Current Bulletin – PDF - Grosse Pointe Memorial Church

“A light by the lakeshore”
December 24, 2014 | Worship 7:30 and 10 p.m.
Adoration of the Child (Honthorst, Gerrit van, 1590 - 1656):
Artwork courtesy of Jean and Alexander Heard Library, Vanderbilt University
Welcome to Grosse Pointe Memorial Church
We are a member congregation of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). We
give thanks to God that you joined us today and we pray you will receive
a sense of God’s loving Spirit from your time with us. No matter who
you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here. Visitor packets are available at the Lakeshore Drive and lakeside entrances.
For more about our actively growing congregation, visit gpmchurch.
org. Please join us for conversation and fairly traded organically shade
grown coffee down in Fellowship Hall following the worship service.
About Worship at GPMC
There is one service of worship on December 28 at 10:30 a.m. in the
Leading and Assisting in Worship: Rev. Peter Henry, Sarah Godbehere
and Carol Marks (7:30 p.m.) and Rev. Susan Mozena (10 p.m.); Carol
Ambrogio Wood, soprano; Michael Fowler, tenor; Laura Larson, flute;
Ann Lemke, oboe; Kerstin Allvin, harp; and the Grosse Pointe Memorial
Church Choir, James Biery, director and organist. Lay Reader: Ethel
Burwell (7:30 p.m.) and Howard Hill (10 p.m.).
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Cassette tapes and CDs of our worship services are available the week
following the service. Please request copies at the reception desk. You
may also watch or listen to sermons at
CHRISTMAS EVE | December 24, 2014
Order of Worship
Gathering Around the Word
*Please rise in body and spirit.
Go placidly amidst the noise and haste and remember what peace there is in silence
Choral and Instrumental Prelude
Instruments – The Cherry Tree Carol
Choir – O Holy Night
Instruments – Carol of the Birds
Choir – Ave Maria
Instruments – What Child Is This
English carol
Adolphe Adam
Catalan carol
Franz Biebl
English carol
*Call to Worship Leader:
Do not be afraid; for see, I am bringing you good news
of great joy.
To us is born this day in the city of David a Savior, the
Messiah, the Lord.
This will be a sign for you: you will find a child
wrapped in cloth and lying in a manger.
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace!
Let us go now to Bethlehem.
*Opening Hymn 41 – O Come, All Ye Faithful
Tune: Adeste Fideles
(All are encouraged to participate in the singing of the carols and hymns; the
hymnals are located underneath the pew ahead of you.)
Lighting of the Christ Candle
Prayer for Illumination
Loving God, by the gift of your Spirit, teach us, like Mary,
to treasure your words and ponder them in our hearts;
through Jesus Christ, your Word made flesh. Amen.
Old Testament Reading – Isaiah 9: 1 - 7
Christ’s birth and kingdom are foretold by Isaiah.
(O.T. p. 600)
Choir – Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day
Gerald Near
Tomorrow shall be my dancing day; I would my true love did so chance
To see the legend of my play, To call my true love to my dance;
Sing, O my love, O my love, my love, my love,
This have I done for my true love.
Then was I born of a virgin pure, Of her I took fleshly substance
Thus was I knit to man’s nature To call my true love to my dance
Sing, O my love…
In a manger laid, and wrapped I was So very poor, this was my chance
Betwixt an ox and a silly poor ass To call my true love to my dance.
Sing, O my love…
Congregational Carol 48 – Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming
Please remain seated and join in singing. Tune: Es ist ein’ Ros’
New Testament Reading – Luke 1:26-38
The birth of Jesus foretold.
Choir – Hallelu!
Down in a valley, sing hallelu!
Mary had a baby, sing hallelu!
What did she name him, sing hallelu,
Named him Jesus, sing hallelu!
(N.T. p. 52)
Stephen Paulus
Congregational Carol 44 – O Little Town of Bethlehem Tune: St. Louis
New Testament Reading – Luke 2:1-7
The birth of Jesus.
