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Christmas 2009 Sermon In Song

The Choirs of

The Montgomery United Methodist Church

The Chancel Choir

The Rev. Dr. Anthony J. Godlefski, Director

Dr. Laura Bell, Organist and Pianist

The Jubilee Handbell Choir

Mrs. Margie Mutchler, Director


 “All For a Baby"

20 December 2009


Welcome - The Reverend Dr. Anthony J. Godlefski


Prelude: Silent Night - The Jubilee Handbell Choir


• Scripture Readings:

    The Lesson: Micah 5:2-5a

        2But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who are one of the little clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to rule in Israel, whose origin is from of old, from ancient days.

        3Therefore he shall give them up until the time when she who is in labour has brought forth; then the rest of his kindred shall return to the people of Israel.
        4And he shall stand and feed his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they shall live secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth;
        5and he shall be the one of peace.  

    The Gospel: Luke 1:39-55

        39In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country,

        40 where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.

        41When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit
        42 and exclaimed with a loud cry, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
        43And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me?
        44For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leapt for joy.
        45And blessed is she who believed that there would be* a fulfilment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.’ Mary’s Song of Praise

        46And Mary* said, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord,
        47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
        48 for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
        49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
        50His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.
        51He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
        52He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly;
        53 he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty.
        54He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy,
        55 according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.’


Offertory: Joseph's Lullaby - John Kavanaugh

            George Bartlett, tenor

Mary are you sleeping? Mary I'm afraid Mary can I live up to The choice that God has made? Jesus can You tell me Here upon my knee What kind of father will I be?

What can I give to You You, made from miracles That God has given me to keep? I can't give much to You You, made from miracles But I can hold You as You sleep

What can You learn from me You, made from miracles When I've so much to learn from You? What can a man like me Offer the Miracle Who taught me miracles come true

Tell me how to guide You Tell me what to say Tell me how to show You how To show the world the Way How to please the angels Watching from above When all I have to give You is love.

But if it's love You need You made from miracles Then take my hand and hold it tight And I will give you love Sweet, little Miracle That God has given me tonight

Sweet little Miracle Oh what a miracle That God had given us tonight.  


All For a Baby - Sermon In Song


And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from. Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also wend: up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David)  To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.


• A Jubilant Christmas

Angels We Have Heard on High;

We Three Kings;

Hark, the Herald Angels Sing


And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in. a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.


• All For a Baby - Ruth Elaine Schram

            Stars illuminate the midnight sky.  Never has there been a night so bright; I ask why.  All for a Baby, tucked in a manger, all for this tiny Child, stars illuminate the midnight sky.

             Angels sing a tender lullaby.  "Gloria in excelsis Deo," rings throughout the skies.  All for a Baby, tucked in a manger, all for this tiny Child; angels sing a tender lullaby.

            Kings and shepherds congregate around His little bed; unaware, the Baby simply rests His little head. Animals are hushing now, their silent heads are bowed, each one paying homage in the only way they know how. All for a Baby! 

            On a cold December night, when stars are bright and clear, if you listen with your heart, then you perchance will hear echoes of angels singing their lullabies;  all for a Baby, tucked in a manger, under the starry skies.

            Stars illuminate the midnight sky.  Angels sing a tender lullaby.  Lullaby. 


And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord carne upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.  And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.


• Goin' to Bethlehem see that Baby, Goin' to Bethlehem, see that Child; Goin' to Bethlehem, see that Baby, Goin' to Bethlehem - gonna take a while. - Jay Althouse


And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hash made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.


 • The Little Drummer Boy  - The Jubilee Handbell Choir


And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.


• Celtic Christmas - arr. Audrey Snyder

            Cindy Bartlett, flute

            Sleep, my baby, sleep my dear one, snuggle softly, safe and warm. Mother gently watches over you, nestled in her loving arms. Guardian angels gather round you, Blessings brought from heaven above;  Hush, my babe in peaceful slumber, know our hearts undying love.

            Good people all, this Christmas time, consider well, and bear in mind what good our God for us has done in sending His beloved Son.  With Mary holy we should pray to God with love this Christmas Day.  In Bethlehem upon that morn, there was a blessed Messiah born.


And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God. for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.


• Jesus, Oh, What a Wonderful Child! - arr. Lloyd Larson

            Dylan Boger, drums

            Jesus, oh what a wonderful Child!  Jesus, so lowly, meek and mild.  New life, new hope, new joy he brings; listen to the angels sing - glory, glory, glory to the newborn King!"

            He was herald by the angels; born in a lowly manger.  The Virgin Mary was His mother, and Joseph was His earthly father.  Three wise men came from afar - they were guided by a shining star to see King Jesus where He lay in a manger filled with hay


In Him - in Jesus Christ - was Life; and that Life was the Light of us all.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never overcome it.  Joy to the World! The Lord. is Come. Let earth receive her king. Let every heart prepare Him room, and heaven and nature, sing! And heaven and nature, sting! Let us all celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, our King!


• Joy to the World - All Sing!

             Joy to the World, the Lord is come!

 Let earth receive her King! Let every heart prepare Him room, and heaven and nature sing!

          Joy to the world - the Savior reigns!

 Let men their songs employ; while fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains repeat the sounding joy.

          He rules the world with truth and grace,

and makes the nations prove the glories of His righteousness, and wonders of His love. 



Benediction - The Reverend Dr. Anthony J. Godlefski


Postlude: Joy to the World Fantasy - Martha Sherrill Kelsey

            Dr. Laura Bell, piano

            Dylan Boger, drums



Thank you for your presence

and encouragement this morning! 


God bless you, and Merry Christmas!