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Bulletin 12/11/2022 10:45AM Service

December 11, 2022

Third Sunday of Advent


Announcements


Invocation


Lighting of the Advent Candle


Scripture: Isaiah 35:1-10


1 The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus

2 it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God.

3 Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees.

4 Say to those who are of a fearful heart, "Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God. He will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense. He will come and save you."

5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped;

6 then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy. For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert;

7 the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water; the haunt of jackals shall become a swamp, the grass shall become reeds and rushes.

8 A highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way; the unclean shall not travel on it, but it shall be for God's people; no traveler, not even fools, shall go astray.

9 No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it; they shall not be found there, but the redeemed shall walk there.

10 And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.


“There’s a Song in the Air”

Hymn #196


There’s a song in the air;​

There’s a star in the sky.​

There’s a mother’s deep prayer​

And a Baby’s low cry.​

And the star rains its fire​

while the beautiful sing,​

For the manger of Bethlehem​

cradles a King!​

There’s a tumult of joy​

O’er the wonderful birth,​

For a virgin’s sweet Boy​

Is the Lord of the earth.​

Ay! the star rains its fire ​

while the beautiful sing,​

For the manger of Bethlehem​

cradles a King!​


“Joyful, Joyful, we Adore Thee”

Hymn #17


Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee,

God of glory, Lord of Love;

Hearts unfold like flow’rs before Thee,​

Opening to the sun above.​


Melt the clouds​

of sin and sadness;​

Drive the dark of doubt away.​

Giver of immortal gladness,​

Fill us with the light of day!​


All Thy works​

with joy surround Thee;​

Earth and heav’n reflect Thy rays.​

Stars and angels sing around Thee,​

Center of unbroken praise.​


Field and forest,​

vale and mountain,​

Flowery meadow, flashing sea,​

Chanting bird and flowering fountain​

Call us to rejoice in Thee!​


Thou art giving and forgiving,​

Ever blessing, ever blest,​

Well-spring of the​

joy of living,​

Ocean depth of happy rest!​


Thou our Father,​

Christ our Brother-​

All who live in love are Thine.​

Teach us how to love each other;​

Lift us to the joy divine!​


Thou our Father,​

Christ our Brother-​

All who live in love are Thine.​

Teach us how to love each other;​

Lift us to the joy divine!​


Ever singing,​

march we onward,​

Victors in the midst of strife.​

Joyful music leads us sunward​

In the triumph song of life!​


“Joy to the World”

Hymn #173


Joy to the world!​

the Lord is come;​

Let earth receive her King.​

Let ev-’ry heart​

prepare Him room,​

And heav’n and nature sing,​

And heav’n and nature sing,​

And heav’n and heav’n ​

and nature sing.​


Joy to the world!​

the Savior reigns;​

Let men their songs employ,​

While fields and floods,​

rocks, hills and plains​

Repeat the sounding joy,​

Repeat the sounding joy,​

Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.​


No more let sin and sorrow grow,​

Nor thorns infest the ground.​

He comes to make ​

His blessings flow​

Far as the curse is found,​

Far as the curse is found,​

Far as, far as the curse is found.​


He rules the world​

with truth and grace,​

And makes the nations prove​

The glories of His righteousness,​

And wonders of His love,​

And wonders of His love,​

And wonders, and wonders ​

of His love.​


Scripture: Psalm 146:5-10


5 Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God,

6 who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps faith forever;

7 who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets the prisoners free;

8 the Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous.

9 The Lord watches over the strangers; he upholds the orphan and the widow, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.

10 The Lord will reign forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the Lord!


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.​


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.​

Offering


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 blessings flow;

Praise Him, all creatures here below;

Praise Him above, ye heav'nly host;

Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

Amen.


Pastoral Prayer-Joys & Concerns


Scripture: Luke 1:46b-55


46 And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord,

47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

48 for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;

49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.

50 His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.

51 He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.

52 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly;

53 he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty.

54 He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy,

55 according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever."


“God with Us”


You've come to bring peace To be love, to be nearer to us You've come to breathe life To be light, to shine brighter in us Oh Emmanuel God with us Our Deliverer You are Savior In Your presence We find our strength Over everything Our redemption God with us You are God with us You've come to be hope To this world For Your honor and name You've come to take sin To bear shame And to conquer the grave Oh Emmanuel, oh God with us Our Deliverer You are Savior In Your presence We find our strength Over everything Our redemption God with us You are God with us You are here You are holy We are standing In Your glory [x4] Our Deliverer You are Savior In Your presence We find our strength Over everything Our redemption God with us Our Deliverer You are Savior In Your presence We find our strength Over everything Our redemption God with us You are God with us You are God with us You are God with us


“Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”


1 Let all mortal flesh keep silence and with fear and trembling stand; ponder nothing earthly-minded, for with blessing in his hand Christ, our God, to earth descending, comes our homage to command.


2 King of kings, yet born of Mary, as of old on earth he stood, Lord of lords in human likeness, in the body and the blood he will give to all the faithful his own self for heav’nly food.


3 Rank on rank the host of heaven spreads its vanguard on the way as the Light from Light, descending from the realms of endless day, comes the pow’rs of hell to vanquish as the darkness clears away.


4 At his feet the six-winged seraph, cherubim with sleepless eye, veil their faces to the presence as with ceaseless voice they cry: “Alleluia, alleluia! Alleluia, Lord Most High!”


Scripture: James 5:7-10


7 Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains.

8 You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.

9 Beloved, do not grumble against one another, so that you may not be judged. See, the Judge is standing at the doors!

10 As an example of suffering and patience, beloved, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.


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. ​

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​


Benediction


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