(N.T. p. 54)
Choir – Infant Holy
Malcolm Archer
Infant holy, infant lowly, for his bed a cattle stall;
Oxen lowing, little knowing Christ the Babe is Lord of all.
Swift are winging angels singing, nowells ringing, tidings bringing:
Christ the Babe is Lord of all, Christ the Babe is Lord of all.
Flocks were sleeping, shepherds keeping vigil till the morning new;
Saw the glory, heard the story, tidings of a gospel true.
Thus rejoicing, free from sorrow, praises voicing, greet the morrow,
Christ the Babe was born for you, Christ the Babe was born for you!
Congregational Carol 38 – It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
Tune: Carol
All join in singing stanzas 1, 2, and 4. The choir will sing stanza 3
New Testament Reading – Luke 2:8-16
The shepherds and the angels.
(N.T. p. 54)
Choir – Go, Tell It on the Mountain
Spiritual, arr. John W. Work
Go, tell it on the mountain Over the hills and everywhere;
Go, tell it on the mountain That Jesus Christ is born!
While shepherds kept their watching O’er silent flocks by night,
Behold throughout the heavens There shone a holy light.
Go, tell it...
The shepherds feared and trembled When lo! above the earth,
Rang out the angel chorus That hailed our Savior’s birth.
Go, tell it...
Down in a lowly manger Our humble Christ was born,
And God sent us salvation, That blessed Christmas morn.
Go, tell it...
Congregational Carol 22 – Angels, from the Realms of Glory
Tune: Regent Square
Sermon – The Last Straw Rev. Peter Henry
Responding to the Word
*Congregational Carol 23 – Angels We Have Heard on High
All join in singing.Tune: Gloria
Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer
All: 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the
power and the glory forever. Amen.
Offering and Anthem – What Child Is This
Thomas Hewitt Jones
What child is this who, laid to rest, On Mary’s lap is sleeping? Whom
angels greet with anthems sweet, While shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the king, Whom shepherds worship and angels
sing: Haste, haste to bring him praise, The Babe, the Son of Mary.
Why lies he in such mean estate, Where ox and ass are feeding? Good
Christians fear: for sinners here The silent Word is pleading. Nails,
spear shall pierce him through, The Cross be borne for me, for you:
Hail! hail the Word Made Flesh, The Babe, the Son of Mary.
So bring him incense, gold and myrrh; Come peasant, king, to own
him! The King of Kings salvation brings: Let loving hearts enthrone
him! Raise, raise the song on high! The Virgin sings her lullaby. Joy!
joy! for Christ is born, The babe, the Son of Mary!
What child is this who, laid to rest, On Mary’s lap is sleeping? Whom
angels greet with anthems sweet, While shepherds watch are keeping?
What child is this? (William Chatterton Dix)
Taking the Word into the World
New Testament Reading – John 1
The Word became flesh.
(N.T. p. 86)
The Light of Christ Spreads Throughout the World
When passing the light, only unlit candles are tipped; lit candles remain vertical.
Hymn 60 – Silent Night
Tune: Stille Nacht
Silent night, holy night, All is calm all is bright. Round yon virgin
mother and Child. Holy Infant so tender and mild. Sleep in
heavenly peace, Sleep in heavenly peace.
Silent night, holy night. Shepherds quake at the sight. Glories stream
from heaven afar. Heav’nly hosts sing alleluia. Christ the Savior is
born, Christ the Savior is born.
Silent night, holy night, Son of God, love’s pure light. Radiant beams
from Thy holy face, With the dawn of redeeming grace. Jesus, Lord at
Thy birth, Jesus, Lord at Thy birth.
Silent night, holy night, Wondrous star lend thy light, With the
angels let us sing, Alleluia to our King, Christ the Savior is born,
Christ the Savior is born.
Please extinguish your candle, being careful of the hot wax, and return them
to the boxes at the sanctuary entrances as you exit. *Congregational Carol 40 – Joy to the World
Tune: Antioch
Organ Postlude – Chant du Roi René
(Noël Provencal)
Alexandre Guilmant
Copyright Acknowledgments: The following are used with permission,
license No. A-718520. All rights reserved.
