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DECEMBER 31, 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.

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Hymn Sing     Christmas Songbook

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

    Insert    Glorious Light

     # 31     Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne, vs 1, 2, 5

 Call to Worship 

 Hymn     # 337     Joy to the World          (Gray Psalter Hymnal)

Confession of Sin and Assurance of Pardon    

Psalter     Psalm 8     (NRSVUE)          Mike Bergmann

1O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.

2Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have founded a bulwark because of your foes, to silence the enemy and the avenger.

3When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established;

4what are humans that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?

5Yet you have made them a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor.

6You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet,

7all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field,

8the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

9O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Prayer for Illumination                                                           

Old Testament Reading     Jeremiah 31:31-34

       31The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 32It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt—a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the Lord. 33But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34No longer shall they teach one another or say to each other, “Know the Lord,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord, for I will forgive their iniquity and remember their sin no more.

Lector: This is the Word of the Lord.

Congregation: Thanks be to God for His Word.

Special Music     Some Children See Him          Grieke Toebes

Some children see him lily white

The baby Jesus born this night

Some children see him lily white

With tresses soft and fair

Some children see him bronzed and brown

The Lord of heaven to earth come down

Some children see him bronzed and brown

With dark and heavy hair

Some children see him almond eyed

This savior whom we kneel beside

Some children see him almond eyed

With skin of yellow hue

Some children see him dark as they

Sweet Mary’s son, to whom we pray

Some children see him dark as they

And ah! They love him, too

The children of each different place

Will see the baby Jesus’ face

Like theirs, but bright with heavenly grace

And filled with holy light

O lay aside each earthly thing

And with thy heart as offering

Come worship now the infant king

Tis love that’s born tonight

Children’s Sermon 

 Hymn     # 4     What Star Is This, with Beams So Bright          (Christmas Songbook)

New Testament Reading     John 3:1-17

       3 Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. 2He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with that person.” 3Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” 4Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” 5Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. 6What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’ 8The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” 9Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” 10Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things?

       11“Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen, yet you do not receive our testimony. 12If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? 13No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. 14And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

       16“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

       17“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world but in order that the world might be saved through him.”

Sermon          Pastor Andrew Winter

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Gathering of Our Tithes and Offerings

      Response     # 638     The Doxology          (Gray Psalter Hymnal)

      Prayer of Dedication

Joys and Concerns

Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession

The Nykamps are missionaries serving at the Mekelle Youth Center in Ethiopia (MYC). In addition to their Ministry Center for bible training, MYC provides English and computer teaching, HIV/AIDS education, a library/reading room, sports and recreation programs, a café and opportunities for students to develop character, learn biblical values, and develop leadership skills.

Hymn     All Glory Be to Christ          Sung to the tune of Auld Lang Syne

Should nothing of our efforts stand

No legacy survive

Unless the Lord does raise the house

In vain its builders strive

To you who boast tomorrow’s gain

Tell me what is your life

A mist that vanishes at dawn

All glory be to Christ!


All glory be to Christ our king!

All glory be to Christ!

His rule and reign we’ll ever sing,

All glory be to Christ!

His will be done

His kingdom come

On earth as is above

Who is Himself our daily bread

Praise Him the Lord of love

Let living water satisfy

The thirsty without price

We’ll take a cup of kindness yet

All glory be to Christ!

When on the day the great I Am

The faithful and the true

The Lamb who was for sinners slain

Is making all things new.

Behold our God shall live with us

And be our steadfast light

And we shall ere his people be

All glory be to Christ!



Postlude     Toccata in Nine          Eugene Butler

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