The Lord’s Day Morning Worship
Sunday, December 8, 2019
If you are visiting with us, we are delighted you’re here. Please fill out the connection card in your bulletin and place it in the offering bag during the collection so that we will have a record of your visit and may have the opportunity to get to know you better. Please note that we have a nursery for children 2 and under. We also have a ‘cry room’ in the northwest corner of the sanctuary, as well as a “Family Room” for worship training in the Maroa Room with a live video stream of the service. Please ask one of the ushers for assistance if you would like to make use of one of these options. But please know that children of all ages are welcome in the sanctuary at all times.
Welcome and Announcements
Musical Prelude and Preparation for Worship
Call to Worship – based on Joel 2:1,15
Minister: Blow a trumpet in Zion; sound an alarm on my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming.
Congregation: Call a solemn assembly; gather the people. Consecrate the congregation; assemble the elders; gather the children, even nursing infants. Come, let us worship the Lord!
* Song of Adoration: Hymn #214 Angels We Have Heard on High
* Prayer of Invocation
* Song of Praise: Hymn #213 What Child Is This?
* Song of Thanksgiving: Red Book 3 In Christ Alone
Confession of Faith – Heidelberg Catechism, Q.31
Minister: Why is He called “Christ,” that is, Anointed?
Congregation: Because He is ordained of God the Father and anointed with the Holy Spirit to be our chief Prophet and Teacher, who has fully revealed to us the secret counsel and will of God concerning our redemption; and our only High Priest, who by the one sacrifice of His body, has redeemed us, and ever lives to make intercession for us with the Father; and our eternal King, who governs us by His Word and Spirit, and defends and preserves us in the redemption obtained for us.
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 9:2-7
Advent Candle Lighting
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession: Mr. Bill Kokke, Ruling Elder
The Collection of Tithes and Offerings
“Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!” (2nd Corinthians 9:15)
Choral Offertory: Beyond the Noise
* Song of Preparation: Hymn #235 All Glory, Laud, and Honor
Sermon: “The Story of Jesus: The One Who is Proclaimed the King” (Matthew 21:1-11)
Rev. Sean Henderson
The Lord’s Supper
Confession of Sin (Adapted from The Worship Sourcebook, 2004, CRC Publications)
Minister: Prepare the way of the Lord! Let us make our confession to God.
Congregation: Merciful God, always with us, always coming: We confess that we do not know how to prepare for your Advent. We have forgotten how to hope in miracles; we have ignored the promise of your kingdom; we get distracted by all the busyness of this season. Forgive us, God. Grant us the simple wonder of the shepherds, the intelligent courage of the Magi, and the patient faith of Mary and Joseph, that we may journey with them to Bethlehem and find the good news of a child born for us. Now, in the quiet of our hearts, we ask you to make us ready for his coming. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
Hear the good news!:
“Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals. Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” (Revelation 5:5,12)
Invitation to Communicants
The Words of Institution:
“For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also after Supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
The Distribution of the Elements:
Please remain seated as the elders bring the bread and the cup to you. Please hold the elements until all have been served so that we can partake together. If you need assistance, please let one of the elders know when they come by. This is the Lord’s Table, and so we come at His invitation. Therefore, we welcome all who have trusted in Jesus Christ and acknowledge Him as Lord. If you are a baptized member of this or any evangelical church (a church where the gospel is loved and proclaimed), then we invite you to come. We ask that children not partake of the Lord’s Supper until they have become communing members of such a church. We come not on the basis of our own righteousness, but on the righteousness of Christ. Therefore, if you are a repentant sinner, who recognizes your only hope is in Christ’s redemptive work for you, then you are urged to come.
Prayer of Thanksgiving
* Closing Song: #735 Gloria Patri
The elders of the church are available for a time of prayer immediately after the service, if you wish. Please contact one of them if you would like them to pray with you today. They are also available during the week.
* Indicates To Stand, If You Are Able