Lessons and Carols - Carmel Presbyterian Church



Lessons and Carols - Carmel Presbyterian Church
A Service of
December 21, 2014
A Service of Lessons And Carols
Mimi Martin Handbell Choir
Welcome & Gathering Prayer
Choral Call to Worship
Jim Szeyller, Pastor
Jane Kirkwood, Candle Lighter
“How Great Our Joy” Traditional
Sanctuary Choir
How great our joy! Great our joy! Joy, joy, joy! Joy, joy, joy!
Praise we the Lord in heaven on high! Praise we the Lord in heaven
on high!
Advent Candle Lighting
Steve & Karen Lynip
Sanctuary Choir
Love is more than a flicker within the human heart.
Cong: “Lord, reveal Your love, and make us new.”
In a hurried world with little time for others, Advent calls us
to remember that…
Cong “Love is patient.”
In a world where often we become consumed by our own
interests, Advent calls us to remember that…
Cong: “Love is kind.”
In a world where often we are quick to anger and slow to
forgive, Advent calls us to remember that…
Cong: “Love is not easily angered, and through love we come to
This Advent let us behold the love of God embodied in our
Savior’s birth.
Cong: “God is love. Whoever lives in Love, lives in God, and God
in them.”
Candle Lighting
Closing Prayer
Choral Offering
Opening Hymn
(please stand if able)
O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem!
Come and behold Him—born the King of Angels!
Sanctuary Choir
“O Come All Ye Faithful”
Hymn No. 249
O come, let us adore Him! O come, let us Adore Him!
O come, let us adore Him—Christ, the Lord
Sing, choirs of angels; sing in exultation;
O sing, all ye citizens of heaven above!
Glory to God, all glory in the highest!
Yea, Lord we greet Thee, born this happy morning;
Jesus, to Thee be all glory giv’n:
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing!
First Lesson
Genesis 3: 8-15
Charles Yopp
Pew Bible Pages 2 & 3
Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he
was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the
Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to
the man, “Where are you?”10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden,
and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” 11 And he said, “Who
told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I
commanded you not to eat from?” 12 The man said, “The woman you
put here with me - she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” 13
Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” 14 So the Lord
God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you
above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and
you will eat dust all the days of your life. 15 And I will put enmity
between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he
will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”
(please stand if able)
“Come Thou Long Expected Jesus”
Hymn No. 244
Come, Thou long expected Jesus, Born to set Thy people free.
From our fears and sins release us; Let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel's Strength and Consolation, Hope of all the earth Thou art;
Dear Desire of every nation, Joy of every longing heart.
Born Thy people to deliver, Born a Child and yet a King,
Born to reign in us forever, Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.
By Thine own eternal Spirit, Rule in all our hearts alone;
By Thine all sufficient merit, Raise us to Thy glorious throne.
Second Lesson
Genesis 22: 15-18
Robin Yopp
Pew Bible Page 15
The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time 16
and said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have
done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely
bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky
and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of
the cities of their enemies, 18 and through your offspring all nations on
earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”
“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”
Hymn No. 245
Vs. 1, 2. & 4
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!
O Come, Thou Day-spring, come and cheer our spirits by Thine advent here;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night, And death’s dark shadows put to flight.
O come, Desire of nations, bind All peoples in one heart and mind.
Bid envy, strife, and quarrels cease; Fill the whole world with heaven’s peace.
O star of wonder, star of light, star with royal beauty bright,
westward leading, still proceeding, guide us to thy perfect light.
Third Lesson
Pew Bible Page 489
Isaiah 9: 2, 6-7
Linda Mitchell
2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living
in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. 6 For to us a child
is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting
Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace
there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his
kingdom, establishing and up holding it with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will
accomplish this.
“Come From Heaven Above”
Ruth Elaine Schram
Sanctuary Choir
Come to us, Redeemer King. Come to us Redeemer King.
