PRELUDE – “Immanuel” by Michael Card

WELCOME & LIGHTING OF FOURTH ADVENT CANDLE – Zechariah 2:10-11

Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion,

for behold, I come

and I will dwell in your midst, declares the Lord.

And many nations shall join themselves to the Lord in that day,

and shall be my people.

And I will dwell in your midst.

CALL TO WORSHIP

Song –

O Come All Ye Faithful” by C. Frederick Oakeley and John Francis Wade

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.

Songs –

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

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

PRAYER

CHILDREN’S BLESSING & DISMISSAL – Matthew 6:9-13

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts,

as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

CONFESSION OF SIN – 1 Corinthians 13:5 (NIV)

Love keeps no record of wrongs.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – Psalm 130:3-4

If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,

O Lord, who could stand?

But with you there is forgiveness,

that you may be feared.

SCRIPTURE READING – Matthew 1:18-25

SERMON – “A Joyful Christmas”

THE LORD’S TABLE

Songs –

O Little Town of Bethlehem” by Lewis Henry Redner and Phillips Brooks

Good Christian Men Rejoice” by John Mason Neale

OFFERING

Song –

Go Tell It On the Mountain” by John W. Work, Jr.

BENEDICTION & ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE – “Hallelujah” by the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

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