DECEMBER 12, 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.

 

Hymn Sing


Christmas Songbook 

     # 24    God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - vs. 1, 2, 4

     #   8    How Great Our Joy - vs. 1, 2


Insert - O Holy Night


  

Call to Worship - Candle Lighting          Ward 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. 

  

The LORD says to his servant, 

“It is too light a thing that you should be my servant

to raise up the tribes of Jacob

and to restore the survivors of Israel;

I will give you as a light to the nations,

That my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”

— Isaiah 49:6, NRSV


Come, Lord Jesus, our light and our salvation. 


Let us walk in the light of the LORD. 



Hymn     # 347     Angels We Have Heard on High          (Gray Psalter Hymnal)



Psalter     1 Samuel 2:1-10     (Please read responsively)          Michael Bergmann


2 Hannah prayed and said,

“My heart exults in the LORD; my strength is exalted in my God. My mouth derides my enemies, because I rejoice in my victory.

2“There is no Holy One like the LORD, no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.

3Talk no more so very proudly, let not arrogance come from your mouth; for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.

4The bows of the mighty are broken, but the feeble gird on strength.

5Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread, but those who were hungry are fat with spoil. The barren has borne seven, but she who has many children is forlorn.

6The LORD kills and brings to life; he brings down to Sheol and raises up.

7The LORD makes poor and makes rich; he brings low, he also exalts.

8He raises up the poor from the dust; he lifts the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor. For the pillars of the earth are the LORD’s, and on them he has set the world.

9“He will guard the feet of his faithful ones, but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness; for not by might does one prevail.

10The LORD! His adversaries shall be shattered; the Most High will thunder in heaven. The LORD will judge the ends of the earth; he will give strength to his king, and exalt the power of his anointed.”



Prayer for Illumination                                              


Epistle Reading     Hebrews 1     (NRSV)


       1 Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, 2but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. 3He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

       5For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you”?

       Or again, “I will be his Father, and he will be my Son”?

       6And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him.”

       7Of the angels he says, “He makes his angels winds, and his servants flames of fire.”

       8But of the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, and the righteous scepter is the scepter of your kingdom. 9 You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you  with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.”

       10And, “In the beginning, Lord, you founded the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands; 11 they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like clothing; 12 like a cloak you will roll them up, and like clothing they will be changed. But you are the same, And your years will never end.”

       13But to which of the angels has he ever said, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”?

       14Are not all angels spirits in the divine service, sent to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?


Lector: This is the Word of the Lord.


Congregation: Thanks be to God for His Word.



Choral Anthem:     Angel’s Carol


Have you heard the sound of the angel voices

Ringing out so sweetly, ringing out so clear

Have you seen the star shining out so brightly 

As a sign from God that Christ the Lord is here

Have you heard the news that they bring from heaven

To the humble shepherds who have waited long

Gloria in excelsis Deo

Gloria in excelsis Deo

Hear the angels sing their joyful song


He is come in peace in the winter stillness

Like a gentle snowfall in the gentle night

He is come in joy like the sun at morning

Filling all the world with radiance and with light

He is come in love as a child of Mary

In a simple stable we have seen his birth

Gloria in excelsis Deo

Gloria in excelsis Deo

Hear the angels singing peace on earth


He will bring new light to a world in darkness

Like a bright star shining in the skies above

He will bring new hope to the waiting nations

When he comes to reign in purity and love

Let the earth rejoice at the Savior's coming

Let the heavens answer with a joyful morn

Gloria in excelsis Deo

Gloria in excelsis Deo

Hear the angels singing Christ is born



Children’s Sermon



Hymn     # 31     Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne          (Christmas Songbook)


Gospel Reading     Luke 1:26-38   

  

       26In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 27to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” 29But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. 30The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. 33He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” 34Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” 35The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. 36And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. 37For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.



Sermon     “How Can This Be?”                         Pastor Andrew Winter

 
 

Confession of Faith

 

We confess that “The Son of God, the second person of the Trinity, is truly the eternal God, of one substance and equal with the Father. In the fullness of time he took on himself the nature of man, with all the essential qualities and ordinary frailties of man—except that he was sinless. Jesus was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mary out of her substance. These two complete, perfect, and distinct natures, the Godhead and the manhood, were inseparably joined together in the one person of Jesus without being altered, disunited or jumbled. The person Jesus is truly God and truly man, yet one Christ, the only mediator between God and man.” — The Westminster Confession of Faith 8.2



Moment for Mission



Joys and Concerns



Prayer of Thanksgiving, Dedication, and Intercession

Trinity Life Ministry is a Christ-centered, biblically based, 12-month residential program for adult men, and provides services to the children, wives, parents, and other family members of those in their care.



Hymn     # 345     Hark! The Herald Angels Sing          (Gray Psalter Hymnal) 



Benediction   



Postlude     Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying          setting Paul Manz


Midnight hears the welcome voice, 

And at the thrilling cry rejoices:

“Oh, where are all you virgins wise?

The Bridegroom comes, awake!”