First Presbyterian Church

 

OUR SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE

 

            December 18, 2016       Christmas Program       10:15 a.m.

 

..and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son.

She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger…”

Luke 2:7a

 

PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

 

The Organ Prelude

Silent Prayer and Meditation

Congregation Introit Hymn # 125 “Joy to the World!” v.1

 

* CALL TO WORSHIP

 

Pastor:   My soul magnifies the Lord.

People: Our spirits rejoice in God our Savior.

Pastor:   The mighty one has done great things for us.

Unison: Holy is God’s name!

 

* ADVENT MEDITATION: 

 

Advent Candle Song                           (See Insert)

         Advent Meditation by the Youth Sunday School Class

 

* PRAISE TO GOD

 

* Hymn #128 “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”

 

UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION

 

Heavenly Father, for all the times and all the ways we have resisted Your rule in our lives, Lord have mercy on us.  For seeking our salvation through lesser things; for insisting on our own tired, broken ways instead of embracing Your life-giving Way; Christ have mercy upon us.  For our narrow vision of Your expansive love; for our stinginess with Your extravagant grace; Lord have mercy on us.  Free us from our sin, loving God.  Lead us in the new life You give us, that we may follow in the way of Jesus Christ.  In His name we pray.  Amen.

 

 

 

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

 

Pastor:  Hear the Good News!  Mary has conceived a child by the Holy Spirit and He is to be named Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins.

People:  Friends, believe the Good News! 

Unison:  In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.

* Gloria Patri                                                              (#623 Hymnal)

JLK

 

GOD’S WORK IN PRAYER

 

Prayer Concerns

Pastor’s Prayer and Lord’s Prayer

Congregation Response Hymn #82 “O Come, Let Us Adore Him,” v. 1

 

GOD’S WORK AND WORSHIP IN GIVING

Announcements and Pew Registration

Presentation of Tithes and Offerings

* The Doxology                                                                      (#625 Hymnal)

* Offertory Prayer

 

GOD’S WORD

 

Scripture:  Luke 2:1-20                                                           (p.1590-91)

* Hymn #141 “O Little Town of Bethlehem”

 

CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

 

“The Wonder of the Wisemen”

 

“Christmas Pageant”

    Hymn # 125 “Joy to the World” v.1

At the Inn

At the Manger

    Hymn #157 “Away in a Manger,” v. 1

The Shepherds

    Hymn #135 “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks,” v. 1

 

The Angel of the Lord

    Hymn #133 “Hark!  The Herald, Angels Sing,”  v. 1

The Angel Chorus

    Hymn #132 “Angels We Have Heard on High,” v.1

The Shepherds; Journey to Bethlehem

The Wise Men

    Hymn #166 “We Three Kings” v.1

    Hymn #147 “Silent Night”

* Benediction

* Postlude

 

IN PRAYER

Pastor: Tim, Lori, Ben & Jennie Snart

Home Phone: 799-3397

Cell Phone:  798-1076

Church Office: 799-3511

Church E-mail address:  secretary@cvpres.com

Church Website:  cvpres.com

Church Fax Number:  799-3075

Office Manager:  Connie Moore

Choir Director: Eilene Stephens

Organist & Bell Choir Director:  Tracey Tucker

Session:  Dale Baraks

Deacon:  Chris Fiedler

Mission:  Presbyterian Mission

Asst. Superintendent of Sunday School:  Terrie Palmer

Sunday School Teacher:  Lisa DeBaillie

Choir Member:  Carole Bridgford

Joyful Ringer Member:  Eilene Stephens

Shut-In:  Scotty LaBotte

Usher:  Barb & Jerry Miller

Greeter:  Ruby Davis

 

Special Prayer Needs:  Dick Anderson, Cindy White, Carolyn Mielke, Jeff Sweetland, Carol Miedema, Sandy Miller, Sam Waldron, Deann Sherlock

 

Prayer Needs: Marvin Anderson, Charles Schweiss,  Donna James, Orville Tschopp, Scotty LaBotte, Don White,  Merle Deeter, Vicki Thomas,

 

Candle of Hope:  In the front of the sanctuary is a candle that recognizes the faithful service of all our military personnel at home and abroad.

 

     First Presbyterian Church

     2431 First Street, P.O. Box 126

     Coal Valley, IL  61240

     (309) 799-3511

 

THIS WEEK

Sunday (12-18)          Worship Service                      10:15 a.m.

                                    Fellowship                               11:15 a.m.

Thursday (12 22)       Bells                                          6:30 p.m.

                                    Choir                                         7:30 p.m.

Saturday (12-24)        Christmas Eve Service              8:00 p.m.

 

PLEASE NOTE:

Fellowship:  Fellowship today is being served by Jan & Roy Gustafson, Larry & Kay Manecke, Scott & Clare Manecke, and Brian & Sarah Manecke

 

Christmas Program:  Thank you to all who are participating today in our Christmas program. 

 

Flowers:  The flowers today are lovingly provided by Terrie Palmer to honor her brother’s birthday.

 

Ben Snart’s Graduation: We will be celebrating Ben Snart’s graduation from WIU. There will be an open house today at the church from 2-4 p.m.

 

Thank you to everyone who helped with the Christmas Baskets.  We helped 75 families in need this year.  What a blessing to share God’s love this way!

 

Christmas Eve Service:  We will celebrate this holy season with our evening Christmas Eve worship service on December 24th at 8:00 p.m. We will have a special candlelight service. 

 

 “In him was life, and that life was the light of men”

John 1:4

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Christmas Program Cast

 Narrators: Kensey Harris and Josephine Mock

        Mary:  Jeanie Oldfather

Joseph:  Kyle Oldfather

Jesus:  Colin Oldfather

Donkey:  Logan Oldfather

Innkeeper:  Violet Fiers

Lead Shepherd: Kamryn Harris

Shepherd:  Mara Manecke

Shepherd:  Elliot Fiers

Shepherd:  Aiden Oldfather

Shepherd:  Sam Mortensen

 Shepherd: Jonathan Manecke

Shepherd: Elizabeth Dudek

Sheep:  Landyn Leech

Sheep:  Violet Fiers

Sheep:  Nathanial Dudek

Angel of the Lord:  Bodie Lambert

Angel:  Tristan Oldfather

Angel:  Jentry Mock

Angel:  Rachel Manecke

Tiny angels: Clara Crouch

Tiny Angels: Emma Manecke

Tiny Angel: Jason Manecke

Wiseman:  Julia Mock

Wiseman:  Josh Bradley

Wiseman:  Josh Tittle

 

   Wiseman 1: Addison Lambert

Wiseman 2: Kensey Harris

Wiseman 3: Gabby Lodico

   Wiseman’s friend: Kailyn Harris

Scribe 1:  Josephine Mock

Scribe 2:   Dylan Tucker