Order of Service

"God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son."
John 3:16

TABERNACLE BAPTIST CHURCH

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Organist: Mrs. Linda Carlson

Pianist: Mrs. Vickie Daly

Song Leader: Mr. Jim McCarty

Usher: Mr. Song Kim

Pastor: Rev. Steve Carlson


Prelude
Informal Moments
Invocation #196
"O Come, Let Us Adore Him"
Quiet Time of Meditation
Choral Call to Worship
   * Hymn #249
"O Come, All Ye Faithful"
   * Hymn #279
"Infant Holy, Infant Lowly"
Children's Moment
"Away in the Manger"
The Second Sunday of Advent
"The Miracle"
Congregation Prayer Concerns
Pastoral Prayer - Lord's Prayer (spoken -debts)
   Prayer Hymn #240
"Of the Father's Love Begotten"
Offering
   * Doxology - Prayer of Dedication
Choir Selection
"O Come, O Come, Emmanuel"
   * Hymn #281
"What Child Is This?"
Scripture
Matthew 1:1, 16-25
Sermon
"The Miracle"
   * Communion Hymn
"Meekness and Majesty"
CHURCH COVENANT (inside front cover of the Hymnal)
The Lord's Supper
Fellowship Offering
   * Closing Hymn #343
"Amazing Grace" vv 1, 5
* Benediction
* 3-Fold Amen
Postlude

* We stand to praise God


The Miracle

The circular Advent wreath with no beginning or end represents the unending love of the eternal God.
The candles of the Advent wreath symbolize the light of God coming into the world through the birth of His Son. The four outer candles represent the period of waiting during the four Sundays of Advent, which themselves symbolize the four centuries of waiting between the prophet Malachi and the birth of Christ.

On this 2nd Sunday in Advent, we are reminded of the wondrous miracle of the birth of Christ.
We relight last week’s candle, which reminds us of the fulfillment of God’s promises. Today we light
the second candle to remind us of the beginning of the Christmas miracle. God chose a humble young girl named Mary to give birth to His Son, Jesus.

In the Gospel of Luke chapter 1, verses 26 & 27 we read: “God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary.”

In verses 30 – 33, we read: “Then the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever; His kingdom will never end—with God nothing will be impossible.”

Then in verse 38 we read: “'I am the Lord's servant,' Mary answered. 'May it be to me as you have said.'”

Let us pray. Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for miracles. Thank you, Father, for Your wisdom and Your power. Thank you that with You nothing is impossible. You created the heavens and the earth—all that is seen and unseen. At the right time, Your Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth. Open our eyes so that we do not overlook the coming of your only begotten Son. Purify our hearts as we await His coming in glory in the future. It is in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.


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