Hello Union Church Presbyterians,
Worship this Sunday, December 19 will be in-person and streamed on YouTube to view at home. We will share prayers, songs, and reflections.
HOW TO VIEW ON YOUTUBE: YouTube broadcast will begin at 10:25 am.
For ALL devices: https://www.youtube.com/user/NewburghPresby
ORDER OF WORSHIP
Union Church, Newburgh NY
December 19, 2021 10:30 am
FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT
POINSETTIAS: If you purchased poinsettias and would like to take your poinsettias home before Christmas, please do so today. Any remaining poinsettias can be taken home after worship Sunday, Dec. 26.
USHERS today are Theresa Cotanche and volunteer
Ushers still needed for Christmas Eve service. If you would like to usher, contact Dan Olson.
FELLOWSHIP TIME HOSTS today are Dan and Karen Olson
Hosting can be simple. Host with a friend! Signup chart in the Fellowship Hall.
ADVENT donation envelopes available in the back of the sanctuary. Proceeds will support the Deacons.
THE JOSHUA TREE this year will once again provide Food Pantry recipients with personal items that will free up cash for them to buy gifts for their families. The ornaments gifts include dish soap, liquid hand soap, toothpaste, laundry detergent, bags of candy and boxes of cookies. Please return the ornament with the donation so the Deacons can keep track of ornaments left to be returned.
LIVING NATIVITY with live animals is TODAY from 5-6:30PM in front of the church.
THANK YOU to William A Smith & Sons Insurance for sponsoring.
CHRISTMAS EVE service with Communion Friday, Dec 24 at 5PM. This is a brief service. This service will be live streamed and available to view afterwards on the church YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/NewburghPresby
FOOD PANTRY: NEXT OPEN Monday, Dec 20 and Wednesday, Dec 22 from 9:30-11:30 am. Serving LOTS of people! If you would like to help, contact Kathy or Debby.
CLOTHES CLOSET needs winter clothes for adults and children.
ORDER OF WORSHIP
**Kindly stand if you are able
PRELUDE Angels We Have Heard on High Stelling Family Ringers
LIGHTING THE ADVENT CANDLE
Fred Stelling and Nancy Miller, with Myles, Lindsay, and Heather
CALL TO WORSHIP (adapted from Psalm 80)
Leader: Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock! You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth PEOPLE: Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved. Leader: God of hosts, how long will you be angry with your people's prayers?
PEOPLE: You have fed them with the bread of tears, and given them tears to drink in full measure. ALL: Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.
MESSAGE FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES
**OPENING HYMN What Child Is This? RED #150
CALL TO CONFESSION
In the final week of our great anticipation, we welcome the birth of Jesus, but still, we need to be mindful of our imperfect nature and how should remain as humble as the shepherds. Let us confess our sins together.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Dearest God of compassion, you send forth your spirit, yet we ignore your counsel. We sing of peace on earth yet live in divided times of hostility. Angels herald good tidings yet we commit sinful deeds. Forgive us our deliberate and indirect misuse of your graciousness and make us worthy to receive Christ in our lives.
(a moment for silent personal confession)
ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS
As we turn to God with contrite hearts, Christ intercedes on our behalf. And with that assurance we know that in Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Amen.
**PASSING OF THE PEACE
**APOSTLES CREED (Traditional)
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ
his only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried. He descended into hell.
The third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, And sitteth on
the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence he shall come to judge the
quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, The Holy catholic Church, the
Communion of Saints; The Forgiveness of sins; The Resurrection of the body, and the
Life everlasting. Amen.
**HYMN OF PRAISE The King of Glory Comes RED #134
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
God, source of all light, by your Word you give light to the soul. Pour out on us the spirit of wisdom and understanding that our hearts and minds may be opened. Amen.
OLD TESTAMENT Micah 5: 2-5a. Cathy McCarty
NEW TESTAMENT Hebrews 10: 5-10
GOSPEL Luke 1: 39-45
SERMON Announcing John Redman, CRE
PRAYER FOR THE PEOPLE & LORD’S PRAYER
Gracious God, keep in our hearts all those whose names you already know and who ask for healing in their own quiet ways, and let us join to pray as Jesus taught us, saying:
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.
OUR TITHES AND OFFERINGS
Let us all consider what we have been blessed with and how we can best share it with those in greater need, even as we gift our church for its greater work to the Glory of God and the undying love of Jesus.
OFFERTORY A Christmas Lullaby Stelling Family Ringers
PRAYER OF THANKS
Gracious God, accept our gifts in tribute, they be put to good and purposeful use in assisting those in greater need even as we seek to serve you and our community and the greater world. This we gratefully pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.
**HYMN OF PARTING Hark! the Herald Angels Sing RED #171
May the road rise up to meet you and the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand. Amen.
POSTLUDE Tidings of joy Johann Sebastian Bach
INVITATION TO FELLOWSHIP TIME
John Redman, CRE
Mobile: (914) 474-0722
44 Balmville Rd, Newburgh NY 12550
Phone: (845) 562-0954 Fax: (845) 562-0955