A.M. Worship, December 16, 2012



The Lord’s Day

Advent Season

O LORD Jesus Christ, who at thy first coming didst send thy messenger to prepare thy way before thee; Grant that the ministers and stewards of thy mysteries may likewise so prepare and make ready thy way, by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, that at thy second coming to judge the world we may be found an acceptable people in thy sight, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

Hear the voice of Jesus as he saith.

COME unto me, all ye that travail and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you. St. Matt. xi. 28.
So God loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, to the end that all that believe in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. St. John iii. 16.

Hear also what Saint Paul saith.
This is a true saying, and worthy of all men to be received, That Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. 1 Tim. i. 15.

Hear also what Saint John saith.
If any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the Propitiation for our sins. 1 St. John ii. 1, 2.




The Lord’s Service

Grace and Peace Presbyterian Church


The Lord’s Day

December 16, 2012


Please program all communication devices to silent mode. Thank you.


Gathering to Worship

We worship one God; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit

*indicates standing for those who are able


Introit: O Nations, Let Us Now Prepare         R. Toensing       Gloria Deo Choir


Apostolic Greeting and Call to Worship:

Minister: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit. Amen.

*Call to Worship (Psalm 96)

Minister: Oh sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth!

Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day.

Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!

All: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.      

*Hymn                  Comfort, Comfort, Ye My People                      THIRSTING

* Prayer of Adoration

Minister: All honor, glory and praise to you Triune sovereign God for the Advent of God, the Son to redeem your people; and we gathered here in your name join with all those who waited for this great salvation. Receive our praise and hear our prayers we beseech you through Christ our Lord.
All: Amen.

Reconciliation with God     (1 John 2:7-11)

Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard. At the same time, it is a new commandment that I am writing to you, which is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

Unison Prayer of Confession

All: Most merciful God, we acknowledge that you are our God and that we have covenanted to be your people. But we confess that there are times when we fail to live out that covenant in our lives. We sometimes neglect opportunities to love others. We sometimes allow fear to rule our actions. Sometimes, we follow the desires of our own heart instead of seeking your presence and will.

Silent confession

Holy God, forgive us for what we have done and for what we have left undone. Remind us again of your presence near us and in us. Free us from guilt, shame, and doubt. Help us to see you in the moment-by-moment possibilities to live with integrity, to act courageously as your people, and to speak the love of God in all of our words and actions. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name.

Words of Comfort

Minister: Hear these words of comfort found in 1 John 2:1-2

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

Declaration of Pardon

Minister: Brothers and Sisters, you have confessed your sins to almighty God. Do you believe that Jesus Christ, by His perfect life, sacrificial death and glorious resurrection, has atoned for your sins and satisfied the wrath of God toward you? If this is your case, in the name of Christ and by the authority of His Word I declare to you that your sins are forgiven and you are not under condemnation of God. Amen.


“Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.” (John 20:22-23 ESV)

*Hymn 460 (Stanzas 1, 2, 6)             Amazing Grace           AMAZING GRACE


                                    God Speaks to Us through His Word

Old Testament Reading:  Isaiah 35:1-10

*Hymn 26     Tell Out My Soul, the Greatness of the Lord          WOODLANDS

Gospel Reading: Luke 18:35-43

Minister:  The Word of the Lord

People:  Thanks be to God!

Prayer for Illumination

Illumine our hearts and minds by your Spirit Lord, that we may understand your word, laying it in our hearts and practicing in it in our lives. Amen.

Sermon:     Then Shall the Eyes of the Blind be Opened          The Rev. Dr. Edd Cathey

*Hymn 225                         Once in David’s Royal City                                        IRBY

The Nicene Creed

The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper

The invitation

Minister: Listen to the welcoming words our Savior Christ says to all who turn to him:


‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest.’ (Matthew 11:28)

‘God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.’ (John 3:16)


All who are baptized, who love and trust in Jesus Christ and live for him in the fellowship of his body, the church are welcome to receive the holy supper. We are taught in Scripture that we must not deny this profession by ongoing and unrepentant sin. As we eat and drink together we must discern that we are one body in Christ, reconciled to him and to one another by his death for us.  If we fail to discern this we incur judgment on ourselves. So let us examine ourselves to see whether such discernment is ours. (1 Corinthians 11:17-34a)

Prayer for Purity

All: Almighty God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid; Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your Holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

*The Great Thanksgiving


Minister:  The Lord be with you.

People:     And also with you.

Minister:  Lift up your hearts.

People:     We lift them up unto the Lord. (Ephesians 2:4, 6 “But God..raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus”)

Minister:  Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People:    It is right to give him thanks and praise.

Minister:   It is indeed right, a joyful thing, and our duty, at all times and in all places to give you thanks and praise O Lord, Holy Father, Almighty, because you gave Jesus Christ, your only Son, to be born for us; who, by the operation of the Holy Spirit, was made very man, of the substance of the Virgin Mary his mother; and that without spot of sin, to make us clean from all sin.

Therefore with angels, and archangels and all the company of heaven we join to praise you forever singing: Holy, holy, holy Lord God of power and might. Heaven and earth are full of your glory, hosanna in the highest. Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest! 

The Institution and Consecration

Praise and thanks to you, Father in heaven: For on the night on which he was betrayed your Son Jesus Christ took bread and gave you thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples saying:

 “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19)

And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying,

“This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. (Luke 22:20)
Therefore, remembering his death and resurrection, we pray that you would send your Holy Spirit into the midst of your Church. In our gathering before your throne, give to all those who partake of your holy mysteries the fullness of the Holy Spirit, toward the strengthening of faith in truth, that we may praise you and glorify you, through your son Jesus Christ, through whom to you be glory and honor, Father and Son, with the Holy Spirit, in your Holy Church, now and throughout the ages of the ages.

All: Amen.

Minister: The Peace of the Lord be with you.  Let us eat and drink as God’s reconciled children.

The distribution of the bread (please retain the bread and eat together)

Distribution Hymn 205    Away in a Manger                                  CRADLE SONG

“The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ?”   (1 Corinthians 10:16)

The distribution of the cup (please retain the cup and drink together)

 (Piano or Oragn no congregation)  Hymn 217 or 220 similar arr.                   

“The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ?” (1 Corinthians 10:16)

Minister: Almighty God, we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food and drink of the body and blood of your Son Jesus Christ; for he is our life, our hope and our peace.  Through him we offer our souls and bodies as living sacrifices. Send us forth in the power of the Holy Spirit to live and work to your praise and glory.

All: Amen.

We Offer our Gifts and Prayers

Offering God our wealth/Offertory

*Doxology   Hymn 731                                    OLD HUNDREDTH

Prayer of dedication

Items for Prayer

Call to Prayer

Minister:  The Lord be with you

People:  And also with you.

Minister: Let us pray.

(Offered in the Minister’s words and concluding together with 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 sins,

As we forgive those who sin 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. 


God Sends Us out to Serve

 *Hymn 194          O Come, O Come, Emmanuel        VENI EMMANUEL

*Dismissal and Benediction

Go bearing the name into which you were baptized, the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God the Father, and the Communion of the Holy Spirit be with you forever.  Amen.


1. We get a Glimpse of the coming of God’s Kingdom: Restoration


2. We see a clear understanding of what is required to be saved: Faith

v. 38-42

3. We receive a present view of the future kingdom and one of the ways we participate in it: Thanksgiving.

v. 43 And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.


Monday Galatians 4:1-7

Tuesday 2 Samuel 7:8-13

Wednesday Matthew 1:1-17

Thursday Isaiah 9:1-7

Friday Luke 18:35-43

Saturday Ruth 1:1-22