Liturgy for December 22, 2013

* All who are able, please stand.

Hymn Sing: Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates! (Psa 24)

Entering Into Worship

* Call to Worship: Luke 1:46-55

* Invocation: Psalm 124:8

* Salutation: 1 Timothy 1:2; 1 Peter 1:2

* Opening Prayer

* Song of Praise: My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord (Luke 1:46-55) #332:1-5

Confession of Sin

Reading of the Law: Colossians 3:18-25

General Confession

While we ask, Lord, for the most meaningful Advent season ever, we sadly confess having done so little with so much. Forgive us Lord, for not bending the knee, for not reading your Word, for not searching our hearts, for not facing our sins. Forgive us according to your tender mercies, O God! Grant that we may always have a fresh sense of your presence and a renewed resolve to live to the praise of Christ’s glory. We come to confess our sinfulness before you and before each other. Let us put the interest of our brethren above ours, and let us love you, Lord, with all our heart, soul and mind, and our neighbors as ourselves. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon: Luke 2:30-32

"Presentation in the Temple" by Lodovico Carracci, ca. 1605 (click to enlarge)

“Presentation in the Temple” by Lodovico Carracci, ca. 1605 (click to enlarge)

Response of Gratitude

Song of Thanksgiving: All Praise to Thee, Eternal Lord

You who come in the darksome night
To make us children of the light;
To make us, in the realms divine,
Like Thine own angels round Thee shine.

All this for us Your love has done;
By this to You our love is won;
For this we tune our cheerful lays,
And sing our thanks in ceaseless praise.

Creedal Reading: Belgic Confession Article 34 Paragraph 5

Offerings

Congregational Prayer (ending in the Lord’s Prayer)

Service of the Word

* Scripture Lessons: Exodus 13:1-2, 11-16 (text); Lev 12:6-8; Luke 2:22-24

* Gloria Patri

* Song of Preparation: Comfort, Comfort O My People (based on Isa 40:1-5)

Comfort, comfort O my people,
O speak peace, thus says our God;
Comfort those who sit in darkness,
Mourning ‘neath their sorrow’s load.
O speak to Jerusalem
Of the peace that waits for them;
Tell her that her sins I cover,
And her warfare now is over.

Yes, her sins our God will pardon,
Blotting out each dark misdeed;
All that well deserved his anger
He no more will see or heed.
She has suffered many-a day
Now her griefs have passed away;
God will change her pining sadness
Into ever-springing gladness.

O make straight what long was crooked,
Make the rougher places plain;
Let your hearts be true and humble,
As befits his holy reign.
For the glory of the Lord
Now o’er earth is shed abroad;
And all flesh shall see the token,
That his word is never broken.

Sermon: “Consecrate to Me All the Firstborn”

Leaving to Serve

* Song of Consecration & Doxology: The Advent of Our King st. 1-6

The advent of our King
Our prayers must now employ,
And we must hymns of welcome sing
In strains of holy joy.

The everlasting Son
Incarnate deigns to be,
Himself a servant’s form puts on
To set His servants free.

O Zion’s daughter, rise
To meet your lowly King,
Nor let your faithless heart despise
The peace He comes to bring.

As judge, on clouds of light,
He soon will come again
And His true members all unite
With Him in heav’n to reign.

Before the dawning day
Let sin’s dark deeds be gone,
The sinful self be put away,
The new self now put on.

(Doxology) All glory to the Son,
Who comes to set us free,
With Father, Spirit, ever one
Through all eternity.

* Benediction: Psalm 67:1-2

* Amen!: Three-Fold Amen

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