Welcome to Worship Connection 2020!

Newton, Kansas

Rev. Scott McGinnis, Pastor

 December 6, 2020

God's Welcome Home

PRELUDE  "Looking Toward the Manger"  ~ Helen Wild, Organist 

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120620 Prelude Looking Toward the Manger

LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT CANDLE  ~ Greg and Mary McGehee

Waiting is hard in a fast-paced society. We want the stoplight to change quickly, the grocery line to move fast, and Christmas morning to arrive soon. We forget that before good things happen, preparations must be made. Last week we lit the Prophecy candle and remembered those who first spoke the promise of the coming Christ child. The second candle on the Advent Wreath is called the Bethlehem candle. It is a symbol of the preparations being made to receive and cradle the Christ child. Two candles, burning bright, chasing away the darkness from light. Two candles, glowing light, The blessing of God, giving new sight.

 

Dear God, in this very busy season with so many things to do, help us to hear anew your voice calling us to prepare the way for our Lord and Savior Jesus. Call us to repentance. Live in us by your Spirit that our lives will produce good fruit to the praise and honor of your name. Amen.

CALL TO WORSHIP AND LORD’S PRAYER  

Come, let us worship God!

Our souls magnify the Lord!

Our spirits rejoice in God our Savior!

The mighty One has done great things for us! Holy is God's name!

Let us worship God.

For God is our Maker and our Redeemer; from generation to generation God gives mercy.

Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer  (Click link to listen then close song page to return)

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

HYMN  "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel"  PH #9  ~ Helen Wild, Organist 

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120620 O come O come Emmanuel

PRAYER OF CONFESSION & ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS

Restore us, O Lord, we pray. Bring us back to that place where shepherds met.

Take us back to the stable after hearing the angels sing.

Help us realize You did not send Your message to those in positions of power or authority but instead,

chose to share it with ordinary people.

Bring us back to that place of love, wonder and rejoicing Your Holy name.

Forgive us when we forget to live from that hope.  

Let us sing praises to our heavenly King.

Restore us, O Lord, we pray.

Amen 

CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE ~ Gloria Patri   Performed by Marie Engle, mezzo soprano, with Ken Rodgers, piano.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost!  As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be! 

World without end, Amen, Amen!

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CHILDREN'S MESSAGE  - Mary McGehee, Children & Youth Director

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SCRIPTURES~   

Luke 2:8-14 (MSG)

8-12 There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them.

They were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to

announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody,

worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior

who is Messiah and Master. This is what you’re to look for: a

baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger.”

 

13-14 At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir

singing God’s praises:

Glory to God in the heavenly heights,

Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.

 

Colossians 1:15, 19-20

15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over

all creation…

19-20 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and

through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on

earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood,

shed on the cross.

shepherds multitude of angels Luke 2.jpg
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Luke 2 (The Message)

MESSAGE 

Christmas Unwrapped ~ God's Welcome Home 

~  Rev. Scott McGinnis

Pastor Scott's printed sermon is available

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GOD’S TITHES AND OUR OFFERINGS

Please mail your offering to P.O. Box 249, Newton, KS  or if you would like to enroll in automatic withdraw, please send a voided check with the monthly amount to to care of Marsha Swander, FPC Teasurer.  Thank you for keeping your church in your thoughts and prayers.

 

DOXOLOGY  (Click link to listen then close song page to return)

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow; Praise Him,

all creatures here below; Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

 

HYMN  "While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks”   PH #58  ~ Helen Wild, Organist 

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120620 While Shepherds

BENEDICTION

May the Lord bless you and keep you; 

May the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; 

May the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.  Amen.

POSTLUDE   "Trumpet Tune in C"  -  Helen Wild Organist

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120620 Postlude

 Please share our service with your friends and neighbors!  God's blessings to everyone! 

 We are blessed with volunteers who can pick-up needed items,

transport you to appointments, etc. 

Please don't be afraid to ask for yourself, or someone you know.  Please call the church (316-283-0504),  Tricia's cell (316-282-2331) or Rojean's cell (316-772-8128) with any needs.

We are all God's children! 

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