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