As we remember the baptism of the Lord, Pastor Clark reminds us of our own baptism and this new beginning we are promised in God on this, "A Brand New Day." The readings are Isaiah 42:1-9 and Matthew 3:13-19.
FIRST LESSON—Genesis 1:1-5, 14-18—God creates the heavens and the earth, “Let there be light!”
Keep Your Lamps, Andre Thomas
SECOND LESSON—Isaiah 9: 2, 6-7—The prophet foretells the coming of the Saviour.
E’en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come, Paul Manz
THIRD LESSON—Isaiah 11:1-4, 6-9—The peace that Christ will bring is foreshown.
The Dream Isaiah Saw, Troeger/Rudolph
Josiah DeSarro-Raynal, solo
FOURTH LESSON—Micah 5:2-5—The good shepherd will come from the village of Bethlehem.
HYMN 121: O Little Town of Bethlehem, St. Louis
FIFTH LESSON—Luke 1:26-35, 38—The angel Gabriel salutes the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Magnificat, John Leavitt
SIXTH LESSON—Luke 2:1, 3-7—St Luke tells of the birth of Jesus.
Angels’ Carol, John Rutter
SEVENTH LESSON—Luke 2:8-16—The shepherds go to the manger.
OFFERTORY: Jesus, What a Wonderful Child, Spiritual/Dilworth
DOXOLOGY 144: In the Bleak Midwinter (verse 4), Cranham
PRAYER OF DEDICATION
EIGHTH LESSON—Matthew 2:1-12—The wise men are led by the star to Jesus.
This Christmastide (Jessye’s Carol), Donald Fraser
NINTH LESSON—John 1:1-14—St. John unfolds the great mystery of the Incarnation.
Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, John Gardner
Presented by the Adult Choir
Music directed and compiled by Lois Reese
Accompanied by Doris Slagle and Rev. Clark DeSarro-Raynal
Michael Behlmar - Percussion
Isaac Chenoweth and Diane Clear - Liturgists
Music posted by permission: Onelicense.net #712925
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