Words for Worship (w/ Communion) – 1/3/21
We’ll gather this Sunday at 9:30am to celebrate a new year and join together for a celebration of the Lord’s Supper. It promises to be a festive occasion! You can join us in person (with a mask), but as we continue to see a rise in cases on the island, we’re recommending that people worship with us online. You can find the words we’ll be using below or download and print a copy here.
Prelude Joy to the World/For Unto Us a Child is Born
Call to Worship – Proverbs 2:1-11
My child, if you accept my words
and treasure up my commandments within you,
making your ear attentive to wisdom
and inclining your heart to understanding;
if you indeed cry out for insight,
and raise your voice for understanding;
if you seek it like silver,
and search for it as for hidden treasures—
then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and find the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;
he stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
he is a shield to those who walk blamelessly,
guarding the paths of justice
and preserving the way of his faithful ones.
Then you will understand righteousness and justice
and equity, every good path;
for wisdom will come into your heart,
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
prudence will watch over you;
and understanding will guard you.
Song – Joy To the World #92
Prayer of Confession
Most High and holy God, we have gained knowledge through the generations. We have increased in our intelligence throughout our lives. But, who among us is truly wise? What is wisdom? Where can we find it? We confess to being wise in our own eyes. We confess to twisting your wisdom to fit our own wills. We must confess that there are moments when your wisdom seems foolish to us. Bless us with your Holy Spirit so that we can grow in the mind of Christ. Renew our minds so that, like Christ, we too can increase in divine and human favor. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers.
Song – Once In Royal David’s City #87
Words of Assurance
Do not let loyalty and faithfulness forsake you; bind them round your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.
So you will find favour and good repute in the sight of God and of people.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
It will be a healing for your flesh and a refreshment for your body.
Anthem – There’s A New Song a Ringin’
Scripture – Luke 2:39-52
When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favour of God was upon him.
Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival. When the festival was ended and they started to return, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. Assuming that he was in the group of travellers, they went a day’s journey. Then they started to look for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, ‘Child, why have you treated us like this? Look, your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety.’ He said to them, ‘Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?’ But they did not understand what he said to them. Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart.
And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favour.
Song – Good Christian Friends, Rejoice! #98
Celebration of the Lord’s Supper
CELEBRATION OF THE LORD’S SUPPER
The Lord be with you.
AND ALSO WITH YOU.
Lift up your hearts.
WE LIFT THEM TO THE LORD.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
IT IS RIGHT TO GIVE OUR THANKS AND PRAISE.
O Holy God… we lift our hearts in joyful praise:
HOLY, HOLY, HOLY LORD, GOD OF POWER AND MIGHT, HEAVEN AND EARTH ARE FULL OF YOUR GLORY. HOSANNA IN THE HIGHEST. BLESSED IS THE ONE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD, HOSANNA IN THE HIGHEST.
We praise you… until we feast together in your eternal Kingdom
THROUGH CHRIST, WITH CHRIST, IN CHRIST, IN THE UNITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, ALL GLORY AND HONOR ARE YOURS, ALMIGHTY GOD, NOW AND FOREVER. AMEN
Prayers w/ Lord’s Prayer
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.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen.
Offertory – As With Gladness Men of Old
Sending Song – Go, Tell It On the Mountain #93