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Bulletin 12/10/2023 10:45 a.m. Worship Service

December 10, 2023

Second Sunday of Advent

 

Announcements 

 

Invocation

 

Scripture: Isaiah 40:1-11

 

1 Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God.

2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid, that she has received from the Lord's hand double for all her sins.

3 A voice cries out: "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 Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken."

6 A voice says, "Cry out!" And I said, "What shall I cry?" All people are grass, their constancy is like the flower of the field.

7 The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the Lord blows upon it; surely the people are grass.

8 The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand forever.

9 Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good tidings; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings, lift it up, do not fear; say to the cities of Judah, "Here is your God!"

10 See, the Lord God comes with might, and his arm rules for him; his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.

11 He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms, and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead the mother sheep.

 

 “All Hail King Jesus”

Hymn #123

 

All hail King Jesus.​

All hail Emmanuel,​

King of Kings, Lord of Lords,​

Bright Morning Star.​

And thro’-out eternity,​

I’ll sing His praises,​

And I’ll reign with Him​

thro’out eternity.​

 

“O Come All Ye Faithful”

Hymn #175

 

O come, all ye faithful,​

Joyful and triumphant.​

O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.​

Come and behold Him-​

Born the King of angels!​

 

O come, let us adore Him!​

O come, let us adore Him!​

O come, let us adore Him-​

Christ, the Lord!​

 

Sing, choirs of angels;​

Sing in exultation.​

O sing, all ye bright ​

hosts of heav’n above.​

Glory to God,​

All glory in the highest!​

 

O come, let us adore Him!​

O come, let us adore Him!​

O come, let us adore Him-​

Christ, the Lord!​

 

Yea, Lord, we greet Thee,​

born this happy morning.​

O Jesus, to Thee be all glory giv’n:​

Word of the Father,​

now in flesh appearing!​

 

O come, let us adore Him!​

O come, let us adore Him!​

O come, let us adore Him-​

Christ, the Lord!​

 

“It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”

Hymn #168

 

1 It came upon the midnight clear,that glorious song of old,from angels bending near the earthto touch their harps of gold:"Peace on the earth, good will to men,from heaven's all-gracious King."The world in solemn stillness lay,to hear the angels sing.

 

2 Still through the cloven skies they comewith peaceful wings unfurled,and still their heavenly music floatso'er all the weary world;above its sad and lowly plains,they bend on hovering wing,and ever o'er its Babel soundsthe blessed angels sing.

 

3 And ye, beneath life's crushing load,whose forms are bending low,who toil along the climbing waywith painful steps and slow,look up! for glad and golden hourscome swiftly on the wing.O rest beside the weary road,and hear the angels sing!

 

4 For lo! the days are hastening on,by prophet bards foretold,when with ever-circling yearsComes round the age of goldwhen peace shall over all the earthits ancient splendors fling,and the whole world give back the songwhich now the angels sing.

 

Scripture: Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13

 

1 Lord, you were favorable to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob.

2 You forgave the iniquity of your people; you pardoned all their sin. (Selah)

 

8 Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts.

9 Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land.

10 Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other.

11 Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky.

12 The Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase.

13 Righteousness will go before him, and will make a path for his steps.

 

Invitation Confession Pardon Peace

 

Christ our Lord invites to his table all who love him,​   who earnestly repent of their sin​   and seek to live in peace with one another.​Therefore, let us confess our sin before God and one another.​

 

Merciful God, We confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart. We have failed to be an obedient church.​

We have not done your will, we have broken your law,

we have rebelled against your love,

we have not loved our neighbors,

and we have not heard the cry of the needy.​

 

Hear the good news, Christ died for us while we were still sinners, which proves God’s love for us.  ​In the name of Jesus Christ, You Are forgiven

 

In the name of Jesus Christ, You Are forgiven​Glory to God, Amen.

 

Offering

 

Doxology

 

Praise God from whom all    flow.

Praise Him all creatures here below.

Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts.

