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DECEMBER 24, 2023

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.

Bulletin - December 24, 2023: Text

Prelude          Mary Heller



Welcome and Greeting



Preparation of Our Hearts



Candle Lighting          The Pelton Family 


We wait for light, and lo! there is darkness; for brightness, but we walk in gloom.

Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. 

For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples. 

But the LORD will arise upon you, and nations shall come to your light. 

The sun shall no longer be your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you by night. 

For the LORD will be your everlasting light and your God will be your glory. 

— Isaiah 59:9; 60:1-3, 19      (NRSV)



Hymn     # 354     Angels from the Realm of Glory          (Gray Psalter Hymnal)



Confession of Sin & Assurance of Pardon     Psalm 51     (NRSVUE) 


To the leader. A Psalm of David, when the prophet Nathan came to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. 1Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy, blot out my transgressions.

2Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.            

3For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.

4Against you, you alone, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are justified in your sentence and blameless when you pass judgment. 

5Indeed, I was born guilty, a sinner when my mother conceived me.

6You desire truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart. 

7Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 

8Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have crushed rejoice.

9Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.

10Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me. 

11Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your holy spirit from me. 

12Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing spirit.

13Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will 

return to you. 

14Deliver me from bloodshed, O God, O God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your deliverance. 

15O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. 

16For you have no delight in sacrifice; if I were to give a burnt offering, you would not be pleased. 

17The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

18Do good to Zion in your good pleasure; rebuild the walls of Jerusalem; 

19then you will delight in right sacrifices, in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings; then bulls will be offered on your altar.



Prayer for Illumination          Sue Young



Old Testament Reading     2 Samuel 11:1-27, 12:13-14


       11 In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab with his officers and all Israel with him; they ravaged the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem.

       2It happened, late one afternoon when David rose from his couch and was walking about on the roof of the king’s house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; the woman was very beautiful. 3David sent someone to inquire about the woman. It was reported, “This is Bathsheba daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite.” 4So David sent messengers to get her, and she came to him, and he lay with her. (Now she was purifying herself after her period.) Then she returned to her house. 5The woman conceived, and she sent and told David, “I am pregnant.”

       6So David sent word to Joab, “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” And Joab sent Uriah to David. 7When Uriah came to him, David asked how Joab and the people fared and how the war was going. 8Then David said to Uriah, “Go down to your house and wash your feet.” Uriah went out of the king’s house, and there followed him a present from the king. 9But Uriah slept at the entrance of the king’s house with all the servants of his lord and did not go down to his house. 10When they told David, “Uriah did not go down to his house,” David said to Uriah, “You have just come from a journey. Why did you not go down to your house?” 11Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah remain in booths, and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are camping in the open field; shall I then go to my house to eat and to drink and to lie with my wife? As you live and as your soul lives, I will not do such a thing.” 12Then David said to Uriah, “Remain here today also, and tomorrow I will send you back.” So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day. On the next day, 13David invited him to eat and drink in his presence and made him drunk, and in the evening he went out to lie on his couch with the servants of his lord, but he did not go down to his house.

       14In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it by the hand of Uriah. 15In the letter he wrote, “Set Uriah in the forefront of the hardest fighting, and then draw back from him, so that he may be struck down and die.” 16As Joab kept watch over the city, he assigned Uriah to the place where he knew there were valiant warriors. 17The men of the city came out and fought with Joab, and some of the servants of David among the people fell. Uriah the Hittite was killed as well. 18Then Joab sent and told David all the news about the fighting, 19and he instructed the messenger, “When you have finished telling the king all the news about the fighting, 20if the king’s anger rises and if he says to you, ‘Why did you go so near the city to fight? Did you not know that they would shoot from the wall? 21Who killed Abimelech son of Jerubbaal? Did not a woman throw an upper millstone on him from the wall, so that he died at Thebez? Why did you go so near the wall?’ then you shall say, ‘Your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead, too.’ ”

       22So the messenger went and came and told David all that Joab had sent him to tell. 23The messenger said to David, “The men gained an advantage over us and came out against us in the field, but we drove them back to the entrance of the gate. 24Then the archers shot at your servants from the wall; some of the king’s servants are dead, and your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.” 25David said to the messenger, “Thus you shall say to Joab, ‘Do not let this matter trouble you, for the sword devours now one and now another; press your attack on the city and overthrow it.’ And encourage him.”

       26When the wife of Uriah heard that her husband was dead, she made lamentation for him. 27When the mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son.

       But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord,


       13David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” Nathan said to David, “Now the Lord has put away your sin; you shall not die. 14Nevertheless, because by this deed you have utterly scorned the Lord, the child born to you shall die.”


Lector: This is the Word of the Lord.


Congregation: Thanks be to God for His Word.



Choral Anthem     The First Noel



Children’s Sermon 



Hymn     # 342     Of the Father’s Love Begotten          (Gray Psalter Hymnal)



New Testament Reading     Matthew 1:17-23


       17So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David to the deportation to Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the deportation to Babylon to the Messiah, fourteen generations.

       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 pregnant from the Holy Spirit. 19Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to divorce 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 become pregnant and give birth to a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.”



Sermon          Pastor SJ Winter

Bulletin - December 24, 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


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Hymn     # 7     It Came Upon the Midnight Clear          (Christmas Songbook)  



Announcements 



Benediction



Postlude          Mary Heller

Bulletin - December 24, 2023: Text
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