Worship December 30, 2012

The Lord’s Day

Christmas Season

ALMIGHTY God, who hast given us thy only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and as at this time to be born of a pure virgin: Grant that we being regenerate, and made thy children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit; through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

“O, wisest love, that flesh and blood which did in Adam fail, should strive afresh against the foe, should strive and should prevail.” –J. H. Newman


The Lord’s Service

Grace and Peace Presbyterian Church


          The Lord’s Day

December 30, 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


 Opening Sentence And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:10-12)

 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 98)

Minister: Oh sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. The LORD has made known his salvation; he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations. He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

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  214                        Angels We Have Heard on High       GLORIA

*Prayer of Adoration

Minister:We are praising you for the great gift of Jesus our Savior who is God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made,

of one Being with the Father.Through whom all things were made.

Who for us and for our salvationcame down from heaven:

by the power of the Holy Spiritand became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man.Glory be to you, now and forever.


Reconciliation with God (1 John 1:5-10)

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

Unison Prayer of Confession

Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We have not diligently sought to know and obey the whole counsel of your Word. In these and all our sins we have offended you, grieved the Spirit of adoption and wounded our own conscience.

(Private confession in silence)

We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. Through the redeeming work of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; free us from our sins that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.

Words of Comfort

Minister: Hear these words of comfortfound in John3:16

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

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.

*Hymn 215             While By My Sheep I Watched          JUNGST

 God Speaks to Us through His Word

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 59:1-21

  Psalm 66 (sung)                      WIE SCHON LEUCHTET

 Gospel Reading: Luke 1:26-38

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: The Incarnation of God in Isaiah 59 The Rev. Dr. Edd Cathey

*Hymn 219              All Praise to Thee, Eternal Lord               CANONBURY

The Nicene Creed

We Offer our Gifts and Prayers

Offering God our wealth/Offertory

But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace (giving) also. I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love also is genuine. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich. (2 Corinthians 8:7-9)

Hymn 731  Doxology                   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 230   Thou Who Wast Rich beyond All Splendor     QUELLE EST CETTE ODEUR AGREABLE

*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.