Liturgy for December 25, 2011 (Joint Pasig-Imus Service)

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

* All those who are able, please stand.

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"The Angelic Announcement to the Shepherds" by Taddeo Gaddi, 1327-30 (click to enlarge)

"The Angelic Announcement to the Shepherds" by Taddeo Gaddi, 1327-30 (click to enlarge)

* Call to Worship: Psalm 95:1-7 (Responsive Reading)

1 Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!

2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

3 For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.

4 In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. 5 The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.

6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!

7 For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.

* Invocation: Psalm 11:4

Confession of Sin

Responsive Reading of the Law and the Psalms

1 And God spoke all these words: I am the Lord your God… You shall have no other gods before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight.

2 You shall not make for yourself an idol…. You shall not bow down to them or worship them.
Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!

3 You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.
O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.

4 Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty! Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere.

5 Honor your father and your mother.
Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways.

6 You shall not murder.
Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.

7 You shall not commit adultery.
You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence.

8 You shall not steal.
Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

9 You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
Keep me from deceitful ways; be gracious to me through your law.

10 You shall not covet anything that belongs to your neighbor.
Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain. Save me from all my transgressions.

General Confession:

Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O Lord! Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in the way. Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. The troubles of my heart are enlarged; bring me out of my distresses. Consider my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins. Amen (Psa 25:6-8, 16-18).

Assurance of Pardon: Romans 5:1-2

Response of Gratitude

* Opening Prayer

* God’s Greeting: Ephesians 1:1; 1 Timothy 1:2

* Song of Praise: O Come, All Ye Faithful #341:1-3
The Creed: Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 18 • Belgic Confession 26:1

Q18. But who now is that Mediator, who in one person is true God and also a true and righteous man?

A. Our Lord Jesus Christ, who is freely given unto us for complete redemption and righteousness.

Article 26:1. We believe that we have no access to God except through the only Mediator and Advocate Jesus Christ the righteous. For this purpose He became man, uniting together the divine and human nature, that we men might not be barred from but have access to the divine majesty.

Though He was in the form of God, He emptied Himself, taking the form of man and of a servant for us, and was made like His brethren in every respect. If, therefore, we had to look for another intercessor, could we find one who loves us more than He who laid down His life for us, even while we were His enemies… Moreover, who will be heard more readily than God’s own well-beloved Son?

Offerings

Congregational Prayer

Psalm of Thanksgiving: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel #331:1, 4

Service of the Word

Scripture Lessons: Psalm 105:1-8; Isaiah 9:6-7 (text); Luke 2:8-14; Romans 5:1-11

* Gloria Patri

* Psalm of Preparation: To Us a Child of Hope is Born (from Isa 9:6-7)

Sermon: What Child is This?

Leaving to Serve

* Song of Consecration: Of the Father’s Love Begotten (4th c. hymn) st. 1-3

* Doxology: Of the Father’s Love Begotten (4th c. hymn) st. 4

Benediction: Numbers 6:24-26

* Amen! Three-Fold Amen

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