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PRELUDE – “The First Noel” by Chris Rice

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP – Psalm 33:18-22

LEADER:

Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him,

on those who hope in his steadfast love,

that he may deliver their soul from death

and keep them alive in famine.

CONGREGATION:

Our soul waits for the Lord;

he is our help and our shield.

For our heart is glad in him,

because we trust in his holy name.

LEADER:

Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,

even as we hope in you.

ADVENT CANDLE LIGHTING – Hebrews 9:26-28

Christ has appeared once for all

at the end of the ages

to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

And just as it is appointed for man to die once,

and after that comes judgment,

so Christ,

having been offered once to bear the sins of many,

will appear a second time,

not to deal with sin

but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.

Song –

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

CONFESSION OF SIN – Romans 3:23

All have sinned

and fall short of the glory of God.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – 2 Corinthians 5:17-19

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.

The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

All this is from God,

who through Christ reconciled us to himself

and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;

that is, in Christ

God was reconciling the world to himself,

not counting their trespasses against them.

Songs –

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

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

AFFIRMATION 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 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 – Ephesians 3:1-12

SERMON – “The Mystery Revealed”

LORD’S TABLE

Songs –

Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery” by Matt Boswell, Matt Papa, and Michael Bleecker

OFFERING

Song –

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

BENEDICTION

ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE – “Hallelujah” by Handel

PRELUDE – “Exult in the Savior’s Birth” by Matt Boswell

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP – Psalm 33:18-22

LEADER:

Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him,

on those who hope in his steadfast love,

that he may deliver their soul from death

and keep them alive in famine.

CONGREGATION:

Our soul waits for the Lord;

he is our help and our shield.

For our heart is glad in him,

because we trust in his holy name.

LEADER:

Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,

even as we hope in you.

ADVENT CANDLE LIGHTING – Philippians 3:20 – 4:1

But our citizenship is in heaven,

and from it we await a Savior,

the Lord Jesus Christ,

who will transform our lowly body

to be like his glorious body,

by the power that enables him

even to subject all things to himself.

Therefore, my brothers,

whom I love and long for,

my joy and crown,

stand firm thus in the Lord,

my beloved.

Song –

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

CONFESSION OF SIN – 1 Samuel 13:8-13

He waited seven days,

the time appointed by Samuel.

But Samuel did not come to Gilgal,

and the people were scattering from him.

So Saul said,

“Bring the burnt offering here to me,

and the peace offerings.”

And he offered the burnt offering.

As soon as he had finished offering the burnt offering,

behold, Samuel came.

And Saul went out to meet him and greet him.

Samuel said, “What have you done?”

And Saul said,

“When I saw that the people were scattering from me,

and that you did not come within the days appointed,

and that the Philistines had mustered at Michmash,

I said,

‘Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal,

and I have not sought the favor of the Lord.’

So I forced myself,

and offered the burnt offering.”

And Samuel said to Saul,

“You have done foolishly.

You have not kept the command of the Lord your God,

with which he commanded you.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – Isaiah 30:18

The Lord waits to be gracious to you,

and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you.

For the Lord is a God of justice;

blessed are all those who wait for him.

Songs –

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

Good Christian Men Rejoice” by John Mason Neale

AFFIRMATION 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 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 Q 50

What does Christ’s resurrection mean for us?

Christ triumphed over sin and death,

so that all who trust in him

are raised to new life in this world

and to everlasting life in the world to come.

Song –

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

SCRIPTURE READING – Deuteronomy 24:1-5

SERMON – “Divorce”

LORD’S TABLE

Songs –

Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery” by Matt Boswell, Matt Papa, and Michael Bleecker

Jesus Messiah” by Chris Tomlin, Daniel Carson, Ed Cash, and Jesse Reeves

OFFERING

Song –

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

BENEDICTION

ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE – “O Holy Night” by Eastside Manor Christmas Sessions

As in previous years, IBC will be collecting a Lottie Moon Christmas offering, 100% of which goes directly to support missionaries with IMB. We will be collecting a Lottie Moon offering again this year and ask that you prayerfully consider end of year giving towards this cause.

If you’re writing a check, please put “Lottie Moon offering” in the memo line, or use one of the envelopes we’ll have available in the back of church and drop it off with the offering.

Find out more here:

https://www.imb.org/lottie-moon-christmas-offering

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

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP – Psalm 33:18-22

LEADER:

Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him,

on those who hope in his steadfast love,

that he may deliver their soul from death

and keep them alive in famine.

CONGREGATION:

Our soul waits for the Lord;

he is our help and our shield.

For our heart is glad in him,

because we trust in his holy name.

LEADER:

Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,

even as we hope in you.

ADVENT CANDLE LIGHTING

Song –

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus” by Charles Wesley

CONFESSION OF SIN – Numbers 21:4-5

From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea,

to go around the land of Edom.

And the people became impatient on the way.

And the people spoke against God and against Moses.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – Nehemiah 9:17

They refused to obey

and were not mindful of the wonders that God performed among them,

but they stiffened their neck

and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in Egypt.

But God is a God ready to forgive,

gracious and merciful,

slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love,

and did not forsake them.

Songs –

One Thing Remains” by Brian Johnson, Christa Black Gifford, Jeremy Riddle

Here I Am to Worship” by Tim Hughes

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH – The Nicene Creed

CONGREGATION:

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 Q 49

Where is Christ now?

Christ rose bodily from the grave

on the third day after his death

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

Song –

What Child Is This?” by William Chatterton Dix

SCRIPTURE READING – Deuteronomy 23:15-25, 24:6-7

SERMON – “Stealing”

LORD’S TABLE

Songs –

Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery” by Matt Boswell, Matt Papa, and Michael Bleecker

In Christ Alone” by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend

OFFERING

Song –

All Glory Be To Christ” by Dustin Kensrue

BENEDICTION

ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE – “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” by Barenaked Ladies featuring Sarah McLachlan

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