The sermon text for this Lord’s Day (1 Timothy 3:14-16) contains the echo of an ancient creed that explains the significance of Christ’s coming. We, the church, confess Christ. He is the anchor of our faith.
The hymns selected for the worship service celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP
Prelude: The First Noel
Jennifer and Andrew Lont
Call to Worship: 1 Timothy 1:15-16
Hymn 88 O Come, All Ye Faithful
Hymn 91 Once in Royal David’s City
Scripture Reading: Luke 2:1-20
Hymn O Little Town of Bethlehem
Note: Famed 19th century preacher, Phillips Brooks, wrote this Christmas hymn for the children of his church in 1868. It was inspired by his memories of a visit he paid to Bethlehem three years earlier. We find the theme of “light” in the first verse: In contrast to the dark night (a metaphor for the world’s condition), “in thy dark streets shineth The everlasting Light.” We will sing it to Ralph Vaugh Williams beautiful arrangement of the tune, Forest Green.
Hymn 111 Angels from the Realms of Glory
Message: The Truth We Confess
1 Timothy 3:14-16
Pastor Steven Thomas
Hymn 109 Silent Night! Holy Night!
Prayer Response: Jon Lont
Benediction: John Miles