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Morning Service 8th December 10am

Rev Terry Burns

Welcome and Intimations

Prayer of Approach

Almighty God, we come before you trying to balance the excitement of the nearness of Christmas with the everyday responsibilities that overwhelm us and prevent us from experiencing the quiet we need to maintain an intimate and personal relationship with you. Which is why, as we begin to worship, we ask that you to send your Holy Spirit to fill our hearts and minds with a calming and reassuring sense of your presence. Use this time of prayer, and our silence afterwards, to still our frantic and busy thoughts and to refresh our faith. Grant us a picture of your sovereign majesty and power, and then allow us to know the peace that passes all understanding, so that our lips are filled with praise as we seek to honour and glorify you, and to proclaim the redemptive work of your Son. Be with us now, so that we know kingdom-oriented joy, and what it truly means to celebrate this Second Sunday of Advent. We ask all this in the mighty and precious name of Christ our Saviour, amen.

Preparatory Silence

Call to Worship: Psalm 108:1-3

Hymn of Praise: CH4 – 130 Ye Servants of God

Prayer of Adoration

Doxology (CH4, Hymn 807) and Presentation of the Offering

Advent Reading/Lighting the Advent Candle

Advent Hymn: CH4 – 282 Christmas is Coming! (Chorus, Verses 1 & 2, Chorus)** (Advent Ring)

Children’s Talk

Children’s Hymn: CH4 – 185 Come Children, Join and Sing

 

Profession of Faith*

Christian, what is your only comfort in life and in death?

That I am not my own, but belong – body and soul, in life and in death – to my faithful saviour Jesus Christ. He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood, and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil. He also watches over me in such a way that not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father in heaven: In fact, all things must work together for my salvation. Because I belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit, assures me of eternal life and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him. 

(Q.1, Heidelberg Catechism, 1563 A.D.)

Confession and Assurance of Forgiveness

Confession: 1 John 1:6-9

  • Silent Confession
  • Assurance of Forgiveness: Colossians 2:12-14

Hymn of Illumination: CH4 – 601 Look Upon Us Blessed Lord

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 11:1-10

New Testament Reading: Matthew 3:1-12

Sermon: A Voice in the Desert

Responsive Hymn: CH4 – 472 Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus

Congregational Prayer

  • Prayer of Intercession
  • Lord’s Prayer

Closing Hymn: CH4 – 680 You Are Called to Tell the Story

Peace

  • Minister: The peace of the Lord be with you.
  • Congregation: And also with you.

Benediction: Jude 20-21

CH4 –  803 We Will Walk with God, My Brothers

Postlude

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