Today’s Service

(* Indicates when to stand, if you are able.)

GREETING

I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord, forever;
with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations.
I declare that your steadfast love is established forever;
your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.
You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
I have sworn to my servant David:
‘I will establish your descendants forever,
and build your throne for all generations.’” (Psalm 89:1-4)

* HYMN #36   “Angels, from the Realms of Glory”

ADVENT CANDLE LIGHTING

New life is coming.
We can count it in days now.
God is breaking through.
God’s Word will change the world.
We will all be changed by the Language of Love.
The covenant has come down through the generations.
The love of God is never-ending.
We give thanks for God’s faithfulness.
Today we light the candle of Love.
We give thanks for God’s steadfast Love.  (Light the fourth candle.)

* HYMN #6  Verses 1-4  “A Candle is Burning”

OPENING PRAYER

Lord Jesus, may the light of your love always shine in our hearts. As Christmas draws closer, we marvel at your great love for us. Let your love transform every aspect of our lives and touch everyone we encounter. Our hearts are open to you, Jesus. Amen.

*HYMN #64  “O Little Town of Bethlehem”

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

Speak to us, Lord.  Speak to us in the waiting, the watching, the hoping, the longing, the sorrow, the sighing, the rejoicing.  Speak to us by your Word in these Advent days, and walk with us until the day of your coming. Amen.

SCRIPTURE Philippians 2:5-11

ANTHEM

SERMON ‘Love’

PASTORAL PRAYER

LORD’S PRAYER

*OFFERING HYMN #55 Verse 4  “The Bleak Midwinter”

“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 I can I give him – give my heart.”

DEDICATION

Dear Lord, you are the only wise God!

Thank you for your faithfulness through the ages.

You spoke promises through the prophets.

In time, you revealed your glory in Jesus Christ.

Strengthen us in faith to follow your will today.

Empower us to tell our neighbors about you.

May these offerings support the ways our church exhibits

your steadfast love for all generations. Amen.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

BENEDICTION

*CLOSING HYMN #62  “Once in Royal David’s City”