Worship Service Resources

Advent Hymn

Christ whose glory fills the skies
Christ the everlasting light
The Son of Righteousness arise
A triumph o'er these shades of night

And come Thou long awaited One
In the fullness of Your love
And loose this heart bound up by shame
And I will never be the same 

So here I wait in hope of You
All my soul's longing through and through
And Dayspring from on high, be near
And Daystar in my heart appear

And dark and cheerless is the morn
Until Your love in me is born
And joyless is the evening song
Until Emmanuel has come

So here I wait in hope of You
All my soul's longing through and through
And Dayspring from on high, be near
And Daystar in my heart appear

So here I wait in hope of You
All my soul's longing through and through
And Dayspring from on high, be near
And Daystar in my heart appear

 

 

Goodness of God

I love You, Lord
oh Your mercy never fails me
All my days, I've been held in Your hands
From the moment that I wake up
Until I lay my head
Oh, I will sing of the goodness of God

And all my life You have been faithful
And all my life You have been so, so good
With every breath that I am able
Oh, I will sing of the goodness of God

I love Your voice
You have led me through the fire
And in  darkest nights
You are close like no other
I've known You as a Father
I've known You as a Friend
And I have lived in the goodness of God

And all my life You have been faithful 
And all my life You have been so, so good
With every breath that I am able
Oh, I will sing of the goodness of God

'Cause Your goodness is running after
It's running after me
Your goodness is running after
It's running after me
With my life laid down
I'm surrendered now
I give You everything
Your goodness is running after
It's running after me

'Cause Your goodness is running after
It's running after me
Your goodness is running after
It's running after me
With my life laid down
I'm surrendered now
I give You everything
Your goodness is running after
It's running after me

And all my life You have been faithful
And all my life You have been so, so good
With every breath that I am able
Oh, I'm gonna sing of the goodness of God

'Cause all my life You have been faithful
And all my life You have been so, so good
With every breath that I am able
Oh, I'm gonna sing of the goodness of God
Oh, I'm gonna sing of the goodness of God

 

Greeting

 

Advent Week 1:Hope

Psalm: Psalm 80:8--19 “You brought a vine out of Egypt; you drove out the nations and planted it You cleared the ground for it; it took deep root and filled the land. The mountains were covered with its shade, the mighty cedars with its branches. It sent out its branches to the sea and its shoots to the River. Why then have you broken down its walls, so that all who pass along the way pluck its fruit? The boar from the forest ravages it, and all that move in the field feed on it. Turn again, O God of hosts! Look down from heaven, and see; have regard for this vine, the stock that your right hand planted, and for the son whom you made strong for yourself. They have burned it with fire; they have cut it down; may they perish at the rebuke of your face! But let your hand be on the man of your right hand, the son of man whom you have made strong for yourself! Then we shall not turn back from you; give us life, and we will call upon your name! Restore us, O Lord God of hosts! Let your face shine, that we may be saved!


OT Scripture: Jeremiah 33:14-16 “The days are coming, ’declares the LORD, ‘when I will fulfill the good promise I made to the people of Israel and Judah. In those days and at that time I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line; he will do what is just and right in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety.This is the name by which it will be called: The LORD Our Righteous Savior.’”

Oh Come, Divine Messiah 

O come, Divine Messiah, the world is longing for the day
When hope shall sing its triumph and sadness flies away
Dear Savior come to tired earth and bring the grace of dawn
Dispel the night with Thy face, come , Messiah, come

O come, Divine Messiah, come
O come, Divine Messiah, come

O Thou whom nations sigh for, whom priest and prophet long foretold
Does break the captive fetters and brings the wayward home
Dear Savior come to tired earth and bring the grace of dawn
Dispel the night with Thy face, come Messiah, come

There is hope today that God himself might shine upon our souls and save
souls and save, unto you a Savior comes and 
Everything will change, everything will change

There is hope today that God himself will take our wounded
world and save, unto you a Savior comes and 
Everything will change, everything will change

 

 

Prayers of the People

(from the New Zealand Prayer Book)

Leader:
Arise O Lord God and lift up Your Hand; do not forget the poor in their need; the poor commit themselves to You; for You are the Helper of the orphaned. (Psalm 10:13,16)

All:
Almighty God
You teach us in The Scriptures
That love is the fulfilling of the law:
Grant that we may love You with all our heart
And our neighbors as ourselves
Through Jesus Christ Our Lord.

Save us Jesus, from hurrying away.
Because we do not wish to help,
Because we do not know how to help,
Because we dare not.
Inspire us to use our lives
Serving one another.

Lord Jesus Christ, you have taught us
That what we do to each other, we do to You.
Make us quick to help and slow to hurt.
Knowing that in our neighbor it is You
Who receive our love or our neglect.

Holy Spirit breathe life and hope into us and
Fill us with Yourself.
In this moment of silence please hear prayers of our
Hearts and minds.
(Moment of Silent Prayer)

 

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 trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass 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 and ever. Amen.

 

 

The Apostles' Creed

LEADER :
Christians, what do you believe?

ALL :
I believe in God
the Father Almighty,
creator of heaven and earth

LEADER :
Do you believe in Jesus?

ALL :
I believe in Jesus Christ,
his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand
of God the Father almighty.
From there he will come 
to judge the living and the dead.

LEADER :
Do you believe in the Holy Spirit?

ALL :
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic* church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
Amen.

 

 

O Come, O Come Emmanuel

O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan's tyranny
From depths of hell Thy people save
And give them victory o'er the grave

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel

O come, Thou Dayspring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death's dark shadows put to flight

O come, desire of nations, bind
In one the hearts of all mankind
Bid Thou our sad divisions cease
And be Thyself our King of peace

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel

Announcements

 

Scripture

Luke 1:76-80 (CSB)

And you, child, will be called
a prophet of the Most High,
for you will go before the Lord
to prepare his ways,
to give his people knowledge of salvation
through the forgiveness of their sins.
Because of our God’s merciful compassion,
the dawn from on high will visit us
to shine on those who live in darkness
and the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.

The child grew up and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day of his public appearance to Israel.

Matthew 9:9-13 (CSB)

As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office, and he said to him, “Follow me,” and he got up and followed him.

While he was reclining at the table in the house, many tax collectors and sinners came to eat with Jesus and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

Now when he heard this, he said, “It is not those who are well who need a doctor, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means: I desire mercy and not sacrifice. For I didn’t come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Sermon

Desiring the Best of Advent

Week 1: Advent Desires

 

Doxology

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav'nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost
Amen 

 

Eucharist


 

Now to Him

Now to Him who is able,
to keep you from falling,
To Him who will keep you to the end

To Him be the glory,
the honor and power,
forever and ever amen.

Forever and ever amen,
forever and ever amen.

 

Benediction

Go with God, everyone!