Service December 30, 2018

Huguenot United Methodist Church

10661 Duryea Drive

Richmond, VA  23235-2106

 December 30, 2018

(UMH = United Methodist Hymnal, TFWS = The Faith We Sing, found in the Hymnal Rack)



Welcome and Announcements  


 *Call to Worship

Leader: Gather together, beloved people of God.
People:    We are prepared to receive God anew into our lives.
Leader: Gather together, beloved people of God.
People:    We are open to the light of God illuminating our lives.
Leader: Gather together, beloved people of God.
People:    We expect God to appear suddenly, with great surprises.
Leader: Gather together, beloved people of God.
All:    Amen and Amen.



Almighty God, by the birth of your son Jesus

you have given us a great light to dawn on our darkness.

Grant that in his light we may see light.

Bestow upon us that most excellent gift of love to all people,

so that the likeness of your Son may be formed in us,

and that we may have the ever brightening hope of everlasting life;

through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.


*Hymn of Praise   O Come All Ye Faithful                      UMH # 234

  1. 1-3 & 6


Moments with the Children                                               Sara Abbott


Call to Confession

Almighty God, our heavenly Father,

who of thy great mercy hast promised forgiveness of sins

to all them that with hearty repentance and true faith turn to thee:

Have mercy upon us;

pardon and deliver us from all our sins:

confirm and strengthen us in all goodness;

and bring us to everlasting life:

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Our Prayer of Confession and Pardon 

O God, like the children of Israel, we have strayed from the path of righteousness.  We have treated Jesus’ birthday as if it were our own. We have found ourselves seeking the self, rather than yearning to bring gifts to our Lord.  We have overlooked our Savior.  Forgive us, we pray and lead us to the true joy of Christmas, now and forever.  Amen.


Hear the good news.  We are forgiven and called to new life through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Our sins are forgiven in the name of God; maker of love, giver of life, redeemer of all.  Amen.


Old Testament Lesson                                                  Malachi 3: 1-4


*The Holy Gospel Lesson                                                 Luke 1: 68-79

                                                                                                         Luke 3: 7-18

  This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


*Affirmation of Faith                                      The Apostles’ Creed

  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.


*The Gloria Patri

  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. 


Pastoral Prayer                                                      Rev. Larry Brayton


Hymn of Epiphany  Go Tell it on the Mountain                UMH # 251


Receiving Our Tithes and Gifts


*Presentation of Our Offering

     *The Doxology           

             Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow           UMH # 94


Cantata                                                                       The Chancel Choir

“The Glory of Christmas

by Lloyd Larson


The Glory of Christmas


Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning


Prepare the Way of the Lord!


Child of Promise, Child of Love


Jesus is Born Tonight!


Christ is Born This Holy Night


Guide us to the Perfect Night


The Glory of Christmas!

Narrators:  Paul Storer and Anna Reager

Soloist:  Linda Pomfrey, Alto

Technical Support:  Gerry Flinchbaugh

Director:  Stuart Joerg

We hope your spirit will once again be renewed in the

Hope, Promise, Wonder, Majesty, Mystery, Brilliance

and Glory of Christmas.

Merry Christmas, Joy and Peace to each of you.

The Choir






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Please register your attendance in the Attendance Booklet.


 Please pick up your 2019 Offering Envelopes

from the counter in the hallway outside the church office. 


It is with great joy that we welcome the Reverend Larry Brayton to the Huguenot pulpit on this first Sunday after Christmas Day.


 Huguenot Ministry Staff             

  Pastor:  Gay Brown Hall                          434-548-3515,

  Director of Music: Stuart Joerg

Office Administrator:  Elaine Grider

  Preschool Director:  Debbi Mintz

  Nursery Caregiver: Rosalie Koch


Virginia Conference Leadership             

  Conference Bishop:  Sharma D. Lewis

  Richmond District Superintendent:   Peter M. Moon


Worship Leaders

  Acolyte: James Lowery

  Liturgist: Wayne Taney

Offering Counters: Bud Westerhouse and Andy Wright

Ushers: Allen Ames and Chip Woodall

Coffee Fellowship: Ellen Cooper

  Nursery Caregiver:  Rosalie Koch

Child Care Assistant: Pat Brauer

Huguenot United Methodist Church
10661 Duryea Dr, Richmond, VA  23235-2106
(804) 272-6820