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First Sunday of Advent
Sunday, November 29, 2020
Welcome and Announcements
Musical Prelude and Preparation for Worship
Call to Worship – from Joel 2:1
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; it is near.
Congregation: Come, let us worship the Lord!
* Song of Adoration: Hymn #21 Sing Praise to the Lord! (click here)
* Prayer of Invocation
* Song of Praise: Hymn #218 Angels, from the Realms of Glory (click here)
Scripture Reading: Romans 1:1-7 (click here)
Advent Candle Lighting
Confession of Faith – Heidelberg Catechism, Q.31-32
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.
Minister: But why are you called a Christian?
Congregation: Because by faith I am a member of Christ and thus a partaker of His anointing, in order that I also may confess His Name, may present myself a living sacrifice of thankfulness to Him, and with a free conscience may fight against sin and the devil in this life, and hereafter in eternity reign with Him over all creatures.
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession
* Song of Preparation: Red Book 46 May the Peoples Praise You (click here)
Sermon: “How Long, O Lord?: The Grand Finale” (Psalm 150)
The Lord’s Supper
Confession of Sin: (Adapted from The Worship Sourcebook, 2004, CRC Publications)
Minister: The Scripture says, “In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind” (Job 12:10). In light of this truth, let us confess our sin to God.
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 sent John to be a voice crying, 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 promises of God to those who truly repent of their sin and trust in Christ:
“Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. 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.” (Isaiah 40:1-2)
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
Prayer of Thanksgiving
The Collection of Tithes and Offerings
“Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation.” (Psalm 111:1)
* Closing Song: #731 Doxology (click here)
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