Tonight’s Music: The beloved Christmas song “O Holy Night” was
written by a French poet in 1847. It enjoyed wide popularity in France
until leaders of the Catholic Church denounced the song because the
author was Jewish. About a decade later, the American abolitionist John
S. Dwight translated the song into English and introduced it to America.
The words of the third verse (“Truly he taught us to love one another…)
were particularly powerful then, as they are today.
The German composer Franz Biebl composed this setting of the Ave Maria
in 1964. It was brought to America by the Cornell University Glee Club,
and then popularized by the all-male singing group Chanticleer. The piece
combines the traditional Ave Maria text with the Angelus, a prayer said at
the ringing of bells at 6 a.m., noon, and 6 p.m.
The carol text “Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day” seems to have had
its origin in the medieval tradition of the mystery play. The carol tells the
story of Christ the Redeemer’s incarnation among humankind, and calls
us (his “true love”) to follow him in his “dance” on earth. The Gerald Near
is an American composer now residing in New Mexico.
Malcolm Archer is director of chapel music at Winchester College in
England. His “Infant Holy”is a new setting of a traditional Polish carol
text, with a gentle melody supported by warm harmonies.
“Hallelu!” comes from the pen of the late Minnesota composer Stephen
Paulus. One of the most prominent and prolific composers of our time,
Paulus wrote over 400 works which have been performed throughout the
world. After a major stroke on July 4, 2013, he passed away in October.
This beautiful piece uses phrases from the traditional spiritual “Mary Had
a Baby.”
“Go Tell It on the Mountain” was arranged for men’s voices by John W.
Work 1871-1925), the first African-American collector of folk songs and
spirituals. Work was born in Nashville, attended Fisk University, studied
at Harvard, and then returned to Nashville to teach at Fisk. He directed
the famous Fisk Jubilee Singers.
“What Child Is This” was composed by Thomas Hewitt Jones, a young
English composer of both concert and commercial music. The poetry
was written by William Chatterton Dix (1837-1898) as “The Manger
Throne” and is most commonly sung to the traditional English ballad
tune “Greensleeves.”
The instrumental arrangements of the carols heard during the prelude,
and the carols sung by the congregation during the service, were composed
by James Biery.
Our choir always welcomes new members. The choir sings a wide variety
of sacred choral music, and presents two large-scale works every year. We
also offer a handbell choir for those who enjoy music but don’t consider
themselves singers. If you are interested, contact James Biery, Minister of
Music, at (313) 882-5330 or [email protected]
Looking Ahead
December 28:
January 4:
Worship 10:30 a.m.
Worship 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
End of year 2014 Charitable Contributions. We want to remind you that
the Church offices will be closed after the conclusion of the Christmas Eve
services until January 4th, 2015. All remaining contributions that have
been received by midnight Monday, December 29, 2014 will be processed
on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 as Jim, Phyllis, and Julie in the Finance
department will be working all day. If any other items are received/
postmarked by 12/31/14, they will also be processed as part of your 2014
Year-end Statement, but not until Monday, January 5, 2015. Should you
have any questions, please contact Jim Schultz: [email protected]
ext. 126, Phyllis May: [email protected] ext. 128, or Julie McCrea:
[email protected] ext. 146.
Christian Education
Last Chance for High School Mission Trip Registration! GPMC is
bringing high school students to Chavies, KY, from June 21-28, to work on
home improvement projects in Appalachia. Work, worship, music, and fun
are all part of the package. The registration deadline is Dec. 31 and only 8
spots remain, so get your registration in soon! For more information, pick
up a registration packet in the CE Office or on our website at gpmchurch.
And More...
Caring for Creation at Christmas can be easier than you think. Buy
fewer things- that’s step #1. Beyond that, here are a few ideas. We’ll
have a recycling bin at the garage (by Trinity Terrace) beginning Dec. 24
to take your small consumer electronics: printers, lap-tops, cell phones,
etc. Unfortunately we cannot accept televisions. We will also have a
bin to receive recycled Christmas cards. The front covers, if they do not
have writing, can be re-used for a variety of purposes. Finally, we have
shade-grown, organically grown, fairly traded coffee and cocoa for sale in
Fellowship Hall on Dec. 21 and at the Reception Desk during the week.
