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PRELUDE –

“Shepherd’s Song” by Josh Garrells

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP – Luke 2:29-32

“Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace,

    according to your word;

for my eyes have seen your salvation

    that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,

a light for revelation to the Gentiles,

    and for glory to your people Israel.”

SONG –

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

CONFESSION OF SIN – 1 John 1:5-9

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, 

that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 

If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, 

we lie and do not practice the truth. 

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, 

we have fellowship with one another, 

and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins  and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

SONG –

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

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – John 3:16-17

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.

SONG –

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

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 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 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.

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 worshiped and glorified; 

who spoke by the prophets.

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.

PRAYER

CHILDREN’S DISMISSAL

SCRIPTURE READING – 1 Timothy 4:6-10

6 If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed. 7 Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; 8 for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. 9 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. 10 For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.

SERMON – “The Savior of All People”

SONG –

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

LORD’S TABLE

OFFERING

SONG –

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

BENEDICTION & ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE –

“Go Tell It on the Mountain” by Penny and Sparrow

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PRELUDE –

“Angels We Have Heard On High” by Phil Wickham

LIGHTING OF THE THIRD ADVENT CANDLE & CALL TO WORSHIP – 2 Samuel 7:12-13

During this advent season, we as a church are lighting candles to symbolize the people of God’s anticipation of the coming of Christ. In 2 Samuel 7:12-13, God promised David that one of his sons would sit on the throne of Israel forever. The Lord says,

“When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.”

As Israel struggled under oppression and exile, God’s people clung to this promise, eagerly awaiting the day when their promised king would come. Christmas is a time that we celebrate, because the king who was promised so long ago, has finally come to his people.

(light the three candles)

Let’s stand and sing to Jesus Christ, the king who has come at last.

SONG –

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

CONFESSION OF SIN – Psalm 40:11-13

Although Christ has come to establish a kingdom of justice and love, we as a people are sinful and broken. In ourselves, we have no right to enter into God’s holy kingdom. Therefore, let’s pray along silently with the words of this confession of sin from Psalm 40:11-13.

Do not withhold your mercy from me, O Lord;

May your love and your truth always protect me.

For troubles without number surround me;

My sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see.

They are more than the heirs of my head, and my heart fails within me.

Be pleased, O Lord, to save me;

O Lord, come quickly to help me.

(moment of silence)

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – Colossians 1:12-14

[Give] thanks to the Father,

who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.

He has delivered us from the domain of darkness

and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,

in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

SONGS –

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

Away In A Manger (Forever Amen)” by Phil Wickham

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH – 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 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 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.

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 worshiped and glorified;

who spoke by the prophets.

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

PRAYER

CHILDRENS’ DISMISSAL

SCRIPTURE READING – 1 Timothy 4:1-5 Please stand for the reading. End with “This is the word of the Lord.”

Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons,through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.

SERMON – “Ascetic Heresies”

SONG –

Behold the Lamb (Communion Hymn)” by Keith & Kristyn Getty and Stuart Townend

LORD’S TABLE

OFFERING

SONG –

Hope for Everyone” by Matt Maher

BENEDICTION

ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE –

“It Came Upon A Midnight Clear” by Sara Groves

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

PRELUDE –

“Shepherd of My Soul” by Rivers and Robots

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP – Psalm 107:1-2

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,

    for his steadfast love endures forever!

Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,

    whom he has redeemed from trouble

SONG –

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

CONFESSION OF SIN – Psalm 51:10

Create in me a clean heart, O God,

and renew a right spirit within me.

SONG –

Create in Me a Clean Heart” by Keith Green

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – Hebrews 10:19-22

[S]ince we have a great priest over the house of God,

 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith,

with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience

and our bodies washed with pure water.

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering,

for he who promised is faithful.

SONG –

Jesus, Thank You” by Pat Sczebel

PRAYER

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH – APOSTLES’ CREED

We believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:

And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord:

Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary:

Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried: He descended into hell:

The third day he rose again from the dead:

He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty:

From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead:

We believe in the Holy Ghost:

We believe in the holy catholic church:

The communion of saints:

The forgiveness of sins:

The resurrection of the body:

And the life everlasting.

Amen.

CHILDREN’S DISMISSAL

SONG –

Father I Adore You” by Terrye Coelho

SCRIPTURE READING – 1 Timothy 3:8-13 Please stand for the reading. End with “This is the word of the Lord.”

8 Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. 9 They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. 11 Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. 12 Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. 13 For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.

SERMON – “Deacons and Their Qualifications”

SONG –

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

LORD’S TABLE

OFFERING

SONG –

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

BENEDICTION

ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE –

“Dust” by Kings Kaleidoscope

PRELUDE – 

“Shadows” by David Crowder Band

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP – (Revelation 21:3-4)

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, 

“Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. 

He will dwell with them, and they will be his people,

and God himself will be with them as their God. 

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, 

and death shall be no more, 

neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, 

for the former things have passed away.”

Let’s stand and worship the God of our comfort!

