PRELUDE – “Love Came Down at Christmas” by Jars of Clay

LIGHTING OF FIRST ADVENT CANDLE – John 12:46

I have come into the world as light,

so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP – Matthew 1:18-21

Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way.

When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph,

before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.

And her husband Joseph,

being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame,

resolved to divorce her quietly.

But as he considered these things,

behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying,

“Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife,

for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.

She will bear a son,

and you shall call his name Jesus,

for he will save his people from their sins.”

Song –

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus” by Charles Wesley

CONFESSION OF SIN

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – 1 Peter 2:24

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree,

that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.

By his wounds you have been healed.

Song –

To The Cross I Cling” by Isaac Wimberley, Matt Boswell, Michael Bleecker

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH – The Nicene Creed

EVERYONE:

We 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 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 on the right hand of the Father;

and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead;

whose kingdom shall have no end.

And we believe in the Holy Ghost, 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 we believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins;

and we look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.

Amen.

PRAYER

CHILDREN’S BLESSING & DISMISSAL – New City Catechism Q42

How is the Word of God to be read and heard?

With diligence, preparation, and prayer;

so that we may accept it with faith,

and practice it in our lives.

Song –

What Child Is This?” by William Chatterton Dix

SCRIPTURE READING – Romans 6:1-14

SERMON – “No Longer a Slave to Sin”

THE LORD’S TABLE

Songs –

Before the Throne of God Above” by Charitie Lees Bancroft and Vikki Cook

Christ is Risen” by Matt Maher

OFFERING

Song –

Marvelous Light” by Charlie Hall

BENEDICTION & ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE – “Break Every Chain” by Tasha Cobbs

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