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DECEMBER 3, 2023

The Order for the Worship of God

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.

Bulletin - December 3, 2023: Text

Prelude     Variation on "Merton"     Robert Lau

Hark! A thrilling voice is sounding!

"Christ is near," we hear it say.

Welcome and Greeting

Preparation of Our Hearts

Candle Lighting          The Nance Family 

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep.

A wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light,”

and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. 

God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. 

And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. 

— Genesis 1:1-5     (NRSV)

Hymn     # 1     Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus          (Christmas Songbook)

Prayer of Confession    

O promised Christ:

We are a world at war.

Our peace depends on your coming.

We are a sinful people.

Our pardon depends on your coming.

We are full of good intentions but weak at keeping promises;

our only hope of doing God’s will

is that you should come and help us do it.

Lord Christ, Word made flesh,

our world waits

for your peace,

for your pardon,

and for your grace.

Even so: come, Lord Jesus. Amen

Prayer for Illumination          Lou Ann Johnston 

New Testament Reading     Matthew 1:1-17     (NRSVUE)

       1 An account of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

       2Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, 3and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Aram, 4and Aram the father of Aminadab, and Aminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, 5and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, 6and Jesse the father of King David.

       And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah, 7and Solomon the father of Rehoboam, and Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asaph, 8and Asaph the father of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah, 9and Uzziah the father of Jotham, and Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, 10and Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh the father of Amos, and Amos the father of Josiah, 11and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.

       12And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Salathiel, and Salathiel the father of Zerubbabel, 13and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor, 14and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud, 15and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob, 16and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, who bore Jesus, who is called the Messiah.

       17So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David to the deportation to Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the deportation to Babylon to the Messiah, fourteen generations.

Lector: This is the Word of the Lord.

Congregation: Thanks be to God for His Word.

Choral Anthem     Emmanuel, Expected Jesus

Come, O come, expected Emmanuel

And ransom captive Israel

That mourns in lowly exile here

Until the son of God appear

Rejoice, rejoice,

Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel

Come, thou long expected Jesus

Born to set they people free

From our fears and sins release us

Let us find our rest in thee

Israel’s strength and consolation

Hope of all the earth thou art

Dear desire of every nation

Hope of every longing heart

Rejoice, rejoice

Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel

Come, O come, expected Emmanuel

Children’s Sermon 

Hymn     # 25     Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming          (Christmas Songbook)

Old Testament Reading     Genesis 38:24-30     (ESV)

       24About three months later Judah was told, “Tamar your daughter-in-law has been immoral. Moreover, she is pregnant by immorality.” And Judah said, “Bring her out, and let her be burned.” 25As she was being brought out, she sent word to her father-in-law, “By the man to whom these belong, I am pregnant.” And she said, “Please identify whose these are, the signet and the cord and the staff.” 26Then Judah identified them and said, “She is more righteous than I, since I did not give her to my son Shelah.” And he did not know her again.

       27When the time of her labor came, there were twins in her womb. 28And when she was in labor, one put out a hand, and the midwife took and tied a scarlet thread on his hand, saying, “This one came out first.” 29But as he drew back his hand, behold, his brother came out. And she said, “What a breach you have made for yourself!” Therefore his name was called Perez. 30Afterward his brother came out with the scarlet thread on his hand, and his name was called Zerah.

Sermon          Pastor Andrew Winter

Bulletin - December 3, 2023: Text

Gathering of Our Tithes and Offerings

      Response     # 638     The Doxology          (Gray Psalter Hymnal)

      Prayer of Dedication

Hymn     # 341     Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence          (Gray Psalter Hymnal)

The LORD’s Supper    

Invitation to the Table 

 Prayer of Thanksgiving

Giving & Receiving the Bread and the Cup

 Prayer of Consecration:

Almighty Lord: we are thankful for all the benefits given us in this bread and wine, this body and blood. As the grain was harvested and the grapes gathered for this food, so may your church in every place be gathered into your household. And as the grain was ground and the grapes crushed, so may our lives be spent in your service, until you return in triumph to gather to yourself the harvest and call us to the marriage feast of the lamb. Amen. 

Hymn     # 328     O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, vs 1, 4, 6, 7          (Gray Psalter Hymnal)



Postlude     Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates          setting by Jan Bender

Fling wide the portals of your heart; 

make it a temple, set apart.

Bulletin - December 3, 2023: Text
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