Worship Bulletin: 12/25/22

Worship Bulletin: 12/25/22

Welcome to Worship at the McPherson Church of the Brethren
We invite your active participation in the life of this congregation, as together we continue to grow in grace and seek justice for God’s creation.

Sunday, December 25, 2022 @ 10:15 a.m.

Gathering Hymn | “While by My Sheep”
Ellen Gilbert

Live Welcome | Kathryn Whitacre

Sharing Joys & Concerns | Bud Taylor

Special Music | “Angels We Have Heard”
Dorothy Janzen, organ

Congregational Hymn | “Morning Star” | #214
Jean Hendricks, piano

Special Music
Emily Tyler, flute; Karlene Tyler, piano

Christmas Scripture | Luke 2:7-21 | The Birth of Jesus
She gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and
the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause
great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will
find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened,
which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word
concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up
all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which
were just as they had been told.
21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.

Congregational Hymn | “Away in a Manger” | #194 alternate tune
Ellen Gilbert, organ

Special Music | “Bring That Torch” | arr. Kevin R. Olson
Bryan Hess, piano

Story for the Children | Barbara Wagoner

Congregational Hymn | “O Little Town” | #191
Ellen Gilbert, organ; Jean Hendricks, piano

Special Music | “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”
Tom Hurst, piano

Christmas Story | “Nicodemus” | André Trocmé
Angels and Donkeys: Tales for Christmas and Other Times | Translated by Nelly Trocmé Hewett

Men’s Quartet | “In the Bleak Midwinter”
Jean Hendricks, piano

Special Music | “Go Tell It”
Jean Hendricks, piano

Sending Words | Kathryn Whitacre
from Miracle in the Manger | posted on the Society of Saint Andrew (adapted)

Congregational Hymn | “The Virgin Mary” | #202
Ellen Gilbert, piano

Videography and Editing: Eric Goering
Music Coordinator: Ellen Gilbert

Choir Director: Becky Snell
Technical Crew: Eric Goering, Ryan Goering, Shane Kirchner, Steve Lolling & Chris Whitacre
Chancel Decoration Team: Jill Brax, Colleen Gustafson, Michele Johnson, Shane Kirchner & Lara Schoming