"A tiny baby, lying in a manger……" is the image we see of Jesus so much this time of year. And in worship this week, the first Sunday after Christmas Day, we celebrate the birth of Christ. We'll sing some of our favorite Christmas hymns and more. Yet Pastor Bob Shaw reminds us, in message based upon Luke 2:41-52, that we cannot leave Jesus in the manger. He became a man and we need to let Jesus do that very thing in our minds and hearts. Our prayer is that this worship will be meaningful to you, with a chance to celebrate the birth of Christ as we grow into followers of Christ.
Worship this week is 28 minutes, with hymns, prayer, scripture--and as with every week, a time of communion (breaking of the bread) where you may choose to participate, or simply meditate as we tell of Jesus' invitation to "do this in remembrance of me."
If you would like to share with us at the table that goes beyond all earthly boundaries of time, place, and structure, we ask that you prepare a piece of bread of some type and a drink, such as grape juice, wine, or water. As we pray, our prayers are given to extend to where you are If you are unable to eat or drink, you may want to use a symbolic gesture or mental symbol as you come together at this table of remembrance with us. (Scroll down for an Order of Worship)
We hope that as you join us for worship you will feel a blessing from being part. Please tell friends, family, and others you know about our online church that is here with doors that are always open, walls as wide as the world, and always room at the table.
ORDER OF WORSHIP:
1. Opening music, “What Child is This?" Dean Phelps, guitar
2. Welcome: Russ Smith
3. Opening hymns: “One Candle is Lit”, v. 5,
"O Come, All Ye Faithful," "Joy to the World"
4. Prayer with Lord's Prayer: Deb Phelps, with "Infant Holy, Infant Lowly" background
5. Song: “What Child is This," Twana Harris, Dean Phelps
6. Scripture: Luke:2-41-52 (NRSV), Janet Spaulding
7. Message: "Let the Child Grow" Bob Shaw
8. Hymn: "Mary, Did You Know?" Dean Phelps
9: Communion: Susan McNeely
10.Hymn: "Angels We Have Heard on High"
11.Benediction: Bob Shaw
If you would like to chat with one of our pastors, including talking more about belief in God, becoming a Christian or following Christ, or living as a disciple of Christ, please email us at email@example.com, or contact us using the contact information on our website, www.disciplesnet.org, or our Facebook page, DisciplesNet Church.
Invitation to Giving:
DisciplesNet Church is a not-for-profit church that exists to cross barriers and boundaries to share the Good News of God's redeeming love. We rely on the gifts of our online viewers as we continue to grow and extend our nets around the world.
We have a giving page on our website, disciplesnet.org. And emailing address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
We also have a way of recognizing gifts in honor or memory of some person or event special to you. On our Giving Page, we have a special place to designate memorial gifts and we will send recognition of the gift to the giver or someone else whom you designate.
Please share this video around if you'd like. Hope to see you back next week. God bless you, and thank you for joining us!
Video editing by Deb Phelps, Russ Smith, Susan McNeely