Order of Worship – December 12th, 2021

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We Give Glory to God

Call to Worship: “Colossians 1:15-17”                                                                    

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.       

Hymn of Acclamation: “A Great and Mighty Wonder”
St. Germanus (634-734); arr. Tom McConnell, 2016

A great and mighty wonder, 
Redemption drawing near near: 
The Virgin bears the infant, 
The Prince of peace is here! 
And with that lowly maiden, we join to sing again:
“To God on high be glory, and peace on earth to men.” 

The Word becomes incarnate 
And yet remains on high, 
The shepherds hear the anthem 
As glory fills the sky. 
And with those humble shepherds We join to sing again
“To God on High be glory and peace on earth to men!” 

The angels sing the story, 
‘Rejoice, O distant lands,’ 
You valleys, forests, mountains 
And oceans, clap your hands!’ 
And joining with Creation we sing that hymn again: “
To God on high be glory and peace on earth to men!” 

He comes to save all nations, 
Let all now hear His word, 
Approach and bring Him worship, 
The Savior and the Lord. 
And we who know His saving grace Will join to sing again: 
“To God on high be glory and peace on earth to men!”

We Mourn the Reality of Sin

Hymn of Confession: “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus” Charles Wesley , 1744

Come, Thou long-expected Jesus,
Born to set Thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in Thee.

Israel’s Strength and Consolation,
Hope of all the earth Thou art;
Dear Desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.

Born Thy people to deliver,
Born a child and yet a King,
Born to reign in us forever,
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.

By Thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone;
By Thine all-sufficient merit,
Raise us to Thy glorious throne.

We Celebrate Christ as Our Redeemer

Assurance of Hope: “Isaiah 9:2, 6 ”                                  

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Hymn of Redemption: “O Holy Night”
Cappeau, 1847 and Hartnett, 2014                                                                                      

O holy night! the stars are brightly shining;
It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till he appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope–the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!
Fall on your knees! O hear the angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born!

Humbly He lay, Creator come as creature,
Born on the floor of a hay-scattered stall.
True Son of God, yet bearing human feature,
He entered earth to reverse Adam’s fall.
In towering grace, He laid aside His glory,
And in our place, was sacrificed for sin.
Fall on your knees! O hear the gospel story!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born! 
O night divine, O night when Christ was born!    

Truly he taught us to love one another;
His law is love and his gospel is peace.
Chains shall he break, for the slave is our brother,
And in his name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we;
Let all within us praise his holy name.
Christ is the Lord! O praise his name forever!
His power and glory evermore proclaim!
His power and glory evermore proclaim!

Reading: “Isaiah 53”  

Who has believed what he has heard from us? 
    And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?

For he grew up before him like a young plant,
    and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
    and no beauty that we should desire him.

He was despised and rejected by men,
    a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; 
and as one from whom men hide their faces
    he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he has borne our griefs
    and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
    smitten by God, and afflicted.

But he was pierced for our transgressions;
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
    and with his wounds we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray;
    we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
    yet he opened not his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
    and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
    so he opened not his mouth.

By oppression and judgment he was taken away;
    and as for his generation, who considered
that he was cut off out of the land of the living,
    stricken for the transgression of my people?

And they made his grave with the wicked
    and with a rich man in his death,
although he had done no violence,
    and there was no deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him;
    he has put him to grief; 
when his soul makes an offering for guilt,
    he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;
the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.

11 Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see[i] and be satisfied;
by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,
    make many to be accounted righteous,
    and he shall bear their iniquities.

12 Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, 
    and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, 
because he poured out his soul to death
    and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
    and makes intercession for the transgressors.

Prayer for the Proclamation of God’s Word 

Sermon: “God with Us in Pain and Affliction”
Davis Lacey – Isaiah 53

Main Point: God is with us in pain and affliction

We Respond to the Gospel

Hymn of Response: “O Come, All You Unfaithful”                
12th century; trans. Neale, 1851

O come, all you unfaithful
Come, weak and unstable
Come, know you are not alone

O come, barren and waiting ones
Weary of praying, come
See what your God has done

Chorus:
Christ is born, Christ is born
Christ is born for you

O come, bitter and broken
Come with fears unspoken
Come, taste of His perfect love

O come, guilty and hiding ones
There is no need to run
See what your God has done [Chorus]

Bridge:

He’s the Lamb who was given
Slain for our pardon
His promise is peace
For those who believe [2x]

So come, though you have nothing
Come, He is the offering
Come, see what your God has done [Chorus]

Commissioning of the Church

Hymn of New Creation: “Joy to the World”
Watts, 1719 

Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King!
Let every heart prepare Him room,
and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.

Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns! 
Let men their songs employ,
while fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
repeat the sounding joy,
repeat the sounding joy,
repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
far as the curse is found,
far as the curse is found,
far as, far as the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
and makes the nations prove
the glories of His righteousness
and wonders of His love,
and wonders of His love,
and wonders, wonders of His love.

Benediction and Sending