Worship Liturgy
December 27, 2020

Below is the worship liturgy for December 27. If you are unable to join us at 9:00AM for our live worship through Zoom, you are invited to walk through this liturgy individually or together with your family.

While we cannot meet together at our church building, we continue to live and act as the church through our collective worship of God. May this liturgy continue to bless you and encourage you in the worship of the Lord. The video of the worship service, which will span approximately 90 minutes in its entirety will be posted by 10:45AM today.

You're always welcome to join us live, every Sunday at 9:00am.


Here is the recording:


Liturgical Order

Call to Worship
Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery
Prayer of Confession
Assurance of Pardon
Christ Is Mine Forevermore
All Glory Be to Christ

Offering Prayer
Children's Time
Congregational Prayer
Scripture Reading: Luke 2:22-35

Message: The Song of Simeon
by Pastor Alex

Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me
Announcements
Doxology
Benediction
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Call to Worship
Based on Psalm 27; John 4:23

Let us worship God, our light and our salvation.
The Lord is the stronghold of our lives.

We desire to live in God’s house
and to seek God in his holy temple.
We have come with shouts of joy,
to sing and to make music to the Lord.

Let us worship God in spirit and in truth.
Teach us your ways and make straight our paths
in this hour of worship and always.

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Prayer of Confession

You asked for my hands,
that you might use them for your purpose.
I gave them for a moment, then withdrew them,
for the work was hard.

You asked for my mouth
to speak out against injustice.
I gave you a whisper that I might not be accused.

You asked for my eyes
to see the pain of poverty.
I closed them, for I did not want to see.

You asked for my life,
that you might work through me.
I gave a small part, that I might not get too involved.

Lord, forgive my calculated efforts to serve you—only when it is convenient for me to do so,
only in those places where it is safe to do so,
and only with those who make it easy to do so.

Father, forgive me,
renew me, send me out
as a usable instrument,
that I might take seriously
the meaning of your cross. 

In Jesus' name we humbly pray,
Amen.

Adapted from The Worship Sourcebook
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Assurance of Pardon
Psalm 32:3-5

While I kept silence, my body wasted away
    through my groaning all day long.
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
    my strength was dried up as by the heat of
    summer.
Then I acknowledged my sin to you,
    and I did not hide my iniquity;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
    and you forgave the guilt of my sin.
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Luke 2:22-35

Jesus Presented at the Temple

22 And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) 24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ. 27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, 28 he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,

29 “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace,
    according to your word;
30 for my eyes have seen your salvation
31 that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
    and for glory to your people Israel.”

33 And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed 35 (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”

Announcements

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Year-end Thanksgiving Donations

Being able to give is a blessing and responsibility of a disciple.  We encourage all brothers and sisters to continue to pray and give.  There are three ways to donate to the church: click here for more information.

Kids' Ministry Update

Kids’ Ministry is on break for Zoom Nursery (till Jan. 5) and Awana (till Jan. 8).

Church Office Hours

In response to Dr. Bonnie Henry's latest safety measures, and the guideline from the District Office, the church office hours will continue to be 9:00am - 1:00pm until January 8, 2021. 

Office Updates

      Pastor Jason Cheung is away from December 27-30, 2020.

      Pastor Mark Liu is away January 4-6, 2021.    

      Church office will be closed on December 28, 2020 and January 1, 2021.

Doxology

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow

Praise Him, all creatures here below

Praise Him above, ye heavenly host

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost

Amen.
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