“How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is the Lord his God.” ~ Psalm 146:5
Welcome & Announcements
*Call to Worship: Isaiah 9: 6-7 (NKJV)
Leader: “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; Congregation: And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Leader: Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
Congregation: To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever.
All: The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.”
*Hymn: #176 Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
Lighting the Advent Wreath:
Heather Prant (and friends) will light the Candle of Hope
Leader: The Advent wreath is a circle with no beginning and no end. It is a symbol of God’s unending love and faithfulness.
All: I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in His word I hope.
My soul waits for the LORD more than those who watch for the morning.
Leader: O Israel, hope in the LORD! For with the LORD there is steadfast love, and with Him is great power to redeem.
All: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Light the first Candle
*Hymn of Response: # 175 O Come, O Come Emmanue verse 1)
O come, O come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here, Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel!
Prayer: “Eternal God, as we await the coming of our savior, give us the courage to hope. Give us grace to see your plans of redemption for our lives, for this community, and for the world. Through Jesus Christ, the source of our redemption and hope. Amen.”
Children’s Message: Eddie Conrad
Morning Offering & Offertory
*Offering Response and Prayer
What can I give Him, poor as I am? If I were a shepherd, I would
bring a lamb; If I were a wise man, I would do my part;
Yet what can I give Him? Give Him my Heart.
Congregational Prayer: Deacon John Danziger
Scripture Reading: Luke 2: 1-7 ^Pages 724-725
Sermon: People in the Christmas Story I ~ “The Roots of Christmas”
“The Story of Ruth” ~ Pastor Wayne Hansen, Interim
Deacon’s Fellowship Offering
Hymn of Preparation: #178 Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
*Reading of the Church Covenant
Service of the Lord’s Table
*Hymn of Consecration: #389 Blest Be the Tie that Binds (v. 1)
Blest be the tie that binds Our hearts in Christian love;
The fellowship of kindred minds Is like to that above.
*Benediction: Colossians 1: 27 (NKJV)
“God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
*Please stand if able
^Page numbers refer to blue pew Bibles