• Sunday Order of Service

    December 5, 2021

  • Welcome and Opening Prayer

    Silent Prayer

    Song - "O Come, O Come Emmanuel"

    O Come, thou Key of David, come
    And open wide our heavenly home;
    Make safe the way that leads on high,
    And close the path to misery.

     

    Chorus
    Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
    Shall come to thee, O Israel.

    Advent Candle (from Isaiah 42)

    Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
    I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations.
    He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street;
    a bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench;
    he will faithfully bring forth justice.
    He will not grow faint or be discouraged till he has established justice in the earth;
    and the coastlands wait for his law.

     

    We light this candle as a sign of faith. Though we feel harassed and helpless amidst a broken world, we have a Shepherd who is gentle and who will not rest until our suffering is over. As we wait for our Shepherd King to return, we trust in God’s promise that the day is coming when under the reign of Jesus the world will be made right.

     

    Our King is coming.
    Come, Lord Jesus!

    Song - "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing"

    Hark! the herald angels sing, "Glory to the newborn king;
    Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled."
    Joyful all ye nations rise, join the triumph of the skies;
    With th'angelic host proclaim, "Christ is born in Bethlehem!"
    Hark! the herald angels sing, "Glory to the newborn King!"

     

    Christ, by highest heav'n adored, Christ the everlasting Lord!
    Late in time behold him come, offspring of the virgin's womb.
    Veiled in flesh the God-head see; hail th'incarnate Deity,
    Pleased as man with men to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel.
    Hark! the herald angels sing, "Glory to the newborn King!"

     

    Hail the heav'n born Prince of Peace! Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
    Light and life to all he brings, ris'n with healing in his wings.
    Mild he lays his glory by, born that may no more may die,
    Born to raise the sons of earth, born to give them second birth.
    Hark! the herald angels sing, "Glory to the newborn King!"

    Confession of Faith - Heidelberg Catechism, Q&A 31

    Christian, why is Jesus called “Christ,” meaning “anointed”?

     

    Because he has been ordained by God the Father and has been anointed with the Holy Spirit to be:

    Our chief prophet and teacher who fully reveals to us the secret counsel and will of God concerning our deliverance.

    Our only high priest who has delivered us by the one sacrifice of his body, and who continually pleads our cause with the Father.

    And our eternal king who governs us by his Word and Spirit, and who guards us and keeps us in the freedom he has won for us.

     

    But why are you called a Christian?
     

    Because by faith I am a member of Christ and so I share in his anointing.
    I am anointed
    to confess his name,
    to present myself to him as a living sacrifice of thanks,
    to strive with a free conscience against sin and the devil in this life,
    and afterward to reign with Christ over all creation for eternity.
    Amen.

    Receiving of New Members - Justin & Jodye Cary; Baptism of Shiloh Cary

    Congregational Vow:
    Do you as a congregation commit lovingly to care for Justin and Jodye Cary, seeking their spiritual and physical well being, and do you, furthermore, undertake the responsibility of assisting them in the Christian nurture of Brooks, Sawyer, and Shiloh?

     

    We do.

    Song - "Joy to the World"

    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 sing,
    And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.

     

    Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns!
    Let men their songs employ;
    While fields and floods,
    Rocks, hills and plains
    Repeat the sounding joy,
    Repeat the sounding joy,
    Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.

     

    No more let sins and sorrows grow,
    Nor thorns infest the ground;
    He comes to make His blessings flow
    Far as the curse is found,
    Far as the curse is found,
    Far as, far as, the curse is found.

     

    He rules the world with truth and grace,
    And makes the nations prove
    The glories of His righteousness,
    And wonders of His love,
    And wonders of His love,
    And wonders, wonders, of His love.

    Greeting One Another

    Announcements

    Prayers of the People

    Father, in your word you teach us not to be anxious about anything but instead, with thanksgiving, to present our requests to you. And so we place our anxieties at your feet.
    · Amidst the news of the ongoing spread of Covid and new variants, many of us feel helpless and uncertain about what our future will bring. Lord, we pray that you would bring this pandemic to an end. And we pray for patience and endurance and wisdom as we continue to navigate it.
    · Many of us feel overwhelmed by the busyness and responsibilities of our lives. Help us to know how to navigate these things. Please give us the energy we need to do what you call us to do and the wisdom also to understand our limitations.
    · Many of us are weighed down by sickness, disappointment, and grief. Turn our hearts toward you and help us to wait on you in hope.

