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11:00 a.m. December 16, 2001

Assemble in God’s Name

Organ Prelude:

Choral Introit:

s Hymnbook: "Once in Royal David’s 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)

s Hymbook: "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear" #160

Presentation of Tithes and Offerings


s Doxology #544

Proclaim God’s Word

Children's Sermon "Who Cares?" I Peter 5:7

Dismissal to Children’s Church (5 and Under)

Prayers of the People

First Reading: Psalm 146:5-10

Second Reading: Isaiah 35:1-10


Sermon: "Half-Wall World"

Go in God’s 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



The prophet Isaiah proclaimed: "With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation" (Isaiah 12:3). We welcome all who are present today, and invite everyone to drink of Christ’s "living water," which can quench our spiritual thirstiness forever.

Church Christmas Party

We will not have Bible Study next Wednesday, December 19. Instead, we will have the church Christmas party. The party begins at 7:00 p.m. We ask you to bring light refreshments. The young people will have the program. Yes, Santa Claus will be there

Candlelight Service

7:00 p.m. December 23, 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.



If you have questions or comments, email Tony Grant

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