Worship Liturgy
December 6, 2020

Below is the worship liturgy for December 6. 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 Thou Long Expected Jesus
O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Confession
Assurance of Pardon

Still My Soul Be Still

Offering Prayer
Children's Time
Congregational Prayer
Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:10-23 ESV

Message:
Stronger Together

Communion
We Are the Body of Christ

Announcements
Doxology
Benediction

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Call to Worship

You know what time it is,
how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep.
For salvation is nearer to us now
than when we became believers;
the night is far gone, the day is near.
Let us then lay aside the works of darkness
and put on the armor of light.
Come, let us worship God.

—based on Romans 13:11-12, NRSV

Let us praise our Lord Jesus Christ.
Alleluia! Jesus is coming!
At Christmas Jesus came as a baby.
Alleluia! Jesus is coming!
He came to be like us because he loves us.
Alleluia! Jesus is coming!
He came to save us from our sin.
Alleluia! Jesus is coming!

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!

—based on Philippians 4:4-5, NIV

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Prayer of Confession

Lord Christ,

We confess our willingness to be loved
but also our reluctance to love.
We confess our readiness to accept your forgiving love but also our refusal to forgive.
We confess our eagerness to grasp your offer of redeeming love but also our resistance to follow you without question.
In this Advent time, forgive us our failure to respond as we should.
Come to us anew, and by your grace, assist us to receive you
with joy, as the shepherds;
with gratitude, as Simeon;
with obedience, as Mary;
with love, as you have loved us.

Even so: come, Lord Jesus.
Amen.

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Assurance of Pardon

The days are surely coming, says the Lord,
when I will fulfill the promise I made
to the house of Israel and the house of Judah.
In those days and at that time I will cause
a righteous Branch to spring up for David;
and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.

In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety.
And this is the name by which it will be called:
“The Lord is our righteousness.”
People of God: Jesus Christ, our Lord,
whose coming we announce in this season, is our righteousness.

In Christ, we are made right with God.
Thanks be to God!

—based on Jeremiah 33:14-16, NRSV

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Philippians 4:10-23

God's Provision

10 I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

14 Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble.
15 And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. 16 Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. 18 I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. 19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20 To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Final Greetings

21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me greet you. 22 All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar's household.

23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

Announcements

Staff Update

Pastor Collins is on vacation from Nov 30 - Dec 13

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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