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Prayer and Lord’s Prayer

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.

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 trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory
for ever.

HymnTell Out My Soul

  1. Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord!
    Unnumbered blessings give my spirit voice;
    Tender to me the promise of his word;
    In God my Savior shall my heart rejoice

  2. Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his Name!
    Make known his might, the deeds his arm has done;
    His mercy sure, from age to age to same;
    His holy Name—the Lord, the Mighty One

  3. Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his might!
    Powers and dominions lay their glory by
    Proud hearts and stubborn wills are put to flight
    The hungry fed, the humble lifted high

  4. Tell out, my soul, the glories of his word!
    Firm is his promise, and his mercy sure
    Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord
    To children's children and for evermore!

ScriptureLuke 2:22-40

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Prayer of Intercession


HymnIt Came Upon a Midnight Clear

  1. It came upon the midnight clear,
    that glorious song of old,
    from angels bending near the earth
    to touch their harps of gold:
    "Peace on the earth, good will to men,
    from heaven's all-gracious King."
    The world in solemn stillness lay,
    to hear the angels sing.

  2. Still through the cloven skies they come
    with peaceful wings unfurled,
    and still their heavenly music floats
    o'er all the weary world;
    above its sad and lowly plains,
    they bend on hovering wing,
    and ever o'er its Babel sounds
    the blessed angels sing.

  3. And ye, beneath life's crushing load,
    whose forms are bending low,
    who toil along the climbing way
    with painful steps and slow,
    look now! for glad and golden hours
    come swiftly on the wing.
    O rest beside the weary road,
    and hear the angels sing!

  4. For lo! the days are hastening on,
    by prophet seen of old,
    when with the ever-circling years
    shall come the time foretold
    when peace shall over all the earth
    its ancient splendors fling,
    and the whole world send back the song
    which now the angels sing.