This worship service can be used for either Christmas Day or for the Sunday following.
Time passes strangely in this year. It's already time for Christmas, but we may not feel ready for it. In any case, like so many things, Christmas this year will be different. Pastor Amy speaks from the story of the magi visiting the Christ child in Matthew 2:1-12 to help us see that Christmas may be delayed; it may be different; but it will come and God will be with us.
Join us for 38 minutes of worship, prayer, scripture, a number of favorite hymns, and communion. 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 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 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: "We Three Kings" - Susan McNeely - hammered dulcimer
2. "We Three Kings - Blue Kings"
--- vocals: Sophia Poitier; mix and arrangement: Tosin Awofeso
--- (c)midastouchmedia.com - used with permission of the artists
3. Pastor's Prayer with Lord's Prayer: Pastor Russ
--- including "Keeper of My Bones" lament by Amy Grogan
4. "What Child is This" - Dean Phelps & Twana Harris
5. Jeremiah 31:15-17 read by Russ Smith
6. Message Pastor Amy
--- Including a reading of Matthew 2:1-12
7. "Precious Lord" - Dean Phelps & Twana Harris
8. Lighting of the Christ Candle - Deb & Dean Phelps
9. Communion: Elder Deb
10. "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" - Brian & Molly Wallen & Dean Phelps
--- from "Ten More Miles" (c) 2018 theWallens Music (used with permission of the artists)
11. Sending out: Pastor Amy
--- Credits - background music: -
--- "We Three Kings" - Susan McNeely - hammered dulcimer
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, 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 also extend the invitation for you to be part of the DisciplesNet ministry by giving a one-time gift, or ongoing, including a tithe. Even the smallest of gifts, like the mustard seed, has a way of growing in amazing ways to share God's word and the love of Jesus Christ. We have a giving page on our website, disciplesnet.org, and email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
God bless you, and thank you for joining us!