PRELUDE – “Hosanna in the Highest” by Sojourn
WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP – Psalm 33:18-22
Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him,
on those who hope in his steadfast love,
that he may deliver their soul from death
and keep them alive in famine.
Our soul waits for the Lord;
he is our help and our shield.
For our heart is glad in him,
because we trust in his holy name.
Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,
even as we hope in you.
ADVENT CANDLE LIGHTING – Revelation 21:22-27
I saw no temple in the city,
for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb.
And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it,
for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb.
By its light will the nations walk,
and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it,
and its gates will never be shut by day—
and there will be no night there.
They will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations.
But nothing unclean will ever enter it,
nor anyone who does what is detestable or false,
but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
“O Come O Come Emmanuel” by John Mason Neale and Thomas Helmore
CONFESSION OF SIN – James 5:7-10
Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord.
See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth,
being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains.
You also, be patient.
Establish your hearts,
for the coming of the Lord is at hand.
Do not grumble against one another, brothers,
so that you may not be judged;
behold, the Judge is standing at the door.
As an example of suffering and patience, brothers,
take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON – James 5:11
Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast.
You have heard of the steadfastness of Job,
and you have seen the purpose of the Lord,
how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.
“The Steadfast Love” by Edith McNeill
“Your Grace Is Enough” by Matt Maher
AFFIRMATION OF FAITH – The Nicene Creed
I believe in one God the Father Almighty;
Maker of heaven and earth,
and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only-begotten Son of God,
begotten of the Father before all worlds,
God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God,
begotten, not made,
being of one substance with the Father;
by whom all things were made;
who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven,
and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary,
and was made man;
and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered and was buried
and the third day he rose again,
according to the Scriptures;
and ascended into heaven,
and sits at the right hand of the Father;
and he shall come again, with glory,
to judge both the living and the dead;
whose kingdom shall have no end.
And in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord and Giver of Life;
who proceeds from the Father and the Son;
who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified;
who spoke by the Prophets.
And one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.
I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins;
And I look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.
CHILDREN’S BLESSING & DISMISSAL – New City Catechism Q 48
What is the church?
elected for eternal life
and united by faith,
who love, follow, learn from, and worship God
“Make Us One” by Twila Paris
SCRIPTURE READING – Deuteronomy 23:1-14
SERMON – “A Holy People”
“Jesus Thank You” by Pat Sczebel
“Let Your Kingdom Come” by Bob Kauflin
POSTLUDE – “Joy to the World” by Sojourn