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