SONG –

We Will Feast in the House of Zion” by Joshua Moore and Sandra McCracken

CONFESSION OF SIN –  

In light of our need for God, let’s take a moment to pray aloud together with this corporate confession of sin.

Lord, though you should guide us, we inform ourselves;

though you should rule us, we control ourselves;

though you should fulfill us, we console ourselves.

We think your truth too high, your will too hard,

your power too remote, your love too free. But they are not!

And without them, we are of all people most miserable.

Now heal our confused minds with your word,

heal our divided wills with your law,

heal our troubled consciences with your love,

heal our anxious hearts with your presence,

all for the sake of your Son,

who loved us and gave himself for us. 

Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – (Psalm 103:8-12)

Hear this assurance of pardon from Psalm 103:8-12.

The Lord is compassionate and gracious,

    slow to anger, abounding in love.

He will not always accuse,

    nor will he harbor his anger forever;

he does not treat us as our sins deserve

    or repay us according to our iniquities.

For as high as the heavens are above the earth,

    so great is his love for those who fear him;

as far as the east is from the west,

    so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

SONGS –

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

Promises” by Maverick City

PRAYER Be seated for prayer.

SCRIPTURE READING – Psalm 74 Please stand for the reading. End with “This is the word of the Lord.” 

SERMON – “What I Feel V.S. What Is True”

SONG –

Behold the Lamb (Communion Hymn)” by Keith & Kristyn Getty and Stuart Townend

LORD’S TABLE –

SONG— 

God Is For Us” by CityAlight

BENEDICTION

ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE—   

The Love of God” by Frederick Martin Lehman and Meir Ben Isaac Nehorai

PRELUDE –  “O Praise Him” by David Crowder Band

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP – Psalm 113:1-6

Praise the Lord!

Praise, O servants of the Lord,

praise the name of the Lord!

Blessed be the name of the Lord

from this time forth and forevermore!

From the rising of the sun to its setting,

the name of the Lord is to be praised!

The Lord is high above all nations,

and his glory above the heavens!

Who is like the Lord our God,

who is seated on high,

who looks far down

on the heavens and the earth?

SONG –

Behold, Our God” by Jonathan, Meghan, and Ryan Baird and Mark Altrogge

CONFESSION OF SIN – Romans 1:21-23

For although they knew God,

they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, 

but they became futile in their thinking, 

and their foolish hearts were darkened. 

Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 

and exchanged the glory of the immortal God 

for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

In spite of our songs of praise, Christians too often are drawn to praise the things of this world rather than the creator who gave us these good gifts. Let’s take a moment and repent of our foolish fixation on the things of this world and focus our thoughts and heart on the most high God.

[Moment of Silence]

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – Psalm 32:1-2

Hear this Assurance of Pardon from Psalm 32:1-2

Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven,
    whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity,
    and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

SONG –

Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder” by John Newton and Laura Taylor

How Great Is Our God” by Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, and Jesse Reeves

PRAYER Be Seated

SCRIPTURE READING – Malachi 1:1-2:9 Please stand for the reading. End with “This is the word of the Lord.” 

SERMON – “Standing In Awe Of His Name”

SONG –

How Deep the Father’s Love” by Stuart Townend

LORD’S TABLE – 

SONG— 

10,000 Reasons” by Matt Redman

BENEDICTION

ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE— “Great Are You Lord” by All Sons and Daughters

PRELUDE – “See The Destined Day Arise” by Sovereign Grace Music

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP – Psalm 100:1-5

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!

Serve the Lord with gladness!

Come into his presence with singing!

Know that the Lord, he is God!

It is he who made us, and we are his;

we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,

and his courts with praise!

Give thanks to him; bless his name!

For the Lord is good;

his steadfast love endures forever,

and his faithfulness to all generations.

SONG –

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

CONFESSION OF SIN – 

Let’s read and pray this confession of sin aloud together.

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 – 1 John 4:9-10

In this the love of God was made manifest among us, 

that God sent his only Son into the world, 

so that we might live through him. 

In this is love, not that we have loved God 

but that he loved us 

and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

SONG –

Jesus Strong and Kind” by CityAlight

I Stand Amazed in the Presence” by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel

PRAYER have people sit

SCRIPTURE READING – Zechariah 14 have people stand for the reading. End with “This is the word of the Lord.” 

SERMON – “A Final Vision”

SONG –

Come Ye Sinners Poor and Needy” by Fernando Ortega, John Andrew Schreiner, and Joseph Hart

LORD’S TABLE – 

SONG— 

Sing to the King” by Billy Foote

BENEDICTION

ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE— “Glory Awaits” by Sovereign Grace Music

PRELUDE – “Come, Let Us Worship” by Maranatha

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP – Nehemiah 9:5-6

Nehemiah call the people of God to worship declaring

“Stand up and bless the Lord your God from everlasting to everlasting. 

Blessed be your glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise. 

“You are the Lord, you alone. 

You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host,

 the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; 

and you preserve all of them; 

and the host of heaven worships you.

