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