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Welcome to DisciplesNet Church, an online church with walls as wide as the world, doors that are always open, and always room at the table.
We invite you to join us for this special Christmas worship, made especially for persons who are feeling blue for some reasons during the Christmas season. We welcome all who are sad, mourning loss, in pain, depressed, lonely, or any other reason that brings you here. You don't need to have a reason to come here: all are welcome without exception.
You won't want to miss the special story here about Unni the lost shepherd, shared by Minister Amy Grogan. Also in this worship, just over 30 minutes, we'll have a time of prayer and lighting candles, in singing some quiet Christmas songs, hearing the Christmas story, and at the end of worship, sharing in communion together.
If you would like to share in communion physically, please make ready a piece of bread or similar food and some type of drink (we use grape juice, but other liquids including wine and water will work). These represent the broken body and the blood of Jesus Christ given on our behalf.
Also, if you would like to join us in lighting a candle for Christmas, we will have a chance to do that after communion as our time together comes to a close.
We hope that as you join us for worship you will feel a blessing from being here. Please help us spread the word about DisciplesNet Church, especially to those who are not able to attend a physical church.
ORDER OF WORSHIP:
1. Opening background music
"When God is a Child, "O Come All Ye Faithful," Dean Phelps
2. Welcome: Deb Phelps
3. Lighting Candles, Prayer: Candles of hope, courage, memories, love, and the Christ candles. Readers: Amy Grogan, Russ Smith, Audrey Borschel, Deb Phelps, Bob Shaw, Amy Grogan
4. Song: Silent Night," Chalice Hymnal #145, sung by Dean Phelps, Twana Harris
5. Prayer: Russ Smith
6. Scripture: Luke 2: 1-20 (NRSV), Bob Shaw, Janet Spaulding, Audrey Borschel
7. Message: "The Lost Shepherd," Amy Grogan
8. Hymn: "When God is a Child," CH #132, sung by DisciplesNet singers
8. Communion: Bob Shaw
9. Communion song: "Silent Night," guitar Dean Phelps
10. Sending Out: singing Silent Night
Please consider helping DisciplesNet grow:
DisciplesNet Church is a not-for-profit church online especially built to connect with persons who are not able to worship at a physical church, or who like connecting with worship online.
WWe rely on the gifts of our online viewers as we continue to grow and extend our nets around the world. Such gifts by caring individuals and church groups have made it possible to share today's worship with you.
We extend the invitation to be part of the DisciplesNet ministry by giving either a one-time, or an ongoing gift. Even the smallest of gifts, like the mustard seed, have a way of growing in amazing ways to share God's word and the love of Jesus Christ.
Find the Giving tab on our website: disciplesnet.org.
Our send to the physical mailing address:
PO Box 17935
Indianapolis, IN 46217
Our emailing address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
God bless you, and thank you for joining us!
Video editing by Deb Phelps, Russ Smith, Susan McNeely