PRELUDE — “Silent Night” by Franz Xaver Gruber, John Freeman Young, and Joseph Mohr

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,on them has light shone.

You have multiplied the nation;
you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before youas with joy at the harvest,
as they are glad when they divide the spoil.

 For the yoke of his burden, and the staff for his shoulder,
the rod of his oppressor,you have broken as on the day of Midian.
For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult
and every garment rolled in blood will be burned as fuel for the fire.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

 Of the increase of his government and of peacethere will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousnessfrom this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

Song –

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus” by Charles Wesley

CONFESSION OF SIN (Ezekiel 9:8-10) –

“Alas, Sovereign Lord!

Are you going to destroy the entire remnant of Israel

in this outpouring of your wrath on Jerusalem?”

He answered me, “The sin of the people of Israel and Judah is exceedingly great;

the land is full of bloodshed and the city is full of injustice.

They say, ‘The Lord has forsaken the land; the Lord does not see.’

So I will not look on them with pity or spare them,

but I will bring down on their own heads what they have done.”

In light of our sin, let us call to the Lord out of our despair and place our hope in his character of mercy.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON –

Hear this proclamation of pardon from Ephesians 1:3-10

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

For he chose us in him before the creation of the world

to be holy and blameless in his sight.

In love hepredestined us for adoption to sonshipthrough Jesus Christ,

in accordance with his pleasure and will—

to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins,

 in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.

With all wisdom and understanding,

he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure,

which he purposed in Christ,

to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—

to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.

 Songs –

 “How Deep the Father’s Love” by Stuart Townend

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

 

Affirmation of Faith (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 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 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 I 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 I believe 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 – Luke 2:11

SCRIPTURE READING – Micah 5

SERMON (Nathan) – Micah 5 “O Little Town of Bethlehem”

LORD’S TABLE

Song(s) –

There Is A Fountain Filled with Blood” by William Cowper

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

OFFERING (Theo) – Something like, “Let’s continue to respond in worship by giving our financial offerings.  The Welcoming Team members will pass around the baskets as we sing this song.  Don’t feel any obligation to give, but let it be an overflow of your worship. If you are new and want more information, please fill out the visitor’s section of your bulletin, tear it out, and place it in the offering basket.”

Song –

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

 

BENEDICTION

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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