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Hello Church Family!

You are all invited to the 2015 IBC Christmas Party! The party will be on December 4th at 6:00 PM at The Meeting Place.

We will be having a potluck and IBC will be providing dessert and drinks.

If your last name begins with:

  • A-H then bring a main dish to share
  • I-Z then bring a side dish to share

There will be games, carols, and cute kids performing a program they have worked hard to put together!

Hope to see you all there!

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

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP

Praise the LORD!

For it is good to sing praises to our God;

for it is pleasant,

and a song of praise is fitting.

Song –

O Come All Ye Faithful” by C. Frederick Oakeley and John Francis Wade

Reader 1: Advent means ‘arrival’ or ‘coming’ and is a season of anticipation preparing our hearts for and looking forward to Christmas – the celebration of Christ’s birth and first coming.

Reader 2: Today is the first Sunday of Advent and we light one candle representing the prophets’ hope of Christ’s coming.

Reader 1: Isaiah 7:14

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Reader 2: Matthew 1:18-24

Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.

Reader 2: O Immanuel, Jesus Christ, desire of every nation, Savior of all peoples, come and dwell among us.

Light the first candle.

Song –

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus” by Charles Wesley

CONFESSION OF SIN

ASSURANCE OF PARDON (Sarah) – Jeremiah 31:34

I will forgive their iniquity,

and I will remember their sin no more.

Song –

Joy to the World” by George Frideric Handel and Isaac Watts

PRAYER

CHILDREN’S BLESSING & DISMISSAL – New City Catechism Q9

What is the law of God stated in the Ten Commandments?

Honor your father and your mother.

You shall not murder.

You shall not commit adultery.

You shall not steal.

You shall not give false testimony.

You shall not covet.

Song –

Speak, O Lord” by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend

SCRIPTURE READING – 2 Peter 1:16-21

SERMON

LORD’S TABLE

Song –

Revelation Song” by Jennie Lee Riddle

OFFERING

Song –

Your Beloved” by Brent Helming

BENEDICTION

ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE – “Exalt in the Savior’s Birth” by Matt Boswell

PRELUDE – “When I Think About the Lord” by Christ for the Nations

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP – Psalm 103:1-2

CONGREGATION:

Bless the LORD,

O my soul,

and all that is within me,

bless his holy name!

Bless the LORD,

O my soul,

and forget not all his benefits…

Song –

10,000 Reasons” by Jonas Myrin and Matt Redman

CONFESSION OF SIN – Psalm 51:1-4

TO THE CHOIRMASTER.

A PSALM OF DAVID,

WHEN NATHAN THE PROPHET WENT TO HIM,

AFTER HE HAD GONE IN TO BATHSHEBA.

Have mercy on me, O God,

according to your steadfast love;

according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,

and cleanse me from my sin!

For I know my transgressions,

and my sin is ever before me.

Against you, you only, have I sinned

and done what is evil in your sight,

so that you may be justified in your words

and blameless in your judgment.

Song –

Have Mercy on Me” by Dale Bischof and Pat Sczebel

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – Psalm 103:8-12

The LORD is merciful and gracious,

slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

He will not always chide,

nor will he keep his anger forever.

He does not deal with us according to our sins,

nor repay us according to our iniquities.

For as high as the heavens are above the earth,

so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;

as far as the east is from the west,

so far does he remove our transgressions from us.

Song –

Now Why This Fear and Unbelief” by Augustus Toplady and Doug Plank

PRAYER

CHILDREN’S BLESSING & DISMISSAL – New City Catechism Q8

What is the law of God stated in the Ten Commandments?

[1-4]

You shall have no other gods before me.

You shall not make for yourself an idol.

You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God.

Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.

Song –

How Firm a Foundation” by Unknown

SCRIPTURE READING – 2 Peter 1:12-15

SERMON – “Reminders”

LORD’S TABLE

Songs –

I Stand Amazed in the Presence” by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel

Worthy is the Lamb” by Darlene Zschech

OFFERING

Song –

Thank You for the Blood” by Matt Redman

BENEDICTION

ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE – “Nothing But The Blood” by Shai Line

Don’t forget that our Joint Service will begin at 10:00 AM today.

Lunch is provided afterwards.

This Sunday we will be welcoming Cristo el Redentor (formerly Amistad Cristiana) and Pilsen Community Church to worship with us in a special Thanksgiving Service.

Since it’s a Table Talk Sunday there will be food for everyone after the service, so plan to stick around and eat.

Also, we will be meeting at 10:00 AM instead of 10:45 this Sunday, so please don’t be late!

Mark your calendars: the Annual Immanuel Christmas Party will be on Friday, December 4th, at The Meeting Place. You won’t want to miss it. More details to come soon…

Lydia is having the Hongs (one of our international missionaries) over to her house for dinner on Monday (11/16) at 6:30 PM. She has room for about 10 more people around her table, so if you want to get to know the Hongs better this would be a great opportunity.

RSVP to Lydia.

If you’re planning to come to the Mission Class this Sunday, please RSVP so we can make sure to have enough food for everyone.

Be sure to go through the slideshow available at the website beforehand. We’ll be done by 3:00 PM.

PRELUDE – “Break Every Chain” by Tasha Cobbs

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP – Psalm 95:1-3

Oh come, let us sing to the LORD;

let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!

Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;

let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.

Song –

Come Praise and Glorify” by Bob Kauflin and Tim Chester

CONFESSION OF SIN – Psalm 51:1-4

CONGREGATION:

Have mercy on me, O God,

according to your steadfast love;

according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,

and cleanse me from my sin!

For I know my transgressions,

and my sin is ever before me.

Against you, you only, have I sinned

and done what is evil in your sight,

so that you may be justified in your words

and blameless in your judgment.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – Ephesians 5:25-27

Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,

that he might sanctify her,

having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,

so that he might present the church to himself in splendor,

without spot or wrinkle or any such thing,

that she might be holy and without blemish.

Song –

You Alone Can Rescue” by Matt Redman

Give us Clean Hands” by Charlie Hall

PRAYER

CHILDREN’S BLESSING & DISMISSAL – New City Catechism Q7

What does the law of God require?

That we love God

with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength;

and love our neighbor as ourselves.

Song –

Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” by Charles Wesley and Rowland Hugh Prichard

SCRIPTURE READING – 2 Peter 1:5-11

SERMON – “Human Effort”

LORD’S TABLE

Songs –

Rock of Ages” by Augustus Toplady

O Great God” by Bob Kauflin

OFFERING

Song –

Give Us One Pure and Holy Passion” by Mark Altrogge

BENEDICTION

ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE – “Standing on the Promises” by Russell Kelso Carter

This Saturday is our next Families in the City event!

The topic will be “Parents, Kids, and Money Matters.”

We’ll meet at 10:00 AM Amistad Cristiana’s building – 2007 S. Blue Island in Pilsen. Food and piggy banks will be provided!

PLEASE RSVP ASAP so we can get a good headcount for food.

From @immanuelchicago on Twitter

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