Worship on the Lord’s Day
Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Pageant
10:00 am, 18 December 2022
Online & Onsite (Mixed Presence) Gathering as a Worshipping Community
Led by the Rev Brad Childs
Music director: Binu Kapadia Vocalist: Kara Little
Elder: Gina Kottke
We gather to worship God
L: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
P: and also with you.
Welcome and announcements Silent preparation for worship
Call to Worship and Lighting of the Advent Candles
L: The light shines in the darkness,
P: We come to worship, seeking the love born among us in Christ Jesus.
L: Shine into our lives and your world this Advent.
P: Renew our trust in your undying love.
Opening praise: Hope is a star (119)
Pickup Pageant: Christmas Round the Back Door
Song: Round the Back Door
Luke 2:1-7 NT (NRSV/KJV)
Song: Once in royal David’s city (vss. 1&2 166
Luke 2:8-14 NT (NRSV/KJV)
Song: Angels we have heard (vss. 1&2 #147)
Luke 2:15-19 NT (NRSV/KJV)
Song: The first nowell (vss.1&2 #136)
The Magi (Wise Men)
Matthew 2:1-11 NT (NRSV/KJV)
Song: We three kings (vss. 1 & 5 #173)
Into this cruel world, God sent something so small and precious. God must love the smallest of the small. … Well, now, if God copmes round the back door, maybe that means I should make my back door the door for everyone!
*Song: Away in a manger (all verses) 149
Script created by Linnea Good, Bari Castle & Gary Paterson of Ryerson United Church, Vancouver BC, Canada Round the Back Door music and script are ©2001 Borealis Music , purchased by Dayspring PC.A version of the script (not quite identical to the script used by Dayspring) can be found at the following link. https://www.uua.org/worship/words/script/interactive-no-rehearsal-christmas-pageant
We respond to serve God
Reflection on giving: We have been giving faithfully since the beginning of the pandemic and we are committed to continuing the ministry and mission that define Dayspring – using the ways described below. Thank you all for your support of our shared vision and mission.
Prayer of gratitude and for others and ourselves
God, our Love and our Life, receive our gifts as seeds of gratitude for your gift to us in Christ Jesus. Bless these seeds with growth so that love will embrace people who feel lost and alone in this season, and places fearing they will be overlooked among so much need. Be their love and their life, through Christ our Lord.
Come, Christ Jesus, be a guest in our hearts and our homes this Christmas.
Enter our lives today with your blessing.
We are grateful for the wonder you bring into a world so full of complaint and criticism.
Draw near to us in friendship and faithfulness, so that in this season of celebration, we may know your presence and can sing with all your people.
Come, Christ Jesus, be our guide through the darkening days and the chill of winter.
Show us the way to wisdom and gratitude.
We are thankful for the kindness we know in friends and good neighbours, in warm houses and warm smiles.
Encourage us to reach out to those who need your embrace and ours, so that together we may sing of your presence.
Come, Christ Jesus, be our hope in the uncertain times in which we find ourselves.
Touch us with your healing and grace.
We remember before you those we know and those known to you alone who are living with loss or illness this season, those who face depression or discouragement, and any who will find it hard to be merry this year.
Shine the light of your courage and comfort into their lives so that we may sing together in your love:
Come, Christ Jesus, be our king and claim your rightful place in our hearts.
Our world is struggling for the justice and mercy you bring.
Draw near to all leaders and all citizens working for peace and justice.
Encourage honourable action and co-operation on all sides.
Give hope to people under oppression and those who live with fear or hunger day by day.
Hasten the day when the world’s peoples will live as neighbours, reconciled in your truth and freedom. Amen.
Song: Go, tell it on the mountain (133)
Sending out with God’s blessing
Go in love this day, to greet friend or enemy, neighbour or stranger with the warmth and wonder of Christ Jesus in your smile,
And may the all-forgiving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the all-inspiring love of God, and the all-embracing communion of the Holy Spirit be yours this day and in each day to come, now and evermore. Amen.
Response: Go Forth into the world
Numbers in brackets after a song/hymn indicate that it is from the 1997 Book of Praise of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. Those and other songs are being used in accordance with the specifications of Dayspring licensing with One Licence (3095377) and CLC (A735555).
The Rev. Brad Childs retains the copyright (© 2022) on all original material presented by him. As far as Brad Childs is aware, all of the material presented that has not been attributed to others is his own creation or is in the public domain. Unacknowledged use of copyrighted material is unintentional and will be corrected immediately upon notification being received