Come to us, Redeemer King; O come from heaven above.
Hear your people as we sing. Hear your people as we sing.
Hear your people as we sing,; O come from heaven above.
Come to bring us peace, Hallelujah! Come to bring us love.
Come to us, Redeemer King. Come to us Redeemer King.
Come to us, Redeemer King; O come from heaven above.
Come to bring us hope, Hallelujah! Come to bring us Joy,
Come to be our Savior, Redeemer, this tiny Baby boy!
Come to us, Redeemer King. Come to us Redeemer King.
Come to us, Redeemer King; O come from heaven above.
Come to us, Redeemer King. Come to us Redeemer King.
Come to us, Redeemer King; O come from heaven above.
Come to us, Redeemer King.
Fourth Lesson
Pew Bible Pages 491 & 492
Isaiah 11: 1, 2, 4a, 6-9
Ed Mitchell
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a
Branch will bear fruit. 2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him - the
Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of
power, the Spirit of the knowledge and of the fear of the Lord 4a but
with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give
decisions for the poor of the earth. 6 The wolf will live with the lamb, the
leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling
together; and a little child will lead them. 7 The cow will feed with the
bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the
ox. 8 The infant will play near the hole of the cobra, and the young child
put his hand into the viper’s nest. 9 They will neither harm nor destroy on
all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the
Lord as the waters cover the sea.
“Angels From The Realms of Glory”
Regent Square/Larson
Mimi Martin Handbell Choir
Fifth Lesson
Pew Bible Page 723
Luke 1: 26-33
Monica Raab
In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town
in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph,
a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to
her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with
you.” 29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind
of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid,
Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will be with child and give
birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. 32 He will be great
and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him
the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of
Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”
Agnus Dei, Agnus Dei,
Qui tollis peccata,
peccata mundi;
Agnus Dei, Agnus Dei,
Quitollis peccata mundi;
“Agnus Dei”
Ruth Elaine Schram
Miserere nobis
Lamb of God,
Who takes away the sins,
the sins of the world.
Lamb of God,
Who takes away the sins of
the world.
Have mercy upon us.
Agnus Dei, Agnus Dei,
Qui tollis peccata,
peccata mundi;
Agnus Dei, Agnus Dei,
Dona nobis pacem
Lamb of God,
Who takes away the sins,
the sins of the world.
Lamb of God,
Grant to us peace.
Agnus Dei, Agnus Dei,
Dona nobis pacem
Lamb of God,
Grant to us peace.
Sixth Lesson
Luke 2: 1-7
Chris Raab
Pew Bible Pages 724 & 725
1 In
those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should
be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that
took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went
to their own town to register. 4 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. 5 He went there to register with
Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.
6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she
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.
“This is the Time”
Christy Semsen
Carmel Children’s Choir
This is the time to share, and this is the time to sing.
This is the time to care, and this is the time to bring
Our gifts to others as we remember God’s Gift
to us in a manger; this is the time.
Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas;
Lord, we thank You for Your presence.
Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas;
Lord, we thank You for Your Gift to us.
It’s not a time for worry. It’s not a time for regret.
It’s not a time for be lonely. It’s not a time to forget
Our gifts to others as we remember God’s Gift to us
In a manger; this is the time.
Lord, we thank You for Your Gift to us.
Seventh Lesson
Pew Bible Page 725
Luke 2: 8-20
Gretchen Zollinger
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch
over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and
the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But
the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great
joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior
has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you:
You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly
a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising
God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to
men on whom his favor rests.” 15 When the angels had left them and gone
into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem
and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was
lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word
concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard
it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured
up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds
returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard
and seen, which were just as they had been told.
Gloria , gloria, gloria, gloria
In excelsis Deo, in excelsis Deo
Glória , gloria, gloria, gloria,
In excelsis Deo.
Gloria, Gloria
In excelsis Deo
Gloria in excelsis,
Gloria in excelsis Deo.
