PRELUDE –

            “O Holy Night” by Lauren Daigle

CALL TO WORSHIP – Luke 1:46-49

In response to the news of the birth of the Savior,

Mary, the mother of Jesus rejoiced, stating:

“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.

Let’s stand and magnify the Lord who looks upon our humble estates this morning!

(congregation stands)

SONG –

Crown Him With Many Crowns” by George Job Elvey, Godfrey Thring, and Matthew Bridges

CONFESSION OF SIN

In light of the coming king, John the Baptist called the people of God in Luke 3:1-14 to repent of their former ways and be baptized for the forgiveness of sin. As we take this Christmas season to remember Christ’s first coming, let’s also take a moment now to prepare our hearts for his second coming by repenting of our former sins and renewing our commitment to follow our king. Let’s pray this confession of sin aloud:

(everyone aloud)

Almighty and most merciful Father,

we are thankful that your mercy is

higher than the heavens,

wider than our wanderings,

deeper than all our sin.

Forgive our careless attitudes toward your purposes,

our refusal to relieve the suffering of others,

our envy of those who have more than we have,

our obsession with creating a life of constant pleasure,

our indifference to the treasures of heaven,

our neglect of your wise and gracious law.

Help us to change our way of life

so that we may desire what is good,

love what you love,

and do what you command,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

SONG –

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

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – Matthew 11: 28-30

And now, having confessed our sins before the Lord,

Let’s receive our Savior’s response when he speaks to us in Matt. 11:28-30:

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me,

for I am gentle and lowly in heart,

and you will find rest for your souls.

For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Jesus Christ our Lord is a merciful king.

And he is willing to give rest to any sinner who turns to him in faith.

Let’s continue to sing this morning!

SONG –

Jesus I Come” by George Coles Stebbins and William True Sleeper

PRAYER

(congregation sits)

KIDS’ CORNER

Available for children ages 0-5

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH – Nicene Creed

(everyone read aloud)

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 Spirit, 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.

* “Catholic” means universal; that is, there is one church across all times, places, and peoples.

SCRIPTURE READING – Joshua 11:1-23 Please announce the page number in the pew Bibles in the back. Instruct the congregation to stand. End with “This is the Word of the Lord.”

(congregation stands)

When Jabin, king of Hazor, heard of this, he sent to Jobab king of Madon, and to the king of Shimron, and to the king of Achshaph, and to the kings who were in the northern hill country, and in the Arabah south of Chinneroth, and in the lowland, and in Naphoth-dor on the west, to the Canaanites in the east and the west, the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, and the Jebusites in the hill country, and the Hivites under Hermon in the land of Mizpah. And they came out with all their troops, a great horde, in number like the sand that is on the seashore, with very many horses and chariots.And all these kings joined their forces and came and encamped together at the waters of Merom to fight against Israel.

And the Lord said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid of them, for tomorrow at this time I will give over all of them, slain, to Israel. You shall hamstring their horses and burn their chariots with fire.” So Joshua and all his warriors came suddenly against them by the waters of Merom and fell upon them. And the Lord gave them into the hand of Israel, who struck them and chased them as far as Great Sidon and Misrephoth-maim, and eastward as far as the Valley of Mizpeh. And they struck them until he left none remaining. And Joshua did to them just as the Lord said to him: he hamstrung their horses and burned their chariots with fire.

And Joshua turned back at that time and captured Hazor and struck its king with the sword, for Hazor formerly was the head of all those kingdoms. And they struck with the sword all who were in it, devoting them to destruction;there was none left that breathed. And he burned Hazor with fire. And all the cities of those kings, and all their kings, Joshua captured, and struck them with the edge of the sword, devoting them to destruction, just as Moses the servant of the Lord had commanded. But none of the cities that stood on mounds did Israel burn, except Hazor alone; that Joshua burned. And all the spoil of these cities and the livestock, the people of Israel took for their plunder. But every person they struck with the edge of the sword until they had destroyed them, and they did not leave any who breathed. Just as the Lord had commanded Moses his servant, so Moses commanded Joshua, and so Joshua did. He left nothing undone of all that the Lord had commanded Moses.

So Joshua took all that land, the hill country and all the Negeb and all the land of Goshen and the lowland and the Arabah and the hill country of Israel and its lowland from Mount Halak, which rises toward Seir, as far as Baal-gad in the Valley of Lebanon below Mount Hermon. And he captured all their kings and struck them and put them to death. Joshua made war a long time with all those kings. There was not a city that made peace with the people of Israel except the Hivites, the inhabitants of Gibeon. They took them all in battle. For it was the Lord’s doing to harden their hearts that they should come against Israel in battle, in order that they should be devoted to destruction and should receive no mercy but be destroyed, just as the Lordcommanded Moses.

And Joshua came at that time and cut off the Anakim from the hill country, from Hebron, from Debir, from Anab, and from all the hill country of Judah, and from all the hill country of Israel. Joshua devoted them to destruction with their cities. There was none of the Anakim left in the land of the people of Israel. Only in Gaza, in Gath, and in Ashdod did some remain. So Joshua took the whole land, according to all that the Lord had spoken to Moses. And Joshua gave it for an inheritance to Israel according to their tribal allotments. And the land had rest from war.

Reader: “This is the Word of the Lord.”

Congregation: “Thanks be to God.”

SERMON

(congregation sits)

SONG –

            “O Church Arise” by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend

LORD’S TABLE

OFFERING

(congregation stands)

SONG –

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

BENEDICTION & ANNOUNCEMENTS (Why of the Week)

POSTLUDE –

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus” by Robbie Seay Band

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