Order of Worship – December 19th, 2021

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We Give Glory to God

Call to Worship: “John 1:9-14”                                 

The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Hymn of Acclamation: “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 Mourn the Reality of Sin

Hymn of Confession: “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”                     
12th century; trans. Neale, 1851

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 you, O Israel.

O come, O Branch of Jesse’s stem,
Unto your own and rescue them!
From depths of hell your people save,
And give them victory o’er the grave. [Refrain]

O come, O Key of David, come
And open wide our heavenly home.
Make safe for us the heavenward road
And bar the way to death’s abode. [Refrain]

O come, O King of nations, bind
In one the hearts of all mankind.
Bid all our sad divisions cease
And be yourself our King of Peace. [Refrain]

We Celebrate Christ as Our Redeemer

Assurance of Hope: “1 Corinthians 15:54-57”                                  

54 When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:

“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
55 “O death, where is your victory?
    O death, where is your sting?”

56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Hymn of Redemption: “God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen”
18th Century English Carol                                                                                    

God rest you merry, gentlemen,
Let nothing you dismay,
Remember Christ our Savior
Was born on Christmas day,
To save us all from Satan’s power
When we were gone astray;

O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy.

From God our heav’nly Father,
A blessed angel came;
And unto certain shepherds
Brought tidings of the same:
How that in Bethlehem was born
The son of God by name, [Refrain]

“Fear not, then,” said the angel,
“Let nothing you affright;
This day is born a Savior
Of a pure virgin bright,
To free all those who trust in him
From Satan’s power and might.” [Refrain]

The shepherds at those tidings
Rejoiced much in mind,
And left their flocks a-feeding,
In tempest, storm, and wind,
And went to Bethlehem straightway,
The Son of God to find. [Refrain]

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 Sin and Death”
Davis Lacey – Isaiah 53

Main Point: God is with us in sin and death

We Respond to the Gospel

Hymn of Response: “O Little Town of Bethlehem”                                                                                                                                                Brooks, 1868

O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie;                                                                                                                Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by: Yet in thy  dark   streets shineth the everlasting Light; The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight

For Christ is born of Mary, and gathered all above,
while mortals sleep, the angels keep their watch of wond’ring love.
O morning stars, together proclaim the holy birth!
And praises sing to God the King, and peace to men on earth.

O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray;
Cast out our sin and enter in; be born in us today
We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell;
Oh, come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel!

Commissioning of the Church

Hymn of the New Creation: “All Glory Be to Christ”
Kensrue , 2012                                       

Should nothing of our efforts stand 
No legacy survive 
Unless the Lord does raise the house 
In vain its builders strive 

To you who boast tomorrow’s gain
Tell me what is your life 
A mist that vanishes at dawn 
All glory be to Christ!                                                          

All glory be to Christ our king!
All glory be to Christ! 
His rule and reign we’ll ever sing, 
All glory be to Christ!

His will be done His kingdom come 
On earth as is above 
Who is Himself our daily bread 
Praise Him the Lord of love  

Let living water satisfy 
The thirsty without price 
We’ll take a cup of kindness yet 
All glory be to Christ!                                                     


When on the day the great I Am 
The faithful and the true 
The Lamb who was for sinners slain 
Is making all things new.                                                  

Behold our God shall live with us 
And be our steadfast light 
And we shall ere his people be 
All glory be to Christ!                                         


Benediction and Sending