December 23, 2018

Order of Worship

- 10:30 am

The Fourth sunday of advent

When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb,

 and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.  (Luke 1:41)


God Gathers Us for Worship



Lighting of the Advent Candles: From Psalm 25

A:    To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul;

                        O my God In you do I trust

B:                    do not let me be put to shame,

                         nor let my enemies triumph over me.

C:    No one who waits on you

                         will ever be put to shame,

A:    Show me your ways, Lord,

                        teach me your paths.

B:    Guide me in your truth and teach me,

C:                    for you are God my Savior,

                        for you I wait  all day long.

Call to Worship:             My Soul in Stillness Waits (# 63:4)

Prayer of Preparation

* Opening Hymn:               Savior of the Nations, Come (# 73: 1-3,7)

* God’s Greeting

* Songs of Praise:            O Little Town of Bethlehem (# 88)

O Come, All Ye Faithful (# 76)

* Prayer of Invocation

Children’s Sermon

Children ages 3-7 are invited to Children’s Worship
as we sing Go Now in Peace (# 950)

We Seek God’s Mercy

Call to Confession: Luke 3:3-4

Prayer of Confession

Lord, we have not kept watch for you.

We have occupied ourselves with our own concerns.

We have not waited to find your will for us.

We have not noticed the needs of the people around us.

We have not acknowledged the love that has been shown to us.

Forgive us for our lack of watchfulness.

Help us to wait to know your will.

Help us to look out for the needs of others.

Help us to work and watch for your coming. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon: from Psalm 85

                In Christ, God’s salvation is at hand, and righteousness has come.

                Thanks be to God!

* We Share the Passing of the Peace

The peace of the Lord be with you.
And also with you.

God’s will for our lives: Philippians 4:4-7

We Hear God’s Word

Prayer for Right Hearing

Old Testament Reading: Micah 5:2-5a (pg. 563)

Epistle Reading: Hebrews 10:5-10 (pg. 850)

Gospel Reading: Luke 1:39-45 (pg. 723)    

Canticle: Luke 1:47-55: Tell Out, My Soul (# 364)

The word of the Lord

Thanks be to God.


We Respond with a feast of Thanksgiving

* Hymn of Response: With Joy I Heard My Friends Exclaim (# 66:1-3,5)

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


The Lord be with you.

        And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

        We lift them up to the Lord.

(Prayer continued)

God Sends Us Out with His Blessing

* Closing Hymn: Of the Father’s Love Begotten (# 78:1-2,5)

* God’s Blessing

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

Amen. Alleluia!

May the Lord make you increase and abound in love

for one another and for all.

And may he so strengthen your hearts in holiness

that you may be blameless before our God and Father

at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his Saints.

Alleluia! Amen.