PRELUDE – “God in Flesh and Blood” by LifePoint Music

LIGHTING OF FOURTH 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 – Hebrews 1:1-6

Long ago, at many times and in many ways,

God spoke to our fathers by the prophets,

but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son,

whom he appointed the heir of all things,

through whom also he created the world.

He is the radiance of the glory of God

and the exact imprint of his nature,

and he upholds the universe by the word of his power.

After making purification for sins,

he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

having become as much superior to angels

as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

For to which of the angels did God ever say,

“You are my Son,

today I have begotten you”?

Or again,

“I will be to him a father,

and he shall be to me a son”?

And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says,

“Let all God’s angels worship him.”

Song –

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

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

CONFESSION OF SIN

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – 1 Timothy 1:15

The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance,

that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners!

Song –

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

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 in 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

(Kids Corner is available for kids ages 0-6)

Song –

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

SCRIPTURE READING – Isaiah 9:1-7

SERMON – “Jesus’ Government”

THE LORD’S TABLE

Songs –

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

OFFERING

Song –

Good Christian Men Rejoice” by John Mason Neale

And/or “Go Tell It On the Mountain” by John W. Work, Jr.

BENEDICTION & ANNOUNCEMENTS

CHILDREN’S PLAY

POSTLUDE – “Hallelujah Chorus” by George Frideric Handel

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