Dear Veradale Friends and Members,
Last Sunday’s play was wonderful! Many thanks to the actors and stage crew members that made it all come together!
This Sunday is our music and poetry Sunday. We currently have poems to be read by Naomi and Karla. We have a story that Charlie will read. Did I miss someone?
Do you have a poem you have written or one you want to read?
Do you want to read scripture?
Would you like to be in the Christmas Eve play?
Prayer List Please, contact me with names and situations you want added to the list.
We ask for the healing of
Penny as she faces possible cancer.
Jeffery Carroll as he seeks to understand the condition caused by a growth in his neck.
Kathy, Sally, Lea, Kim, Naomi, Marshall, Genevieve Fawcett and Scotty who continue to seek healing.
We ask for help for:
Shirley, whose dementia has been diagnosed as Alzheimers.Bless her care team, friends and family to find the help she needs.
Sam as she seeks a job that uses her skills.
The refugees joining our community that they may find a safe and peace-filled home.
The Newport UCC as they struggle with what kind of church they will be.
Our camp N-Sid-Sen and Mark and Julie during this time when it is still difficult to gather safely.
Our church as we plan for 2022.
Our nation as divisions continue to harm us all because of a lack of agreement on what truth is.
Our planet, may all world governments take the unpopular and necessary steps to save our planet from the worst of climate change effects.
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Veradale United Church of Christ
An Open & Affirming Congregation
Worshiping God in Christ – Welcoming All – Working for Justice & Peace
“No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!”
December 19, 2021 • 10:30 a.m.
10:20am Gathering and Prelude
Wayne Shull, Music Director
Charlie Salt, Acolyte and AV
Naomi Hanvey Facebook Monitor
Scotty Patton, Zoom Monitor
10:30am Worship begins:
God loves us. . . all the time! All the time . . . God loves us!
Poem: “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” by Henry W Longfellow, read by Naomi Hanvey
Passing the Peace of Christ and
Welcoming the Light of Hope, Peace, and Joy
Carol: I heard the Bells on Christmas Day verses 3, 4, and 5
3 And in despair I bowed my head: “There is no peace on earth,” I said, “For hate is strong, and mocks the song of peace on earth, good will to all.”
4 Then pealed the bells more loud and deep: “God is not dead, nor doth God sleep; The wrong shall fail, the right prevail, with peace on earth, good will to all.”
5 Till, ringing, singing on its way, the world revolved from night to day
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime, of peace on earth, good will to all.
Lighting of the Candle of Love
1 Corinthians 13:13
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
Message from Don and Jan Young
(light candle as we pray)
Prayer: Holy Light fill this place
Give us love. Give us grace
Make our hearts ready, too
That our homes may welcome you. Amen
Response: Dona Nobis Pacem
(Grant Us Peace) Sung as a round
A Time of Offering
An invitation to share
Response:” Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence” 345 (NCH)verse 4
At Christ’s feet the six-winged seraphs, cherubim with sleepless eye, veil their faces to the presence, as with ceaseless voice they cry, Alleluia,alleluia, alleluia, God most high!
Loving God, our spirits rejoice in the ability to give. Now, bless and multiply these offerings of time, talent and treasure to fulfill your vision of a just and peaceful world. Amen.
What is your favorite Christmas Story and Why?
Charlie Salt reads a favorite story
Listening for God
Luke 1:46-55 Reader__________________
New Revised Standard Version
And Mary said,
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”
Poem: “The Mountain We Climb” by Amanda Gorman read by Karla McNeilly
Carol: “I Wonder as I Wander”
I wonder as I wander out under the sky that Jesus my Savior did come for to die
For poor on’ry people like you and like I. I wonder as I wander out under the sky
2 When Mary birthed Jesus, all in a cow’s stall, came wise men and farmers and shepherds and all,
And high from the heavens a star’s light did fall; The promise of the ages it then did recall.
Gospel of John 1:1-5 Reader__________________
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
Poem: Do you have one to read here?
Carol: It Came upon a Midnight Clear verses 3 and 4
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.
Gospel of John 1:14 – 18 Reader__________________
And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. (John testified to him and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’”) From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made God known.
Solo: Marvin Wilson “O, Holy Night” Public Domain
Our Light moves into the World God Loves
Hymn “Angels We have Heard on High” vs 1 and 3
Angels we have heard on high Sweetly singing o’er the plains, And the mountains in reply Echoing their joyous strains. Gloria, in excelsis Deo! Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Come to Bethlehem and see Christ Whose birth the angels sing; Come, adore on bended knee, Christ the Lord, the newborn King. Gloria, in excelsis Deo! Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Benediction with Sing Halleluiah to the Lord
Sing halleluiah to the Lord
Sing halleluiah to the Lord
Sing halleluiah.Sing halleluiah. Sing halleluiah to the Lord
A Christmas Eve Play based on Luke 2:1-20
Narrator: In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.
Shepherd1: This is a terrible time. The Romans beat down upon us. How can the priest speak of a God?
Shepherd 2 How could God allow such hardship? Look there, a young family and the woman is large with child. These are the worst of all days.
Solo: No Body knows the Trouble I’ve seen.
No Body knows the trouble I’ve seen
Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen.
Nobody knows my sorrow.
Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen.
Sometimes I’m up,
Sometimes I’m down
Oh, yes, Lord.
Sometimes I’m almost to the ground
Oh, yes, Lord.
Narrator: While the shepherds watched their sheep, the time came for the baby to be born, and Mary gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Out in the fields, the shepherds had visitors.
Angel 1: Don’t be afraid, My love is stronger, my love is stronger than your fear. Don’t be afraid, My love is stronger, and I have promised, promise to be always near.
Head Angel 2: ” Don’t be afraid, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the city of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
All sing “Angels We have Heard on High” verse 1
Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o’er the plains
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains
Gloria, in excelsis Deo
Gloria, in excelsis Deo
Shepherd 1: “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
Solo or All “O Little Town of Bethlehem “
O little town of Bethlehem
How still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight
Narrator : They found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. Standing, wide eyed at the door, they were approached by Joseph.
Shepherd 2: I’m sorry to intrude. We were sent by… you won’t believe this….
Joseph: Oh, I am very certain I would… Come in… Mary is resting…. I will bring Jesus to you.
Solo: Silent Night verse 3
Silent night, holy night, Son of God, love’s pure light; Radiant beams from Thy holy face with the dawn of redeeming grace, Jesus Lord, at Thy birth, Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth.
Narrator: Joseph lovingly cradled the tiny baby in his arms. When the shepherds saw him, they saw a poor child of a poor family. He was just like them. As they left, one shepherd wondered aloud…
Shepherd 2: The world is different tonight. The Romans still oppress us. The hardships are all around us. And tonight, I feel God is with us, really with us, not as a mighty king but as one of us.
Narrator: When they had seen the baby, the Shepherds spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.