Spirit and Truth: Frankfort 12/21/14

Call to Worship

We begin each week with a reading known as the Call to Worship. This serves as a reminder that all true worship begins with God –He is the one who initiates this divine conversation with His people and we respond.

Call to Worship: from Luke 1:46-50

Our souls magnifies the Lord! Our spirits rejoice in God our Savior! He who is mighty has done great things for us! Holy is his name! Let us worship God. For God is our Maker and our Redeemer; And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.

Worship In Song and Prayer

Song: “O Come All Ye Faithful” by C. Frederick Oakeley and John Francis Wade

Welcome: What Is Advent?

Corporate Prayer of Confession and Assurance:

  • All: God of salvation, in Christ you have done great things— our hearts are filled with joy. By your power you lifted us out of the wasteland of sin and brought us with joy and laughter into your kingdom. Salvation is your gift to us. But we confess that often we try to replace your gift with our own efforts. We try to complete what is already perfect; we try to add to what is already full; we try to earn what we already have. Forgive us for our foolishness. Help us to focus on your grace. Help us to live grateful lives in return. For Jesus’ sake alone, Amen.
  • Leader: But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. (Galatians 4:4-5.

Song: “He Has Come For Us (God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen)” by Meredith Andrews and Jason Ingram

The Preaching of God’s Word

Sermon (part 1): He Has Come For Us (part 1); Romans 8:31-32

Response

The Lord’s Supper: As a church, sharing the Lord’s Supper is a significant event where believers gratefully acknowledge the death of Christ as the fully payment for our sin.

Song: “He Who Is Mighty” by Kate DeGraide and Rebecca Elliott

Song: “Come Behold The Wondrous Mystery” by Matt Boswell, Matt Papa, and Michael Bleecker

The Preaching of God’s Word

Sermon (part 2): He Has Come For Us (part 2); Romans 8:31-32

Response

Song: “In Christ Alone” by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend

Song: “Joy To the World (Unspeakable Joy)” by Ed Cash, Matt Gilder, and Chris Tomlin

Sending

Every week before we leave, we receive a benediction, or blessing, from God’s Word. Just as the worship gathering begins with God’s call, it ends with God’s promise of his blessing over us as we leave to go and be the church.

Benediction and Sending: Titus 2:11-13

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.

Go and be the church!

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