Sunday December 27, 2020 10 am

First Sunday in Christmastide

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Many ways to worship!

10:00 am - Worship Service on HCC's YouTube Channel:


10:00 am - Sermon on Pete's Facebook:

11:00 am - Virtual Fellowship Time via Zoom:

Meeting ID: 737 5647 1043 Passcode: HCC 

You can also view the bulletin by going to - Worship and Music, Bulletins and Announcements,


11:15 am Kids' Hot-Cocoa Hour

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 819 0957 2941

Passcode: 156979 

We hope you will enjoy the Children's message in the service!

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The service will remain on FaceBook and YouTube if you want to watch later.

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  Hingham Congregational Church

             United Church of Christ

            Hingham, Massachusetts

   An Open and Affirming Congregation

First Sunday in Christmastide

December 27, 2020

Welcoming Covenant

In the name of God and Jesus Christ, the Hingham Congregational Church welcomes all who seek to know and worship God, and invites everyone to join in our mission through participation and leadership of the congregation.

As a community of faith, we take seriously the biblical call to love God and our neighbors as ourselves, and recognize that, although we are many members, we are one.

❖   We celebrate the uniqueness of everyone.

❖   We rejoice in our diversity of views and understandings of our shared faith.

❖   We affirm relationships based on love, commitment, and mutual respect.

❖   As is stated in our by-laws, we strive for righteousness, justice and peace.

It is with this spirit and the love of God that we openly welcome all persons, inclusive of every race, ethnicity, class, age, gender, physical or mental ability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, and inclusive of any others, to journey with us as we move forward with the work of this church in the world.

Order of Worship

Prelude Christmas Prelude Charles Callahan

Jane Kungie oboe  


Hymn                          Go Tell It on the Mountain   Spiritual

Go, tell it on the mountain, Over the hills and every-where;

Go, tell it on the mountain That Jesus Christ is born!

While shepherds kept their watching O'er silent flocks by night, Be-

hold through-out the heavens There shone a holy light.

The Shepards feared and trembled When lo! above the earth Rang

out the angel chorus That hailed our Savior's birth.

Down in a lowly manger The humble Christ was born, And

Good sent us salvation That blessed Christmas morn.                            

Opening Prayer (in unison)

God of all, God of those in poverty and wealth, of the voiceless and the powerful, we are in awe of the little one born in a manger. As angels sing, shepherds watch, and wise men search, we wonder at our response to such a miracle. God with us, please guide us to find you deep within ourselves and our neighbors.



Lord’s Prayer

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.

**We acknowledge God to be among people of all gender identities and expressions; we also acknowledge the importance of tradition.


Children’s Message                                                Priscilla Anderson

Special Music Away in the Manger

Pastoral Prayer                                     Daryl Denelle, Ministry Intern

Scripture Reading: Luke 2:1-20                 Deacon Carlos Mooney

In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and 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 heaven,

   and on earth peace among those whom he favours!’

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.’ So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger.When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

Sermon:   “Jesus’s Little Helper”                     Rev. Dr. Peter W. Allen

Hymn                      O Little Town of Bethlehem, 

led by Louisa and Jacob Rizzo, accompanied by Sarah England

O little town of Bethlehem, How still we see the lie!

Above thy deep and dreamless sleep The silent stars go by;

Yet in thy dark streets shiners The ever lasting Light;

The hopes and fears of all the years Are met in thee tonight.

For Christ is born of Mary, and gathered all above,

While mortals sleep, the angels keep, Their watch go wondering love.

O morning stars, together Proclaim the holy birth!

And praises sing to God the King, And peace to men on earth.

How silently, how silently, The wondrous gift is given!

So God imparts to human hearts The blessings of his heaven.

No ear may hear his coming, but in this world of sin,

Where meek souls will receive him, still The dearest Christ enters in.

O holy Child of Bethlehem! Descend to us, we pray;

Cast out our sin and enter in; Be born in us today.

We hear the Christmas angels The great glad tidings tell;

O come to us, abide with us, Our Lord Emmanuel! Amen.



Postlude   Go Tell It on The Mountain Spiritual                 

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Please keep in 

           your prayers...

  • Marilyn Thomas, Terri Fortin's daughter's mother in law, in the hospital
  • Duchie Murphy & her family
  • Sherry Schilb, recovering from surgery 
  • Andy Parmelee, recovering from surgery
  • Friends and family of George Irving Davis, who recently passed at the age of 103
  • Rosemary Arthur, whose sister, Liz, passed away recently
  • Stephanie Minister’s aunt, Gail Todd, recovering from surgery
  • Mike Collins, Jeff's Dad, struggling with health concerns
  • Brett Anderson, recovering from surgery
  • Ann Holmes, Priscilla Anderson’s mother
  • Al Carpenter 
  • Ryan Lamonde, prayers for peace and courage 
  • People in abusive households
  • All brave essential employees
  • Allan Bacon, Carolyn Antoine's brother
  • Peter Edson
  • Children and youth with atypical routines at this time, especially those with food insecurity 
  • Suzy Burba approved for ordination on January 3, 2021
  • Daryl Denelle, seeking ordination 
  • All those affected by the coronavirus in the world.

Hingham Congregational Church, UCC

366 Main St, Hingham MA 02043


Rev. Dr. Peter Allen, Senior Pastor

David Giessow, Director of Music

Brett Anderson, Director of Technology

Susanne Mullin, Office Administrator

Daryl Denelle, Ministry Intern

Dr. Eileen Hutchins, Organist

Will Exantus, Facilities Manager