“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear” – 1 John 4:18
*Carol of Invocation: #180 “The First Noel”
*Unison Prayer of Invocation
Eternal God, as you led your people in ages past, you direct our journey into the future. We give you thanks that you came to us in Jesus Christ, and we eagerly await his coming again that his rule may be complete and your righteousness reign over all the world. Then we will feast at his royal banquet, and sing his praises with the choirs of heaven. By your Spirit, open our eyes to the generosity of your hand, and nurture our souls in all spiritual gifts. Fill us with gratitude overflowing that we may share life and love in praise to you, God of all the ages, in the gracious name of Jesus Christ, your Son, by the power of your Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen
*Carol: #203 “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks”
Christmas Story: Luke 2: 1-7 ^Pages 724-725
Lighting the Advent Wreath: the Webbs
Christmas Offering & Carol
Carol: #188 “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear”
The congregation may remain seated on vss 1-3, please stand on verse 4.
Old Testament Lesson: Genesis 3: 8-10 ^Page 2
Gospel Lesson: Luke 2: 8-15 ^Page 725
Scriptural Reflection: “What are you afraid of?”
*Carol of Response: #196 “O Little Town of Bethlehem”
Call to the Lord’s Table
Service of Candlelight
*Hymn: #206 “Silent Night, Holy Night”
Leader: Merciful and gracious God, we praise and thank you for your great love in sending Jesus into our life as a little child to lead us into peace with you, and peace with one another,
People: We praise you, O God.
Leader: Because Jesus was flesh and blood, subject to our temptations, knowing our fears and pain as our merciful and faithful friend and intercessor,
People: We give you thanks, O God.
Leader: That help may be given to the poor and needy, especially those in need of food and shelter, of companionship and love,
People: We pray to you, O God.
Leader: For Jesus’ gracious invitation to learn of God’s love, that we who are weary and heavy laden might find rest for our souls,
People: We praise your name, O God.
Leader: For the gladness and new hope you bring into our hearts because of the birth of your holy child Jesus.
People: We praise you, O God.
Leader: For Jesus’ call to us to hunger and thirst for righteousness, to make plain the road of justice and to offer the sacrifices of peacemakers,
People: We thank you, O God, and ask for the courage to walk in your way.
Leader: Grant, O God, that as Jesus was, so may we be in this world; that we may seek to serve as Jesus served, to love as Jesus loved, to the praise and glory of your great and holy Name.
*Carol of Consecration: “See Amid the Winter’s Snow” (insert)
*Please stand during these portions of the service, if you are able.
^Page numbers refer to blue pew Bibles.
Join Cherryville Baptist Church for a
Christmas Morning Family Worship at 11 AM
And come again on New Year’s Day
11 AM Communion Worship
No Sunday School on Christmas or New Year’s Day. We will resume with Breakfast Sunday on January 8th.
No Bible Study 12/27. We resume on January 3rd at 10 AM.
Please Note: All 2023 Budget Requests are due to the office by Monday, January 2nd, and all 2022 Year End Reports are due to Colleen by Monday, January 9th.
Our Annual Meeting is Sunday, January 29th, following a 10 AM Worship Service.
If you are visiting with us tonight, please take a moment to fill out a “Welcome Card” found in the narthex. Thank you!
Colleen’s Office Hours this Week: Friday in the office
Deb Szwed’s Office Hours: Monday 12:00 – 1:30 PM
Colleen’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Church Office Phone: 908-782-7831
Colleen’s Cell: 609-477-2789
Financial Secretary~ Sue Buckley: 908-391-6108
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