PRELUDE – “Angels We Have Heard on High” by Sara Groves

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP

Song –

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus” by Charles Wesley, Michael Adler, and William Walker

LIGHTING OF FIRST ADVENT CANDLE

Reader: “Today we light the first Advent candle…”

Reader: The first candle reminds us of the promise given through the Prophets that a Messiah would come, a promise given many years before that blessed event. Just as the Prophets and people waited for the fulfillment of the promise, we also await the celebration of Christ’s birth, and His Glorious Return.

Congregation: “Jesus said, ‘I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life’” (John 8:12)

Reader: In the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve sinned, the LORD promised the Savior would come to crush their enemy, Satan, who represented himself as a serpent to deceive Eve:

Congregation: “The LORD God said to the serpent, … ‘And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel’” (Genesis 3:14-15)

Reader: Then the Lord promised the Savior to Abram through his descendants: “Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go forth from your country, and from your relatives and from your father’s house, to the land which I will show you; And I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and so you shall be a blessing; And I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth will be blessed’” (Genesis 12:1-3)

Reader: Through the Prophet Isaiah, the LORD told us what Jesus Christ would be like, and promised He would bring a world of peace where there is no war. We still await the fulfillment of part of this promise through Christ’s return!

Reader: “Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit. The Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and strength, the spirit of knowledge and fear of the LORD. And He will delight in the fear of the LORD, and He will not judge by what His eyes see, nor make a decision by what His ears hear; but with righteousness He will judge the poor, and decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth; and He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips will slay the wicked. Also righteousness will be the belt about His loins, and faithfulness the belt about His waist. And the wolf will dwell with the lamb, and the leopard will lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little boy will lead them” (Isaiah 11:1-6)

Congregation: “May Your lovingkindnesses also come to us, O LORD, Your salvation according to Your promise” (Psalm 119:41)

CONFESSION OF SIN

Song –

O Come O Come Emmanuel” by John Mason Neale and Thomas Helmore

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

Song –

But God” by Michael Bleecker, Hunter Hall, and Lauren Chandler

CONFESSION 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 on the right hand of the Father;

and He shall come again, with glory,

to judge the quick and the dead;

whose kingdom shall have no end.

And I believe 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 I believe in 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.

Amen.

PRAYER

CHILDREN’S BLESSING & DISMISSAL – New City Catechism Q 25

Song –

Speak, O Lord” by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend

SCRIPTURE READING – Numbers 21:1-9

SERMON – “The Bronze Serpent”

LORD’S TABLE

Songs–

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” by Isaac Watts and Lowell Mason

Before the Throne of God Above” by Charitie Lees Bancroft and Vikki Cook

OFFERING

Song –

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” by Helen H. Lemmel

BENEDICTION

ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE – “We Want to See Jesus Lifted High” by Noel Richards

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