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DECEMBER 17, 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 17, 2023: Text

Hymn Sing     Christmas Songbook


     # 12     Gentle Mary Laid Her Child

     #   8     How Great Our Joy, vs 1, 2

     # 17     In the Bleak Midwinter, vs 1, 2, 4



Candle Lighting          The Newman Family 


The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.

Those who lived in a land of deep darkness—on them has light shined.

A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots.

And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest on him.

His delight shall be in the fear of the LORD.

— Isaiah 9:2; 11:1-3 (NRSV)


 

Hymn     # 340     O Come, All Ye Faithful          (Gray Psalter Hymnal)



Confession of Sin and Assurance of Pardon  


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



Psalter     Psalm 126     (NRSVUE)          Bert Chapman


1When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.

2Then our mouth was filled with laughter and our tongue with shouts of joy; then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”

3The Lord has done great things for us, and we rejoiced.

4Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like the watercourses in the Negeb.

5May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy.

6Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves.



Prayer for Illumination                                               



New Testament Reading     Luke 1:67-79


       67Then his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:

       68“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them. 69He has raised up a mighty savior for us in the house of his child David, 70as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, 71that we would be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us. 72Thus he has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors and has remembered his holy covenant, 73the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham, to grant us 74that we, being rescued from the hands of our enemies, might serve him without fear, 75in holiness and righteousness in his presence all our days. 76And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, 77to give his people knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins. 78Because of the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, 79to shine upon 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.



Choral Anthem     Angels We Have Heard on High


Angels we have heard on high

Sweetly singing o’er the plains

And the mountains in reply

Echoing their joyous strains:

Gloria, in excelsis Deo

Gloria, in excelsis Deo


Shepherds, why this jubilee

Why your joyous strains prolong

What the gladsome tidings be

Which inspire your heav’nly song

Gloria, in excelsis Deo

Gloria, in excelsis Deo


Come to Bethlehem and see

Him whose birth the angels sing

Come adore on bended knee

Christ the Lord, the new-born king

Gloria, in excelsis Deo

Gloria, in excelsis Deo



Children’s Sermon 



Hymn     # 5     The First Noel, vs 1, 2, 6          (Christmas Songbook)



Old Testament Reading     Ruth 4:11-22     (ESV)


       11Then all the people who were at the gate and the elders said, “We are witnesses. May the Lord make the woman, who is coming into your house, like Rachel and Leah, who together built up the house of Israel. May you act worthily in Ephrathah and be renowned in Bethlehem, 12and may your house be like the house of Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah, because of the offspring that the Lord will give you by this young woman.”

       13So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife. And he went in to her, and the Lord gave her conception, and she bore a son. 14Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a redeemer, and may his name be renowned in Israel! 15He shall be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age, for your daughter-in-law who loves you, who is more to you than seven sons, has given birth to him.” 16Then Naomi took the child and laid him on her lap and became his nurse. 17And the women of the neighborhood gave him a name, saying, “A son has been born to Naomi.” They named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.

       18Now these are the generations of Perez: Perez fathered Hezron, 19Hezron fathered Ram, Ram fathered Amminadab, 20Amminadab fathered Nahshon, Nahshon fathered Salmon, 21Salmon fathered Boaz, Boaz fathered Obed, 22Obed fathered Jesse, and Jesse fathered David.



Sermon          Pastor Andrew Winter

Bulletin - December 17, 2023: Text

Gathering of Our Tithes and Offerings


      Response     # 638     The Doxology          (Gray Psalter Hymnal)


      Prayer of Dedication



Joys and Concerns



Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession


In Pakistan our EPC missionary partners Rev. Asaph and Lynn Din, run cricket camps as an outreach tool in the Muslim world. 



Hymn     Insert     Joy Has Dawned



Announcements 



 Benediction

 


Postlude     Fantasy on Il est né, le Divin Enfant          Richard Hudson


Jesus, Lord of all the world,

Coming as a Child among us

Bulletin - December 17, 2023: Text
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