DECEMBER 19, 2021

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.


Welcome and Greeting

Choral Introit:     Lo How a Rose E’re Blooming

Lo how a rose e'er blooming

From tender stem hath sprung

Of Jesse's lineage coming

By faithful prophets sung

It came a floweret bright

Amid the cold of winter

When half spent was the night

Isaiah twas foretold it

The rose I have in mind

With Mary we behold it

The virgin mother kind

To show God's love aright

She bore for us a Savior

When half spent was the night

Call to Worship - Candle Lighting          The 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. 

Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, 

  and your healing shall spring up quickly;

your vindicator shall go before you, 

  the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.

— Isaiah 58:8, NRSV

Come, Lord Jesus, our light and our salvation. 

Let us walk in the light of the LORD. 

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

Psalter     Psalm 2     (ESV)     (Read responsively)          Bert Chapman

1Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain?

2The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying,

3“Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.”

4He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision.

5Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying,

6“As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.”

7I will tell of the decree: The Lord said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you.

8Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession.

9You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.”

10Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth.

11Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

12Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

Prayer for Illumination                                                     

Epistle Reading     Galatians 4:4-6     (NRSV)

4But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. 6And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”

Lector: This is the Word of the Lord.

Congregation: Thanks be to God for His Word.

Choral Anthem:     Glorious Light

Glorious light see the dawn of salvation

Angels in white fill the skies with their wondrous song

Awakening earth with news of his birth

Join the hymn of the highest heavens


Glory to God in the highest

Peace to men on earth

Come and adore him with wonder

Christ Lord of heaven and earth

Long has the world fought the song of the angels

Heavenly music is drowned by a warring world

Yet hope burns a light that shatters the night

Tune your heart to the call of glory

Angels from the realms of glory

Wing your flight o'er all the earth

Ye who sang creation's story

Now proclaim Messiah's birth

Come and worship 

Glory to God on high

Come and worship

Come and adore him

Worship Christ the newborn king

Children’s Sermon

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

Gospel Reading     Matthew 1:18-25   


     18Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19Herhusband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. 20But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:

     23“Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,”

     which means, “God is with us.” 24When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, 25but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.

Sermon     The Story of Joseph          Pastor SJ Winter


Moment for Mission

Joys and Concerns

Prayer of Thanksgiving, Dedication, and Intercession

The Local Emergency Aid Program (LEAP) aids families who need temporary financial support. The program is run by our deacons here at Faith Presbyterian, and our mission is to extend the love of Jesus Christ by assisting people in our local community with emergency funds directed toward rent and utility bills.  

Hymn     # 28     Good Christian Men Rejoice          (Christmas Songbook) 


Postlude     People, Look East          setting James Mansfield

People, look east and sing today:

Love, the LORD, is on the way.

   — Eleanor Farjeon