The thief comes only to steal and destroy;
I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd
lays down his life for the sheep. John 10:10-11


Order of Worship:

November 27, 2022

Welcome & Announcements

Call to Worship 

Invocation

*Hymns and Songs of Worship and Adoration 

Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus (TH #196)

O Come, All Ye Faithful (TH #208)

*Confession of Faith – Nicene Creed (TH pg. 846)

*Old Testament Scripture – Isaiah 7:10-14 (pg. 572)

Corporate Prayer of Confession 

Declaration of Absolution

Pastoral Prayer 

*Worship through giving back to God

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (TH #203)

Sermon – Cameos of Christmas: Zechariah and Elizabeth

Luke 1:5 – 24 (pg. 855)

Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper

Music for Meditation

What Wondrous Love is This (TH #261)

*Closing Song –  God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (TH #211)

*Doxology (TH #731)

*Benediction

Nicene Creed

We believe in one God, the Father Almighty,

          Maker of heaven and earth,

          of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God,

          begotten of his Father before all worlds,

          God of God, Light of Light,

          very God of very God,

          begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father;

          by whom all things were made;

          who for us and for our salvation

          came down from heaven,

          and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary,

          and was made man;

          and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate;

          he suffered and was buried;

          and the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures,

          and ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of                    the Father;

          and he shall come again, with glory, to judge both the living                       and the dead;

          whose kingdom shall have no end.

And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life,

          who proceeds from the Father and the Son;

          who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and                       glorified;

          who spoke by the prophets;

          and we believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church;

          we acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins;

          and we look for the resurrection of the dead,

          and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Corporate Prayer of Confession

We confess, our Father, that we do not live up to the family name. We are more ready to resent than to forgive, more ready to manipulate than to serve, more ready to fear than to love, more ready to keep our distance than to welcome, more ready to compete than to help. At the root of this behavior is mistrust. We do not love one another as we should, because we do not believe you love us as you do. Forgive us our cold unbelief. Make more vivid to us the meaning and depth of your love at the cross. Show us what it cost you to give up your Son that we might become your sons and daughters. We ask this in the name of Jesus our righteousness. Amen.

Food for Thought

“On the face of things, the problem of ‘from above’ or ‘from below’ is only one of method. If so, we can walk away from it, saying, simply, methodus est arbitrarius. All we want is an arrangement which enables us to handle the facts. But then we come up against one awkward fact: the New Testament, almost unanimously, presents us with a Christology from above. It starts from the side of his deity, not from that of his humanity. There is probably good reason for this. The New Testament is looking at Christ in the light of the resurrection; and if we are articulating our theology from the standpoint of faith, we cannot but do the same…. It is not without significance that since the approach ‘from below’ came into vogue there has been a rash of adoptionist Christologies setting Christ forth not as God become man but as man becoming, in some sense, God. In such an ethos, the humanness becomes not only an axiom but a limiting factor: we can assert nothing of Christ which we cannot assert of man. Not surprisingly, many theologians are finding it impossible to move from this starting-point to belief in the deity of Christ.”

—Donald Macleod, The Person of Christ:  Contours of Christian Theology