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