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