Gloria in excelsis Deo.
In excelsis,
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
“Gloria In Excelsis”
Antonio Vivaldi
Sanctuary Choir
Glory, glory, glory, glory
to God in the highest.
Eighth Lesson
Pew Bible Pages 681 & 682
Matthew 2: 1-11
Richard Zollinger
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King
Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is
the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the
east and have come to worship him.” 3 When King Herod heard this
he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 When he had called
together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked
them where the Christ was to be born. 5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they
replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: 6 “ ‘But you, Bethlehem,
in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for
out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd my people Israel.’ ”
7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact
time the star had appeared. 8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go
and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to
me, so that I too may go and worship him.” 9 After they had heard the
king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went
ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When
they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they
saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped
him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of
gold and of incense and of myrrh.
(Please Stand if able)
“It Came Upon A Midnight Clear”
Hymn No. 251
Vs 1, 2 & 4
It came upon a midnight clear, that glorious song of old,
From angels bending near the earth to touch their harps of gold.
Peace on the earth, good will to men, from heavens all gracious King!
The world in solemn stillness lay to hear the angels sing.
Still thro’ the cloven skies they come with peaceful wings unfurled
And still their heavenly music floats o’er all the weary world;
Above its sad and lowly plains they bend on hovering wing.
And ever o’er its Babel sounds the blessed angels sing.
For lo, the days are hast’ning on, by prophets seen of old,
When with the ever-circling years shall come the time fore-told,
When peace shall over all the earth its ancient splendors fling,
And the whole world send back the song which now the angels sing.
Reception of Offering and The Christmas Joy Gift Offering
“Away In a Manger”
Traditional/A. Page
Mimi Martin Handbell Choir
Hymn No. 815
(please stand if able)
Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise Him all creatures here below
Praise Him above ye heavenly host
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen
Prayers of the People and The Lord’s Prayer
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 debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into
temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power,
and the glory, forever. Amen
Ninth Lesson
John 1: 1-14
Pew Bible Page 750
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the
Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all
things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in
the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. 6 There came a man
who was sent from God; his name was John. 7 He came as a witness to
testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe.
8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. 9 The
true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. 10 He
was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world
did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own
did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed
in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children
born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will,
but born of God. 14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among
us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came
from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Closing Hymn
(please stand if able)
“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
Hymn No. 277
Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the new-born King;
Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!”
Joyful, all ye nations rise, Join the triumph of the skies;
With angelic host proclaim, “Christ is born in Bethlehem!”
Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the new-born King.”
Christ, by highest heav’n adored; Christ, the everlasting Lord!
Late in time behold Him come, Off-spring of the Virgin’s womb:
Veiled in flesh the God-head see; Hail incarnate Deity’
Please as man with men to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel.
Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the new-born King.”
Hail, the heav’n born Prince of Peace!
Hail, the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings, Ris’n with healing in His wings.
Mild He lays His glory by, Born that men no more may die,
Born to raise the sons of earth, Born to give them second birth.
Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the new-born King.”
Congregational Response
“Glory Be To The Father”
Hymn No. 813
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost,
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be,
World without end, Amen, Amen.
Congregational Meeting
“For Unto Us A Child is Born” from Messiah
G.F. Handel
Howard Meredith
Richard Zollinger; Jim and Priscilla Perkins; Dick Martin; Doug
Shivar and Eric deNeve.
Special Thanks:
Linda Mitchell—Reader Coordinator, Sanctuary Choir, Praise
Team, Children’s Choir, Mimi Martin Handbell Choir, and the
Lesson Readers.
Children are invited to sit with their families throughout the service.
Immediately after the service, and during the congregational
meeting, Carol Harris will escort the children to the Fellowship Hall
for the Birthday Party for Jesus.
Christmas Eve Worship Schedule
5:00 pm—Family Candle Light Worship Service
11:00 pm—Candle Light Communion Service
All In:
Stewards in Service
To the King!
