SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2019
Fourth Sunday in Advent
PRESERVICE MUSIC FROM PRAISE LIFE
In All Things Give Him Thanks by Andy & Claire Coninger
This Baby by Steven Curtis, arr. by Dennis Allen
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day by H. Longfellow, arr. R. Sterling
PRELUDE O Come, O Come Emmanuel, arr. by Joel Raney
CHORAL INTROIT We Shall Light a Thousand Candles
CALL TO WORSHIP
One: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Many: He was with God in the beginning.
One: Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
Many: In him was life, and that life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness.
One: The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.
Many: From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.
One: For the law was given through Moses.
Many: Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
Lord God, thank you for sending your only begotten Son Jesus Christ to be our Savior and Lord. Thank you that you so loved us that you sent him so that whoever receives him, whoever believes in his name, they are given the right to be called the children of God. What a gift! What a privilege! Thank you Lord! In the matchless name of the one born on Christmas Day. Amen!
HYMN #220 Angels from the Realms of Glory
LIGHTING OF THE FOURTH ADVENT WREATH CANDLE
9:30 am The Odell family
11 am Arianna Weitzel and Christine Patino
CHILDREN’S MOMENT (9:30 am)
BAPTISM of Elizabella Marie Praschunus-Burke (9:30 am)
CHORAL CALL TO PRAYER Pray to the Lord (Taize)
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
SPECIAL MUSIC Mary, Did You Know? by Mark Lowry, Buddy Greene
HYMN #249 (verses 1 and 2) There’s a Song in the Air
CHORAL ANTHEM O Come to Us, Emmanuel by Joseph M. Martin
OFFERING Emmanuel Comes Nancy B. James, piano
PRESENTING OUR GIFTS
PASSING THE PEACE
Isaiah 9:6–7 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.
Luke 2: 41–52 Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.” “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he was saying to them. Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.
QUESTIONS OF FAITH AND LIFE
• Have you ever looked at Christ as a “Wonderful Counselor”? If so, how have you experienced his counsel? If not, what do you think needs to happen to experience Jesus Christ in this way?
• Have you even been aided by a good counselor in your life? What was that experience like for you?
• Jesus Christ was and is the full embodiment of the wisdom of God. Does that turn you away or toward him?
• Verse 52 of our reading says Jesus “grew in wisdom, stature and favor with God and people.” His credentials to be your Counselor are impeccable. He experienced everything we experience in human life. The book of Hebrews defines him as the sympathizing Savior. Is it possible for you to trust him in all aspects of your life?
• How can you seek Christ’s counsel on a day-to-day basis?
MESSAGE Counsel in Our Confusion
HYMN # 245 The First Noel
BENEDICTION RESPONSE Go Now In Peace by Don Besig
Go now in peace. Never be afraid. God will go with you each hour of every day. Go now in faith, steadfast, strong and true. Know He will guide you in all you do. Go now in love, and show you believe. Reach out to others so all the world can see. God will be there watching from above. Go now in peace, in faith, and in love.
Blessing and Sending
POSTLUDE Fuga super Magnificat BWV 733 by J S Bach