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December 11, 2022
Third Sunday of Advent
GATHERING IN GOD'S NAME
SILENT PREPERATION For nothing will be impossible with God. (Luke 1:37)
PRELUDE "There's a Song in the Air" Handbell Quartet
WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS
LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT CANDLES Rick and Amy Baun
*CALL TO WORSHIP
Rejoice in the Lord always.
I will say it again: Rejoice!
Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
We rejoice in the hope of Christ’s coming. Let us worship God!
*HYMN “As with Gladness Men of Old” #202
CALL TO CONFESSION
Prepare the way of the Lord! Let us make our confession to God.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Almighty God, you who shaped out of nothing all that is, forgive us for returning empty-handed. You who called forth light, forgive our preference for the dark! You who sent John to be a voice crying, forgive our unwillingness to say anything at all! Create in us clean hearts, O God, and renew a right spirit within us. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
PROCLAIMING GOD'S WORD
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
O God, our beginning and end, by whose command time runs its course: bless our impatience, perfect our faith, and, while we await the fulfillment of your promises, grant us hope in your Word. Amen.
SCRIPTURE Isaiah 7:10-15
ANTHEM "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" Calkin and Longfellow SCRIPTURE Luke 1:30-33
SERMON “The Strange Thing Happening to You is of the Holy Spirit” Matthew 1:20-23
RESPONDING TO GOD'S WORD
*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH —Heidelberg Catechism, Q&A 33, 35, 36
Why is he called God’s “only Son” when we also are God’s children?
Because Christ alone is the eternal, natural Son of God. We, however, are adopted children of God— adopted by grace through Christ.
What does it mean that he “was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary”?
That the eternal Son of God, who is and remains true and eternal God, took to himself, through the working of the Holy Spirit, from the flesh and blood of the virgin Mary, a truly human nature so that he might become David’s true descendant, in all things like us except for sin.
How does the holy conception and birth of Christ benefit you?
He is our mediator, and with his innocence and perfect holiness he removes from God’s sight my sin—mine since I was conceived.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE and LORD’S PRAYER (Debts & Debtors)
INVITATION TO THE OFFERING
OFFERTORY "The First Noel"
*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Gracious God, we give our best, lest in gaining the world we lose life itself. As a covenant people, we seek to witness to your will and way. Help us to know more clearly what you would have us do with the wealth entrusted to our care. As we contribute to the needs of your people, we present ourselves as living sacrifices. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
GOING IN GOD'S NAME
*HYMN “Of the Father’s Love Begotten” #172
*BENEDICTION RESPONSE “O Come All Ye Faithful” (Refrain) #193