This Sunday

December 17, 2017

3rd Sunday of Advent

"Make Room for Giving"

Matthew 2:1-11 (NIV)

The Magi Visit the Messiah

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod,Magi[a] from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:

“‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
    are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
    who will shepherd my people Israel.’[b]

Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

9:30 a.m. Traditional Worship - Front Street Sanctuary



INTROIT:  "Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates!"

Celebration Singers

PRELUDE:  "Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus" - arr. Smith

HYMN:  #46 - "On This Day Earth Shall Ring"

SPECIAL MUSIC:  "For Unto Us a Child is Born" - G. F. Handel

(from the "Messiah")

Celebration Singers 

OFFERTORY:  "Midnight Noel" - arr. Hayes

(Soloist:  Luke Wielgos, Choral Scholar)

HYMN:  #40 - "Joy to the World!"

POSTLUDE:  "In Dulci Jublio" - J. S. Bach

("Good  Christian Friends, Rejoice")


10:45 a.m. Praise Service in the Court St. sanctuary 

Court St. sanctuary

 (Sunday school is offered for preschoolers through 8th graders. Preschool and elementary classes begin at 10:45. The middle school students will be invited to go to class during the welcome in the praise service.)                                                  

Opening Praise:

"Angels From the Realms of Glory/Emmanuel"

"O Come All Ye Faithful"

"We Have a Savior"

Advent Reading/Candle Lighting:  The Everette Family

Special Music:

"Adore"  Brittney Rudisell

Closing Praise: