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Zoom Worship Service, November 28, 2021 at 8:30 AM

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November 28, 2021

WELCOME: ANNOUNCMENTS AND SPECIAL DAYS

Lighting the Advent candle

CALL TO WORSHIP:

Pastor: Rejoice in the Lord always.
People: I will say it again, Rejoice!
Pastor: Let your gentleness be evident to all.
People: The Lord is near.
Pastor: We rejoice in the hope of Christ’s coming. Let us worship God!

*OPENING HYMN: #48 Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming - blue hymnal.

1 Lo, how a rose e'er blooming From tender stem hath sprung.
Of Jesse's lineage coming, By faithful prophets sung.
It came a floweret bright, Amid the cold of winter,
When half spent was the night.

2 Isaiah 'twas foretold it, The rose I have in mind,
With Mary we behold it,
The virgin mother kind.
To show God's love aright
She bore for us a Savior,
When half spent was the night.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Surprising God,
Forgive our sleepiness in the presence of your splendour.
Forgive us for our apathy in the face of the gospel.
Forgive us for abandoning hope so quickly,
and returning to our old, un-redeemed ways..
Forgive us for underestimating your power to do a new thing.
Awaken us to your holy, hopeful presence.
Awaken us so we may watch and wait for you, Lord Jesus Christ.
Come, Lord Jesus. Amen.

SILENT CONFESSION ASSURANCE OF PARDON

OLD TESTMENT READING Isaiah 7:10-14

10 Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, saying, 11 Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven. 12 But Ahaz said, I will not ask, and I will not put the Lord to the test. 13 Then Isaiah[d] said: “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary mortals, that you weary my God also? 14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman[e] is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.

The Word of the Lord Thanks be to God

NEW TESTAMENT READING: Matthew 1:18-25

18 Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah[i] took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. 20 But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: 23 “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.” 24 When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, 25 but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son;[j] and he named him Jesus.

The Gospel of the Lord Praise to you Lord Christ

SERMON: Dr. Randy Working “O Come, O Come, Emanuel”

CALL FOR OFFERING ** DOXOLOGY

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise Him, all creatures here below; Praise Him above, ye heavenly host; Praise father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH The Nicene Creed, article 2

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became truly human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

Hymn #9 O Come, O Come Emmanuel Blue Hymnal

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

Refrain:
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, Desire of nations, bind All peoples in one heart and mind;
Bid envy, strife, and discord cease;
Fill the whole world with heaven's peace. (Refrain)

PRAYERS FOR GOD’S PEOPLE AND LORD’S PRAYER:

HOLY COMMUNION PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

We thank you, loving God, for this supper shared in the Spirit with your Son Jesus, who makes us new and strong, and brings us life eternal. We praise you for giving all good gifts in him, and pledge ourselves to serve you, even as you have served us in Jesus Christ the Lord, Amen.

*CLOSING HYMN #8 Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates - Blue Hymnal

1 Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates, Behold, the King of glory waits;
The King of kings is drawing near; The Savior of the world is here!

2 Fling wide the portals of your heart; Make it a temple, set apart
From earthly use for heaven's employ, Adorned with prayer and love and joy.

3 Redeemer, come! I open wide My heart to Thee: here, Lord, abide.
Let me Thy inner presence feel; Thy grace and love in me reveal.

BENEDICTION Pastor: The Lord be with you All: And also with you.

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