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Chrismon Service 2016
Sun, Dec 18, 2016

CHRISMON SERVICE 2016

 

Greeting/Introduction:

 

____________:  Today we gather to announce the Season of Advent!  We lit the first Advent Candle today.  We will continue to light one each of the next three Sundays.  Then, on Christmas Eve, we will light the Christ Candle as we welcome the Christ Child.

 

Advent is a time of preparation and we have made a tradition of getting our sanctuary and, hopefully, ourselves, ready for this special season by decorating the church with a Christmas tree and other greenery and flowers, and by singing Christmas Carols – all in anticipation of this season of hope and expectation.

 

____________:  This year, Progress Club bought a new set of 24 Chrismon ornaments to use in decorating the tree.  Chrismon is a combination of parts of two words:  Christ and monogram.  A Chrismon is just that; a monogram of Christ that is placed on a Christmas tree.  These monograms or symbols are traditionally made in combinations of white and gold.  White, the liturgical color for Christmas, contains all the colors of the spectrum and reminds us that Jesus brings to us in himself the fullness of what it means to be human; the gold reminds us of his majesty and glory.  We use white lights on the tree to remind us that Christ is the “Light of the World.”

 

In our service today, you will learn the meaning of 8 of these symbols before we hang the Chrismons on the tree.

 

Now in the spirit of our gathering, in this special moment, please join in singing “O Come All Ye Faithful,” #182 in our hymnal.

 

 

____________:  I invite____________ and __________ to come up and tell us about the Cross Star and Lamp Chrismons.

 

____________:  The origin of the six-pointed Star of David is not clear, but it’s been representative of the Jewish people for centuries.  With the Cross of Christ at its center, the star symbolizes the belief by Christians that Jesus was the fulfillment of the prophecies that told of the coming of a Messiah, and the statement attributed to Jesus in Revelation 22:16, “I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.”

 

_____________:   In ancient times, an oil lamp provided the most common source of light available to those who traveled after dark.  Symbolically, it represents the desire of the faithful to illuminate their lives with the knowledge and love of God as is found in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, and in the Bible, our most reliable source of true spiritual light and wisdom.  As the Psalmist wrote, “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105).”

 

_____________:  Let us sing “O Come, O Come, Emanuel,” #154 in your hymnal, as __________ and __________ hang the Cross Star and Lamp Chrismons on the tree.

 

Singing……….. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel  #154

 

 

____________ : I invite ____________ and _____________ to come up and tell us about the Crown and Love of God Chrismons.

 

_____________:  A crown has always been a visible symbol for a ruler’s power and authority.  For Christians, the crown symbolizes the ultimate rule over our lives and honor due to the Son of God.  Symbolically, Jesus sits upon the throne of glory in our lives and in Heaven, wearing a crown, reigning as “King of Kings, and Lord of Lords” (Revelation 19:12, 16).

 

____________:  This contemporary symbol, resembling a snowflake in some ways, consists of four hearts, representing love, converging into a circle, which represents the world.  It beautifully symbolizes the familiar words as recorded in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

 

___________:  Let us sing “Lift Up Your Heads, O Mighty Gates,” # 176 in your hymnal, as __________ and __________ hang the Crown and Love of God Chrismons and on the tree.

 

Singing………. Lift Up Your Heads, O Mighty Gates  #176 

 

 

_____________:  I invite ____________ and ________________ to come up and tell us about the Angel and Star Chrismons.

 

_____________: The Angel serves as a messenger of God, telling Mary and Joseph about the coming birth of their special child, as well as the shepherds watching their flocks in the hills outside of Bethlehem when he was born.  As it says in Luke 2:8-9, “And in that region, there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flocks by night.  Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them.”

 

______________:  The familiar symbol of the blazing Star is best known because of its appearance to the Wise Men at the birth of Christ.  As recorded in Matthew 2:9-10, “And lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.  When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.”   

 

_____________: Let us sing “Angels, from the Realms of Glory,” #189 in your hymnal, as __________ and __________ hang the Angel and Star Chrismons on the tree.

 

Singing ……. Angels, from the Realms of Glory  #189

 

 

____________ :  I invite __________ and __________ to come up and tell us about the Harp and Peace Dove Chrismons.

 

 ____________:  The Harp was the favorite instrument of King David.  In 1 Chronicles 13:8 it is recorded, “And David and all Israel played before God with all their might, and with singing, and with harps.”  Harps are also mentioned by John in his description of the music of heaven in Revelation.  For Christians, the harp symbolizes all music which is sung or played to the glory of God, but especially the music of the angels that was heard when Christ was born.

 

_____________: In Genesis 8:11, the Scriptures record, “And the dove came in to Noah in the evening, and lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf … so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth.”  Since that time, the dove with her olive branch has symbolized peace, safety, and God’s desire for reconciliation with humankind, as evidenced by sending Jesus into the world.  “… and he shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

 

___________: Let us sing “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear,” #191 in your hymnal, as __________ and __________ hang the Harp and Peace Dove Chrismons on the tree.

 

Singing …….. It Came Upon the Midnight Clear  #191

 

 

Rev. Curt says…………

“May you each be blessed with love and joy and true meaning of this Advent and Christmas season.  May we seek to live in the light of Christ’s love and be ready when Christ comes.  And may we carry the peace of God wherever we go so that we may share God’s peace with all we meet.”

 

 

 

THE END