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Sunday, December 27, 2020

NEW TIME: For a livestream of the service, click here at 9 am on Sunday morning. Afterwards it will be available at the same link as a recording. If it doesn’t work properly at 9, it might mean we had a technical issue. If so, we will send out a new link to the recording.

If you prefer a bulletin, click this link: Bulletin 20-12-27-web. It contains most of the material below.

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

ISAIAH 26:1-9
1  In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah:
“We have a strong city; he sets up salvation as walls and bulwarks.
2  Open the gates, so the righteous nation that keeps faith may enter in.
3  You keep them in perfect peace whose minds are stayed on you,
because they trust in you.
4  Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.
5  For he has humbled the inhabitants of the high and lofty city.
He lays it low, lays it low to the ground, casts it to the dust.
6  The foot tramples it, the feet of the poor, the steps of the needy.”

7  The path of the righteous is level;
you make level the way of the righteous.
8  In the path of your judgments, O Lord, we wait for you;
your name and remembrance are the desire of our soul.
9  My soul yearns for you in the night;
my spirit within me earnestly seeks you.
For when your judgments are in the earth,
the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.

 

PRAISE & WORSHIP

WELCOME TO OUR WORLD by Chris Rice
Tears are falling, hearts are breaking;
how we need to hear from God!
You’ve been promised, we’ve been waiting.
Welcome, Holy Child. Welcome, Holy Child.

Hope that you don’t mind the manger . . .
how I wish we could have known.
But, long-awaited Holy Stranger,
Make yourself at home, please make yourself at home.

Bring your peace into our violence;
bid our hungry souls be filled.
Word now breaking Heaven’s silence,
Welcome to our world, welcome to our world.

Fragile finger sent to heal us,
tender brow prepared for thorn,
Tiny heart whose blood will save us,
Unto us is born, unto us is born.

So wrap our injured flesh around you,
breathe our air and walk our sod.
Rob our sin and make us holy, perfect Son of God.
Welcome to our world.
C (© 1995 Clumsy Fly Music; ARR.; CCLI #692008)

 

O COME, ALL YOU UNFAITHFUL by Bob Kauflin and Lisa Clow
(Is. 1:18; Is. 42:1-3; Is. 55:1-3; Mt. 1:21; Mt. 11:28-30; Mt. 12:18-20; Rom. 5:8; Rev. 5:12)
O come, all you unfaithful!
Come, weak and unstable!
Come, know you are not alone.

O come, barren and waiting ones,
weary of praying, come!
See what your God has done.

Christ is born, Christ is born, Christ is born for you.

O come, bitter and broken!
Come with fears unspoken.
Come, taste of His perfect love.

O come, guilty and hiding ones!
There is no need to run.
See what your God has done.

He’s the Lamb who was given, slain for our pardon.
His promise is peace for those who believe.

So come, though you have nothing! Come, He is the offering.
Come, see what your God has done!
© 2020 Sovereign Grace Praise/BMI. From Heaven Has Come. Sovereign Grace Music, a division of Sovereign Grace Churches. All rights reserved. www.SovereignGraceMusic.org  CCLI #7160115 

 

ALL WHO ARE THIRSTY by Brenton Brown and Glen Robertson
All who are thirsty, all who are weak,
come to the fountain,
dip your heart in the stream of life.
Let the pain and the sorrow be washed away
in the waves of his mercy
as deep cries out to deep.

We sing, “Come, Lord Jesus, Come!
Come, Lord Jesus, come.”

 

MINISTRY OF THE WORD

Scripture: Isaiah 9:1-3, 6-7

SERMON: Living in Advent All Year Long
Luke 8:4-21

ONE BIG IDEA
We plant the word in so that a harvest may come out. 

1) Seek the truth of God. 

2) The goal is growth.  

3) Hearing must be accompanied by doing.

 

RESPONSE TO THE PREACHED WORD

HOLY CHILD by Keith & Kristyn Getty
Holy Child, who chose the hearts of men
to be His favoured home,
Leaving heaven’s gates for Bethlehem,
God came to call His own.
Now to us the highest King is born:
Behold the Royal Son.
Glory kneels to mend all that is torn;
the promised One has come.

Joy and pain as man He knew on earth—
no place to lay His head.
As a servant He embraced this world
and on a cross He bled.
Having borne the deepest grief of man
he rose to heaven’s throne.
Now I’m sheltered in the Father’s hand,
until He calls me home.

May the gift of God amaze us still,
 triumph of all time!
As His child I kneel to Heaven’s will
to make His purpose mine.
Though this road be scarred with trial and pain,
it’s paved with lavish grace.
Knowing Him will be my greatest gain,
His Throne my resting place.

 

CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER
Feel free to respond in prayer, aloud or silently, as the Lord leads.

 

JOY TO THE WORLD (UNSPEAKABLE JOY) by Isaac Watts; music by Georg Frederic Handel, with chorus by Chris Tomlin & Ed Cash
Joy to the world! the Lord is come:
Let earth receive her King.
Let ev’ry heart prepare Him room
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven and heaven and nature sing!

Joy to the world! the Savior reigns.
Let men their songs employ,
While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat repeat the sounding joy!

Joy, unspeakable joy—
An overflowing well, No tongue can tell.
Joy, unspeakable joy—
It rises in my soul, Never lets me go.

He rules the world with truth and grace
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders of His love!
CCLI Song No. 5607039. © worshiptogether.com songs

 

BENEDICTION

 

GIVING

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