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Zoom Worship Service December 3, 2022 at 8:30 AM

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                                                                   December 3, 2022

“Isaiah sees that this peace will become a reality only when the nations are willing to submit to the word that flows forth from Zion where the one true God has revealed himself. Peace on any other terms is a cruel delusion, a truth we need to bear in mind constantly as we seek to be faithful to God’s word in our own, modern world of religious pluralism.” —Barry Webb

WELCOME ANNOUNCMENTS AND SPECIAL DAYS

Special Music "Classics with Carols"

Jamie Boyd, Guitar Sandy Madsen, Piano

LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT CANDLE

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: Our souls magnify the Lord!

People: Our spirits rejoice in God our Savior!

Leader: The mighty One has done great things for us!

People: Holy is God’s name!

Leader: Let us worship God. For God is our Maker and our Redeemer; from generation to generation God gives mercy.

*OPENING HYMN #124 - Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

1 Come, Thou long-expected Jesus, Born to set Thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us; Let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel's strength and consolation, Hope of all the earth Thou art;
Dear Desire of ev'ry nation, Joy of ev'ry longing heart.

2 Born Thy people to deliver, Born a Child, and yet a King,
Born to reign in us forever, Now thy gracious kingdom bring.
By Thine own eternal Spirit, Rule in all our hearts alone;
By Thine all-sufficient merit Raise us to Thy glorious throne.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Lord God, we acknowledge before your holiness that we are poor sinners, prone to do evil and unable of our own power to do good. We endlessly violate your holy commandments. But, O Lord, with heartfelt sorrow we repent and turn away from our offenses. Have compassion on us, Father of all mercies, for the sake of your son, Jesus Christ. And in removing our guilt, also grow us daily in the grace of your Holy Spirit, and produce in us the fruits of a life that is pleasing in your sight, in Jesus' name, we pray.

[Silent Confession] ASSURANCE OF PARDON

PRAYERS FOR GOD’S PEOPLE

OLD TESTAMENT READING: Isaiah 9:1, 6-7

But there will be no gloom for those who were in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he will make glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onwards and for evermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

The Word of the Lord Thanks be to God

NEW TESTAMENT READING: Titus 2:11-14

But as for you, teach what is consistent with sound doctrine. 2 Tell the older men to be temperate, serious, prudent, and sound in faith, in love, and in endurance. 3 Likewise, tell the older women to be reverent in behaviour, not to be slanderers or slaves to drink; they are to teach what is good, 4 so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 to be self-controlled, chaste, good managers of the household, kind, being submissive to their husbands, so that the word of God may not be discredited. 6 Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled. 7 Show yourself in all respects a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, gravity, 8 and sound speech that cannot be censured; then any opponent will be put to shame, having nothing evil to say of us. 9 Tell slaves to be submissive to their masters and to give satisfaction in every respect; they are not to answer back, 10 not to pilfer, but to show complete and perfect fidelity, so that in everything they may be an ornament to the doctrine of God our Saviour. 11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all,[a] 12 training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Saviour,[b] Jesus Christ. 14 He it is who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds.

The Gospel of the Lord Praise to You Lord Christ

SERMON: Dr. Randy WorkingEverlasting Father”

CALL FOR OFFERING – Congregation signs Gloria Patri

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 – (New City Catechism Q & A 16-17)

Pastor: Why must our Mediator be a true and righteous human?
People: God’s justice demands that human nature, which has sinned, must pay for sin; but a sinful human could never pay for others.
Pastor: Why must the mediator also be true God?
People: So that the mediator, by the power of his divinity, might bear the weight of God’s wrath in his humanity and earn for us and restore to us righteousness and life.

Hymn #118 - Of the Father's Love Begotten

1 Of the Father's love begotten, Ere the worlds began to be,
He is Alpha and Omega, He the Source, the Ending He,
Of all things that are, that have been, And that future years shall see,
Evermore and evermore!

2 O ye heights of heav'n, adore Him; Angel hosts, His praises sing;
Pow'rs, dominions, bow before Him, And extol our God and King;
Let no tongue on earth be silent, Ev'ry voice in concert ring,
Evermore and evermore!

3 Christ, to Thee with God the Father, And, O Holy Ghost, to Thee,
Hymn and chant and high thanksgiving And unwearied praises be:
Honor, glory, and dominion, And eternal victory,
Evermore and evermore!

HOLY COMMUNION

*CLOSING HYMN - #131 - Angel's, From the Realms of Glory

1 Angels, from the realms of glory, Wing your flight o'er all the earth;
Ye who sang creation's story, Now proclaim Messiah's birth:
Come and worship, come and worship, Worship Christ, the new-born King.

2 Shepherds, in the fields abiding, Watching o'er your flocks by night,
God with man is now residing, Yonder shines the infant Light:
Come and worship, come and worship, Worship Christ, the new-born King.

3 Sages, leave your contemplations, Brighter visions beam afar;
Seek the great Desire of nations, Ye have seen His natal star:
Come and worship, come and worship, Worship Christ, the new-born King.

4 Saints before the altar bending, Watching long in hope and fear,
Suddenly the Lord, descending, In His temple shall appear:
Come and worship, come and worship, Worship Christ, the new-born King.

BENEDICTION AND CHORAL RESPONSE

Congregation sings God Be With You

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.

**Offerings

1. May be deposited in the Offering Box in the Narthex.

2. Processed through “E-Give” online at actonpc.org

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

UPCOMING EVENTS

December 4th 5 – 7PM Hedgecock Hall

2nd Annual Christmas “Sing-a-Long”

December 11th 2:30 pm Santa Clarita Valley Concert Band

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Location: Panorama Presbyterian Church

14201 Roscoe Blvd, Panorama City 91402

Musicians include our own Pat Girton and Nancy Fox

                                                           

                                                   

       

 

 

                                               

                                                 

 

 

                                                             

 

 

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