The Lord’s Day Morning Worship
Sunday, December 17, 2017
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.
The Musical Prelude and Preparation for Worship
Welcome and Announcements
Choral Prelude: To Change the World
Call to Worship: (from Philippians 4:4-5)
Minister: Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
Congregation: We rejoice in the hope of Christ’s coming. Let us worship God!
* Song of Adoration: Hymn #208 O Come, All Ye Faithful
* Prayer of Invocation
* Song of Praise: Hymn #211 God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen
* Song of Thanksgiving: Red Book #27 10,000 Reasons
Confession of Faith— The Apostle’s Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended into hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic* church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
* “catholic” means “universal”
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 7:10-17
Advent Candle Lighting
* Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession: Rev. Sean Henderson, Pastor
The Collection of Tithes and Offerings:
“Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15)
Choral Offertory: Oh! Night Among the Thousands
* Song of Preparation: Red Book #39 Joy Has Dawned
The Preaching of the Word: Rev. Sean M. Henderson
“The Story of Jesus: Born of the Virgin Mary” (Matthew 1:18-25)
The Lord’s Supper
Confession of Sin: (Adapted from The Worship Sourcebook, 2004, CRC Publications)
Minister: Christ became like us in every way yet without sin. Therefore, let those of us who trust in Him confess our sins to God.
Congregation: O Lord, as we celebrate this Christmas season, we confess that we have done so little with so much. Forgive us Lord, for not bending the knee, for not reading your Word, for not searching our hearts, for not facing our sins. Forgive us according to your tender mercies, O God! Grant that when Christmas morning comes this year, we may have a fresh sense of your presence and a renewed resolve to live to the praise of Christ’s glory. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon:
Hear the good news!
“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
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: Hymn #731 Doxology
* The Benediction
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