Christmas Pageant

Worship on the Lord’s Day
Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Pageant
10:00 am December 19, 2021
Online & Onsite (Mixed Presence) Gathering
as a Worshipping Community
Elder: Darlene Eerkes Music director: Binu Kapadia
vocalist: Linda Farrah-Basford
Worship Leaders: Vivian Hoag & Fionna McCrostie

We gather to worship God

Music prelude

Greeting
L: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you
P: and also with you

Welcome and announcements
Silent preparation for worship

Opening words
L: We are those who wait for the Lord.
P: We wait for a sign; we wait for a cure; we wait for peace.
L: In this season of Advent, we wait for God to come to us again.
P: We light candles in our waiting, to give us light, to warm us, to be a sign of welcome to the One who is coming to us again.

Opening praise: Hope is a star   vs 4
Love is a flame that burns in our heart.
Jesus has come and will never depart.
Refrain: When God is a child there’s joy in our song.
The last shall be first and the weak shall be strong,
and none shall be afraid.

Words: Brian A. Wren Music: Joan C Fogg © 1989 Hope Publishing Group For music and words. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE, License #A735555​. All rights reserved Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE

Call to worship
L: Love is a gift of God.
P: Love burns in our hearts.
L: Love is warmth in a world that is often bitter and cold.
P: In Jesus Christ, we receive God’s gift of love.
(The candle is lit.)
L: Let us pray:
P: Source of light, shine in our lives and in your world with your unending love. Through Jesus, in whose name we pray. Amen

Prayers of approach and lament
In this season of waiting, in this time of preparation, we long to draw closer to God, as a comfort and as our savior. So often, we get in our own way; we make choices that trip us up as we move toward God. So then, let us make our confession, first in silent prayer.

(silence)

Holy God, our hearts are breaking, and we don’t know whether to shout in rage or keep silent in fear. We take our rage and fear and regret and grief out on others, and we know that is wrong. We act selfishly; we consume and hoard and haggle, and we know that is not what you ask of us in this sacred time. Help us. Mend our hearts. Hear our voices. Comfort us in our grief, and open our hands so that we will share in our sorrow and joy, in our hope and despair. Come to us again, we pray, and make us ready to receive you. Amen.

Response: I waited, I waited on you, Lord (x2)
I waited, I waited on you, Lord
I waited, I waited on you, Lord
You bent down low and remembered me
When you heard my prayer

 Words: Psalm 40; Music: J. Bell; © WGRG 1987 Iona Community, GIA Publications Inc Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE, License #A735555​. All rights reserved. Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE

Assurance of God’s grace

Friends in Christ, hear this Good News! God could not love you any more than God loves you at this very moment. You are that beloved. So know that wrapped in that love is grace and forgiveness, and a call to go out into the world to love. Alleluia! Amen.

We listen for the voice of God

Song: Away in a manger (vs. 1 children only; vss. 2,3 adults join in)
Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
the little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head.
The stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay,
the little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.

The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes,
but little Lord Jesus no crying he makes.
I love you, Lord Jesus! Look down from the sky,
and stay by my side until morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask you to stay
close by me forever, and love me, I pray.
Bless all the dear children in your tender care,
and fit us for heaven to live with you there.

 Words:v.1&2, Little Children’s Book for School and Families c.1885, v.3 Gabriel’s Vineyard Songs 1892 © public domain. Music: William Kirkpatrick; harmony Eric Thiman © The United Reformed Church in the UK/Oxford University Press

Scripture readings                      
Psalm 33:20-22                        (NRSV)
Matthew 1:18-25                   NT(NRSV)

Response: My Lord, he is a’ comin’ soon
My Lord He is a comin soon,
Prepare ye the way of the Lord,
get everything ready for that day
prepare ye the way of the Lord.

Words and music: Laura Winnen and Jeff Cothran © Hope Publishing Company. Reprinted with permission under CCLI, License #3095377​. All rights reserved. Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from CCLI

Video: “Waiting for Christmas and Yakhal/Hope” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WYNBjJSYvE)

©BibleProject( author and owner of the video shared in this video)

Several Dayspringers reflect on their Waiting & Hope (edited video clips)

Special music: Waiting for Christmas (Composed by Sue Bleazard, public domain)

We respond to serve God

Prayer of waiting
[we] know how much hope you hold in your heart:
For yourself and for those you love.
For your neighbors and for our world.
Hope for health, for peace, for justice,
For a return to the glorious normal of our lives.
These hopes are good and holy
And also not the reality in which we live.
Not yet. And maybe not ever—in this life.
So under all of the good you hope for,
I pray you are grounded in the Good you hope in.
May you feel the solid ground of God beneath your feet
And root your true hope Your healing hope, Your life-giving hope,
Not in what you think humans might be able to accomplish,
But in who you know your God to be:
All-powerful Creator, All-loving incarnate One, Ever-present Guide and Shelter.
This is our Advent hope.
May you know it. Claim it. Cling to it. Amen.

Response: I waited, I waited on you, Lord
I waited, I waited on you, Lord. I waited, I waited on you, Lord
You bent down low and remembered me when you heard my prayer.

words: Psalm 40  music: J. Bell; © WGRG 1987 Iona Community, GIA Publications Inc. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE, License #A735555​. All rights reserved. Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE

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 various ways described on the screen and in Dayspring Weekly News. Thank you all for your support of our shared vision and mission. For those in the sanctuary, if you have offering envelopes with you, simply put them in the offering plate at the back of the sanctuary as you leave the service  today.

Transition: Be still and know that I am God

words and music: anonymous (public domain). arr. G. McCrostie

Song: That boy-child of Mary
Refrain: That boy child of Mary, was born in a stable,
a manger his cradle in Bethlehem.

What shall we call him, child of the manger?
What name is given in Bethlehem?         Refrain

His name is Jesus, God ever with us,
God given for us in Bethlehem.                Refrain

How can he save us, how can he help us,
born here among us in Bethlehem?          Refrain

Gift of the Father, to human mother,
makes him our brother of Bethlehem.       Refrain

One with the Father, he is our Saviour,
heaven sent helper of Bethlehem.            Refrain

Gladly we praise him, love and adore him,
give ourselves to him of Bethlehem.                Refrain

Words and Music: Tom Colvin ©1969 by Hope Publishing Co. Reprinted with permission under CCLI, License #3095377​.

All rights reserved. Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from CCLI

Sending out with God’s blessing
Go into the world with assurance, hope and promise:
the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ rest upon you – and even unsettle you;
the love of God, creator and giver of life, embrace you – and even confront you; and the presence of the Holy Spirit encourage you – and surprise you, this day and all your days. Amen

Response: Gloria in excelsis Deo
Gloria, in excelsis Deo
Gloria, in excelsis Deo
Excerpt from Angels we have heard on high. Words: Luke 2:6-20; traditional French carol © public domain. Music: traditional; arrangement; Martin Shaw from Oxford Book of Carols © Oxford University Press, 1928

Music postlude

“Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting” – Joyce Meyer


As far as we know, all copyrighted material used in this service has been acknowledged. Any errors or omissions will be corrected immediately upon notification.

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