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FOURTH SABBATH IN ADVENT
Assemble in Godís Name
s Hymnbook: "O Come All Ye Faithful" #170
s Passing the Peace
Concerns of the Church
Call to Worship (Shorter Catechism Q. 34)
Leader: The Lord be with you.
People: And with you also
Leader: What is adoption?
People: Adoption is an act of God's free grace, whereby we are received into the number, and have a right to all the privileges of the children of God.
Lighting of the Advent Candle
s Gloria Patri: #546
Presentation of Tithes and Offerings
s Doxology #544
Proclaim Godís Word
Dismissal to Childrenís Church (5 and Under)
Responsive Reading: Matthew 1:18-25
Sermon: "Competing For Christ"
Go in Godís Name
s The Apostles' Creed
s Prayer of Thanksgiving
s The Lord's Prayer
s Hymnbook: "Joy To the World "Ö#161
s Charge and Blessing
s: All who are able, please stand.
A Christmas Prayer
Loving Father, help us remember the birth of Jesus that we may share the song of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and the worship of the wise men. Close the door of hate and open the door of love all over the world. Let kindness come with every gift, and good desires with every greeting. Deliver us from evil by the blessing that Christ brings and teach us to be merry with clear hearts. May Christmas morning make us happy to be your children and Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus sake. Amen
Tonight!!! 7:00 p.m.
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.
What better wish than this, that you and yours will have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Tony and Beth Grant
Next Sabbath is the last Sabbath of 2004 and the First Sabbath in Christmastide.
Bible Study: Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. and 7 p.m.
18 Now 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 with child from the Holy Spirit.
19 Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly.
20 But 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.
21 She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins."
22 All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:
23 "Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel," which means, "God is with us."
24 When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife,
25 but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.
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