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The Lord’s Day Morning Worship

Sunday, December 9, 2018


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 

The Musical Prelude and Preparation for Worship

Call to Worship:       (from Isaiah 40)                                                               

     Minister: A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” As we gather today, let us prepare our hearts to     worship the Lord of glory by confessing our sin to God.

Confession of Sin:           (Adapted from The Worship Sourcebook, 2004, CRC Publications)

                  Congregation:   Almighty God, you who shaped out of nothing all that is, forgive us for returning empty-handed. You who called forth light, forgive our preference for the dark! You who sends your messengers into the world proclaiming truth, forgive our unwillingness to say anything at all! Create in us clean hearts, O God, and renew a right spirit within us. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.      

Assurance of Pardon:

     Hear now the promise of God:

“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. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.       (Isaiah 40:4-5,8)    

*     Song of Adoration:        Hymn #194   O Come, O Come, Emmanuel 

*     Song of Praise:       Red Book #3     In Christ Alone

*     Prayer of Invocation                                                                  

*     Song of Thanksgiving:         Hymn #218   Angels, from the Realms of Glory                            

Scripture Reading:       Psalm 8:1-9

Advent Candle Lighting 

Confession of Faith:       (Westminster Shorter Catechism, Q.26)                                        

     Minister: How does Christ execute the office of a king?

                  Congregation: Christ executes the office of a king, in subduing us to himself, in ruling and defending us, and in restraining and conquering all his and our enemies.                                

*   Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession:         Dr. Dennis Ferris, Ruling Elder Emeritus 

The Collection of Tithes and Offerings:

     “Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!”     (2 Corinthians 9:15) 

*   Song of Preparation:        Hymn #439   Christ Shall Have Dominion 

The Preaching of the Word:        Rev. Sean M. Henderson

“Salvation Unfurled: Dominion Renewed”     (Hebrews 2:5-9)

Reception of New Communicant Members

The Sacrament of Baptism   

The Lord’s Supper  

The 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. 

The Prayer of Thanksgiving 

*     Closing Song:     Red Book #35     Give Thanks

*   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