Christmas With Friends
Winchester Friends Church December 18, 2016 6:30 PM
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Friends Combined Choir   Brian Lilly, director    Mary Clark, pianist    Judy Kendall, organist

 with singers from Winchester Friends & Rural Friends
 choir chimes players from Winchester Friends
 sound board technician Dave Longnecker
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Isaiah 9:6, Luke 2:12                     Virginia Densmore

Unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government will be upon His shoulder, and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. And this will be a sign to you: you will find the Child wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.

O Come, Little Children
Come, come, come to Bethlehem.....
O come, little children, O come one and all. To Bethlehem haste, to the manger so small. A child has been born on this wonderful night; come
welcome the baby with joy and delight. He’s born in a stable, a poor cattle shed; the hay is the pillow where He lays His head. In swaddling clothes lying so meek and so mild, more lovely than angels, the heavenly child. Now, “Glory to God” sing the angels on high, and “Peace upon earth!”
heavenly voices reply. So come, little children and join in the song that gladdened the world on that Christmas long ago.
O gloria in excelsis Deo, gloria in excelsis Deo
O come, little children, come to Bethlehem.

--traditional carols, arr. Ruth E. Schram CCLI 649965


Congregational Carol #157                     Away in a Manger
 

Luke 2:1-7, Matthew 1:25b                     Val Pearson

A decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all people should be counted. This was the first census, and it was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. So all people traveled to the towns of their births to be counted. Jo-seph traveled from Nazareth to Bethlehem, which is the city of David. He went with Mary, to whom he was engaged, and who was expecting her first child. And she gave birth to her firstborn Son, wrapped Him in Swaddling cloths and Laid Him in a manger because there was no room for them at the inn. Joseph named Him Jesus.
 

Bethlehem Lullaby

Lullay, thou little tiny child; by, by, lully, lullay;
Lullay, thou little tiny child; by, by, lully, lullay.
What you gonna call your little baby? What you gonna call your pretty little baby?
Sweet little baby, born in a manger; what you gonna call your pretty little baby?
O sisters, too, how may we do, for to preserve this day?
This poor youngling for whom we sing, by by, lully, lullay.
--Greg Gilpin CCLI 649965

Luke 2:8-11,15-20                     Judy Kendall

On that same night, there were shepherds in the countryside, keeping watch over their flock. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone all around them and they were very frightened. The angel said, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy for all people: Unto you is born this day, in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ, the Lord.” The shepherds said, “Let us go to Bethlehem and see this thing that the Lord has made known to us.” They hurried to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph, and Jesus, who was lying in a manger. The shepherds told everyone what they had seen and heard, and all who heard their story were amazed. But Mary treasured their words and pondered them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned to the countryside, praising and glorifying God.

Amen! Tell It On the Mountain!

Amen, amen, amen, amen, amen, Sing it over....
Amen, go tell it; amen, go tell it; amen, amen, amen!
Go tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere;
Go tell it on the mountain that Jesus Christ is born!
While shepherds kept their watching o’er silent flocks by night, behold throughout the heavens, there shone a holy light. Amen, go tell it.....
The shepherds feared and trembled when lo! above the earth, rang out the angel chorus that hailed our Savior’s birth. Amen, go tell it.....
Down in a lowly manger the humble Christ was born, and God sent to us salvation that blessed Christmas morn.
Amen, amen, amen, amen!
--traditional spirituals, arr. Mary McDonald CCLI 649965

Congregational Carol #128                     It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

Matthew 2:7-14                     Keith Kendall

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem, wise men came from the East to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who is born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star and have come to worship Him.” When King Herod heard this, he became very frightened. He called together his chief priests, who told him that, according to ancient prophecy, the Messiah was to be born in Bethlehem.
King Herod sent the wise men to Bethlehem, instructing them to return to him with the Child. The wise men followed the star until it stopped over the place where Jesus was. They worshiped Him, presenting Him with precious gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route. When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.”

Carol of the Star

A star, a shining star led wise men on their way to find the Bethlehem town where lay a holy babe.
Venite adoramus Dominum, Venite adoramus Dominum.
A star, a guiding star led angels from above to seek a tiny babe, surround Him with their love.
Venite adoramus Dominum, Venite adoramus Dominum.
A star, a mighty star did shine o’er all the earth, to welcome Him with joy, proclaim His wondrous birth.
Venite adoramus Dominum, Venite adoramus Dominum.
--Donald Moore CCLI 649965

Chime Choir We Three Kings (see lyrics at hymnal #166)

Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head Jesus, Jesus, rest your head; You have got a manger bed. All the wealthy folk on earth sleep on feathers at their birth. Jesus, Jesus, rest your head; You have got a manger bed.
Have you heard about our Jesus? Have you heard about his fate? How his mama went to that stable on that Christmas Eve so late?
To that manger came the wise men, bringing things from hin and yon; For the mother and the father and the blessed little Son.
--collected by John J. Niles CCLI 649965

Philippians 2:5-11                     Suzanne Weber
So keep this in mind: Christ Jesus, though He was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited. He humbled Himself, taking human form, being born in a lowly manger, and became obedient to the point of death on the cross. Therefore, God exalted Him, so that at the name of Jesus, every knee should bend, and every tongue confess: Jesus Christ is Lord of all!

Congregational Carol #125                     Joy to the World

Christmas Glory Hallelujah

Glory, glory, hallelujah! Listen now to what we say. Glory, glory, hallelujah,
Christ was born on Christmas day.
Glory, glory, hallelujah, Virgin Mary, meek and mild. Glory glory, hallelujah,
was the mother of the Child.
Glory hallelujah, glory hallelujah, glory hallelujah to the newborn King!
Glory hallelujah, glory hallelujah, glory hallelujah to the newborn King!
Glory, hallelujah, though His cradle was a stall; glory, glory, hallelujah,
He is God and Lord of all.
Glory hallelujah, glory hallelujah, glory hallelujah to the newborn King!
Glory hallelujah, glory hallelujah, glory hallelujah to the newborn King!
Glory, hallelujah, hear the heavenly angels sing; Glory glory, hallelujah,
praise to the newborn King.
Glory glory, hallelujah, come and join the angels, sing praises to the newborn King. Hallelujahs to the King, Hallelujah!
--Tom Fettke, Thomas Grassi CCLI 649965


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Devotions Ron Ferguson

Candlelight Service – Lighted candles will be brought to the center
aisles. Please tip only unlit candles towards the lighted one; hold
lighted candles upright to avoid fire hazard and wax spillage.

Benediction – please join in singing the first verse of Silent Night
Silent night, holy night; All is calm, all is bright
‘round yon virgin, mother and Child. Holy infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace, sleep in heavenly peace.

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Everyone’s welcome downstairs after the Program for fellowship over
Holiday Desserts!
Special thanks to the Christian Fellowship Committee for their work in hosting this event, and to all who brought goodies to share!

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Christ made himself of no reputation to save humankind, but the Alexanders and Caesars of the world plentifully ruined others to augment theirs. They vanquished others, not themselves; Christ conquered self…. They advanced empires by sword and blood; He advanced his by chosen suffering and per-suasion. Misery and slavery always followed their victories; He brought greater freedom and life to those He overcame. In all they did, they sought to please themselves; Jesus always aimed to please his Father, who is God of gods, King of kings, and Lord of lords. O come, let us follow Jesus, this
unwearied and victorious Captain of our salvation!
--adapted from early Friend William Penn, 1682