The Lord's Day, December 10, 2023
"Now therefore, we are all here in the presence of God to hear
all that you have been commanded by the Lord." Acts 10:33
Call to Worship
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
#208 O Come, All Ye Faithful
Hymn of Christ's Advent
#214 Angels We Have Heard on High
Call to Confession
Corporate Confession of Sin
The Worship Sourcebook
When we allow darkness to overcome the light,
Forgive us Lord.
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
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
Advent Reading NT
2 Peter 3:8-15a
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.’
"The Divine Council"
God's Sovereignty over the Affairs of Men and Angels
Hymn of Response
#200 It Came upon the Midnight Clear