Coffee is $7.50 for a 12 oz. bag and the cocoa is available in 12 oz. cans.
Give the gift of life! GPMC is hosting a blood drive on Wednesday,
Jan. 7, 2 – 8 p.m. Visit and use the sponsor
code “gpbloodcouncil” to schedule your appointment. Contact Ann
Fitzpatrick at 313.886.8437 or [email protected] with any questions.
Christmas Poinsettias: Given in Loving Memory of
Will and Betty Abramovic by their daughter and granddaughters, Linda,
Leslie, and Amy Greenfield.
Don, Martha, and Robert Ash, by their family.
Christine Berg by her parents, Rick and Mary Berg; Our parents by Rick
and Mary Berg.
J. Armistead Burwell, Jr. and our little daughter, Mary Armistead
Burwell by Ethel Burwell.
My parents, Duncan and Matilda Carmichael by their daughter, Jean
Carmichael; and my friend, Betty M. Ouellette, by Jean Carmichael.
Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Chesbrough, Dr. and Mrs. Gordon R. Maitland, and
Dr. and Mrs. Edward A. Wishropp by Gordon and Elizabeth Maitland.
Helen and Charles d’Olive, Margaret and Robert Mozena, Jane Mozena
Morris, Robert Fink Mozena, and Jonathan Clodfelter by John and
Susan Mozena.
Alice Fournie and Howard K. Gandelot, Shirley Smart and Curtis V.
Mower by their children John and Lisa Gandelot.
Their great-grandparents by their great-grandchildren, Christopher and
Nathaniel Bejin.
Our parents, George and Dorothy Griffith, and Donald and Katherine
Hart by Allan and Gail Hart.
Julie Henkel, Nancy Fisher, Gay Ahlgrim, Alden Gordon, and Robert
G. Edgar by Lauren and Ben Chapman.
Ted Hodges by Jean Hodges and family.
Palmer and Rosetta Kalajian, by their daughter Drema Kalajian.
John Kerwin by his family, Barbara Kerwin, Nina DeLand, Michelle
DeLand, Brent Kelso and George Liller.
Gary L. Kristan by his family.
Henry M. Kuhlman, by Elizabeth Kuhlman, Sarah Kuhlman Gray and
Henry Nelson Kuhlman.
Our parents, Zack and Modelle Lee and George and Jeanne Kordas by
the James Kordas family.
Jack Leverenz, by Audrey, his children and grandchildren.
Marilyn Lighton by her daughter Mary Shafer and Tom Shafer and
grandchildren Katie and Elliot.
Bob Lytle, by his wife, Carol, and his children Tom, Jay and Courtney and
their families.
Leo “Pete” and Doris Marker by their daughter, Melanie Norberg.
Betsy Owen Moore, by Debby Owen and John Boris.
David Moyer, with love by his wife, Carol Koepplin.
Betty and Joe Mrazek, by their sister and brother-in-law, Ray and Ann
Dorothy and Sidney Newhouse with enduring love from their children
Nancy (Tom), Phil (Cindy), David (Denise), their grandchildren: Tom
(Lisa), Michelle (Scott), Julie (Shaun), Andrew (Stephanie), Meredith
(Terry), Megan (George), and their great-grandchildren: Brooke, Courtney,
William, Evelyn, Hazel, Vivenne, Ella and Virginia.
Jan and Martha Nyboer by their family.
Our parents, Betty and Walt Owen, and Helen and John Boris, by their
children, Debby Owen and John Boris.
Our parents, Russell and Agnes Palmer, and William and Helen
Ouellette, by their children, Bill and Sue Ouellette.
Anne Leete Parcells, by her daughter and son-in-law, Gretchen and Norb
Madison and her grandchildren, Andrew, Jackie, and Ethan Madison.
