PRELUDE – “Silent Night” by Franz Xaver Gruber, John Freeman Young, and Joseph Mohr

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP – Psalm 118:27-29

The LORD is God,

and he has made his light to shine upon us.

Bind the festal sacrifice with cords,

up to the horns of the altar!

You are my God,

and I will give thanks to you;

you are my God;

I will extol you.

Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;

for his steadfast love endures forever!

Song –

Here I Am to Worship” by Tim Hughes

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.

Today is the third Sunday of Advent and we light three candles. Today’s candle represents the joyful preparation for his coming.

Isaiah 9:6-7

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.

John 1:19-34

And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20 He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” 21 And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” 22 So they said to him, “Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” 23 He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.” 24 (Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.) 25 They asked him, “Then why are you baptizing, if you are neither the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” 26 John answered them, “I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know, 27 even he who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.” 28 These things took place in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing. 29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.’ 31 I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.” 32 And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. 33 I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”

O Key of David, Jesus Christ, the gates of heaven open at your command, come and show us the way to salvation.

Light the three candles.

Song –

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

CONFESSION OF SIN – 1 John 1:5-6

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you,

that God is light,

and in him is no darkness at all.

If we say we have fellowship with him

while we walk in darkness,

we lie and do not practice the truth.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – 1 John 1:7

But if we walk in the light,

as he is in the light,

we have fellowship with one another,

and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

Song –

Jesus, My Only Hope” by Mark Altrogge

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH – 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.

Amen.

PRAYER

CHILDREN’S BLESSING & DISMISSAL – New City Catechism Q10

What does God require in the fourth and fifth commandments?

Fourth, that on the Sabbath day we spend time in worship of God.

Fifth, that love and honor our father and our mother.

Song –

Speak, O Lord” by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend

SCRIPTURE READING – 2 Peter 2:4-10a

SERMON – “Authority”

LORD’S TABLE

Song –

I Will Glory in My Redeemer” by Steve and Vikki Cook

OFFERING

Song –

Good Christian Men Rejoice” by John Mason Neale

BENEDICTION

ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE – “Halelujah” by G. F. Handel