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PRELUDE – “Worthy Worthy” by Vertical Worship

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP – Psalm 149:1-4

Praise the Lord!

Sing to the Lord a new song,

his praise in the assembly of the godly!

Let Israel be glad in his Maker;

let the children of Zion rejoice in their King!

Let them praise his name with dancing,

making melody to him with tambourine and lyre!

For the Lord takes pleasure in his people;

he adorns the humble with salvation.

Song –

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

CONFESSION OF SIN –

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves,

and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways,

then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – Psalm 103:10-12

[God] does not deal with us according to our sins,

nor repay us according to our iniquities.

For as high as the heavens are above the earth,

so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;

as far as the east is from the west,

so far does he remove our transgressions from us.

Songs –

And Can It Be?” by Charles Wesley

How Firm a Foundation” by Unknown

PRAYER

SCRIPTURE READING – 1 Peter 5:6-11

SERMON – “A Proper View of God in Affliction”

Song –

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” by Isaac Watts

LORD’S TABLE

Song –

Take My Life and Let It Be” by Frances Ridley Havergal and Henri Abraham Cesar Malan

BENEDICTION – Ephesians 3:20-21

ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE – “All Glory Be to Christ” by King’s Kaleidoscope

PRELUDE — O, Holy Night” by Adolphe Charles Adam, John Sullivan Dwight, and Placide Cappeau

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP – Luke 2:8-14

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, 

keeping watch over their flock by night.  

And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, 

and the glory of the Lord shone around them, 

and they were filled with great fear.  

And the angel said to them, 

“Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy 

that will be for all the people.  

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, 

who is Christ the Lord.  

And this will be a sign for you: 

you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”  

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host 

praising God and saying,

 “Glory to God in the highest,
    and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

SONG –

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

CONFESSION OF SIN – Luke 3:2-6

the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness. 

And he went into all the region around the Jordan, 

proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 

As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet,

“The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
    make his paths straight.
 Every valley shall be filled,
    and every mountain and hill shall be made low,
and the crooked shall become straight,
    and the rough places shall become level ways,
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’”

Let’s prepare our hearts for entering into the presence of the Lord

by taking a moment to confess our sins together.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – John 3:16-17

Hear this assurance of Pardon

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son,

that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,

but in order that the world might be saved through him.

SONGS – 

Wonderful, Merciful, Savior” by Dawn Rogers and Eric Wyse

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH—Nicene Creed

Let’s confirm our faith together using the words of the Nicene Creed. Please stand and read with me.

We believe in one God, 

the Father Almighty, 

Maker of heaven and earth, 

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 and 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 is seated at the right hand of the Father; 

and He shall come again, with glory, to judge both the living 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.

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

PRAYER

SCRIPTURE READING –Hebrews 2:14-18 

SERMON (Nathan) – “The Benefits of the Incarnation”

SONG –

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus” by Charles Wesley

LORD’S TABLE (Nathan) – 

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

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

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP – Luke 1:30-33

In announcing the birth of Christ, the angel Gabriel said to Mary

 “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 

And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, 

and you shall call his name Jesus. 

He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. 

And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 

and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, 

and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

Let’s stand and worship our king together

SONG –

All Creatures of Our God and King” by Jonathan Baird, Ryan Baird, St. Francis of Assisi, and William Henry Draper

CONFESSION OF SIN – 

In light of the Kingdom of Christ, let’s confess our sins together.

Read with me this confession of sin

Lord Jesus, I have sinned times without number, 

and been guilty of pride and unbelief, 

and of neglect to seek you in my daily life. 

My sins and shortcomings present me with a list of accusations, 

but I thank you that they will not stand against me, 

for all have been laid on Christ. 

Deliver me from every evil habit, 

every interest of former sins, 

everything that dims the brightness of your grace in me, 

everything that prevents me taking delight in you. 

Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – Psalm 103:8-12

Hear this assurance of Pardon

The Lord is merciful and gracious,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always chide,
    nor will he keep his anger forever.
He does not deal with us according to our sins,
    nor repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
    so far does he remove our transgressions from us.

SONGS – 

Bless the Lord Oh My Soul” by Jonas Myrin and Matt Redman

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

PRAYER

SCRIPTURE READING –Zephaniah 3:9-20 

SERMON (Nathan) – “The Singing God”

SONG –

Great Are You Lord” by David Leonard, Jason Ingram, and Leslie Jordam

LORD’S TABLE – 

SONG— 

O, Holy Night” by Adolphe Charles Adam, John Sullivan Dwight, and Placide Cappeau

BENEDICTION

ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE – “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus” by Charles Wesley

PRELUDE –“Tears of the Saints” by Leeland playing in the background Start at 9:55 AM

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP – Luke 1:46-55

In light of the news of the coming of the Lord, Mary proclaims

 “My soul magnifies the Lord,
    and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
    For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
    and holy is his name.
And his mercy is for those who fear him
    from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
    he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
    and exalted those of humble estate;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
    and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
    in remembrance of his mercy,
as he spoke to our fathers,
    to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”

Let’s come before the Lord together in adoration

SONG –

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

CONFESSION OF SIN – Isa. 1:18-20

“Come now, let us reasontogether, says the Lord:
though your sins are like scarlet,
    they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red like crimson,
    they shall become like wool.
If you are willing and obedient,
    you shall eat the good of the land;
but if you refuse and rebel,
    you shall be eaten by the sword;
    for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

In light of the Lord’s justice, 

let’s take a moment to repent of our sins 

and return to the Lord

[Moment of Silence]

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – Luke 9:2

“Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.”

SONGS – 

Be Magnified” by Lynn DeShazo

We Fall Down” by Chris Tomlin

PRAYER Be Seated

SCRIPTURE READING –Zephaniah 2:4-3:8 Please stand for the reading of God’s word. Respond with “Thanks be to God.”

SERMON (Nathan) – “Desolate City”

SONG –

Kindness” by Chris Tomlin

LORD’S TABLE – 

SONG— 

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

BENEDICTION

ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE – “Ever Be” by Bobby Strand, Chris Greely, Gabriel Wilson, and Kalley Heiligenthal

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