December 7, 2019

Order of Worship

- 10:30 am

A Service of Lessons & Carols (6:30 p.m.)



* Opening Hymn: Once in Royal David’s City (# 87:1 Women, 2 Men, 4-5 All)      

The Bidding Prayer

First Lesson: Genesis 3:8-15 - God announces that the seed of the woman shall bruise the serpent’s head.

Of the Father’s Love Begotten (# 78:1-4) 

Second Lesson: Genesis 22:9-18 – God promises to faithful Abraham that all nations of the earth shall be blessed through his seed.

* O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (# 61:1,2,7)

Third Lesson: Isaiah 9:2,6-7 – Christ’s birth and kingdom are foretold by Isaiah.

Infant Holy (Choir)   

Fourth Lesson: Micah 5:2-5a – The Prophet Micah foretells the glory of little Bethlehem.

O Little Town of Bethlehem (# 88: 1 All, 2 Women, 3 Men, 4 All)       

Homily: Behold       

Fifth Lesson: Luke 1:26-38 - The angel Gabriel salutes the blessed Virgin Mary.

Angels We Have Heard on High (# 82)

Sixth Lesson: Matthew 1:18-25 - Matthew tells of the birth of Jesus.

* Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (#80)     

Seventh Lesson: Luke 2:8-20 - The shepherds go to the manger.

Go Tell It on the Mountain (Children’s Choir)

Eighth Lesson: Matthew 2:1-11- Magi from the east come to worship the newborn King of the Jews.

Virgin Mary had Baby Boy (Choir)

Ninth Lesson: John 1:1-14 - The Apostle John unfolds the great mystery of the Incarnation.

* O Come, All Ye Faithful (#76:1,2,4)

* Closing Prayer

* Doxology: Joy to the World (# 92)

* God’s Parting Blessing

Go forth in peace and joy.

            Thanks be to God! Alleluia!        

May the God of hope fill you with all joy
and peace in believing,
so that you may abound in hope
by the power of the Holy Spirit.

            Alleluia! Amen.



Order of Worship for December 8, 2019

the Second sunday of advent

In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Desert of Judea and saying,
“Repent, for the kingdom of Heaven is near.”
(Matthew 3:1-2)


God Gathers Us for Worship



Prayer of Preparation

lighting of the advent candle

            Leader:     Prepare the way of the Lord
 [a reading from the prophet Isiah]
We light this candle in peace,
The peace that Jesus, our Savior, gives to the world.

People:     Prepare the way of the Lord!

* OPENING SONG: He Came Down (see page : “hope, peace”)       


* Songs of Praise: Blessed Be the God of Israel (# 67)
                                          Prepare the Way
(# 482:3X)

* Prayer of Invocation


The children may continue their worship in Children’s Worship
as we sing May the Peace of Christ Be with You (# 949)

We Seek God’s Mercy

Call to confession

Prayer of confession

Almighty God, Hope of the Nations, we confess that we have not kept watch for you,
We have occupied ourselves with our own concerns.
Everlasting God, King of Peace we confess that we have not repented of our ways.
We have stubbornly turned from your will to do our own.
Gracious God, Joy of Heaven, we confess that we have not listened for your voice.
We have followed those who lead us astray.
Glorious God, who is Love, we confess that we have not beheld your glory.
We have been captivated by the powers of this world.
Have mercy on us, O Lord, and forgive us.
Give us hearts that seek your face
That we may heed your call, walk in your way,
and love others as you have loved us. Amen

Assurance of pardon (based on Psalm 85:9-13)

* the passing of the peace:

The peace of the Lord be with you.
And also with you.
(We share the passing of the peace.)

God’s will for our lives: Ephesians 5:8-10


We Hear God’s Word

Prayer for Right Hearing

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 11:1-10 (pg. 491)

PSALM 72:1-7: Hail to the Lord’s Anointed (# 109:1-3)

epistle Reading: Romans 15:4-13 (pg. 805)

Gospel Reading: Matthew 3:1-12 (pg. 682)

Message:  Words of God Incarnate: Repent

We Respond with Thanksgiving

* Hymn of Response: On Jordan’s Banks the Baptists Cry (# 70:1-2,4-5)

Offerings:  The Ministries of Hessel Park Church
(please sign and pass friendship folders)


The Lord be with you
And also with you.
Let us give thanks to the Lord.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

            (prayer continued)

God Sends Us Out with His Blessing

* Closing Hymn: O Little Town of Bethlehem (# 88)

* God’s Charge and Blessing

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
May the God of hope fill you
with all joy and peace in believing
so that you may abound in hope
by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 Alleluia! Amen.