DECEMBER 5, 2021

The Order for the Worship of God

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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.

 

Welcome and Greeting



Prelude     In Dulci Jubilo          setting by Johann Heinrich Buttstedt      


In quiet joy

Let us our homage show

Our heart’s joy reclineth

In praesepio (in a manger)



Call to Worship - Candle Lighting          MacLeod Family


Jesus said, “I am the light of the world; the one who follows me will not walk in darkness but have the light of life.”


We light this candle as a sign of the coming light of Christ.



I will lead the blind

By a road they do not know,

By the paths they have not known

I will guide them.

I will turn the darkness before them into light,

The rough places into level ground.

These are the things I will do

And I will not forsake them.

—Isaiah 42:16, NRSV



Come, Lord Jesus, our light and our salvation.


Let us walk in the light of the LORD.



Hymn     # 5     The First Noel          (Christmas Songbook)



Prayer of Confession  


       

Prayer for Illumination          Jurgen Honig



Epistle Reading     Hebrews 11:8-19     (ESV)


       8By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. 9By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. 10For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. 11By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised. 12Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.

       13These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. 14For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.

       17By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son, 18of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” 19He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back.


Lector: This is the Word of the Lord.


Congregation: Thanks be to God for His Word.



Choral Anthem:     Run to Bethlehem


Shepherd wake up from your sleep

Run, run to Bethlehem

Rise up from your flock of sheep

 

Run, run, run to Bethlehem

In the manger you will find

The Lamb for all mankind

 

Shepherd do not be afraid

Run, run to Bethlehem

Christ the Lord is born this day

 

Shepherd hear the news we bring

Run, run to Bethlehem

Glory be to God we sing

 

Shepherd search and find the Lamb

Run, run to Bethlehem

Leave your flock of ewes and rams



Children’s Sermon



Hymn     # 29     What Child Is This?          (Christmas Songbook)



Gospel Reading     Luke 1:5-25     (NRSV)


       5In the days of King Herod of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly order of Abijah. His wife was a descendant of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6Both of them were righteous before God, living blamelessly according to all the commandments and regulations of the Lord. 7But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were getting on in years.             

       8Once when he was serving as priest before God and his section was on duty, 9he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to enter the sanctuary of the Lord and offer incense. 10Now at the time of the incense offering, the whole assembly of the people was praying outside. 11Then there appeared to him an angel of the Lord, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. 12When Zechariah saw him, he was terrified; and fear overwhelmed him. 13But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will name him John. 14You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, 15for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He must never drink wine or strong drink; even before his birth he will be filled with the Holy Spirit. 16He will turn many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. 17With the spirit and power of Elijah he will go before him, to turn the hearts of parents to their children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” 18Zechariah said to the angel, “How will I know that this is so? For I am an old man, and my wife is getting on in years.” 19The angel replied, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. 20But now, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time, you will become mute, unable to speak, until the day these things occur.”

       21Meanwhile the people were waiting for Zechariah, and wondered at his delay in the sanctuary. 22When he did come out, he could not speak to them, and they realized that he had seen a vision in the sanctuary. He kept motioning to them and remained unable to speak. 23When his time of service was ended, he went to his home.

       24After those days his wife Elizabeth conceived, and for five months she remained in seclusion. She said, 25“This is what the Lord has done for me when he looked favorably on me and took away the disgrace I have endured among my people.”


Sermon     “This Good News”          Pastor Andrew Winter

 
 

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



The LORD’s Supper


Invitation to the Table and Words of Institution


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.

 


Moment for Mission



Hymn     # 8     How Great Our Joy          (Christmas Songbook)



Benediction   



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


Behold, the King of glory waits;

The King of kings is drawing near;

The Savior of the world is here!