PRELUDE:  Variations on “Adoro Te Devote” (Humbly I Adore Thee) by Charles Callahan

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

CALL TO WORSHIP

HYMN:  All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name [Coronation]

PRAYER

INTROIT:  The Work of Christmas by Dan Forrest

When the song of angels is stilled, when the star in the sky is gone, when the kings and princes are home, when the shepherds are back with their flock, the work of Christmas begins:  to find the lost, to heal the broken, to feed the hungry, to release the prisoner, to rebuild the nations, to bring peace among brothers, to make music from the heart. [Howard Thurman]

PRAYER

SCRIPTURE LESSON:  Ephesians 1:3-8a

ANTHEM:  Blessèd, How Blessèd  by David Cherwien

Blessèd, how blessèd, those who thirst for goodness, open and hoping for God’s righteous reign; God sends forth rivers to water the desert; God’s love lasts ever, how blessed are they.  Blessèd, how blessèd, those who sigh in sorrow, furrowed and harrowed by sadness and pain; God walks beside them and enters their absence; God’s voice gives solace; how blessèd are they.  Blessèd, how blessèd, those who live in mercy, giving, receiving from God’s warming grace; God’s sunlight blesses all those who love kindness; love never ceases; how blessèd are they.  Blessèd, how blessèd, those who work for concord, nation and neighbor abandon the blade; sword turns to plowshare, and fortress, to forest; all in God’s Oneness; how blessèd are they.  Here God is reigning, here God’s sustaining, where all the blessed see God’s dawning day: wounded and grounded, by mercy surrounded, foretaste and harvest; how blessèd are they.

SERMON:  “Blessed Beyond…”

HYMN:  Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound [Amazing Grace]

CELEBRATION OF HOLY COMMUNION

INVITATION AND WORDS OF INSTITUTION

PRAYER

RECEPTION

PRAYER

HYMN:  God of Grace and God of Glory [CWM Rhondda]

BENEDICTION

BENEDICTION RESPONSE:  We Give You Praise by Hank Beebe

We give you praise, and worship you! We give you love, and honor due. But most of all, we give you thanks! [Psalm 92:1]

POSTLUDE:  Psalm 8 by Walker Baylor

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