DECEMBER 20, 2020
The Order for the Worship of God
Faith Presbyterian Church 9:30 a.m.
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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.
Prelude How Lovely Shines the Morning Star setting by Paul Manz
How lovely shines the Morning Star!
The nations see and hail afar
The light in Judah shining.
Welcome and Greeting
Lighting of the Advent Candle The Varys Family
The fourth candle, the angels’ candle, reminds us that angels not only announced to Mary that Jesus would be born, but they were the first to announce his birth after Jesus was born.
Hymn Angels We Have Heard on High (see insert)
Psalter: Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26 (read responsively) Bert Chapman
1I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord, forever; with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations.
2I declare that your steadfast love is established forever; your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.
3You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to my servant David:
4‘I will establish your descendants forever, and build your throne for all generations.’”
19Then you spoke in a vision to your faithful one, and said: “I have set the crown on one who is mighty, I have exalted one chosen from the people.
20I have found my servant David; with my holy oil I have anointed him;
21my hand shall always remain with him; my arm also shall
22The enemy shall not outwit him, the wicked shall not humble him.
23I will crush his foes before him and strike down those who hate him.
24My faithfulness and steadfast love shall be with him; and in my name his horn shall be exalted.
25I will set his hand on the sea and his right hand on the rivers.
26He shall cry to me, ‘You are my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation!’”
Prayer for Illumination Bert Chapman
First Lesson: Luke 1:26-38 Bert Chapman
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.
Lector: “This is the Word of the Lord.”
Congregation: “Thanks be to God for His Word.”
Special Music I Wonder as I Wander Norah Elliot
Children’s Sermon Kris Stith
Hymn #31 Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne (vs. 1, 4, & 5) (Christmas Songbook)
Second Lesson: 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16
1The king began to dwell in his house because the Lord had given him rest from all his surrounding enemies. 2The king said to Nathan the prophet, “Look! I am dwelling in a house of cedar, but the ark of God is dwelling between tent curtains.” 3Nathan replied to the king, “Go and do all that is in your heart. The Lord is with you.” 4That night, the word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying, 5Go and say to my servant David, Thus says the Lord: Will you yourself build me a house in which to dwell? 6I have not dwelt in a house from that day that I brought the
children of Israel from Egypt until this day. But I was going to and fro in a tent—in the tabernacle. 7Wherever I went to and fro with all the
children of Israel, did I speak a word to one of the tribes of Israel that I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, Why have you not built a house of cedar for me?
8So now, this is what you will say to my servant David: Thus says the Lord of Armies: I brought you from the pasture, from following the flock, to be a leader over my people Israel. 9I was with you everywhere you went and I cut off all your enemies from before you. And now I will make a great name for you like a name of the great ones which are on the earth. 10I will establish a place for my people Israel and I will plant them and they will live in it and not be shaken anymore. Sons of injustice will not afflict them again, like they did at first, 11from the day that I
commanded judges to be over Israel. But I will give you rest from all your enemies. The Lord declares to you that the Lord himself will build a house for you.
16Your house and your kingdom will endure before you forever; your throne will be established forever.
Sermon “The LORD Will Build a House” Pastor Andrew Winter
Joys and Concerns
Prayer of Dedication, Thanksgiving, and Intercession
Habitat for Humanity Lafayette
SIM Greg & Faith Hurst
Through the Gate