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen

 

Pastoral Prayer-Joys & Concerns

 

Scripture: Mark 1:1-8

 

1 The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

2 As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, "See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way;

3 the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: "Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,' "

4 John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

5 And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

6 Now John was clothed with camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.

7 He proclaimed, "The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals.

8 I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."

 

“Days of Elijah”

 

These are the days of Elijah​

Declaring the Word of the Lord. ​

And These are the days of Your Servant, Moses​

Righteous being restored.  ​

 

And Though these are days of great trials, ​

Of famine and darkness and sword, ​

Still We are voice in the desert, crying, ​

“Prepare ye the way of the Lord.”​

 

Behold he comes, riding on the clouds, ​

Shining like the sun at the trumpet call. ​

So lift your voice, its the year of Jubilee, ​

And out of Zion’s hill, Salvation comes.​

 

And these are days of Ezekiel,​

The dry bond becoming as flesh. ​

And these are days of your servant, David, ​

Rebuilding a temple of praise. ​

 

And these are days of the harvest,​

The fields are as white in the world. ​

And We are laborers in Your vineyard, ​

Declaring the word of the Lord.​

 

There’s no God like Jehovah,​

There’s no God like Jehovah,​

There’s no God like Jehovah,​

There’s no God like Jehovah.​

 

Behold he comes, riding on the clouds, ​

Shining like the sun at the trumpet call. ​

So lift your voice, its the year of Jubilee, ​

And out of Zion’s hill, Salvation comes.​

 

“Refiner’s Fire”

 

[Verse 1]Purify my heartLet me be as gold and precious silverPurify my heartLet me be as gold, pure gold[Chorus]Refiner's fireMy heart's one desireIs to be holySet apart for You, LordI choose to be holySet apart for You, my MasterReady to do Your will[Verse 2]Purify my heartCleanse me from within and make me holyPurify my heartCleanse me from my sin, deep within[Chorus]Refiner's fireMy heart's one desireIs to be holySet apart for You, LordI choose to be holySet apart for You, my MasterReady to do Your will

Refiner's fireMy heart's one desireIs to be holySet apart for You, LordI choose to be holySet apart for You, my MasterReady to do Your will

 

Scripture: 2 Peter 3:8-15a

 

8 But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day.

9 The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance.

10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on it will be disclosed.

11 Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, what sort of persons ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and godliness,

12 waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set ablaze and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire?

13 But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home.

14 Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish;

15 and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation.

 

Message: Pastor Ryan

 

Communion

 

The Communion Supper, instituted by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is a sacrament, which proclaims His life, His sufferings, His sacrificial death and resurrection, and the hope of His coming again. It shows forth the Lord’s death until His return.  The Supper is a means of grace in which Christ is present by the Spirit. ​ It is to be received in reverent appreciation and gratefulness for the work of Christ. All those who are truly repentant, forsaking their sins, and believing in Christ for salvation are invited to participate in the death and resurrection of Christ. We come to the table that we may be renewed in life and salvation and be made one by the Spirit. ​

In unity with the Church, we confess our faith: ​

Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again. ​

 

Holy God,  We gather at this, your table, in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, who by your Spirit was anointed to preach good news to the poor, proclaim release to the captives, set at liberty those who are oppressed.​ Christ healed the sick, fed the hungry, ate with sinners, and established the new covenant for forgiveness of sins. We live in the hope of His coming again. ​ On the night in which He was betrayed, He took bread, gave thanks, broke the bread, gave it to His disciples, and said: “Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.​ Likewise, when the supper was over, he took the cup, gave thanks, gave it to His disciples, and said: “Drink from this, all of you, this is my blood of the new covenant, poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in remembrance of me.” Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. ​ And so, we gather as the Body of Christ to offer ourselves to you in praise and thanksgiving. Pour out your Holy Spirit on us and on these your gifts. Make them by the power of your Spirit to be for us the body and blood of Christ, that we may be for the world the Body of Christ, redeemed by His blood. ​ By your Spirit make us one in Christ, one with each other, and one in the ministry of Christ to all the world, until Christ comes in final victory. In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Amen. And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, let us pray: ​

 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen​

 

“All the Poor and Powerless”

 

“All the Poor and Powerless”

 

All the poor and powerless​

And all the lost and lonely​

And all the thieves will come confess​

And know that You are holy​

And know that You are holy​

 

And all will sing out​

Hallelujah​

And we will cry out​

Hallelujah​

 

And all the hearts who are content​

And all who feel unworthy​

And all who hurt with nothing left​

Will know that You are holy​

 

And all will sing out​

Hallelujah​

And we will cry out​

Hallelujah​

 

And all will sing out​

Hallelujah​

And we will cry out​

Hallelujah​

 

Shout it​

Go on and scream it from the mountains​

Go on and tell it to the masses​

That He is God​

 

 And We will sing out​

Hallelujah​

And we will cry out​

Hallelujah​

 

And We will sing out​

Hallelujah​

And we will cry out​

Hallelujah​


 Benediction

 

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