Liturgy Recap December 10, 2017

Call to Worship:

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,

and in his Word I hope.

My soul waits for the Lord

more than those who watch for the morning.

There is no darkness with you, O Lord.

O Israel, hope in the Lord!

For with the Lord there is steadfast love,

and with him is plenteous redemption.

There is no darkness with you, O Lord.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

There is no darkness with you, O Lord.

—based on Psalm 130:5-7

Song:  O Come O Come Emmanuel (Henry Sloane Coffin, Thomas Helmore, and John Mason Neale)

Confession:

Lord Christ,

we confess our willingness to be loved

but also our reluctance to love.

We confess our readiness to accept your forgiving love

but also our refusal to forgive.

We confess our eagerness to grasp your offer of redeeming love

but also our resistance to follow you without question.

In this Advent time, forgive us our failure

to respond as we should.

Come to us anew, and by your grace, assist us to receive you

with joy, as the shepherds;

with gratitude, as Simeon;

with obedience, as Mary;

with love, as you have loved us.

Even so: come, Lord Jesus. Amen.

Assurance:

The days are surely coming, says the Lord,

when I will fulfill the promise I made

to the house of Israel and the house of Judah.

In those days and at that time I will cause

a righteous Branch to spring up for David;

and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.

In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety.

And this is the name by which it will be called:

“The Lord is our righteousness.”

People of God: Jesus Christ, our Lord,

whose coming we announce in this season, is our righteousness.

In Christ, we are made right with God.

Thanks be to God!

—based on Jeremiah 33:14-16, NRSV

Song:  Joy Has Dawned (Keith Getty and Stuart Townend)

Song:  Come Thou Long Expected Jesus (Red Mountain Church)

Sermon: David Eill taught from Judges 4 and 5 in the second installment of our series entitled, “Awaiting the King”.

Advent Candle Lighting:

The second Advent candle represents peace.

The Advent wreath is a circle with no beginning and no end.

It is a symbol of God’s unending love and faithfulness.

Its light reminds us of Jesus, the light of the world.

In him was life, and the life was the light of all people.

The light shines in the darkness,

and the darkness did not overcome it.

Once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light.

Live as children of light.

If we walk in the light as he himself is in the light,

we have fellowship with one another,

and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

We are all children of light and children of the day;

we are not of the night or of darkness.

Jesus said, “Everyone who believes in me

should not remain in the darkness.

—based on John 1:4-5; 12:46; Ephesians 5:8; 1 Thessalonians 5:5; 1 John 1:7, NRSV

Song:  Jesus Paid It All (Shane & Shane)

Vision Time:  The annual Lottie Moon Christmas offering will be collected on Sunday December 17.

Benediction:

12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men[a] because all sinned—13 for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law.

-Romans 5:12-13, ESV

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