Order of Worship

Sunday, December 6, 2020


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)

ADVENT WREATH LIGHTING                        Matthew 1:18-25


PRELUDE      The Son Of God Goes Forth To War      Praise Team


*HYMN 208               O Come, All Ye Faithful


*CALL TO WORSHIP                                               Psalm 100

Leader: Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! 

All: Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. 

Leader: Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! 

All: For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.


*PRAISE SONGS            How Glorious The Love of Heaven

                                         It Came Upon A Midnight Clear




*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH             The Apostle’s Creed (p. 845)


CONSECRATION (We Surrender Our Lives to Christ)


*HYMN 193         “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”                          


THE OFFERING                                                      Psalm 37:25-26

“I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread. He is ever lending generously, and his children become a blessing.”

OFFERTORY            “Jesu, Bambino”                   Faith Choir


* 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 THE PEOPLE                                          John Armstrong


SCRIPTURE TEXT                                                  Genesis 3:8-19


SERMON                      “The Seed”                                 John Armstrong


COMMUNION (God Confirms His Promises to Us)



All: Gracious God our heavenly Father, you are the supreme moving cause, may I always be subordinate to you, be dependent upon you, be found in the path where you walk, and where your Spirit moves, be aware of distance from you and of becoming unaware of your love. You do not move men like stones, but you give them life, not to enable them to move without you, but in submission to you, the first mover. O Lord, I am astonished at the difference between what I receive and what I deserve, between the state I am in now and my past lack of grace, between the heaven I am bound for and the hell I have earned. Who made me to differ, but you? I was no more ready to receive Christ than were others; I could not have begun to love you if you had not first loved me, or been willing unless you had first made me so. O that such a crown should fit the head of a sinner like me! Such advancement for one so unfruitful! Such joy for such a vile rebel! Infinite wisdom cast the design of salvation into the mold of purchase and freedom; Let wrath deserved be written on the door of hell, but the free gift of grace on the gate of heaven. I know that my sufferings are the result of my sinning, but in heaven both shall cease; grant me to attain this haven and be done with sailing, and may the gales of your mercy blow me safely into harbor. Let your love draw me nearer to yourself, wean me from sin, make me die to the world and make me ready for heaven. Secure me by your grace as I sail across this stormy sea.





*HYMN 196           Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus!





For 2020, we are continuing to provide a basic Family Worship plan to help enable our families more regularly worship together during the week. In each weekly bulletin, we will provide a Daily Bible Reading plan from “M’Cheyne Daily Bible Reading Plan”, weekly questions from the Westminster Shorter Catechism, and a hymn for you to learn together.


Week 49:


Weekly Hymn:   211 God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen



Shorter Catechism–

  • Q97 What is required for the worthy receiving of the Lord’s Supper? /
    Answer: It is required of them that would worthily partake of the Lord’s Supper, that they examine themselves of their knowledge to discern the Lord’s body, of their faith to feed upon him, of their repentance, love, and new obedience; lest, coming unworthily, they eat and drink judgment to themselves.


  • Q98 What is prayer? /

Answer: Prayer is an offering up of our desires unto God, for things agreeable to his will, in the name of Christ, with confession of our sins, and thankful acknowledgment of his mercies.


Bible Reading:

Mon- 12/7 – 2 Chronicles 9, Jude 1, Zephaniah 1, Luke 23

Tue – 12/8 – 2 Chronicles 10, Revelation 1, Zephaniah 2, Luke 24

Wed – 12/9 – 2 Chronicles 11, 12, Revelation 2, Zephaniah 3, John 1

Thurs – 12/10 – 2 Chronicles 13, Revelation  3, Haggai 1, John 2

Fri – 12/11 – 2 Chronicles 14, 15, Revelation 4, Haggai 2, John 3

Sat – 12/12 – 2 Chronicles 16, Revelation 5, Zechariah 1, John 4

Sun – 12/13 – 2 Chronicles 17, Revelation 6, Zechariah 2, John 5

A Look at Next Week

Sermon Text: John 1:1-14


Praise Music:    How Glorious the Love of Heaven

                        It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

Hymns: 221 Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming

211 God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen



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


Women in the Church – All women in the church are invited to participate in an upcoming new Women’s Bible study on the book of I Peter – A Living Hope in Christ by Jen Wilkin. We will utilize Zoom video conferencing to conduct the study.  Our next study will be Saturday, January 16th at 9:00 am and will finish on January 30th.  If you have any questions, please contact Christine Stalnaker (CStalnaker786@cs.com)


Communion – We are having communion today Sunday, December 6th.


Christmas Eve Service – We will be observing our annual Lessons & Carols “candlelight” service on Thursday evening, 12/24 at 7:00 PM.   

New Meal Ministry Coordinators –  Monica Paire has stepped down as coordinator of Faith’s Meal Ministry.  The new team is Maria Rochford, Anna Newman, and Ellen Nicodemus.  Please contact them via email, text, phone, or Slack with any meal requests or questions.  And please join us in thanking Monica for her many years of faithful service to this ministry.