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Bulletin 12/17/2023 10:45 a.m. Worship Service

December 17, 2023

Third Sunday of Advent

 

Announcements 

 

Invocation

 

Scripture: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11

 

1 The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners;

2 to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn;

3 to provide for those who mourn in Zion— to give them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit. They will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, to display his glory.

4 They shall build up the ancient ruins, they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.

 

8 For I the Lord love justice, I hate robbery and wrongdoing; I will faithfully give them their recompense, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.

9 Their descendants shall be known among the nations, and their offspring among the peoples; all who see them shall acknowledge that they are a people whom the Lord has blessed.

10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my whole being shall exult in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

11 For as the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations.

 

 “Emmanuel”

Hymn #165

 

Emmanuel, Emmanuel,​

His name is called Emmanuel-​

God with us, revealed in us!​

His name is called Emmanuel.​

 

“Majesty”

Hymn #122

 

Majesty, worship His majesty.​

Unto Jesus be all glory, ​

honor, and praise.​

Majesty, kingdom authority​

Flow from His throne unto His own;​

His anthem raise.​

 

So exalt, lift up on high​

the name of Jesus.​

Magnify, come glorify​

Christ Jesus, the King.​

Majesty, worship His majesty-​

Jesus who died, now glorified,​

King of all kings.​

 

“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 126

 

1 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.

2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then it was said among the nations, "The Lord has done great things for them."

3 The Lord has done great things for us, and we rejoiced.

4 Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like the watercourses in the Negeb.

5 May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy.

6 Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves.

 

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 hevenly hosts.

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."

 

“Even So Come”

 

All of creation​All of the earth​Make straight a highway​A path for the Lord​Jesus is coming soon​

 

Call back the sinner​Wake up the saint​Let every nation​Shout of Your fame​Jesus is coming soon​

 

Like a bride waiting for her groom​We'll be a Church ready for You​Every heart longing for our King​We sing "even so come"​​

Lord Jesus, come ​Even so come​Lord Jesus, come​

 

There will be justice, all will be new​Your name forever, faithful and true​Jesus is coming soon​So we wait​We wait for You​God, we wait​You're coming soon​

 

Like a bride waiting for her groom​We'll be a Church ready for You​Every heart longing for our King​We sing "even so come"​​

 

Lord Jesus, come ​Even so come​Lord Jesus, come​

 

So we wait​We wait for You​God, we wait​You're coming soon​

 

Like a bride waiting for her groom​We'll be a Church ready for You​Every heart longing for our King​We sing "even so come"​​

Lord Jesus, come ​Even so come​Lord Jesus, come​

 

“God With Us”

 

You've come to bring peaceTo be love, to be nearer to usYou've come to breathe lifeTo be light, to shine brighter in usOh Emmanuel God with usOur DelivererYou are SaviorIn Your presenceWe find our strengthOver everythingOur redemptionGod with usYou are God with usYou've come to be hopeTo this worldFor Your honor and nameYou've come to take sinTo bear shameAnd to conquer the graveOh Emmanuel, oh God with usOur DelivererYou are SaviorIn Your presenceWe find our strengthOver everythingOur redemptionGod with usYou are God with usYou are hereYou are holyWe are standingIn Your glory[x4]Our DelivererYou are SaviorIn Your presenceWe find our strengthOver everythingOur redemptionGod with usOur DelivererYou are SaviorIn Your presenceWe find our strengthOver everythingOur redemptionGod with usYou are God with usYou are God with usYou are God with us

 

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

 

16 Rejoice always,

17 pray without ceasing,

18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

19 Do not quench the Spirit.

20 Do not despise the words of prophets,

21 but test everything; hold fast to what is good;

22 abstain from every form of evil.

23 May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this

 

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​

 

“Come to the Table”

 

We all start on the outsideThe outside looking inThis is where grace beginsWe were hungry, we were thirstyWith nothing left to giveOh the shape that we were inJust when all hope seemed lostLove opened the door for usHe said come to the tableCome join the sinners who have been redeemedTake your place beside the SaviorSit down and be set freeCome to the tableCome meet this motley crew of misfitsThese liars and these thiefsThere's no one unwelcome hereSo that sin and shame that you brought with youYou can leave it at the doorLet mercy draw you nearCome to the tableCome join the sinners who have been redeemedTake your place beside the SaviorSit down and be set freeCome to the tableCome to the tableTo the thief and to the doubterTo the hero and the cowardTo the prisoner and the soldierTo the young and to the olderAll who hunger, all who thirstAll the last and all the firstAll the paupers and the princesAll who fail you've been forgivenAll who dream and all who sufferAll who loved and lost anotherAll the chained and all the freeAll who follow, all who leadAnyone who's been let downAll the lost you have been foundAll who have been labeled right or wrongTo everyone who hears this songCome to the tableCome join the sinners you have been redeemedTake your place beside the SaviorSit down and be set freeSit down and be set freeCome to the tableCome to the tableSit down and be set freeCome to the table

 

 Benediction

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