NOVEMBER 29, 2020
The Order for the Worship of God
Faith Presbyterian Church 9:30 a.m.
Follow along by watching our livestream on our YouTube channel at 930a on Sunday.
Let the first tone of the organ be a call to quiet meditation in which all
may become aware of God’s presence, and lift up a prayer for yourself
and for Faith Church.
Prelude Choral Prelude on Old 100th Johann Pachelbel
Voluntary on the Doxology (Old 100th) Henry Purcell
Welcome and Greeting
Lighting of the Candle of Hope Bert & Becky Chapman
The first candle, the prophets’ candle, reminds us that long before Jesus was born, the prophets of ancient Israel foretold his birth.
Hymn #1 Come Thou Long Expected Jesus (Christmas Songbook)
Psalter: Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 (read responsively) Bert Chapman
1 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock! You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth
2 before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh. Stir up your might, and come to save us!
3 Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved.
4 O Lord God of hosts, how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers?
5 You have fed them with the bread of tears, and given them tears to drink in full measure.
6 You make us the scorn of our neighbors; our enemies laugh among themselves.
7 Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.
17 But let your hand be upon the one at your right hand, the one whom you made strong for yourself.
18 Then we will never turn back from you; give us life, and we will call on your name.
19 Restore us, O Lord God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.
Prayer for Illumination Bert Chapman
First Lesson: Luke 1:67-79 Bert Chapman
67 Then his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke this prophecy: 68 ‘Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them. 69 He has raised up a mighty savior for us in the house of his servant David, 70 as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, 71 that we would be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us. 72 Thus he has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors, and has remembered his holy covenant, 73 the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham, to grant us 74 that we, being rescued from the hands of our enemies, might serve him without fear, 75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. 76 And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, 77 to give knowledge of salvation to his people by the forgiveness of their sins. 78 By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, 79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.’
Lector: “This is the Word of the Lord.”
Congregation: “Thanks be to God for His Word.”
Special Music Dave & Kris Stith
Hymn #29 What Child is This? (Christmas Songbook)
Second Lesson: Isaiah 64:1-9
64 O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence — 2 as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil — to make your name known to your adversaries, so that the nations might tremble at your presence! 3 When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence. 4 From ages past no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who works for those who wait for him. 5 You meet those who gladly do right, those who remember you in your ways. But you were angry, and we sinned; because you hid yourself we transgressed. 6 We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. 7 There is no one who calls on your name, or attempts to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from, and have delivered us into the hand of our iniquity. 8 Yet, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. 9 Do not be exceedingly angry, O Lord, and do not remember iniquity forever. Now consider, we are all your people.
Sermon “Yet You Are Our Father” Pastor Andrew Winter
Joys and Concerns
Prayer of Dedication, Thanksgiving, and Intercession
Habitat for Humanity Lafayette
Jack & Mary Ann Voelkel - IVCF
Lafayette Urban Ministry
Through the Gate