Lord, you are great, exalted, and holy above us and all people. This is your glory that you do not forget us, or abandon us, or reject us despite all that speaks against us. In your Son Jesus Christ, our Lord, you have given us nothing less than yourself and all that is yours. We praise you that we are invited as guests at the table of your mercy throughout our life and beyond. We spread before you all that troubles us, our mistakes, our errors, and our transgressions, our sorrows and cares, also our rebellion and our bitterness – our whole heart, our whole life, better known to you than it is to ourselves. We commit all this into the faithful hands which you have outstretched in our Savior. Take us as we are; strengthen us when we are weak; grant us, the poor, the bounties of your blessings. Let your loving kindness shine upon our loved ones, upon all prisoners, and those in the pangs of misery, illness, or death. Bestow upon the judges the spirit of justice and upon the rulers of this world some measure of your wisdom, that they may strive for peace on earth. Give a clear and courageous witness to all who are called to preach here and abroad. Grant today to the whole Christian Church and to the world as well that many may break through the glitter and vanity of the holiday season and truly celebrate Christmas with us. Amen.
The number of COVID19 cases in our immediate area is such that we will continue to only offer worship online until it is reasonably safe for us to reopen.
Until that time, we will continue to offer mid-week prayers, live videos, and email devotionals.
Online giving can be made on our About page on the church website, cokesburyumc.church which will be linked in the video description for live worship as well as checks through the mail.
Christmas Eve Worship – Cokesbury will be hosting two Christmas Eve worship services on 12/24 – We will have a Drive-In Service of Word and Sacrament at 3pm and an online service at 7pm. In support of Featherstone Elementary, we will be collecting solar powered calculators and books at the 3pm drive-in service.
*Advent Candle Lighting
Hymn 249 – Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus:
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in his wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of his glory and grace.
Lord, open our hearts and minds by the power of your Holy Spirit, that, as the Scriptures are read and your Word proclaimed, we may hear with joy what you say to us today…
And as you taught us, so now we pray… 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 in temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
Scripture – 2 Samuel 7.1-11, 16:
Now when the king was settled in his house, and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, the king said to the prophet Nathan, “See now, I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of God stays in a tent.” Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all you have in mind; for the Lord is with you.” But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan: Go and tell my servant David: Thus says the Lord: Are you the one to build me a house to live in? I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent and a tabernacle. Wherever I have moved about among all the people of Israel, did I ever speak a word with any of the tribal leaders of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?” Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David: Thus says the Lord of hosts: I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep to be prince over my people Israel; and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may live in their own place, and be disturbed no more; and evildoers shall afflict them no more, as formerly, from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover the Lord declares to you that the Lord will make you a house. Your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me; your throne shall be established forever.
Hymn 211 – O Come, O Come, Emmanuel:
V1. O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
V5. O come, thou Key of David, come, and open wide our heavenly home.
The captives from their prison free, and conquer death’s deep misery.
V6. O come, thou Dayspring, come and cheer our spirits by thy justice here;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night, and death’s dark shadow put to flight.
V7. O come, Desire of nations bind all people in one heart and mind.
From dust thou brought us forth to life; deliver us from earthly strife.
Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; unsettle our hearts and minds and souls that we might prepare ourselves for your surprising Spirit. We confess that we are solely hindered by our sins, and yet we know that your grace truly is enough. So pour out your grace upon us over and over again, that we might be the people you’ve called us to be. Amen.
Offering – Reminder for online giving, through the mail, or the drop slot at the church.
I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ his only son our Lord: who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
Blessing and Benediction