Worship Preparation

The Lord’s Day | December 15, 2019
The Third Day of Advent

 

Preparation

Gathering Song
Joy Has Dawned

Call to Worship Psalm 32:11
Leader: Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!

Prayer of Adoration
 

Hymn of Praise
O Come, O Come Emmanuel Hymn 194

Confession of Faith, Summary of the Ten Commandments, Matthew 22:34-40
Leader: But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”

All: And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

 

Hymn of Praise
God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen Hymn 211

 

Prayer of Confession and Forgiveness

 

Advent Reading Isaiah 40:1-5

1 Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. 2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the LORD's hand double for all her sins. 3 A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. 4 Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. 5 And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”

 

Advent Hymn 
What Child Is This? Hymn 213


Church Life Announcements

Prayer for Offering

Offertory

Doxology
Angels From the Realms of Glory
                                             
Pastoral Prayer

Scripture Reading Acts 6:1-7

1 Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. 2 And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. 3Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. 4 But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” 5 And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. 6 These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them. 7 And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.

 

Sermon,  "Widows in Poverty: God's Design to Grow the Church"   Jeff Smith

Hymn Of Rejoicing 
Joy to the World Hymn 195

Benediction

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Further Reflection

*Take some time to read the words and sing the songs before Sunday and rejoice in the Lord. This will help you to engage in the singing, especially if the songs are unfamiliar.

*Sin has separated us from God, but Jesus has done away with our sin by his death and resurrection and therefore we can have a full, intimate relationship with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Do you come to the worship service as someone who is separated from God? 

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More resources on worship

The Victorious Lamb  Sermon 5/26/19

What is Your Song? Blog Post

Songs We Sing Together Blog Post

Then Sings My Soul Blog Post

Storied Worship Blog Post

Music at Peace Blog Post

Worship Reformation - Sermon from 10/8/17

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