2048 Carmel Road,
Charlotte, NC 28226
December 21, 2014
We’ve gathered as a Christian community to worship God together. We’re glad that you’re here! Information about Carmel may be
found at www.carmelpresbyterian.org or at the Welcome Kiosk. Please email Jim Szeyller at [email protected] with any
questions you have about life and ministry at Carmel! Or call him on extension 111!
Congregational Meeting
A Congregational Meeting will be held today, immediately after worship, for the purpose of electing new officers.
Communion at Home
Are you unable to join us on the first Sunday of every month when we celebrate Communion? Please contact Darlene in the church office
and we will contact you to schedule a home visit and communion.
Congregational Care Team
Did you know that we have a congregational care team that meets visitors and church members every Sunday with a bright smile, a warm
greeting, and an offer to join with them in prayer? We are looking for folks with the gifts of warmth and hospitality to join us on this team.
Please contact Darlene in the church office and we will include you in our next training meeting.
Ronald McDonald House
Session has endorsed the weekly collection of product for the Ronald McDonald House as a part of an on-going Gold Award (Girl Scouts)
project for Taylor Nisbet. Donations will be collected in marked barrels in the Fellowship Hall and will rotate between cleaning supplies,
family/home supplies, bath products, and food/pantry items. This week we are CLEANING SUPPLIES. Items requested are 4 Gallon Trash
Bags, 13 Gallon Trash Bags, 6oz. Disposable Plastic Cups, Bleach, Brillo Pads, CUBE Tissue Boxes, Dreft Detergent, Dryer Sheets, HE Baby
Laundry Detergent (Liquid only - no pods or powder), HE Free & Clear Laundry Detergent for sensitive skin, dye free (Liquid only - no pods
or powder), Hydrogen Peroxide Disinfecting Wipes, Sponges ,Swiffer 360 Extenders & Swiffer duster refills, Swiffer Dry Pads - for floors,
Swiffer Handheld Dusters, Swiffer Wet Pads - for tile floors, Swiffer Wet Jet DRY Pad Refills, Swiffer Wet Jet Solution, Swiffer Wet Jet
Cleaning Pads, Toilet Bowl Cleaner, White Vinegar (Gallons), and Ziploc Bags (Gallon, Quart, Snack Sized)
Room In The Inn
Carmel Presbyterian has another wonderful opportunity to partner with the Urban Ministry center for hosting the Room In The Inn
program. Carmel will host a total of 12 men in the Ligon center for each night. The remaining nights are as follows: January 5 and 19,
February 2 and 16, March 2 and 16. This is an important outreach program for Carmel and it needs your participation. There are several
ways for you to sign up: SignUpGenius on the Carmel Website, Sign Up Sheets on Kiosk, or Contact Ed Land at (704) 554-6659 or email:
[email protected]
Power of Positivity Movement
Everyone, please join the Power of Positivity Movement's Pursuit of Purpose conference on Saturday, January 10, 2015 from 9:30am 3:30pm here at Carmel Presbyterian Church. The registration cost is $10 and includes lunch. To register for the event go to :
http://www.thepopmovement.eventbrite.com/ . Featured speaker: Rev Candace Lee. For more information about the POP Movement
team: www.thepopmovement.com. This conference is sponsored by the Power of Positivity Movement and is dedicated to: 1) Educating
people about the power within them to live a fuller life in Christ, 2) Empowering and encouraging people to pursue their God-given
destiny and 3) Equipping people to have a healthy spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional life.
2015 Beach Retreat
This year’s beach retreat will be held on April 16-19, 2015, Splash Kingdom, Ocean Isle, NC. Our speakers will be Kim Dent and Tonya
Brown and the theme will be “God's Peace in Your Storm”. Please get your deposit of $100 in soon, as spots are filling up quickly. If you
have any questions please contact Kristine at [email protected]
Spiritual Formation Opportunities
B.I.G. THINGS!... happen in small groups! Believe in God. Join a small group. Watch how God’s wonders unfold!
