Order of Worship

Sunday, December 13, 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)


PRELUDE                     Away In A Manger             Children’s Choir

ADVENT WREATH LIGHTING                                Luke 1:26-38


*HYMN 203                  Hark The Herald Angels Sing!


*CALL TO WORSHIP Psalm 102:25-26a, 28 and 103:4b-5, 17-18

Leader: Of old you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you will remain; they will all wear out like a garment.

All: The children of your servants shall dwell secure; their offspring shall be established before you.

Leader: The Lord crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, and satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 

All: But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments.

*PRAISE SONGS      Angels We Have Heard on High

                                    It Came Upon A Midnight Clear      






Leader: Lord Jesus Christ, though being in very nature God, when you came to redeem us you humbled yourself and made yourself nothing. Though you were rich, for our sakes you became poor, so that through your poverty we might become rich. 

All: We confess how unlike you we are in our attitudes and actions. We strive for recognition from others, and we sulk and become bitter if we do not get it. We attend to our own needs and concerns, yet fail to care for others except when it serves our purposes.  Forgive us our sin and renew our hearts. Grant us to realize that we only achieve greatness and gain our lives by giving them away. Work in us by the power of your Spirit so that we become more like you and so bring glory to our Father in heaven, for we pray in Jesus name, Amen. 


ASSURANCE OF PARDON                         Ephesians 1:7-8

“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight….”

CONSECRATION (We Surrender Our Lives to Christ)


*HYMN 221             Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming!                              


THE OFFERING                                            1 Timothy 6:18-19

“They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.”







OFFERTORY     Once In Royal David’s City             Faith Choir

                                  Anna Yost – soloist                           

*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. Amen.


PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE                                       Brian Boyer


SCRIPTURE TEXT                                                      John 1:1-14


SERMON               “Heaven’s Perspective”             John Armstrong

*HYMN 211             God Rest You Merry Gentlemen



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 50:

Weekly Hymn:   207 Good Christian Men, Rejoice


Shorter Catechism–

  • Q99 What rule hath God given for our direction in prayer? /

Answer: The whole Word of God is of use to direct us in prayer; but the special rule of direction is that form of prayer which Christ taught his disciples, commonly called the Lord’s Prayer.


  • Q100 What doth the preface of the Lord’s Prayer teach us? /

Answer:  The preface of the Lord’s Prayer, which is, Our Father which art in heaven, teaches us to draw near to God with all holy reverence and confidence, as children to a father able and ready to help us; and that we should pray with and for others.

Bible Reading:

Mon –12/14 – 2 Chronicles 18, Revelation 7, Zechariah 3, John 6

Tue – 12/15 – 2 Chronicles 19, 20, Revelation 8, Zechariah 4, John 7

Wed – 12/16 – 2 Chronicles 21, Revelation 9, Zechariah 5, John 8

Thurs – 12/17 – 2 Chronicles 22, 23, Revelation 10, Zechariah 6, John 9

Fri – 12/18 – 2 Chronicles 24, Revelation 11, Zechariah 7, John 10

Sat – 12/19 – 2 Chronicles 25, Revelation 12, Zechariah 8, John 11

Sun – 12/20 – 2 Chronicles 26, Revelation 13, Zechariah 9, John 12

A Look at Next Week

Sermon Text: 1 Peter 1:3-12


Praise Music:          How Glorious the Love of Heaven

                                    O Little Town of Bethlehem

Hymns:   216 Infant Holy, Infant Lowly

207 Good Christian Men, Rejoice


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 have a final meeting on January 30th.

If you have any questions, please contact Christine Stalnaker (CStalnaker786@cs.com) 


Christmas Eve Service – We will be observing our annual Lessons & Carols “candlelight” service on Thursday evening, 12/24 at 7:00 PM.   
Candidates for Office – Matt Yost, Warren Paire, and Matt Nardi will be standing for election to the office of deacon at our annual congregational meeting coming up on Sunday, January 17, 2021. Both Warren Paire and Matt Nardi are ordained deacons and are seeking continuation in active service. Matt Yost is standing for election to ordination as a deacon.