”. Help us to remember that you are always ready to hear and respond to all our prayers. Remind us that even though we have often failed to witness to your love and live as people of compassion and faith, you love us unconditionally. Forgive our stubbornness and willfulness. Cleanse our souls and spirits and make us truly ready to receive your light.
- Come, Lord Jesus! (Miriam Therese Winter)
- St. Matthew tells of Jesus Birth (Matthew 1: 18-23)
- My Lord Has Come (Nigel Short)
- A Story of the Nativity (traditional Aztec)
- First Coming (Madeleine L’Engle)
Hymns & Anthems
- No. 23 – Angels We Have Heard on High
- Go, Tell it on the Mountain
- O Come, O Come Emmanuel
- A Child is Born in Bethlehem
- Carol of the Drum
- Gesu Bambino
- No. 31 – Hark! The Herald Angels Sing