Sermon: Awakening to Signs of New Life
Theme: We are blessed to be in relationship with a savior who is fulfilling the work of healing and redemption for us and for all of the world.
Purpose: We will seek to see Jesus in our lives in new ways.
What does it mean when Simeon tells Mary that “a sword would pierce” her heart? What does it mean to us to know that the baby born in Bethlehem was destined to be rejected and to die? How do we find the joy of the moment in the midst of the knowledge of the problems of the future? How do we remain awake to the present rather than become caught up in the worries and anxieties of the world? How do we become hopeful and confident in God’s time?
Description for Sunday, December 27, 2020
Scripture is read from NRSV Bible (New Revised Standard Version)
Permission to podcast/stream the service music obtained from ONE LICENSE,
License #A-730666 and CCLI Streaming License CSPL069066. All Rights reserved.
Hymn: Glory to God Hymnal #744 “Arise, Your Light is Come!”
TEXT: Ruth Duck, 1974, © 1992 GIA Publications, Inc.
MUSIC (FESTAL SONG, SM): William Walter, 1894
All rights reserved. First Presbyterian Church, FDL OneLicense #A-730666
Special Music: “Birthday of a King” Carol Wetzel
written (words and music) by William Neidlinger in 1890.
Glory to God Hymnal #583 “Gloria, Gloria”
Copyright © 1981 Les Presses de Taizé (France). Used by permission of G.I.A. Publications, Inc. Chicago, Illinois, exclusive agent. All rights reserved. First Presbyterian Church, FDL OneLicense #A-730666
Sending Glory to God Hymnal #545 “Lord, Bid Your Servant Go in Peace”
TEXT: James Quinn, SJ, 1969; © 1969 James Quinn SJ
MUSIC (LAND OF REST, CM): American folk melody; arr. Annabel Morris Buchanan, 1938;
arr. © 1938, ren. H. W. Gray Company (admin. Alfred Music Publishing)
Liturgist: Dave Erickson