An Advent Service of Nine Lessons and Carols December 23, 2012
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, ever faithful to your promises and ever present with your church: we rejoice in the peace established in our Savior’s coming and look forward with longing to his return in the end. Prepare our hearts and remove everything that hinders us from feeling the joy and hope that his advent has bestowed, that we may be found waiting in awe and wonder, through our Christ, who rules and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever, Amen.
Prelude Welcome and Introduction †Call to Worship Psalm 96 Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth! Sing to the Lord and bless God’s name; tell the good news of salvation from day to day. Declare God’s glory among the nations, God’s marvelous works among all the peoples.
For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised. Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice.
Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world, and those who live in it. Let the whole creation sing for joy at the presence of God, who is coming.
God is coming indeed, to judge the earth with righteousness, and the peoples with equity and truth. Together: Praise the Lord! †“Once in Royal David’s City” †Prayer of Invocation
Hymn 225 Congregation “Amen”
The First Lesson: Genesis 3:8-19; 22-24 Because of Adam’s sin, man forfeits his dwelling with God and is cursed with an existence of conflict and death east of Eden. But in the midst of this conflict and death, God promises to restore His peace and presence through Adam’s Seed. “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”
The Second Lesson: Genesis 22:15-18 The Promised Seed will come through Abraham, and all the nations shall be blessed. And the angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time from heaven and said, “By myself I have sworn, declares the LORD, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that
is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies, and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.” “Comfort, Comfort Ye My People” Hymn 197 The Third Lesson: Isaiah 9:2, 6-7 The Promised Seed will come through David and be a Divine King over Israel. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone . . .
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this. †“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”
The Fourth Lesson: Isaiah 11:1-9 The Divine King will reign in righteousness, reverse the curse on humanity, and establish universal peace. There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.
And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. And his delight shall be in the fear of the LORD. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide disputes by what his ears hear,
but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist, and faithfulness the belt of his loins.
The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat,
and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together;
and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze;
their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra,
and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder's den. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain;
for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”
The Fifth Lesson: Luke1:26-35 & Matthew 1:18-25 An angel announces that the Promised seed and Divine King will be born to Mary and Joseph. †”O Little Town of Bethlehem” The Sixth Lesson: The long anticipated Promised Seed arrives and the Divine King is born!
Hymn 201 Luke 2:1, 3-7
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. . . . And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. “Silent Night! Holy Night!”
The Seventh Lesson: Luke 2:8-20 The birth of Israel’s Divine King is announced and His peace declared by an angelic host to shepherds.
†“Angels We Have Heard on High”
Homily & Prayer †“Away in A Manger”
The Eighth Lesson: Matthew 2:1-2, 9b-11 The peace of the Divine King begins to be enjoyed by the nations when wise men come from the east to worship him. Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying,
“Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was.
When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him.
Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. “As with Gladness Men of Old”
The Ninth Lesson: John 1:1-14 God becomes flesh and dwells among us in the fullness of grace and truth – God’s peace and presence are restored! †“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” †Benediction
Hymn 203 Congregation “Amen”
O God, who makest us glad with the yearly remembrance of the birth of thy only son, Jesus Christ: Grant that as we joyfully receive him for our redeemer, so we may with sure confidence behold him, when he shall come to be our judge; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.
Officers Rev. David O. Donovan, Pastor Mr. Gary Huisman, Elder Mr. Wil Davis, Elder Mr. John Huisman, Elder Mr. Corey Dupree, Deacon Mr. Bob Keller, Deacon Mr. Benjamin Palmer, Deacon
Grace Presbyterian Church of Lookout Mountain A congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America 13478 Scenic Hwy, Lookout Mountain, GA 30750 (706) 820 – 9770 email@example.com www.grace – pca.com