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PRELUDE – “So Long” by Psallos

WELCOME & LIGHTING OF FIRST ADVENT CANDLE – Isaiah 42:5-7

Thus says God, the Lord…

“I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness;

I will take you by the hand and keep you;

I will give you as a covenant for the people,

a light for the nations,

to open the eyes that are blind.”

CALL TO WORSHIP – Psalm 34:3

Oh, magnify the Lord with me,

and let us exalt his name together!

Song –

Here I Am to Worship” by Tim Hughes

CONFESSION OF SIN

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – 2 Corinthians 5:21

For our sake

[God] made [Christ] to be sin

who knew no sin,

so that in him we might become

the righteousness of God.

Song –

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

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH – The Nicene Creed

We 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 and 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 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.

CHILDREN’S BLESSING & DISMISSAL

PRAYER

SCRIPTURE READING – Romans 16:25-27

SERMON – “Wrapping Up Romans”

THE LORD’S TABLE

Songs –

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

In Christ Alone” by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend

OFFERING

Song –

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

BENEDICTION & ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE – “To God All Praise and Glory” by The Sing Team

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This Sunday we will be having regular service at 10:45 AM. Before service Sunday School for ages 6 and up is CANCELLED.

Also, this week is the last chance to give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering if you haven’t already. 100% of all donations go directly to the mission field. Check out here for inspirational videos and more info.

PRELUDE – “The First Noel” by Chris Rice

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP – Psalm 33:18-22

LEADER:

Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him,

on those who hope in his steadfast love,

that he may deliver their soul from death

and keep them alive in famine.

CONGREGATION:

Our soul waits for the Lord;

he is our help and our shield.

For our heart is glad in him,

because we trust in his holy name.

LEADER:

Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,

even as we hope in you.

ADVENT CANDLE LIGHTING – Hebrews 9:26-28

Christ has appeared once for all

at the end of the ages

to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

And just as it is appointed for man to die once,

and after that comes judgment,

so Christ,

having been offered once to bear the sins of many,

will appear a second time,

not to deal with sin

but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.

Song –

Angels from the Realms of Glory” by Henry Thomas Smart and James Montgomery

CONFESSION OF SIN – Romans 3:23

All have sinned

and fall short of the glory of God.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – 2 Corinthians 5:17-19

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.

The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

All this is from God,

who through Christ reconciled us to himself

and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;

that is, in Christ

God was reconciling the world to himself,

not counting their trespasses against them.

Songs –

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

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

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH – The 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 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 sits 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 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 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

Song –

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

SCRIPTURE READING – Ephesians 3:1-12

SERMON – “The Mystery Revealed”

LORD’S TABLE

Songs –

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

OFFERING

Song –

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

BENEDICTION

ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE – “Hallelujah” by Handel

As in previous years, IBC will be collecting a Lottie Moon Christmas offering, 100% of which goes directly to support missionaries with IMB. We will be collecting a Lottie Moon offering again this year and ask that you prayerfully consider end of year giving towards this cause.

If you’re writing a check, please put “Lottie Moon offering” in the memo line, or use one of the envelopes we’ll have available in the back of church and drop it off with the offering.

Find out more here:

https://www.imb.org/lottie-moon-christmas-offering

Hello Church Family!

You are all invited to the 2016 IBC Christmas Party! The party will be on December 9th at 6:00 PM at The Meeting Place.

We will be having a potluck and IBC will be providing the primary meat and drinks.

If your last name begins with:

· A-H then bring a side dish to share

· I-Z then bring a baked good to share

We will be having a cookie exchange, so the A-H category is also welcome to bring a baked good if they feel so inclined 🙂

There will be singing, eating and much merriment so please join us!

See you soon!

PRELUDE – “Oh Holy Night” by Sarah Macintosh

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP – Psalm 145:3 (NIV)

Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;

his greatness no one can fathom.

Song –

Angels from the Realms of Glory” by Henry Thomas Smart and James Montgomery

Advent means ‘arrival’ or ‘coming’ and is a season of anticipation preparing our hearts for and looking forward to Christmas – the celebration of Christ’s birth and first coming.

Today is the fourth Sunday of Advent and so we light the last three weeks’ candles of expectation and today’s candle symbolizing the joyful announcement of Jesus’ birth.

Isaiah 52:7-10

How beautiful upon the mountains

are the feet of him who brings good news,

who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness,

who publishes salvation,

who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”

The voice of your watchmen – they lift up their voice;

together they sing for joy;

for eye to eye they see

the return of the Lord to Zion.

Break forth together into singing,

you waste places of Jerusalem,

for the Lord has comforted his people;

he has redeemed Jerusalem.

The Lord has bared his holy arm

before the eyes of all the nations,

and all the ends of the earth shall see

the salvation of our God.

Luke 2:8-20

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!”

When the angels went away from them into heaven,

the shepherds said to one another,

“Let us go over to Bethlehem

and see this thing that has happened,

which the Lord has made known to us.”

And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph,

and the baby lying in a manger.

And when they saw it, they made known the saying

that had been told them concerning this child.

And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.

But Mary treasured up all these things,

pondering them in her heart.

And the shepherds returned,

glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen,

as it had been told them.

O God, who makes us glad with the yearly remembrance of the birth of your only Son Jesus Christ: Grant that as we joyfully receive him as our Redeemer, so we may with sure confidence behold him when he shall come to be our Judge; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

Light the four candles.

Song –

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

CONFESSION OF SIN – Matthew 1:21

She will bear a son,

and you shall call his name Jesus,

for he will save his people from their sins.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – 1 Timothy 1:15

The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance,

that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners!

Song –

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

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 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 sits 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 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 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

Song –

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

SCRIPTURE READING – 2 Peter 2:10b-16

SERMON – “Re-Training Our Hearts”

LORD’S TABLE

Song –

In Christ Alone” by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend

It Came Upon the Midnight Clear” by Edmund Hamilton Sears and Richard Storrs Willis

OFFERING

Song –

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

BENEDICTION

ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE – “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Sara Groves

Hello Church Family!

You are all invited to the 2015 IBC Christmas Party! The party will be on December 4th at 6:00 PM at The Meeting Place.

We will be having a potluck and IBC will be providing dessert and drinks.

If your last name begins with:

  • A-H then bring a main dish to share
  • I-Z then bring a side dish to share

There will be games, carols, and cute kids performing a program they have worked hard to put together!

Hope to see you all there!

Mark your calendars: the Annual Immanuel Christmas Party will be on Friday, December 4th, at The Meeting Place. You won’t want to miss it. More details to come soon…

This Sunday will be the last day to give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. Make your checks out to “Immanuel Baptist Church” and write “Lottie Moon” in the memo line. Lottie Moon was a missionary to China many years ago. 100% of the offering goes to support missionaries on the field through the International Mission Board.

The Waglers are having an open house on Christmas day from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Stop by for food, games, and football (or Christmas movies).

Please share with others and contact them to let them know you’re coming.

From @immanuelchicago on Twitter

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