Frank H. Parcells, M.D., by his daughter and son-in-law, Gretchen
and Norb Madison and her grandchildren, Andrew, Jackie, and Ethan
Jacqueline Rohn Parcells, by her daughter, Gretchen Madison and her
grandchildren, Andrew, Jackie, and Ethan Madison.
George and Dorothy Renaud by George, Donyel and Carter Renaud.
Patricia M. Shimkus and Betty Hutchinson, with love by their dear
friend, Carol Koepplin.
Ruth and Bertram Shover, Clara and Wilber Brucker, Wil Brucker by
Doris Ann Brucker and family.
Our niece, Erin Marie Stanek, by Steve and Michele Ondersma.
My family, Leon, Euvon and Frank Sweet, with love by Carol Koepplin.
Richard L. Weinberg, by his wife, Phoebe Weinberg; Phoebe and
Wellington Burt, by their daughter, Pheobe Weinberg.
Christmas Poinsettias: Given in Honor of
My seeker, Emma Edwards, with love by Elizabeth Tengler.
Our granddaughter, Charlotte Eriksen’s marriage to Joseph O’Donnell
by her grandparents Chick and Sally VanDusen.
Meg and Rob Glimcher, by their good friends, Gretchen and Norb
Shawn Samuelson Henry by her children and husband.
Our grandparents, Susan “Grammy” and Joe “Baba” Johnston, and Ron
“Papa” and Pat “Gram” Cornell, with love by Doug and Michael Tengler,
Joe and Anna Cornell, and Chris and Teagan Cornell.
Carol Marks, by Linda Robinson and her sister.
Christmas Poinsettias: Given by
Cynthia and Edsel Ford and family.
Jim Hooper, for the blessing of sons Walter and Carlos.
Ray and Ann Steben, in celebration of mother, Emily Steben, on her
100th birthday.
Christmas Music Fund: Given in Loving Memory of
Marjorie Ball, by Marcia and Bill Ball.
Our Beppe by Steve, Michele, Annelies, Nolan and Cooper Ondersma.
Jack Duncan by his wife, Mary Lou and family.
Stephen John Gilbert by his wife, Tamara, daughters, Chelsea and
Meredith and his parents, Ellwyn and Johanna Gilbert.
Julie Henkel, Nancy Fisher, Gay Ahlgrim, Alden Gordon, and Robert
G. Edgar by Lauren and Ben Chapman.
Anne R. Hudson from her family.
Jason Howe by his daughter, Judy Masserang.
Henry Malcolm Kuhlman, by Elizabeth S. Kuhlman, Sarah Kuhlman
Gray and Henry N. Kuhlman.
Our parents, Zack and Modelle Lee and George and Jeanne Kordas by
the James Kordas family.
Annie O’Brien and to the Glory of God, by Marcia and Bill Ball.
Our son, Andrew Ouellette, by his parents Bill and Sue Ouellette.
Our Pakke by Annelies, Nolan and Cooper Ondersma.
Daniel Arthur Pogue, by his mother, Kristin Beck Pogue, and grandparents,
Dan and Jackie Beck.
Ruth and Bertram Shover, Clara and Wilber Brucker, Wil Brucker by
Doris Ann Brucker and family.
Bernice and Theron Tayler, by their daughter, Georgiana Solomon;
Roxana Booker and Natalie Thomas, by their sister, Georgiana Solomon.
Christmas Music Fund: Given in Honor of
My wonderful son and grandson, Brad and Kyle Koepplin, with love by
Carol Koepplin.
Our loving families here and abroad - daughter, Nancy, grandchildren,
Johnny, Angie and Joey; and son Chris (Jane) by George and Inge Vincent.
Christmas Music Fund: Given by
Cynthia and Edsel Ford and family.
Gordon and Elizabeth Maitland.
Building Hours:
Office: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Office will be closed Thursday, December 25, 2014
through Friday, January 2, 2015
“A light by the lakeshore”
16 Lakeshore Dr. | Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236
313.882.5330 |