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Order of Worship for December 15, 2019
 
 
Gathering & Preparation – Advent means coming. Jesus the Christ has come and is coming again. We worship the Christ who has come and inaugurated his Kingdom. We worship the Christ King who continually builds his Kingdom during this gospel age. We worship King Jesus who will come again to consummate his Kingdom reign. “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music” (Psalm 98:4).
 
Advent Candle Lighting
 
Prelude – What Child is This (Hymn #213)
 
*Call to Worship
 
*Hymn #214                Angels We Have Heard on High
 
*Prayer of Adoration
 

*Affirmation of Faith – First, Shorter, and Larger Catechism

Unison Prayer of Confession
While we ask, Lord, for the most meaningful Advent season ever, we sadly confess having done so little with so much. Forgive us Lord, for not bending the knee, for not reading your Word, for not searching our hearts, for not facing our sins. Forgive us according to your tender mercies, O God! Grant that when Christmas morning breaks for us this year, we may have a fresh sense of your presence and a renewed resolve to live to the praise of Christ’s glory.
 
Silent Prayer
 
Assurance & Comfort of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
 
Worship through Giving
 
Offertory – The World’s Been a-Waitin’ So Long (Shackley)
 
*Hymn #731                Doxology
 
*Prayer of Thanksgiving
 
Prayer for Our Covenant Children
 
Children’s Worship [Toddler-Pre-K; K-3rd Grade]
 

*Hymn                         Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery

                                     Matt Boswell, Matt Papa, Michael Bleecker (2012)
 
Scripture Reading – Isaiah 58
 
Sermon – The King’s Providers
                  Pastor Dan Ledford
 
*Hymn #194              O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
 
Prayer of Intercession for Christ’s Church & the World
 
*Hymn #201              O Little Town of Bethlehem
 
*Benediction
 

Postlude – He Who is Mighty

                    Kate DeGraide, Rebecca Elliott (2014)
 

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