“Then I will dwell among the Israelites and be their God.”
“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Now the dwelling
of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his
people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.’”
Welcome and Announcements
*Song of Invocation: #326 “Your Name”
*Call to Worship: Psalm 139:1–10, 23-24
Leader: O LORD, you have searched me and you know me.
People: You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD.
Leader: You hem me in – behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.
People: Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast…
All: Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Special Music: “Gesu Bambino”; Kristina Sterbenc, soloist
Lighting the Advent Wreath: The Warsop Family
Scripture: Isaiah 9:2-7
Prayer>br> Response: #214 “Isn’t He?”
Children’s Time: Deacon John Danziger
Offertory: “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”
Old Testament Lesson: Isaiah 7:10-17
New Testament Lesson: Matthew 1:18–25
Response: #201 “Emmanuel”
Sermon: “First the Good News”
*Praise and Worship
#315 “His Name is Wonderful”
#317 “There’s Something About that Name”
Preparation for Prayer: “I Wonder as I Wander”; Kristina Sterbenc
Time of Prayer
*Hymn of Consecration: “#175 “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”
*Please stand if able
The flowers this morning are given by the Evans Family in loving memory of Woodrow K. Evans, Jr.