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  • John T. Redman, CRE

December 27 Worship

Hello Union Church Presbyterians,

Worship this Sunday, December 27 will be hosted on Zoom. We will share prayers and reflections.


For computers:

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For smartphones and tablets, download and install the Zoom app.

If prompted: Click “JOIN Meeting” and enter:

Meeting ID: 938 7105 7450 Passcode: KINWED

FACEBOOKLIVE: Click on the church Facebook page

The Zoom meeting will open at 10:15 am to allow folks to connect and greet each other. If you have a camera, you will have the option to share your face and smile—be prepared. You can also have a cup of your favorite morning beverage at hand.

The worship will include familiar elements (although recorded rather than live) as well as live leadership of prayers, scripture reading, and the sermon.


Union Church, Newburgh NY

December 27, 2020 10:30 am


We are glad that you are joining us today and hope you feel God’s blessings. If you do not have a church home, we sincerely invite you to be a part of the Union Church fellowship.


Food Pantry operates every other week. Next: Mon. Jan 4 and Wed. Jan 6 from 9:30-11:30 am. Serving LOTS of people! If you would like to help, contact Kathy or Debby.

Pledge Update: As of Dec. 20, we have received 31 pledges (3 new) for 2021 in the amount of $85,530. Last year at this time, we received 40 pledges in the amount of $87,859.

VIRTUAL Coffee Hour: Begins immediately after worship. If you have joined worship on Zoom you don’t need to do anything more. If you are joining us for fellowship time only use mobile phone or computer video. Check email or website for access instructions.

Choral Music will precede the worship service beginning at 9:45 as people ‘tune in’ to the zoom service.




One: In our looking into 2021,

All: may the God of hope be with us.

One: In our lamenting the losses of 2020,

All: may the God of peace be with us.

One: In our celebrations of Christmas,

All: may the God of joy be with us.

One: In our caring for the world,

All: may the God of love be with us.

One: In our living of life in all its fullness,

All: may we know that God is with us.


Praise God, sun and moon, praise God, ozone and atmosphere.

Praise God, you seas and ice sheets, praise God, rivers and glaciers.

Let them praise the Creator, who gives and sustains life, shaping the laws of physics,

sparking life in all its fullness.

Praise God from the earth, islands and mountains, fields and caves.

Praise God, you sea monsters and all deeps, cod and haddock, dolphins and plankton.

Praise God, you inns and mangers, sheep and goats, little donkeys, camels and songbirds, creeping things and flying insects.

Praise God, viruses and vaccines, steroids and sanitizers.

Praise God, ventilators and face coverings, volunteer lists and blessing boxes.

Praise God, wise and foolish ones, rich and poor, welcomed and excluded.

Praise God, old and young, faithful and uncertain ones.

Let them praise the God of all, God with us, revealed to us in surprising places and familiar stories.

Let us praise God, with thanks for creation whose praise we join; with thanks for life

whose fullness we live; with thanks for love whose story we hear at Christmas.

Let us praise God with thanks. Praise the Lord! Amen.

CAROL Hark! The Herald Angels Sing


At this time of year, Christmas itself can distract us from its purpose and its source in God. At a time of looking back we will have regrets. In looking forward we may find it hard to see God at work. It can be hard to be faithful as Simeon and Anna were, year after year. God of all, all creation is invited to praise You, giving thanks to our Creator. Yet we struggle to be grateful when we see loss, fear, and destruction in the world. We struggle to praise when we are afraid to look at ourselves before You. We struggle to turn to You when we are distracted by this season.


We celebrate the birth of the Christ Child, Son of God. The word made flesh who lived and taught to bring forgiveness and acceptance into the Kingdom of God. Because of his birth, in light of our faith, we are forgiven. Amen.


James Phillips, Elder

Dan Olson, Elder

Mary Whidden, Elder/Co-Clerk

Nancy Thomas, Elder

Gayle McKenzie, Deacon


You can support the work of Union Church by mailing donations to 44 Balmville Rd, Newburgh, NY 12550 or visit to donate online.


CAROL Joy to the World!

SCRIPTURES Luke 2:8-20

In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So, they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

CANTATA What Child is This? Union Church Choir

Joel Raney

Sing Gloria, Sing!

Sing Gloria, Sing in excelsis deo

Ding Dong merrily on high in heaven

The bells are ringing

Verily the sky is riven

With angel singing

Good Christian friends rejoice

With heart and soul and voice

Somebody Build a Manger

Down in Bethlehem

The king is on his way

Somebody build a stable!

Because an angel told me

The king is on his way

Someone fill the lantern

Someone light the way

Someone find a stable

Where Emmanuel can stay

Someone make him welcome

Someone ring a bell

Spread the tidings

Share the joy

Somebody go and tell everybody

What Child is This?

What child is this who laid to rest

On Mary’s lap is sleeping

Whom angels greet with anthems sweet

This, this is Christ the king

Haste, haste to bring him laud, the baby, the Son of Mary

Good Christians fear for sinners here silent word is pleading

Calypso Carol

See him lying in a bed of straw

A drafty stable with open door

Mary cradling the baby she bore,

The Prince of Glory is his name

O carry me now to Bethlehem

To see the Lord of love again

Just as poor as was the stable

There the Prince of Glory when he came

Star of silver, sweep across the skies

Show where Jesus in the manager lies

Sing Gloria, Sing!

Sing Gloria, Sing in excelsis deo

Hark the herald angels sing

Glory to the new born king,

Peace on earth, his mercy mild

God and sinners reconciled

Joyful all ye nations rise

Join the triumph of the skies

CAROL Angels We Have Heard on High

Angels we have heard on high,

Singing sweetly through the night,

And the mountains in reply

Echoing their brave delight.

Gloria in excelsis Deo.

Gloria in excelsis Deo.

Shepherds, why this jubilee?

Why these songs of happy cheer?

What great brightness did you see?

What glad tiding did you hear?

Gloria in excelsis Deo.

Gloria in excelsis Deo.

Come to Bethlehem and see

Him whose birth the angels sing;

Come, adore on bended knee

Christ, the Lord, the new-born King.

Gloria in excelsis Deo.

Gloria in excelsis Deo.


Rev. Cathy Surgenor Rev. Peter Surgenor

(845) 216-4328 (914) 907-9685

Union Church

44 Balmville Rd, Newburgh NY 12550

Phone: (845) 562-0954 Fax: (845) 562-0955

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