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Sunday, December 6, 2020

SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT

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 20-12-06-web. It contains most of the material below.

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

ISAIAH 29:15-19
15 Ah, you who hide your counsel from the Lord,
whose deeds are in the dark,
and who say, “Who sees us? Who knows us?”
16 You turn things upside down!
Shall the potter be regarded as the clay,
that the thing made should say of its maker,
“He did not make me”;
or the thing formed say of him who formed it,
“He has no understanding”?
17 Is it not yet a very little while
until Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field,
and the fruitful field shall be regarded as a forest?

18 In that day the deaf shall hear
the words of a book,
and out of their gloom and darkness
the eyes of the blind shall see.
19 The meek shall obtain fresh joy in the Lord,
and the poor among mankind
shall exult in the Holy One of Israel.

 

PRAISE & WORSHIP

The Rabon Family Singers

ALLELUIA by Chris Quilala, Ian McIntosh, Jeffrey Kunde, & Jeremy Riddle
Father, we have come to bow down in worship.
Lifting up our hearts, we bow down in praise.

Alleluia, Lover of my soul! Alleluia!
With all of heaven we are singing.

Bright and morning star, Your eyes blaze like fire,
Shining like the sun! You’re our one desire.

All the angels cry out, “Holy is the Lord (God)!”
All the earth replies, “Holy are You!”

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Holy are You!
CCLI Song # 6514578. © 2012 Capitol CMG Genesis, Jesus Culture Music, Bethel Music Publishing; CCLI License # 692008

 

HOW CAN I KEEP FROM SINGING by Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, & Matt Redman
There is an endless song echoes in my soul.
I hear the music ring and though the storms may come
I am holding on—to the rock I cling.

How can I keep from singing Your praise?
How can I ever say enough? How amazing is Your love!
How can I keep from shouting Your name?
I know I am loved by the King and it makes my heart want to sing.

I will lift my eyes in the darkest night, Ffor I know my Savior lives.
And I will walk with You, knowing You’ll see me through
And sing the songs You give.

I can sing in the troubled times, sing when I win.
I can sing when I lose my step and fall down again.
I can sing ‘cause You pick me up, sing ‘cause You’re there.
I can sing ‘cause You hear me, Lord, when I call to You in prayer.
I can sing with my last breath—sing, for I know that I’ll sing
With the angels and the saints around the throne.

I am loved by the King and it makes my heart . . .
I am loved by the King and it makes my heart want to sing.
Yes, I can sing.
CCLI Song # 4822372, CCLI License # 692008; © 2006 sixsteps Music, Thankyou Music, Vamos Publishing, worshiptogether.com songs, & Wondrously Made Songs (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.)

 

HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SING (HYMN 93)
Hark! The herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King;
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!”
Joyful, all ye nations rise,
Join the triumph of the skies;
With th’angelic host proclaim,
“Christ is born in Bethlehem!”

Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King!”

Christ, by highest Heav’n adored;
Christ the everlasting Lord;
Late in time, behold Him come,
Offspring of a virgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
Hail th’incarnate Deity,
Pleased as man with men to dwell,
Jesus our Emmanuel.

Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings,
Ris’n with healing in His wings.
Mild He lays His glory by,
Born that man no more may die.
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.

Come, Desire of nations, come,
Fix in us Thy humble home;
Rise, the woman’s conqu’ring Seed,
Bruise in us the serpent’s head.
Adam’s likeness now efface,
Stamp Thine image in its place:
Second Adam from above,
Reinstate us in Thy love.

 

MINISTRY OF THE WORD

Scripture: John 1:1-14

 

SERMON
A Word, A Touch, A Promise
Luke 7:1-35

ONE BIG IDEA
May we never lose hope as we look to the one who is all-powerful and all-compassionate.

1) The one with complete authority is the one who is completely worthy.

2) Compassion motivates life-giving action.

3) We can recognize Jesus for who he is and respond to the life he offers.

 

RESPONSE TO THE PREACHED WORD

ARISE, SHINE by Steven Urspringer and Jay Robinson
Arise, shine, for thy Light is come.
Arise, shine, for thy Light is come:
And the glory of the Lord is risen,
The glory of the Lord is come,
The glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.

 

EMMANUEL by Bob McGee
Emmanuel, Emmanuel, His name is called Emmanuel.
God is with us, reveal’d in us, His name is called Emmanuel.

The light is come, the light is come, His name is called Emmanuel.
The light is come, the light is come, His name is called Emmanuel.
C (© 1976 C.A. Music; ARR.; CCLI #692008)

 

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

 

COME, THOU LONG EXPECTED JESUS (HYMN 84)
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 every nation,
joy to every longing heart.

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.

 

BENEDICTION

 

GIVING

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