December 4, 2022 | 11:00 am
“The Angels of Christmas”
Rev. Lance Marshall
Welcome and Announcements
Dr. Mike Marshall, Associate Pastor
Prelude: “Angels We Have Heard on High”
Dale Wood, arranger
Peggy Graff, organist
*Call to Worship
One: May the joy of the advent season with its message of mighty peace be with you all!
All: And also with you!
One: Let us worship and celebrate the season of Advent.
All: Glory to God! Amen.
“Mister Mark” Burrows, Director of Children’s Ministries
Part 1 – Jesus is Born
#230 O Little Town of Bethlehem, verse 1
Part 2 – The Angels Announce the Good News
#240 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, verse 1
Part 3 – The Shepherds and Sheep Run to the Manger
#234 O Come All Ye Faithful, verse 1
Part 4 – A Visit from the Wise Men
#254 We Three Kings, verse 1
Part 5 – Savior of the World
#217 Away in a Manger
Lighting of the Advent Wreath
Brendan, Darcy, and Kellan McCready
*Hymn 213: “Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates”
Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates;
behold, the King of glory waits;
the King of kings is drawing near;
the Savior of the world is here!
Fling wide the portals of your heart;
make it a temple, set apart
from earthly use for heaven’s employ,
adorned with prayer and love and joy.
Redeemer, come, with us abide;
our hearts to thee we open wide;
let us thy inner presence feel;
thy grace and love in us reveal.
Thy Holy Spirit lead us on
until our glorious goal is won;
eternal praise, eternal fame
be offered, Savior, to thy name!
*Affirmation of Faith 881
Rev. Phyllis Barren, Associate Pastor
I believe in God the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord:
who what conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;
the third day he rose from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church, the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
*Gloria Patri 70
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Amen.
**Please be seated
Scripture: Luke 1:5-20
Joy Brandon, lay reader
God speaks to us through the reading of scripture.
Thanks be to God.
Sermon Series: The Angels of Christmas
Rev. Lance Marshall, Senior Pastor
Note: Gabriel and Zechariah
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen. (Matthew 6:9-13)
Offertory: “Gloria in Excelsis Deo” (from Gloria, RV 589)
Antonio Vivaldi, composer
Thomas Williams, director
Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow.
Praise God, all creatures here below;
Praise God above, ye heavenly host.
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
One: Our gathering will soon be ended. Where will we go, and what will we do?
All: We will go out to be God’s people in the world.
One: May grace, peace, hope, love, and joy forever accompany you. Amen.
*Choral Benediction: “Hark! The Herald Angel Sing/
Jesus, the light of the World.”
*Postlude: “Wachet Auf” (Wake, Awake, For Night is Flying)
Helmut Walcha, arranger
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