PRELUDE – “Oh Holy Night” by Sarah Macintosh

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP – Psalm 145:3 (NIV)

Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;

his greatness no one can fathom.

Song –

Angels from the Realms of Glory” by Henry Thomas Smart and James Montgomery

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 fourth Sunday of Advent and so we light the last three weeks’ candles of expectation and today’s candle symbolizing the joyful announcement of Jesus’ birth.

Isaiah 52:7-10

How beautiful upon the mountains

are the feet of him who brings good news,

who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness,

who publishes salvation,

who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”

The voice of your watchmen – they lift up their voice;

together they sing for joy;

for eye to eye they see

the return of the Lord to Zion.

Break forth together into singing,

you waste places of Jerusalem,

for the Lord has comforted his people;

he has redeemed Jerusalem.

The Lord has bared his holy arm

before the eyes of all the nations,

and all the ends of the earth shall see

the salvation of our God.

Luke 2:8-20

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field,

keeping watch over their flock by night.

And an angel of the Lord appeared to them,

and the glory of the Lord shone around them,

and they were filled with great fear.

And the angel said to them,“Fear not,

for behold, I bring you good news of great joy

that will be for all the people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David

a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

And this will be a sign for you:

you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths

and lying in a manger.”

And suddenly there was with the angel

a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest,

and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

When the angels went away from them into heaven,

the shepherds said to one another,

“Let us go over to Bethlehem

and see this thing that has happened,

which the Lord has made known to us.”

And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph,

and the baby lying in a manger.

And when they saw it, they made known the saying

that had been told them concerning this child.

And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.

But Mary treasured up all these things,

pondering them in her heart.

And the shepherds returned,

glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen,

as it had been told them.

O God, who makes us glad with the yearly remembrance of the birth of your only Son Jesus Christ: Grant that as we joyfully receive him as our Redeemer, so we may with sure confidence behold him when he shall come to be our Judge; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

Light the four candles.

Song –

Angels We Have Heard On High” by Edward Shippen Barnes and James Chadwick

CONFESSION OF SIN – Matthew 1:21

She will bear a son,

and you shall call his name Jesus,

for he will save his people from their sins.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – 1 Timothy 1:15

The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance,

that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners!

Song –

Hark the Herald Angels Sing” by Charles Wesley and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy

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

Song –

O Little Town of Bethlehem” by Lewis Henry Redner and Phillips Brooks

SCRIPTURE READING – 2 Peter 2:10b-16

SERMON – “Re-Training Our Hearts”

LORD’S TABLE

Song –

In Christ Alone” by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend

It Came Upon the Midnight Clear” by Edmund Hamilton Sears and Richard Storrs Willis

OFFERING

Song –

Go Tell It On the Mountain” by John W. Work, Jr.

BENEDICTION

ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE – “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Sara Groves