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PRELUDE – “So Long” by Psallos

WELCOME & LIGHTING OF FIRST ADVENT CANDLE – Isaiah 42:5-7

Thus says God, the Lord…

“I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness;

I will take you by the hand and keep you;

I will give you as a covenant for the people,

a light for the nations,

to open the eyes that are blind.”

CALL TO WORSHIP – Psalm 34:3

Oh, magnify the Lord with me,

and let us exalt his name together!

Song –

Here I Am to Worship” by Tim Hughes

CONFESSION OF SIN

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – 2 Corinthians 5:21

For our sake

[God] made [Christ] to be sin

who knew no sin,

so that in him we might become

the righteousness of God.

Song –

Hark the Herald Angels Sing” by Charles Wesley and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH – The Nicene Creed

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.

CHILDREN’S BLESSING & DISMISSAL

PRAYER

SCRIPTURE READING – Romans 16:25-27

SERMON – “Wrapping Up Romans”

THE 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 –

O Come O Come Emmanuel” by John Mason Neale and Thomas Helmore

BENEDICTION & ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE – “To God All Praise and Glory” by The Sing Team

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PRELUDE – “Great Are You Lord” by All Sons & Daughters

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP – Psalm 100

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!

Serve the Lord with gladness!

Come into his presence with singing!

Know that the Lord, he is God!

It is he who made us, and we are his;

we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,

and his courts with praise!

Give thanks to him; bless his name!

For the Lord is good;

his steadfast love endures forever,

and his faithfulness to all generations.

Song –

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” by Joachim Neander

CONFESSION OF SIN

EVERYONE:

Almighty and merciful God,

we have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep.

We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts.

We have offended against your holy laws.

We have left undone those things which we ought to have done;

and we have done those things which we ought not to have done.

O Lord, have mercy upon us.

Spare those who confess their faults.

Restore those who are repentant,

according to your promises declared to the world in Christ Jesus, our Lord.

And grant, O merciful God, for his sake,

that we may live a holy, just, and humble life

to the glory of your holy name.

Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – 1 Peter 2:24-25

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.

For you were straying like sheep,

but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

Song –

Amazing Grace” by John Newton

CHILDREN’S BLESSING & DISMISSAL

PRAYER

Song –

Be Still My Soul” by Jane Laurie Borthwick, Jean Sibelius, and Kathrina Amalia von Schlegel

SCRIPTURE READING – Romans 16:21-23

SERMON – “Gospel Work Is Not a One Man Show”

THE LORD’S TABLE

Songs –

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” by Isaac Watts

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

OFFERING

Song –

Doxology

BENEDICTION & ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE – “We Are United” by The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

The third Sunday of every month we eat a full meal together as a church. We call it Table Talk (hearkening to the informal theological discussions that happened at Martin Luther’s house).

Sometimes we have optional seminars attached to these times. This coming Sunday after lunch there will be a discussion of the question – “Do Animals Go to Heaven?”

Meanwhile, here’s a cute video of puppies!

PRELUDE – “Romans 16” by Streetlights Bible

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP – Revelation 5:11-14

Then I looked,

and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders

the voice of many angels,

numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands,

saying with a loud voice,

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,

to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might

and honor and glory and blessing!”

And I heard every creature in heaven

and on earth and under the earth and in the sea,

and all that is in them, saying,

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb

be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”

And the four living creatures said, “Amen!”

and the elders fell down and worshiped.

Song –

Crown Him With Many Crowns” by George Job Elvey, Godfrey Thring, and Matthew Bridges

CONFESSION OF SIN – Galatians 5:19-21

Sexual immorality

Impurity

Sensuality

Idolatry

Sorcery

Enmity

Strife

Jealousy

Fits of anger

Rivalries

Dissensions

Divisions

Envy

Drunkenness

Orgies

Things like these…

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – Colossians 2:15

You, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh,

God made alive together with [Christ],

having forgiven us all our trespasses,

by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands.

This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.

He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame,

by triumphing over them in him.

Song –

Christ is Risen” by Matt Maher

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH – The Apostle’s Creed

We believe in God the Father Almighty,

Maker of heaven and earth;

and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended into hell.

The third day he rose again from the dead.

He ascended into heaven,

and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;

from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting.

Amen.

CHILDREN’S BLESSING & DISMISSAL

PRAYER

Song –

The Church’s One Foundation” by Samuel John Stone and Samuel Sebastian Wesley

SCRIPTURE READING – Romans 16:17-20

SERMON – “The Church Vigilant”

THE LORD’S TABLE

Songs –

Forever” by Brian Johnson, Christ Black Gifford, Gabriel Wilson, Jenn Johnson, Joel Taylor, and Kari Jobe

OFFERING

Song –

O Church Arise” by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend

BENEDICTION & ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE – “Is He Worthy?” by Andrew Peterson

PRELUDE – “Romans 16” by Streetlights Bible

WELCOME – Romans 16:16

Greet one another with a holy kiss.

CALL TO WORSHIP – Psalm 100

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!

Serve the Lord with gladness!

Come into his presence with singing!

Know that the Lord, he is God!

It is he who made us, and we are his;

we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,

and his courts with praise!

Give thanks to him; bless his name!

For the Lord is good;

his steadfast love endures forever,

and his faithfulness to all generations.

Song –

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” by John Wyeth and Robert Robinson

CONFESSION OF SIN

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – Deuteronomy 4:30-31

Return to the Lord your God and obey his voice.

For the Lord your God is a merciful God.

Song –

But God” by Michael Bleecker, Hunter Hall, and Lauren Chandler

CHILDREN’S BLESSING & DISMISSAL

PRAYER

SCRIPTURE READING – Romans 16:1-16

SERMON – “Greetings”

THE LORD’S TABLE

Songs –

Behold the Lamb (Communion Hymn)” by Keith & Kristyn Getty and Stuart Townsend

Jesus, Thank You” by Pat Sczebel

OFFERING

Song –

Give Us One Pure and Holy Passion” by Mark Altrogge

BENEDICTION & ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE – “I Surrender All” by Jadon Lavik

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