Faith Reformed Presbyterian Church

A Congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America


Family Devotions

Week 48, 2021

Order of Worship

Sunday, November 28 , 2021


We extend a warm welcome to all our visitors this morning! Visitors, please complete the Welcome card in the pew rack and put it in the offering plate, so we may know how best to minister to/with you. Let’s prepare our hearts with silent Bible reading, meditation, and prayer before the service begins.


PRAISE (We Acknowledge God’s Majesty)


PRELUDE                                 “O Come, Little Children”               Children’s Choir


LIGHTING OF ADVENT WREATH                                                   Isaiah 9:2, 6-7                          

*PRAISE SONG                                  10,000 Reasons                   Praise Team


*Call To Worship                                                                               Psalm 147:1-6

Leader: Praise the LORD!  For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting.
All: The LORD builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel.  He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
Leader: He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names.
All: Great is our LORD, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure. The LORD lifts up the humble; he casts the wicked to the ground.



Christ Our Hope in Life and Death

  Fullness of Time





Adapted from the Valley of Vison

All: O Lord, no day of my life has passed that has not proved me guilty in your sight. Prayers have been uttered from a prayerless heart; praise has been often praiseless sound; my best service is as filthy rags. Blessed Jesus, let me find a covering in your appeasing wounds.  Though my sins rise to heaven your merits soar above them; though unrighteousness weighs me down to hell, your righteousness exalts me to your throne. All things in me call for my rejection; all things in you plead my acceptance.  I appeal from the throne of perfect justice to your throne of boundless grace, let me hear your voice assuring me: that by your stripes I am healed, that you were bruised for my iniquities, that you have been made sin for me that I might be righteous in you, that my grievous sins, my manifold sins, are all forgiven, buried in the ocean of your concealing blood.  I am guilty, but pardoned, lost, but saved, wandering, but found, sinning, but cleansed. Give me perpetual broken-heartedness, keep me always clinging to your cross, and flood me every moment with descending grace, open to me the springs of divine knowledge, sparkling like crystal, flowing clear and unsullied through my wilderness of life. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.




ASSURANCE OF PARDON                                                            Psalm 103:12

“…as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.” 


CONSECRATION (We Surrender Our Lives to Christ)


*HYMN 197                    Comfort, Comfort Ye My People


THE OFFERING                                                                                    Psalm 39:4

“O LORD, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am!”


 FAITH CHOIR                  Once In Royal David’s City

C.F. Alexander & H.J. Gauntlett, arr. By David Wilcox


* Doxology: Hymnal, p. 732

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.




PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION                                                        Matt Yost


SCRIPTURE TEXT                                                                            Isaiah 40:1-5


SERMON                             “Christmas Comfort”                             John Armstrong

*HYMN 194                  O Come, O Come Emmanuel






*Congregation standing if able


For 2021, we are continuing to provide a basic Family Worship plan to help enable our families to more regularly worship together during the week. In each weekly bulletin, we will provide a Daily Bible Reading plan from “A Daughter of the Reformation”, weekly questions from the Heidelberg Catechism, and a hymn for you to learn together.


Week 48:

Weekly Hymn:   194 O Come, O Come Emmanuel


Heidelberg Catechism

Q79Why then does Christ call the bread his body and the cup his blood, or the new covenant in his blood, and Paul use the words,
a sharing in Christ’s body and blood?

Answer: Christ has good reason for these words. He wants to teach us that just as bread and wine nourish the temporal life,
so too his crucified body and poured-out blood are the true food and drink of our souls for eternal life. But more important, he wants to assure us, by this visible sign and pledge, that we, through the Holy Spirit’s work, share in his true body and blood as surely as our mouths receive these holy signs in his remembrance, and that all of his suffering and obedience are as definitely ours as if we personally had suffered and made satisfaction for our sins.

Q80 How does the Lord’s Supper differ from the Roman Catholic Mass?

Answer: The Lord’s Supper declares to us that all our sins are completely forgiven through the one sacrifice of Jesus Christ, which he himself accomplished on the cross once for all. It also declares to us that the Holy Spirit grafts us into Christ, who with his true body is now in heaven at the right hand of the Father where he wants us to worship him. [But the Mass teaches that the living and the dead do not have their sins forgiven through the suffering of Christ unless Christ is still offered for them daily by the priests. It also teaches that Christ is bodily present under the form of bread and wine where Christ is therefore to be worshiped. Thus the Mass is basically nothing but a denial of the one sacrifice and suffering of Jesus Christ and a condemnable idolatry.]**


Bible Reading:

Mon – 11/29 – 2 Peter 1-3

Tue – 11/30 – Hosea 1-4

Wed –12/1 – Hosea 5-8

Thurs – 12/2– Hosea 9-12

Fri – 12/3– Hosea 13-14

Sat – 12/4 – Psalms 138-140

Sun – 12/5 – Song of Songs 6

A Look at Next Week:

Sermon Text:  2 Corinthians 8:9

Praise Music:     God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman

                            Emmanuel God with Us

Hymns:               219 All Praise to Thee Eternal Lord

                                498 Jesus! What A Friend For Sinners!


Bulletin Announcements and Calendar Events—Please direct all bulletin announcements and events to be put on the church’s calendar to our Church Administrative Assistant, Kriste Johnston ( Bulletin announcements must be submitted no later than noon on Wednesdays.



Hearing assistance and large print pew Bibles are available during the worship service.  Please contact an usher for assistance.

Volunteer to help Afghanistan refugees:  Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS) needs volunteers in the DC metro area to help with apartment set-up.  As refugees get settled in housing, they need help with the necessities (kitchen supplies, stock pantry, linens and towels, clothing, baby supplies and toys, etc.).  Faith Church would like to register a group to support this effort.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Kathryn Stephens (stephens.ka@icloud or 703-864-8026) ASAP and she will register the group and provide additional information.

Ministry to Whittier elementary school—Whittier Elementary school has once again contacted Faith Church with a request for our support.  This is a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate the love and grace of Christ.  The school has a need for various clothing items.  The women’s ministry team is requesting gift cards (of any amount) to stores such as Walmart, Target or Amazon.  We will purchase the clothing items and take them to the school.   A small box marked “Whittier Elementary” for the gift cards will be located on the foyer welcome desk.  There are immediate needs now, so please bring donations as soon as possible.  Please see Robin Willis with any questions.

Christmas Caroling – We will be gathering to go caroling on Sunday, December 19th here at the church at 4:30 PM.  We will return by 6:30 for a chili supper.







Praise Team Playlist

Check out some of the songs we’ll be singing in Sunday morning worship.