Sisters in Christ (formally Ladies Spiritual Formation) will meet on the 1 and 3 Sunday of each month in the Cathcart Center at 5:00 pm.
Our next meeting is scheduled for, today, December 21 . If you have any questions or would like to join our group, please contact Ray
McCorkle at 704-554-6777 or [email protected]
Sit ‘n Stitch: The next opportunity to join us will be on Wednesday, January 7 , from 10:00 am – 12 noon in the Church Library.
Contact: Priscilla Perkins at 704-365-4077 or [email protected] Newcomers welcome.
Amani Beads meets the 2 and 4 Wednesday of each month in the Cathcart Center from 10:00 am – 12 noon. We will meet on
Wednesday, January 14 . No experience necessary and newcomers are welcome! Contact is Debbie Ferrell at 704-708-4561 or by email at
[email protected]
Women’s Circle meets on the 2 Tuesday of each month in the library at 10:00 am. The next time we meet will be on Tuesday, January
13 . We will continue studying in Devotional Classics and will make sandwiches for Urban Ministry uptown. If you have any questions
please call Nancy Anderson 704-366-2762.
Youth Announcements
Dec 21:
Middle School youth, 5-6pm in the Alley; High School youth, 6:30-7:30pm in the Alley. Dinner, 6-6:30 in Fellowship Hall, cost
of $3.
Dec 28:
No Youth. We will resume on January 4 at our regular time.
Sunday, December 21
9:00 am
9:30 am
10:30 am
5:00 pm
5:00 pm
6:30 pm
Thursday, December 25
Praise Band
Sunday School
Worship Service
Middle School Youth
Sister’s In Christ
High School Youth
Merry Christmas – Church Office Closed
Friday, December 26
Church Office Closed
Saturday, December 27
7:00 am
Monday, December 22
7:00 am
11:00 am
7:00 pm
Men’s Breakfast
Women’s Prayer Group
Boy Scout Troop 79
Sunday, December 28
Tuesday, December 23
3:00 pm
5:30 pm
Band of Brothers - Carmel
9:00 am
9:30 am
10:30 am
Praise Band
Sunday School
Worship Service
Woodcarvers Instr. Meeting
Wednesday, December 24
5:00 pm
11:00 pm
Candlelight Family Service
Candlelight Communion Service
Please Keep In Your Prayers
Debbie & Skip Adams
Dan Armstrong
Marvin & Cecile Clifford
Steve Cobb
Kevin Copperwheat
Edward Dines
Regina Ebert
Don Etheridge
Bill Helms
Lucy Ligon Heffelfinger
Wendell Ligon
Nan McGlohan
Cathy McKinnon
Phil McKinnon
Bucky McMullen
Mac McMullen
J Max Smolias
Kelley Moore
Jane Taylor
Jan Rowe
Frank & Shirley Urban
Thomas Sladden, Sr.
Scripture tells us to “pray for one another” (James 5: 16). We alphabetically rotate through our church membership on an annual basis, and each
week we pray as a body for specific Carmel families. Although you may not know each member, our God is faithful to listen to the prayers we bring
on each other’s behalf before his throne. When there is a month which has a fifth Sunday, our staff members are the focus of our prayers.
This week we invite you to include the following families in your daily prayers: Barry Norman; Nicholas and Caroline Orlandi – Jordan and
Cameron; Jeff and Denise Payne – Rachel and Chris; Jim and Priscilla Perkins.
We would also like to invite the Carmel family to lift up the following college students in your daily prayers: Carson Milner; Madison Rowe; Jess
Love and Sympathy to: The Crouch family on the death of Faye Crouch on Tuesday, December 16, 2014. Her memorial service will be held on
Monday, January 5 at 2:00.

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