Worship Bulletin for December 22, 2019

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

GREETING

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.

CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER

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

WRITTEN WORD 

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

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