Week 49, 2021

Order of Worship

Sunday, December 5 , 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                           Emmanuel God with Us           Praise Team

 

LIGHTING OF ADVENT WREATH                                      Matthew 1:18-25                          

*HYMN 207                        Good Christian Men Rejoice         

 

*CALL TO WORSHIP                                                           Psalm 147:7-11

Leader:  Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; make melody to our God on the lyre!
All:  He covers the heavens with clouds; he prepares rain for the earth; he makes grass grow on the hills.
Leader:  He gives to the beasts their food, and to the young ravens that cry.
All: His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the legs of a man, but the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.

Cross references:

 

*PRAISE SONGS                 God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

                                                    Emmanuel God with Us

 

*INVOCATION

 

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH                                              The Nicene Creed (p. 846)

 

CONSECRATION (We Surrender Our Lives to Christ)

 

RECEIVING OF NEW MEMBERS

                                                                               

SCRIPTURE READING                                                                    John 16:1-15

 

HYMN 219                          All Praise to Thee Eternal Lord

 

 

 

 

 

THE OFFERING                                                                                     Psalm 39:5

“Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you.  Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath!” 

 

FAITH CHOIR                           In the First Light        

By Bob Kauflin & Tom Fettke

 

* Doxology: Hymnal, p. 733

Praise God from whom all blessings flow; praise Him, all creatures here below: alleluia, alleluia! Praise Him above, ye heavenly host, praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost: alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!  

 

PRAYER OF DEDICATION

 

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION                                                     Matt Yost

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT                                                                        2 Corinthians 8:9

 

SERMON                        “Divine Generosity”                               John Armstrong

 

COMMUNION (God Confirms His Promises to Us)

 

CORPORATE PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Declaration Of The Gospel (Heidelberg Catechism, question 60)

 

Leader: How can I be right with God?

All: Only by true faith in Jesus Christ. Even though my conscience accuses me of having grievously sinned against all of God’s commandments and of never having kept any of them, and even though I am still inclined toward all evil, nevertheless, without my deserving it at all, out of sheer grace, God grants and credits to me the perfect satisfaction, righteousness, and holiness of Christ, as if I had never sinned nor been a sinner, as if I had been as perfectly obedient as Christ was obedient for me. All I need to do is accept this gift of God with a believing heart. 

 

SILENT CONFESSION

 

SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S SUPPER

 

*HYMN 498                   Jesus! What A Friend For Sinners!

 

*BENEDICTION

 

POSTLUDE                                                          

 

*Congregation standing if able

 

Prayers for those not taking the Lord’s Supper

Today we welcome all baptized Christians, who are willing to forsake their sin and trust in Jesus Christ alone for salvation, and who are members of congregations that believe the Bible and proclaim the gospel, to receive the Holy Communion with us. If you are not able to receive Communion, please use this time to meditate on the following prayers:

 

Prayer for those searching for Truth: Lord Jesus, you claim to be the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Grant that I might be undaunted by the cost of following you as I consider the reasons for doing so. If what you claim is true, please guide me, teach me, and open me to the reality of who you are. Give me an understanding of you that is coherent and convincing, and that leads to the life you promise. Amen.

 

Prayer of Belief:  Lord Jesus Christ, I admit that I am weaker and more sinful than I ever dared admit, but through you I am more loved and accepted than I ever dared hope. I thank you for paying my debt on the cross, taking what I deserved in order to offer me complete forgiveness. Knowing that you have been raised from the dead, I turn from my sins and receive you as my Savior and Lord. Amen. 

 

 

 

 

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 49:

 

Weekly Hymn:   498 Jesus! What A Friend For Sinners!

                   https://youtu.be/G2VKQpQnlvg

Heidelberg Catechism

Q81Who should come to the Lord’s table?

Answer: Those who are displeased with themselves because of their sins, but who nevertheless trust that their sins are pardoned and that their remaining weakness is covered by the suffering and death of Christ, and who also desire more and more to strengthen their faith and to lead a better life. Hypocrites and those who are unrepentant, however, eat and drink judgment on themselves.

Q82 Should those be admitted to the Lord’s Supper who show by what they profess and how they live that they are unbelieving and ungodly?

Answer: No, that would dishonor God’s covenant and bring down God’s wrath upon the entire congregation. Therefore, according to the instruction of Christ and his apostles, the Christian church is duty-bound to exclude such people, by the official use of the keys of the kingdom, until they reform their lives.

 

Bible Reading:

Mon – 12/6 – 1 John 1-5

Tue – 12/7 – Joel 1-3 Obadiah

Wed –12/8 – Amos 1-4

Thurs – 12/9– Amos 5-9

Fri – 12/10– Jonah 1-4

Sat – 12/11 – Psalms 141-143

Sun – 12/12 – Song of Songs 7

 

A Look at Next Week:

 

Sermon Text:  Luke 2:8-14

 

Praise Music:     Hark the Herald Angel Sings

                            How Glorious the Love of Heaven

 

Hymns:               193 Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

                             225 Once In Royal David’s City

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 (kjohnston@faithreformed.org). Bulletin announcements must be submitted no later than noon on Wednesdays.

 
 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

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.

Women’s Study—All Women in the church are invited to attend the Bible study entitled “What’s She Doing Here? The Messy Women in Jesus’s Genealogy”. Our next study will be on Saturday, December 11th and we will meet at the home of Grace Rochford at 9:00 am. Please read Chapter 3 (p. 39-50). Even if you haven’t previously attended – you are welcome to join us. If you have any questions, please contact Christine Stalnaker.

Seniors Lunch—Attention seniors!  It is that time again when Faith Church honors our seniors with a luncheon at a local restaurant. The date and place have yet to be set but it will likely be sometime during the week of Dec 13; please see me about your preference for the restaurant by December 8. The choice for the restaurant will be either Olive Garden or Madrones.  Please RSVP to Bob Miller at saranacbob@aol.com

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.

Christmas Eve Service – Our annual Lessons & Carols service will be at 6:00PM on Friday, December 24th.

Annual Christmas Bob at the Armstrong’s—After the Christmas Eve Service, everyone is invited to an open house at the Armstrong’s (8909 Yellow Springs Rd.). We will have heavy hors d’ oeuvres, cookies, and punch. You are welcome to bring something to share.