Call to Worship
(Psalm 148:1-2, 13-14 NRSV)
Praise the LORD from the heavens;
praise him in the heights!
Praise him, all his angels;
praise him, all his host!
Let them praise the name of the LORD,
for his name alone is exalted;
his glory is above earth and heaven.
He has raised up a horn for his people,
praise for all his faithful,
for the people of Israel
who are close to him.
Praise the LORD!"
Please stand, "Good Christian friends, rejoice!"
# 210 in your hymnal
"Good" ... "Christian" ... "friends"
... do we really fit that billing, O Lord. So often we fall flat
on our faces when it comes to being who you created us to be. We
lag behind, all of us, when it comes to following your Son. Too
easily we lose track of the "seventy times seven" ways
of forgiving. "Turning the other check," and "going
the second mile" become dim memories of something called
"friendship." Have mercy, O God, for our "heart and
soul" lag behind our "voice" when it comes to
praise and joy.
Thank you for the precious gift you have placed into our lives, a
birth we celebrated not all that long ago. Help us to orient
ourselves in such a way that every morning we can say,
"Christ is born today!" Not just two thousand years ago.
Not just two weeks ago. But today, January 7th, 2001.
Not just in the ancient nearest land of Israel. Not just beneath a
Christmas tree. But here in this place. Not just to Joseph and
Mary and their "tribe." Not just to "tiny tots with
their eyes all aglow." But to us, to me... "Christ is
This is the day. We open the door to your knock, our Savior.
our Tithes and Offerings
As the ushers come forward to receive our tithes and offerings,
use the time to continue reflecting on the past year, writing down
further thoughts you have, "Remembering this Moment in
Time." May God be glorified in both the works of our hands
and the meditations of our hearts and minds.
While no pen can adequately describe your gift, O Lord, and no
offering on our part be able to return to you our gratitude - even
so, thank you. Simply: thank you! In Jesus’ name. Amen.