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December 10, 2023

Acton Community Presbyterian Church

P.O. Box 177, 32142 Crown Valley Road, Acton, CA 93510

Message: 661-208-8032 w who ww.actonpc.org

1888 – 2023 Celebrating Heritage and Sharing Hope

"The coming triumph of God is made manifest precisely in the darkness of this present evil age (Gal. 1:4). …Advent … remains, with its paradoxical combination of waiting and hastening, suffering and joy, judgment and deliverance, apocalyptic woe and eschatological hope. It is the combination that counts. This is the way Christians live now, for ‘the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never mastered it’ (John 1:5 REB).” —Fleming Rutledge




Leader: Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors,

People: That the King of Glory may come in.

Leader: Who is this King of Glory?

People: The LORD, strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle!

Leader: The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory!

People: Our King and Savior now draws near. Come, let us adore him!

OPENING HYMN #123 - O Come, O Come Emmanuel

1 O come, O come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here, Until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel!

2 O come, thou Day-spring, come and cheer Our spirits by Thine advent here;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night, And death's dark shadows put to flight. [Refrain]

3 O come, Thou Wisdom from on high, And order all things, far and nigh;
To us the path of knowledge show And cause us in her ways to go. [Refrain]

4 O come, Desire of nations, bind All peoples in one heart and mind;
Bid envy, strife and quarrels cease, Fill all the world with heaven's peace. [Refrain]






  1. and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the pattern of this world and the desires of our hearts. We have broken your holy laws. We have left undone those things that we ought to have done, and we have done those things that we ought not to have done. There is no health in us. O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Restore to us the joy of your salvation; bind up that which is broken, give light to our minds, strength to our wills, and rest to our souls through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



OLD TESTAMENT READING: Isaiah 62:6-7, 10-12

Upon your walls, O Jerusalem, I have posted sentinels; all day and all night they shall never be silent. You who remind the Lord, take no rest, and give him no rest until he establishes Jerusalem and makes it renowned throughout the earth. Go through, go through the gates, prepare the way for the people; build up, build up the highway,
clear it of stones, lift up an ensign over the peoples. The Lord has proclaimed to the end of the earth: Say to daughter Zion, ‘See, your salvation comes; his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.’ They shall be called, ‘The Holy People, The Redeemed of the Lord’; and you shall be called, ‘Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken.’

The Word of the Lord, Thanks be to God



In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Messiah,[a] the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host,[b] praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favours!’[c] The Gospel of the Lord, Praise to You Lord Christ


SERMON : Dr. Randy Working “What an Amazing Savior!

CALL FOR OFFERING–Congregation sings

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.




AFFIRMATION OF FAITH: The Belhar Confession

We believe:

• that Christ’s work of reconciliation is made manifest in the church as the community of believers who have been reconciled with God and one another;

• that unity is, therefore, both a gift and an obligation for the church of Jesus Christ;

• that this unity must become visible so that the world may believe that separation, enmity, and hatred between people and groups is a sin that Christ has already conquered; that anything that threatens this unity may have no place in the church and must be resisted;

• that this unity of the people of God must be manifested and be active in a variety of ways:

* in that we love one another.

* in that we experience, practice, and pursue community with one another;

* in that we must give ourselves willingly and joyfully to benefit and bless one another.


HYMN #121 - The Word Made Flesh

1.The Word made flesh has dwelt among us Full of grace and full of truth

We beheld His wondrous glory Of the only Son of God

Refrain We have beheld His glory And we have seen the light

Anointed Prince of glory We marvel at Thy sight

2. The Word made flesh has dwelt among us From His fullness we received

Grace on grace and lasting mercy Truth and wisdom hope and peace Refrain


CLOSING HYMN #128 - It Came Upon the Midnight Clear

1 It came upon the midnight clear, That glorious song of old,
From angels bending near the earth To touch their harps of gold;
"Peace on the earth, good-will to men, From heav'n's all-gracious King!"
The world in solemn stillness lay To hear the angels sing.

2 Still thru the cloven skies they come With peaceful wings unfurled,
And still their heav'nly music floats O'er all the weary world;
Above its sad and lowly plains They bend on hov'ring wing,
And ever o'er its Babel sounds The blessed angels sing.

3 And ye, beneath life's crushing load, Whose forms are bending low,
Who toil along the climbing way With painful steps and slow,
Look now! for glad and golden hours Come swiftly on the wing:
O rest beside the weary road And hear the angels sing.

4 For lo, the days are hast'ning on, By prophets seen of old,
When with the ever-circling years Shall come the time foretold,
When the new heav'n and earth shall own The Prince of Peace their King,
And the whole world give back the song Which now the angels sing.




BENEDICTION – The Lord Be With You


Congregation sings

God be with you till we meet again, By his counsels guide, uphold you, With his sheep securely fold you God be with you till we meet again.



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3. Send a check to Acton Presbyterian Church P.O. Box 177 Acton, Ca. 93510



Kevin put the December 3rd Community Sing-A-Long video on YouTube…Enjoy




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