PRELUDE –

“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” by J.J. Heller

LIGHTING OF THE SECOND ADVENT CANDLE & CALL TO WORSHIP – Isaiah 9:6

During this Christmas season, our culture often tries to get people to think about the good things in life such as friends, family, and general human benevolence. All of this is fitting to the season. But as Christians we also need to remember that this is a time to give hope to those who are really hurting around us. As we light this second Christmas candle and read this prophetic promise in Isaiah 9:6, let’s remember the hope that God gives in Jesus Christ to those who feel their world is falling apart.

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.

Let’s stand and sing praise to Jesus Christ our King.

SONG –

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

CONFESSION OF SIN – Luke 3:3

In light of the coming king who would rule in justice and righteousness, John the Baptist acted as a forerunner of Jesus Christ and went into all the region around the Jordan, “proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sin.” As we now stand in the holy presence of the Lord our God, let’s also take a moment to pray silently and ask the Lord to forgive us for our unrighteousness and cleanse us from our sin.

(Moment for Prayer)

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – Titus 3:4-8

[W]hen the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. The saying is trustworthy.

SONG –

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

BAPTISM

CHILDREN’S DISMISSAL

PRAYER

SCRIPTURE READING – 1 Timothy 3:14-16 Please stand for the reading. End with “This is the word of the Lord.”

I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that, if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth. Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness:

He was manifested in the flesh,

    vindicated by the Spirit,

        seen by angels,

proclaimed among the nations,

    believed on in the world,

        taken up in glory.

SERMON – “The Church and Truth”

SONG –

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

LORD’S TABLE –

OFFERING –

SONG –

All Praise to Him” by Bob Kauflin and Matt Merker

BENEDICTION

ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE –

“Oh Come, All You Unfaithful” by Sovereign Grace Music