SONG –

How Great Is Our God” by Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, and Jesse Reeves

CONFESSION OF SIN –  Book of Common Prayer

ALMIGHTY and most merciful Father; 

We have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. 

We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. 

We have offended against thy holy laws. 

We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; 

And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; 

And there is no health in us. 

But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. 

Spare thou those, O God, who confess their faults. 

Restore thou those who are penitent; 

According to thy promises declared unto mankind In Christ Jesus our Lord. 

And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake; 

That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, 

To the glory of thy holy Name. 

Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – Ezekiel 36:25-28

Hear this Assurance of Pardon from Ezekiel 36:25-28

I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; 

I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. 

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; 

I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 

And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees 

and be careful to keep my laws. 

Then you will live in the land I gave your ancestors; you will be my people, 

and I will be your God.

SONG – 

He Will Hold Me Fast” by Ada Ruth Habershon and Matthew Merker

Jesus, Thank You” by Pat Sczebel

PRAYER Be Seated

SCRIPTURE READING – Zechariah 10:1-12 Please stand for the reading. End with “This is the word of the Lord.” 

SERMON –  “Returning From A Far Kingdom”

SONG –

The Love of God”by Frederick Martin Lehman and Meir Ben Isaac Nehorai

LORD’S TABLE – 

SONG— 

O Church Arise” by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend

BENEDICTION

ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE—“Wonderful, Merciful, Savior” by Dawn Rogers and Eric Wyse

PRELUDE – “No Longer Slaves” by Brian Johnson, Joel Case, and Jonathan David Helser

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP – Hebrews 4:14-16

Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 

For we do not have a high priest 

who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, 

but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, 

that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

SONG – 

Jesus, My Only Hope” by Mark Altrogge

CONFESSION OF SIN – 

Father in heaven, we thank you for the freedom you have given us through the life, death and resurrection of your Son.

 But we confess today that we often live like slaves. 

Instead of living like you delight in us, we avoid you in shame and guilt. 

Instead of receiving your favor as a gift, we try to earn it with our efforts. 

Instead of accepting your freedom, we prefer our chains. 

Instead of pursuing your purposes, we cling to our short-sighted agendas. 

Forgive us. Embrace us. Cleanse us. Heal us. 

We ask this in Jesus name. 

Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – Romans 8:34-39

Who is to condemn? 

Christ Jesus is the one who died

—more than that, who was raised—

who is at the right hand of God, 

who indeed is interceding for us.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? 

Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, 

or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?

 As it is written,

“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
    we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, 

nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, 

nor anything else in all creation, 

will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

SONGS – 

Before the Throne of God Above” by Charitie Lees Bancroft and Vikki Cook

He Will Hold Me Fast” by Ada Ruth Habershon and Matthew Merker

PRAYER

SCRIPTURE READING – Zechariah 3:1-10 

SERMON (Nathan) – “The Priest With Dirty Clothes”

SONG –

Nothing But the Blood” by Robert Lowry

LORD’S TABLE – 

SONG—

Promises” by Maverick City Music

BENEDICTION

ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE— “Now Why This Fear?” by Augustus Toplady and Doug Plank

PRELUDE —  “You Hold It All Together” by All Sons and Daughters

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP – Psalm 149

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.
Let the godly exult in glory;
    let them sing for joy on their beds.
Let the high praises of God be in their throats
    and two-edged swords in their hands,
to execute vengeance on the nations
    and punishments on the peoples,
to bind their kings with chains
    and their nobles with fetters of iron,
to execute on them the judgment written!
    This is honor for all his godly ones.
Praise the Lord!

SONG –

All Praise to Him” by Bob Kauflin and Matt Merker

CONFESSION OF SIN – 

Let’s confess our sins together. Read this prayer with me.

Gracious God,

 we confess that we have longed too much for the comforts of this world. We have loved the gifts more than the giver. 

In your mercy, help us to see 

that all the things we pine for are shadows, but you are substance; 

that they are quicksands, but you are mountain; 

that they are shifting, but you are anchor. 

We plead your forgiveness on the merits of Jesus Christ. 

Accept his worthiness for our unworthiness, 

his sinlessness for our transgressions, 

his fullness for our emptiness, 

his glory for our shame, 

his righteousness for our dead works, 

his death for our life. 

We pray in Jesus name. 

Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – Jeremiah 31:31-34

“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, 

when I will make a new covenant 

with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, 

not like the covenant that I made with their fathers 

on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, 

my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, 

declares the Lord. 

For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: 

I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. 

And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 

And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, 

saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, 

from the least of them to the greatest, 

declares the Lord. 

For I will forgive their iniquity, 

and I will remember their sin no more.”

SONGS – 

Give us Clean Hands” by Charlie Hall

Speak, O Lord” by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend

PRAYER

SCRIPTURE READING – Haggai 1:1-15 

SERMON (Nathan) – “Working on the House of the Lord”

SONG –

In Christ Alone” by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend           

LORD’S TABLE – 

SONG— 

 “O Church Arise” by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend

BENEDICTION

ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE – “Because He Lives” by David Crowder Band

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