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THIRD SABBATH IN ADVENT
11:00 a.m. December 15, 2002
Assemble in Gods Name
s Hymnbook: "Once in Royal Davids City" #462
s Passing the Peace
Concerns of the Church
Call to Worship (Philippians 4:4-5)
Leader: Rejoice in the Lord always;
People: Again, I will say, Rejoice.
Leader: Let your gentleness be known to everyone.
People: The Lord is near.
Lighting of the Advent Candle
Prayer of Confession (in unison)
I poor sinner confess to thee, O Almighty, eternal, merciful God and Father, that I have sinned in manifold ways against thee and thy commandments.
I confess that I have not believed in thee, my one God and Father, but have put my faith and trust more in creatures than in thee, my God and Creator, because I have feared them more than thee. And for their benefit and pleasure, I have done and left undone many things in disobedience to thee and thy commandments.
Wherefore I beseech thee, O heavenly Father, that, thou wouldst graciously forgive me these and all my sins. Keep and preserve me henceforth that I may walk only in thy way and live according to thy will; and all of this through Jesus Christ, thy dear Son, our Savior. Amen.
[by Martin Bucer 1539]
Declaration of Forgiveness
Leader: Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. (Rom 8:34)
People: So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! (II Cor. 5:17)
Gloria Patri: #546
Presentation of Tithes and Offerings
s Doxology #544
Proclaim Gods Word
Children's Sermon "Firecracker or Battery?"
Dismissal to Childrens Church (5 and Under)
Prayers of the People
s First Scripture Lesson: Psalm 126
s Hymbook: "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear" #160
Second Scripture Lesson: John 1-9, 19-28
Sermon: "Two Babies In a Manger"
Go in Gods Name
s The Apostles' Creed
s Prayer of Thanksgiving
s The Lord's Prayer
s Hymnbook: "What Child is This " #159
s Charge and Blessing
Christmas is a time for lifting up our voices in joyous songs. Sing in exultation! Let us join together in harmony as we praise God for the incomparable gift of Christ. And let us show our kindness to one another with a warm welcome to all.
The Young People are going to see the Christmas lights today. They leave at 5:00 p.m.
The Session meets tonight at 7:00 p.m.
Sabbath School Christmas Party
We will not have Bible Study next Wednesday, December 18. Instead, we will have the Sabbath School Christmas party. The party begins at 7:00 p.m. We ask you to bring light refreshments. Yes, Santa Claus will be there
7:00 p.m. December 22, 2001.
Many people say this is the most beautiful service in the church all year. We invite you to come and worship the Lord of light.
Bobbie Almaguer and Pam Smith both had surgery last week. Please keep them and all our sick and shut-ins in your prayers.
If you have questions or comments, email Tony Grant
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