Worshiping Together in Different Places–An online worship experience on the 1st Sunday of Christmas (B)

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Scriptural Reflection

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Welcome to Worship on Sunday, December 27, 2020.

During this time of worship you may wish to have a candle to light and to have bread and a beverage for communion — whatever you have available will be sufficient.

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Gathering Song          Good Christian Friends Rejoice        Runa

“Good Christian men rejoice
With heart and soul and voice!
Give ye heed to what we say
Jesus Christ is born today!

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Acknowledgement of Land

(An act towards reconciliation)

For thousands of years, First Nations people have walked on this land; their relationship with the land is at the center of their lives and spirituality.  We are gathered on the traditional territory of the Coastal Salish and Puyallup people, and we acknowledge their stewardship of this land throughout the ages.

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GATHERING & EXPLORING

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Seasonal Reflection         A Christmas Message        Gen. Min. & Pres. Terri Hord Owens

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Set apart your worship space by lighting a candle along with the video clip.  The light of the candle symbolizes the presence of the Holy wherever we are.

You can find all of the lectionary readings for Sunday, December 27, 2020 here: https://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/texts.php?id=55

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Welcome · Community Candle · Scripture · Moment of Wonder · Sermon

Watch the Small But Mighty Storytime – Counting on Community video in its entirety to see a special activity you can do at home.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sS9LKHpEfm0

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AFFIRMING

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Song for Reflections and Offering        How Great Our Joy by Hugo Jüngst

“There shall be born, so he did say,
in Bethlehem a child today
How great our joy!
Joy, joy, joy!”

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Offering

There are a number of ways to contribute financially when we are unable to attend worship in person:

• Make a one-time donation or manage ongoing, automatic giving on our secure website page: https://fccpuyallup.com/donate

• Use our mobile app to set up one-time or ongoing giving from your phone. Download the GivePlus app from the App Store or Google Play to your smartphone and then search for “First Christian Church” using our zip code, 98371.

• Send checks by mail to: First Christian Church, 623 9th Ave. SW, P.O. Box 516, Puyallup, WA  98371

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CELEBRATING & BLESSING

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Prayers of the People        Praying at the end of a year        adapted, Carol Penner

Creator of this year, and every year,
thank you for the changeable gift of time.
Some years slip through our fingers like too many beads to hold,
beautiful memories bouncing every which way.
Other years are like burrs in our hair, unwanted, uncomfortable,
and really hard to shake off.

Thank you, Lord, for all of it.

We stand at this threshold of the old and the new,
hoping for a good year.
We all want health and peace in our time,
we want safety for loved ones,
food on the table every day and clean fresh water.
For gifts we have received this past year,
we give you thanks and praise.
Thank you in advance for the gifts you will give us
that we don’t really want.
For the ability to survive violence,
for the perseverance to endure sickness,
for the strength to not return evil when evil is done to us.

Thank you, Lord, for all of it.

Thank you that you will bring beauty to us
even when we don’t look,
you will provide good paths to take
that we will likely disregard.
Thank you that in spite of our failings,
you never fail us.
We long to follow in the footsteps of Jesus this year,
and we trust that you will be our coach,
whispering encouragement, nudging us when we need nudging.
Help us to be the generous, gracious people you created us to be,
living in communities that are welcoming
and brimming with good news for all.

Thank you, Lord, for all of it.

Finally, we pray for this good earth.
As it takes another trip around the sun,
in your mercy protect it from our excesses,
and teach us how to live gently, walk humbly
and love the earth deeply every day of the year ahead.

In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

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During this video clip you are invited to share the elements of communion which you have set aside for this worship time.  Bread, crackers, juice, wine, or water–all are signs of Christ’s abiding presence with us.

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Communion

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Closing Benediction        New Year’s Benediction        Carol Penner

May the God who gave us this year
and the Savior who walked at our side each day
and the Spirit who filled us with life abundant,
grace the coming year with peace and hope and joy,
Amen.

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Closing Song          Go Tell It on the Mountain        Sarah Jarosz

“Go tell it on the mountain
Over the hills and everywhere
Go tell it on the mountain
That Jesus Christ is born!

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Guest Preacher: Rev. Karen Ferguson; Elders: Karrin Lewis & Kelli Kays; Scripture: Robin Crabb; Moment of Wonder: Gretchen Mertes

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