Christmas Cantata

December 11, 2022
Christmas Cantata
Rev. David Petty
Stephanie Shorden

The Lighting of the Advent Wreath            
Bobbie Stribling & Steve Wenzl
Reader 1: Today is the third Sunday of Advent.
Reader 2: As we await the coming of Christ, we rejoice in all things for the Lord is near!
Reader 1: Today, we light the third candle in the advent wreath: the candle of Joy.
Reader 2: Some of us feel the joy of the season with each passing day.  Some of us struggle. We light this candle to light our way toward joy.
Congregation: This is the day that the Lord has made, we shall rejoice and be glad in it.
*Gathering Song       
The First Noel           
vs. 1 UMH #245
WORDS: Trad. English carol (Luke 2:8-14; Mt. 2:1-12)
1. The first Noel the angel did say was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay; in fields where they
lay keeping their sheep, on a cold winter’s night that was so deep.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, born is the King of Israel.
Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming
vs. 1, 2 UMH #216
WORDS: Sts. 1-2, 15th cent. German; trans. by Theodore Baker 1894;
st. 3 from The Hymnal, 1940 (Is. 35:1-2)
St.  3 © 1940, 1942, renewed 1971 The Church Pension Fund
1. Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming from tender stem hath sprung! Of Jesse’s lineage coming, as those of old have sung. It came a floweret bright, amid the cold of winter, when half spent was the night.
2. Isaiah ’twas foretold it, the Rose I have in mind; with Mary we behold it, the Virgin Mother kind. To show God’s love aright, she bore to us a Savior, when half spent was the night.
Scripture Reading                 
Lu Petersen
Mystery Box               
Invitation to Prayer               
Rev. David Petty
Anyone wishing to come forward to the Communion Railing to pray or light a prayer candle may do so.
Pastoral Prayer, Silent Prayer & The Lord’s Prayer          
Pastor Donnie Sturgill
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 to trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the Kingdom, and the Power and the Glory forever.
Invitation to Offering                       
Lu Petersen

Sanctuary Choir          
Prayer of Thanks & Dedication                  
Rev. David Petty

Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow
UMH #94
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise God, all creatures here below: Alleluia! Alleluia!  Praise God, the source of all our gifts! Praise Jesus Christ, whose power uplifts! Praise the Spirit, Holy Spirit! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Christmas Cantata     
Gloria by John Trotta   
Sanctuary Choir

*Affirmation of Faith          
Pastor Donnie Sturgill
We believe in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God
as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking a humble form, being born in human likeness.
 And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death –
even death on a cross.
 Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess to the glory of God:
 We believe in the triune God, Creator, Christ, and Holy Spirit.
 We believe that WE are the people of God.
 We are St. Paul's United Methodist Church.
 We celebrate the unconditional love of God, We follow the way and teachings of Christ, through the power and guidance of God's Holy Spirit. We believe we are called to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to Love our neighbor as ourselves.

*Sending Hymn      
O Come, All Ye Faithful       
vs. 1, 2 UMH #234
WORDS: John F. Wade, ca. 1743; trans. by Frederick Oakeley 1841, and others
1. 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;
O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.
2. True God of true God, Light from Light Eternal, lo, he shuns not the Virgin’s womb; Son of the 
Father, begotten,  not created;
O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.
Rev. David Petty

Stephanie Shorden
Thank You
For participating in our toy drive
You are Wonderful!
We will take any NEW,
unwrapped toys you would like to give.

We are especially in need of:
Toys for 0-5 years old including: Fisher Price toys and Little People sets
Littlest Pet Shop            Bluey              Cocomelon
Paw Patrol        PJ Mask              Anything Disney
Farm Animals   Zoo Animals              Dinosaurs
Military Men     Little Girls Makeup             Lincoln Logs
Nail Polish Sets             Legos              Duplos
Building Sets Large Toy Cars Trucks
Trains Motorcycles Games
Kitchen Play Sets Toy Food, Dishes, Tea Sets
Craft Activity Sets and Art Classes                             Barbie and Barbie Clothes
LOL Dolls and Baby Dolls Nerf Guns and Balls Play-Doh Sets
Toy Musical Instruments Remote Control Vehicles
Hats, Scarfs, Mittens, Holiday PJ’s

You can also make Monetary donations at or at
Or write a check to St. Paul’s UMC and add Christmas Unlimited to the memo line! We will be continuing with the Rent-A-Poinsettia. The money raised will go to Christmas Unlimited. There will be a shopping cart in the Narthex for toy donations!
Christmas Eve Services
December 24, 2022

5:00pm - Family and Children's Service:
Come All Ye Families of all shapes and sizes. Join us for a fun, family-friendly Christmas Eve service. Every element of this service has been designed with families and kids in mind (whether you’re 1 or 99). We will sing familiar Christmas songs, watch a video or two explaining the Christmas story. Crying babies and kids running up and down the aisles are welcome. The more the merrier.

7:00pm - A Service of Lessons and Carols – Come all for the service where we pull out all the stops! We will have the organ, piano, choir, bells, and more! This traditional Christmas Eve service consists of scripture, music, and a message of hope. We will end the service by lighting candles and lifting them high as we celebrate that the light of Christ has come into the world at Christmas. If you are looking for the "Classic" Christmas Eve Service, this is for you. For those with small children, childcare will be provided.

Livestream – If you can’t make it in person, we invite you to join us live using the following links for the services:

Topic: 5:00 pm December 24th Family Eve Service
Time: Dec 24, 2021 05:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
ID: 719 634 7046 Passcode: 80909

Topic: 7:00pm A Service of Lessons and Carols
Time: Dec 24, 2021 07:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 719 634 7046 Passcode: 80909
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