First Sunday After Christmas Day 2017 — Order of Worship

December 31, 2017 (Year B)


Order of Worship Preaching Hymns Music Planning Additional Resources


AH = The Africana Hymnal

BOW = United Methodist Book of Worship

CCLI = Christian Copyright Licensing International, SongSelect

TFWS = The Faith We Sing (2000)

UMH = United Methodist Hymnal

W&S = Worship & Song (2011)

ZSS = Zion Still Sings (2007)


Congregational Song      

A Star Shone Bright                            W&S 3051
Jesus, the Light of the World               AH 4038

Prayer for Illumination

Shine in our hearts, Lord Jesus.
Shine in our lives.
Shine in the Word now read and proclaimed,
and we, children of your light, shining for all people,
will follow. Amen.


Gospel Reading:                   Luke 2:22-40                                            Deacon or Lay Reader

Sermon:                                Going Home Again

Congregational Song:         Once in Royal David’s City”                     UMH 250

Prayers of the People                                                                            Deacon or Lay Intercessor
Prayers of the People            TFWS 2201        
Prayers of the People            CCLI  #3414705      
Prayer of the People              CCLI #7039048

Thanksgiving (if no communion) 

Inviting                                                                                  Deacon or Pastor   

The Lord requires of us a pure offering,
without blemish or spot.
We must be right with God
and our neighbor
to offer ourselves or our gifts to God.

Therefore, let us confess our sins against God,
and reconcile with our neighbors.

Let us pray.

Confessing                                                                          Deacon or Pastor

We have opposed your ways, O God.     (Based on Luke 2:22, 51-55, NRSV)
We have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We have avoided the hard truths of your prophets.


Your Spirit reveals our inmost desires.
And we are pierced as with a sword.


Show us your mercy, O God.
And grant us your salvation.
By your light,
may we see light.


Pardoning and Peace

Pastor: The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness does not overcome it.
God’s mercy is over all God’s works.
You are forgiven. Walk in the light of Christ.

You are forgiven. Walk in the light of Christ.

All: Glory to God! Amen.

At peace with God, let us now offer the peace of Christ to one another.

People exchange the peace of Christ.
The offering is collected.

Offertory Music

My Master, See, the Time Has Come (Canon)                   UMH 226

Congregational Thanks at Presentation of Gifts           BOW 551 (Almighty and most merciful God…)
May be introduced and concluded by singing “O Come, All Ye Faithful” (UMH 234), st. 2 before the prayer, st. 3 after it.


Thanksgiving and Communion

Invitation, Confession, Pardon and Peace                     UMH 7-8

People exchange the peace of Christ.
The offering is collected.

Offertory Music
My Master, See, the Time Has Come (Canon)                 UMH 226

Great Thanksgiving for Christmas Season                  BOW 56-57

Thanksgiving after Communion  

Congregational Song:                                                     Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory


Sending Forth

You have seen the Savior.
Go now in peace.
Be his light to enlighten everyone you meet,
and let your life reflect the glory of God
in the face of Jesus Christ. Amen. 


Categories: Lectionary, Year B (2017), Year B, First Sunday After Christmas — December 31, 2017