Worship Guide
For Sunday, December 26th, 2021

Call to Worship

Psalm 117(ESV)

 

Praise the Lord, all nations! Extol him, all peoples!
For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.
Praise the Lord!

 

Sovereign Over Us

There is strength within the sorrow, there is beauty in our tears

and You meet us in our mourning with a love that casts out fear

 

You are working in our waiting, sanctifying us

When beyond our understanding you're teaching us to trust

 

Your plans are still to prosper, you've not forgotten us

You're with us in the fire and the flood, faithful forever perfect in love

You are sov'reign over us

 

You are wisdom unimagined, who could understand Your ways

Reigning high above the heavens, reaching down in endless grace

 

You're the lifter of the lowly, compassionate and kind

You surround and You uphold me,  and Your promises are my delight

 

Your plans are still to prosper, you've not forgotten us

You're with us in the fire and the flood, faithful forever perfect in love

You are sov'reign over us

 

Even what the enemy means for evil, you turn it for our good

You turn it for our good, and for Your glory

Even in the valley You are faithful,

You're working for our good

You're working for our good

And for Your glory

 

Your plans are still to prosper, you've not forgotten us

You're with us in the fire and the flood, faithful forever perfect in love

You are sov'reign over us

 

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 Worshiping God by Confessing Our Faith

Heidelberg Catechism 1

Leader:  What is your only comfort in life and in death?

                                    

All:  That I am not my own, but belong, body and soul, in life and death—to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ.  He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood, and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil. 

 

He also watches over me in such a way that not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father in heaven; in fact, all things must work together for my salvation.

 

Because I belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit, assures me of eternal life and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him. 

 

 

 

Worshiping God by Singing

 

 

Whate'er My God Ordains is Right

Whate’er my God ordains is right, holy His will abideth.
I will be still whate’er He does, and follow where He guideth.
He is my God, though dark my road.
He holds me that I shall not fall, wherefore to Him I leave it all

 

Whate’er my God ordains is right, He never will deceive me
He leads me by the proper path, I know He will not leave me
I take, content, what He hath sent
His hand can turn my griefs away, and patiently I wait His day

 

 Whate’er my God ordains is right, though now this cup in drinking
May bitter seem to my faint heart, I take it all unshrinking
My God is true, each morn anew
Sweet comfort yet shall fill my heart, and pain and sorrow shall depart

 

 Whate’er my God ordains is right, here shall my stand be taken
Though sorrow, need, or death be mine, yet I am not forsaken
My Father’s care is round me there
He holds me that I shall not fall, and so to Him I leave it all

 

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 Prayer

Missionary of the Week:                        Mark Champagne

                                                                 United Ministries

 

Community Church of the Week:        Bible Way Church

                                                                Rev. Eric Rush     

 

Presbytery Church of the Week:           Reedy Creek Presbyterian Church

                                                                 Rev. Douglas Kelly

 

 
Worshiping God by Singing

Worshiping God by Hearing His Word

 

Sermon:  Nunc Dimittus

Luke 2:22-38

 

And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ. And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,

 

“Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace,

    according to your word;

for my eyes have seen your salvation

    that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,

a light for revelation to the Gentiles,

    and for glory to your people Israel.”

 

And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”

 

And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.

Worshiping God by Singing

 

The Lord is My Salvation

The grace of God has reached for me and pulled me from the raging sea

And I am safe on this solid ground

The Lord is my salvation

 

I will not fear when darkness falls; his strength will help me scale these walls

I'll see the dawn of the rising sun

The Lord is my salvation

 

Who is like the Lord our God? Strong to save, faithful in love

My debt is paid, and the victory won

The Lord is my salvation

 

My hope is hidden in the Lord. He flow'rs each promise of His Word

When winter fades, I know spring will come

The Lord is my salvation

 

In times of waiting, times of need, when I know loss, when I am weak

I know His grace will renew these days

The Lord is my salvation

 

Who is like the Lord our God? Strong to save, faithful in love

My debt is paid, and the victory won

The Lord is my salvation

 

And when I reach the final day, he will not leave me in the grave

But I will rise, He will call me home

The Lord is my salvation

 

Who is like the Lord our God? Strong to save, faithful in love

My debt is paid, and the victory won

The Lord is my salvation

 

Glory be to God the Father, glory be to God the Son, glory be to God the Spirit

The Lord is our salvation.

Glory be to God the Father, glory be to God the Son, glory be to God the Spirit

The Lord is our salvation. The Lord is our salvation. The Lord is our salvation.

 

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Benediction                                                                                 Numbers 6:24-26 (ESV) 

The LORD bless you and keep you;  the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.