Quiet Christmas
Broadway Christian Church · Columbia, Missouri
The Worship of God · December 27, 2015
The First Sunday of Christmastide
Quiet Christmas
 
Litany
Based on John 3
 
God sent Jesus into the world that everyone who believes in him will not perish,
but have eternal life.
For God so loved the world!
The people, who walked in darkness, have seen a great light.
For God so loved the world!
Let us pray:
Author of Love, we come to the light and do what is true!
In all things, let your love shine through, for God so loved the world. Amen.
 
See within a manger laid, Christ, whom choirs of angels praise;
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid, while our hearts in love we raise.
Gloria in excelsis Deo! Gloria in excelsis Deo!
 
Pastoral Prayer
Tim Carson
 
Now, in the depths of this day, we receive the gift of your presence, which is always here, but now our hearts are open, our eyes are open, and the time of waiting is gone. So, come in, Lord Jesus, into this holy space for it belongs to you. We give to you the best of rooms, the best of all – the heart.
 
For those, who are in lonely corners of life, we ask you bring special visitation. For those, who are hurting, and those who have lost, those who long, be with them and give them the deepest longings of their hearts.
 
Send us forth into this good time, renewed as your children, so that we might be the light that you have been to us.
 
Now, we join in the prayer our Lord taught us, saying…
 
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. They will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
 
The Scripture
I Corinthians 13:4-8
 
Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
 
Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end.
 
This is the Word of the Lord for us today.
Thanks be to God.
 
Proclaiming the Good News
A Story for Christmas
The Velveteen Rabbit
as told by
Terry Overfelt
Original Story by Margery Williams
 
In keeping with a long tradition at Broadway Christian Church, on the First Sunday of Christmastide, a story is shared that proclaims the timeless truths of the Christmas experience. Terry continued the tradition, as she shared her beautiful telling of this timeless story about a stuffed rabbit that learns what it means to be real.
 
The Benediction
Terry Overfelt
 
We know that God has not only made us real, by God’s love, and we make one another real by loving each other. The third way we are made real is that we carry God with us into the garden, into the woods, and by the blackberries. We carry God with us everywhere, and in doing so, we make God real to everyone in our circle of reference. May it be so.
 
“Go in peace; go in kindness; go in love; go in faith. Leave the day, the day behind us. Day is done. Go in grace. Let us go into the dark, not afraid, not alone. Let us hope, by some good pleasure, safely to arrive at home. Let us hope, by some good pleasure, safely to arrive at home.”*
 
Go now, in peace, to love and serve the Lord. Amen
 
*From “Go in Peace,” by Sam Baker, (Sesac Bluelimestone) © 2013.

 

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