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A Very Dakotas Christmas 2021: Online worship service

A Very Dakotas Christmas 2021: Online worship service



The Dakotas Conference Cabinet presents this gift of worship to you, "A Very Dakotas Christmas 2021." Welcome to worship as we celebrate the birth of the Christ child with clergy, families, and scenes from United Methodists across the Dakotas Conference. We invite you to enjoy worship at home from the homes of others!  This service is brought to you by The Dakotas Conference of The United Methodist Church. Thank you for joining us.

Dakotas Conference CCLI Copyright License 5098082; CCLI Streaming License CSPL018565 (Please post with streaming service, Facebook Live, and YouTube)

(The following downloads will be active by Dec. 21, 2021.)

Here is the Order of Worship:

Prelude: piano music from Rev. Lou Whitmer

Welcome to worship - Bishop Laurie Haller 
Scripture 1 - Luke 1:26-38 -  Rev. Margaret Smith, Rev. Paul Lint, Rev. Keith Nelson, Rev. Peggy Hanson
Lighting of the Advent candles - Clergy families from throughout the Dakotas
Lighting of the Christ candle - Elisha Interns at DWU
Scripture 2 - Matthew 1:18-24  - Rev. Mary Ann Bernard, Rev. Jeanne Sortland, Rev. Rey Colón, Rev. Teresa Whetsel
Prayer —Rev. Rebecca Trefz
Song—O, Come All Ye Faithful by Rapid City Canyon Lake UMC Choir, directed by Larry Lashley

Responsive reading  (adapted from Christmas Eve Service of Las Posadas UM BOW 281) led by Dakotas Conference youth

Children’s story - Room for a Little One by Martin Waddell and Jason Cockcroft, read by Rev. Ryan Mutzenberger
Hymn – Make Room by Matt Maher, used with special permission. Performed by Rev. Taylor Johnson
Scripture 3 - Luke 2:1-7 -  Rev. Henry Jenkins, Rev. Mark Ehrmantraut, Rev. Kim Hastings, Rev. John Britt

Sermon - “Make Room” by Rev. Bob Ruedebusch

Prayer—Rev.  Kris Mutzenberger
Scripture 4 - Luke 2:8-20 - Rev. Thom Bowsher, Rev. Veronica Fleming, Rev. Boyd Blumer, Rev. Jerry Simmons
Song - Joy to the World UMH #240  (Joy to the World Unspeakable Joy by Chris Tomlin).  Performed by One Way Up, of Canton UMC
Blessing - Rev. Joel Winckler
Postlude - Bismarck McCabe Bell Choir

Promotional Resources:
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Frequently asked questions:

Can I use parts of the service?

You are welcome to use all of the service or just parts.  Video files will be available for the entire service. There will be separate video files available for: each music selection separately, lighting of the advent and Christ candles, the children's story, the responsive reading, the message, and the prayer with the blessing. 

What other resources will be available? 

There are social media graphics for you to promote the service, some screen or presentation photos for your display during upcoming worship services.

Are there any copyright details I need to know about?
All of the credits to the music and video will fall under the Dakotas Conference licensures and will be visible on the video.


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