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Assemble in God’s Name
Concerns of the Church
s Passing the Peace
s Hymnbook: "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" #163
Lighting of the Christmas Candle
Call to Worship (Shorter Catechism Q. 25)
Leader: The Lord be with you.
People: And with you also
Leader: How doth Christ execute the office of a priest?
People: Christ executeth the office of a priest, in his once offering up of himself a sacrifice to satisfy divine justice, and reconcile us to God, and in making continual intercession for us.
Prayer of Confession (in unison)
I, poor sinner, confess to thee, my God. I acknowledge my greed. I admit that in the use of my worldly goods I have set myself against thee and thy holy laws. Scarcely, if at all, have I given when the need of my neighbor required it.
I confess that I have been untrue and unfaithful toward my neighbor. I have failed to defend his honor and reputation as my own. I acknowledge in summary that my life is nothing else than sin and transgression of thy holy commandments and an inclination toward all evil.
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.
--Martin Bucer 1539
Declaration of Forgiveness
Leader: The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners (I Tim. 1:15).
People: He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed (I Peter 2:24).
s Gloria Patri: #546
Presentation of Tithes and Offerings
s Doxology #544
Dismissal to Children’s Church (5 and Under)
s First Scripture Lesson: Psalm 9:1-2, 7-10
s Hymbook: "O Lord Most High, with All My Heart” #388
Second Scripture Lesson: Matthew 2:13
Sermon: "How Christmas Works"
Go in God’s Name
s The Apostles' Creed
s Prayer of Thanksgiving
s The Lord's Prayer
s Hymnbook: "Away in a Manger"…#157
s Charge and Blessing
s: All who are able, please stand.
Good Christian friends, rejoice with heart and soul and voice! Jesus Christ is born. We are pleased to have each member of the congregation here to honor Christ the Lord. “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it” (John 1:5, NRSV). With sincere joy, we welcome everyone who has come to worship our Lord.
Bible Study, Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Next Sabbath is the first Sabbath in 2005. We will celebrate Holy Communion next Sabbath.
The season of Christmastide is observed from December 25, Christmas, to January 5, the eve of Epiphany. It includes two Sabbaths and twelve days, hence the song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”
Psalm 9:1-2, 7-10
1 I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will show forth all thy marvelous works.
2 I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.
7 But the LORD shall endure forever: he hath prepared his throne for judgment.
8 And he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness.
9 The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.
10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
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