The Lord's Day,  December 4, 2022

"Now therefore, we are all here in the presence of God to hear
all that yo
u have been commanded by the Lord." Acts 10:33

Call to Worship

Isaiah 12:2-4, 6       

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid;

for the LORD God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.

With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. And you will say on that day;

‘Give thanks to the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted…. Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion,

for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.’

Prayer of Invocation

Choral Praise                           

#208       O Come, All Ye Faithful

Hymn of Christ's Advent

#214       Angels We Have Heard on High

#731       Doxology

Call to Confession

Corporate Confession of Sin

The Worship Sourcebook

When we allow darkness to overcome the light,

Forgive us Lord.

When we reduce Christmas to plastic and tinsel,

Have mercy on us, Father.

When hardness of heart keeps us from rightly seeing and hearing,

Let your grace consume us, O God.

When our caring is not extended to action,

Move us to seek justice for our brothers and sisters. We come to confess our sinfulness before you and before each other. Remove all barriers that divide us, and let there be no obstacle to our love for you and for one another. Amen.

Silent Confession of Sin

Assurance of Pardon

Micah 7:18-20

Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love. He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. You will show faithfulness to Jacob and steadfast love to Abraham, as you have sworn to our fathers from the days of old.

Advent Reading OT

Isaiah 11:1-10

Advent Reading NT

Romans 15:4-13

Pastoral Prayer

Offertory

1 Chronicles 29:9

‘Then the people rejoiced because they had given willingly, for with a whole heart they had offered freely to the LORD.’

Sermon

“Then I Turned My Face to the LORD”

Praying in Covenant Consciousness

Daniel 9:1-19

Hymn of Preparation

#260       (vss. 1-3)     Were You There?

Communion

Hymn of Response

#260       (vss. 4-5)     Were You There?

Benediction