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We invite you to join us this Christmas for this week's worship, with a special message of hope from our Senior Pastor, "The Story Continues." Our worship was especially created with the understanding that while some of our listeners may experience this holiday season as "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year," as the song goes, for others, it is the opposite, perhaps a very painful time. Whether you are one full of joy, sorrow, or a combination this season, this worship is for you.
Our worship features special scripture of prophecy, and includes the Christmas story from the Gospel of Luke, read by our leadership team. Additionally, we offer inspiring special music by the duo Dean Phelps and Twana Harris, with Christmas favorites we've created for you to sing along with, if you'd like. Beverly Heid provides the background music for our readings.
Today we also light the fourth advent candle, If you have one at home, you may like to light yours while you follow along in scripture and music.
Our worship also includes a time of communion (breaking of the bread)--for which we extend the invitation given by Jesus Christ to all who would come. If you would like to share with us in this time at the table that passes all boundaries of place, time, and walls, then we ask that you prepare a wafer, cracker, or bread and a drink, and we ask that our blessing will extend to where you are. If you are unable to eat or drink, use a symbolic gesture or mental symbols of joining with us. (Scroll down for an Order of Worship)
We hope you will join us for this short time of worship (30 minutes), and will be blessed by participating. Please tell friends, family, and others you know about our online church that is here with doors that never close, walls as wide as the world, and always room at the table.
If you would like to chat with one of our pastors, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact us using the contact information on our website, including our community, DisciplesNet City Cafe, found on our website
God bless you, and thank you for joining us!
ORDER OF WORSHIP:
1. Opening background music: "O Little Town of Bethlehem," played by Bev Heid
2. Hymn: "O Come, All Ye Faithful, Chalice Hymnal #148
3. Special Prayer: Rahul Nirmal
4. Scripture: Micah 5:2-5a (NRSV), read by Deb Phelps
5. Lighting the Advent Candle: "One Candle Is Lit," CH #128, v 1-4: Dean Phelps
6. Scripture: Luke 2:1-20, Bob Shaw, Susan McNeely, Audrey Borschel (NRSV),
7. Pastor's Prayer with Lord's Prayer: Rev. Anita Cobb
8 Song: "What Child is This," CH #162, sung by Dean Phelps & Twana Harris
9. Scripture: John 1:1-14, read by Deb Phelps
10. Message: "The Story Continues," Rev. Dr. Deb Phelps
11. Song: "Silent Night," CH #145, sung by Dean Phelps & Twana Harris
12. Moment of Sharing, Audrey Borschel
13. Communion: Rev. Russ Smith, Susan McNeely, with background music, "When God is a Child," played by Audrey Borschel
ASKING FOR HELP WITH THIS MINISTRY:
Much of our ministry has been funded by our leadership team out of their own pockets and donated time. However, we are growing beyond this and need help with expanding this ministry of crossing barriers and boundaries to share the good news of God's redeeming love. It is a bit tricky for us, because we do not pass a typical offering plate like would be found in churches. This means that we need your help all the more, in remembering DisciplesNet with your support and ideas.
This week we have two special opportunities to help. The first is to our regular offering, where we invite you to join us in building this innovative ministry of church without walls that is reaching around the world in exciting new ways.
Also, this week we take up a special collection for our Christmas offering.
On our website at wwww.disciplesnet.com, we have a Giving Tool to allow you to give online, through The City (you may give as a guest or as a regular member), or through our Paypal account.
Regular mail can be sent to our Post office address for donations:
PO Box 17935
Indianapolis, IN 46217
PARTICIPATING IN TODAY'S WORSHIP:
Message and Sending Out: Rev. Deborah Phelps
Special Prayer: Rahul Nirmal, from India
Scripture: Deb Phelps, Bob Shaw, Susan McNeely, Audrey Borschel
Pastor's Prayer with Lord's Prayer: Rev. Anita Cobb
Offering prayer: Rev. Audrey Borschel
Communion/Breaking Bread: Rev. Russ Smith and Susan McNeely
Instrumental background music:
"O Little Town of Bethlehem," by Lewis H. Redner, "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear," by Richard S. Willis, played by Beverly Carmichael Heid; "When God is a Child" by Joan Collier Fogg, played by Audrey Borschel
"O Come All Ye Faithful," (Adeste Fidelis), Chalice Hymnnal #148, written by John Wade, Frederick Oakeley, others, sung by Southport Christian Church congregation, #148 Chalice Hymnal
"One Candle is Lit" ("Come surely, Lord Jesus"), CH #128 by Mary Anne Parrott, 1988, © 1995 Chalice Press, sung by Dean Phelps.
"What Child is This?"CH #162, traditional English melody (Greensleeves), words by William Dix, sung by Dean Phelps and Twana A. Harris
"Silent Night," #145 CH, sung by Dean Phelps and Twana A. Harris, written by Franz Gruber, Joseph Mohr, John Young.
1 John 1:1-12
PRAYER: from Vanderbilt Lectionary website, reproduced from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers copyright © 2002 Consultation on Common Texts admin. Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission.
Video editing by Deb Phelps, Susan McNeely, Russ Smith
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