     

    Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

     

    And yet, amidst all that troubles us we also have so many reasons for gratitude. We thank you for all your gifts so freely given to us: for life and health and safety, for the joys of human relationships, for strength to work and opportunities for rest, and for all that is beautiful in creation and human life. Above all we thank you for the gift of your Son, for the forgiveness and salvation and eternal life we have in him.

     

    Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

     

    Father, you have said that your will for us is peace through Jesus. We pray for the peace of Christ in our congregation, that you would knit us together in love and unity. Protect us from divisiveness and bitterness and unresolved conflict. We also pray for those we know who do not yet experience the peace that is found in Christ alone. Even now we pray in our hearts for people we know, asking that you would draw them into your saving love.

     

    Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

     

    And with churches throughout the world we pray together, as your Son taught us to pray, saying:

     

    Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
    Your kingdom come, your 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 yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

    Scripture Reading - Psalm 2

    Why do the nations rage
    and the peoples plot in vain?

    2 The kings of the earth set themselves,
    and the rulers take counsel together,
    against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying,

    3 “Let us burst their bonds apart
    and cast away their cords from us.”

     

    4 He who sits in the heavens laughs;
    the Lord holds them in derision.

    5 Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
    and terrify them in his fury, saying,

    6 “As for me, I have set my King
    on Zion, my holy hill.”

     

    7 I will tell of the decree:
    The Lord said to me, “You are my Son;
    today I have begotten you.

    8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
    and the ends of the earth your possession.

    9 You shall break them with a rod of iron
    and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”

     

    10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
    be warned, O rulers of the earth.

    11 Serve the Lord with fear,
    and rejoice with trembling.

    12 Kiss the Son,
    lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
    for his wrath is quickly kindled.
    Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

     

    The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God!

    Sermon - "The Hope of God's Royal Son"

    Community Confession of Sin

    Heavenly Father,
    Your Son is our truest hope,
    worthy of our undivided faith.
    He is the source of our deepest joy,
    and in him alone do we have peace.
    Yet we confess that we so often look elsewhere for these things.
    We place our hope in the promises of this world,
    and we trust the things we feel we can control.
    We seek satisfaction and peace
    in the pleasures and comforts of the moment.
    We confess to you our sinful pride.

    (Silent confession)
    Unfulfilled and humbled, we ask for your forgiveness.
    By your Spirit, turn our hearts toward Jesus.
    Help us to look to him for all that we need,
    that we might serve him faithfully, to the glory of your name.
    Amen.

    Good News of the Gospel - (from Isaiah 53)

    The prophet Isaiah declares that God's promised Christ comes to take our sins away:
    “But he was pierced for our transgressions;
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
    upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
    and with his wounds we are healed.”

     

    Brothers and sisters, in Christ your sins are forgiven; your enemy is defeated; and you are at peace with your loving Creator.
    Thanks be to God!

    Communion

    Song - "Minstrels from the Realms of Light"

    Minstrels from the realms of light, bend to earth to sing His praises,
    For from depth to highest height, God our fallen race upraises
    Now the Christ is come to earth, Hail, all hail, Hail all hail,
    Hail all hail his wondrous birth.

     

    Bethlehem ye wanderers go, seek the Christ for whom such glory,
    Flashing from the heav’nly throne, floods with light the ancient story,
    For the Christ is come to earth, Hail, all hail, Hail all hail,
    Hail all hail his wondrous birth.

     

    There in weakness see him lie, cradled where his mother laid Him,
    Who by angels from the sky, hath immortal honors paid Him;
    See the God-man come to earth, Hail, all hail, Hail all hail,
    Hail all hail his wondrous birth.

    Song - "Doxology"

    Praise God from whom all blessings flow
    Praise Him all creatures here below
    Praise Him above ye heavn’ly host
    Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

    Song - "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence"

    Let all mortal flesh keep silence,
    And with fear and trembling stand;
    Ponder nothing earthly minded,
    For with blessing in His hand,
    Christ our God to earth descendeth,
    Our full homage to demand.

     

    King of kings, yet born of Mary,
    As of old on earth he stood;
    Lord of lords, in human vesture,
    In the body and the blood,
    He will give to all the faithful
    His own self for heavenly food.

     

    Rank on rank the host of heaven
    Spreads its vanguard on the way,
    As the Light of light descendeth
    From the realms of endless day,
    That the powers of hell may vanish
    As the darkness clears away.

     

    At His feet the six winged seraph;
    Cherubim with sleepless eye,
    Veil their faces to the Presence,
    As with ceaseless voice they cry
    "Alleluia, alleluia,
    Alleluia Lord Most High."

    Benediction

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