06C – Christmas 1C

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CALL TO WORSHIP  (Psalm 148:1-6)
Praise the LORD from the heavens, and in the high places;
all you great cloud of witnesses, praise the LORD.
Sun and moon, and star strewn cosmos;  
edges of the universe, and echoes of creation,  
praise the LORD! 
Praise the name of the LORD,
who commanded and they were created;
who set them in place for ever and ever;
who gave them order which will never fade away. 

PRAYER OF ADORATION  (Psalm 148:7-14)
Praise the LORD, from the earth,
all sea-creatures and ocean depths;
fire and hail, snow and smoke;
stormy wind, working the word of the LORD;
mountains, and hills;
fruit trees and cedars, all of you;
wild animals, cattle, reptiles and birds on the wing;
kings of the earth, and all peoples,
leaders, and all judges of the earth;
young men — and young women too;
old, and young.

Let them praise the name of the LORD —
because it is raised up above everything;
the LORD, whose majesty is over the earth and heavens;
who has raised up a horn,
to the glory of all receiving the steadfast love of the LORD.
Praise the LORD!

We bring our gifts and our lives, O God,
in thanks and hope.
Let your Spirit dwell richly in us
that in word or deed
our giving may bring joy to the sorrowing,
peace to the despondent,
comfort to the lonely;
in Jesus’ name. Amen.

For use in worship, with acknowledgement. © Jeff Shrowder 2000, 2012.

(A prayer to gather the spoken and silent concerns/joys/thanks expressed by the congregation and lead into a more structured Intercession with connection to the lections for the day. Sometimes this prayer borrows lightly from other sources e.g. Uniting in Worship 2 or publications of the Iona Community.)
God whose love is known
in so mant ways throughout the world,
hear our prayer
for those whom we name on our lips
and in our silence:
those whose troubles are known only to you;
and those who have no-one …
In Jesus’ name we pray….
      (The Prayers of the People continue)

Click here for some ideas for worship in Advent and Christmas gleaned from the pages of “On the Move” (now out of print), published by the Joint Board of Christian Education, Melbourne, Australia.

Looking for contemporary music and song resources?
Try David MacGregor’s Together to Celebrate
Or metrical psalms? Try Dale A. Schoening’s Sing the Psalms

Child in the manger TIS 319
How lovely is your dwelling TIS 44
Lord, bid your servant go in peace TIS 324
On Christmas night all Christians sing TIS 300
Praise our God, the great creator TIS 165
The people that in darkness walked TIS 274
1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26
Lord of all hopefulness TIS 613
Our God, we know your providence TIS l69
Safe in the shadow of the Lord TIS 644
Psalm 148
All creatures of our God and King TIS 100
All things praise you, Lord most high TIS 148
Come, O God of all the earth TIS 181
Glory to God above! Heavens declare his love TIS 94
Glory to God on high TIS 221
Let all creation cry TIS 187
When God almighty came to be one of us TIS 281
Colossians 3:12-17
Christ, from whom all blessings flow TIS 440
Forgive our sins as we forgive TIS 635
God is our song, and every singer blest TIS 646
God, you are clothed with light TIS l93
Help us accept each other TIS 648
I come with joy to meet my Lord TIS 533
I know that my Redeemer TIS 202
In praise of God meet duty and delight TIS 471
Jesus calls us here to meet him TIS 477
Jesus, my Lord, let me be near you TIS 656
Joyful, joyful, we adore you TIS 152
Peace with the Father, TIS 466
Sent forth by God’s blessing TIS 531
Thank you for giving me the morning TIS 162
When love is found and hope comes home TIS 654
While morning still is breaking TIS 104
Luke 2:41-52
God beyond glory, gracious and holy TIS 678
Infant holy, infant lowly TIS 292
Lord Jesus, once a child TIS 490
Unto us a boy is born TIS 293

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