Order of Worship – November 28th , 2021

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We Give Glory to God

Call to Worship: “Matthew 1:21-23”                                                                    

21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: 
23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
    and they shall call his name Immanuel”
(which means, God with us).

Hymn of Acclamation: “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
Charles Wesley, 1739 (alt. George Whitfield)                                      

 Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King:
peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!”
Joyful, all ye nations, rise,
join the triumph of the skies;
with angelic hosts proclaim,
“Christ is born in Bethlehem!”

Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King.”                                 

Christ, by highest heaven adored,
Christ, the everlasting Lord,
Late in time behold him come,
Offspring of the Virgin’s womb:
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
Hail the incarnate Deity,
Pleased with us in flesh to dwell,
Jesus, our Immanuel.

Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King.”

Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
Risen with healing in his wings.
Mild he lays his glory by,
Born that we no more may die,
Born to raise us from the earth,
Born to give us second birth.

Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King.”

We Mourn the Reality of Sin

Hymn of Confession: “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”                     
12th century; trans. Neale, 1851

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

Refrain: 
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel.

O come, O Branch of Jesse’s stem,
Unto your own and rescue them!
From depths of hell your people save,
And give them victory o’er the grave. [Refrain]

O come, O Key of David, come
And open wide our heavenly home.
Make safe for us the heavenward road
And bar the way to death’s abode. [Refrain]

O come, O King of nations, bind
In one the hearts of all mankind.
Bid all our sad divisions cease
And be yourself our King of Peace. [Refrain]

We Celebrate Christ as Our Redeemer

Assurance of Hope: “Galatians 4:4-7”                                 

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.

Hymn of Redemption: “O Come, All You Unfaithful”                     
12th century; trans. Neale, 1851

O come, all you unfaithful
Come, weak and unstable
Come, know you are not alone

O come, barren and waiting ones
Weary of praying, come
See what your God has done

Chorus:
Christ is born, Christ is born
Christ is born for you

O come, bitter and broken
Come with fears unspoken
Come, taste of His perfect love

O come, guilty and hiding ones
There is no need to run
See what your God has done [Chorus]

Bridge:

He’s the Lamb who was given
Slain for our pardon
His promise is peace
For those who believe [2x]

So come, though you have nothing
Come, He is the offering
Come, see what your God has done [Chorus]

Reading: “Isaiah 53”  

Who has believed what he has heard from us? 
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?

For he grew up before him like a young plant,
    and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
    and no beauty that we should desire him.

He was despised and rejected by men,
    a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; 
and as one from whom men hide their faces
    he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he has borne our griefs
    and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
    smitten by God, and afflicted.

But he was pierced for our transgressions;
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
    and with his wounds we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray;
    we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
    yet he opened not his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
    and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
    so he opened not his mouth.

By oppression and judgment he was taken away;
    and as for his generation, who considered
that he was cut off out of the land of the living,
    stricken for the transgression of my people?

And they made his grave with the wicked
    and with a rich man in his death,
although he had done no violence,
    and there was no deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him;
    he has put him to grief; 
when his soul makes an offering for guilt,
    he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;
the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.

11 Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see[i] and be satisfied;
by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,
    make many to be accounted righteous,
    and he shall bear their iniquities.

12 Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, 
    and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, 
because he poured out his soul to death
    and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
    and makes intercession for the transgressors.

Prayer for the Proclamation of God’s Word 

Sermon: “God with Us (in Shame and Loneliness)”
Davis Lacey – Isaiah 53

Main Point: God is with us in shame and loneliness

We Respond to the Gospel

Hymn of Response: “Glory Be to God on High”                                                                                                                                                          John Wesley, 1810; Bruce Benedict, 2008

 Glory be to God on high, Peace on earth descend;
God comes down; He bows the sky, and shows Himself our Friend! God, th’invisible appears, God, the blest, the great I AM, Sojourns in this vale of tears, and Jesus is His name.

Him the angels all adored, their Maker and their King;
tidings of their humbled Lord, they now to mortals bring; emptied of His majesty, of His dazzling glories shorn, being’s Source, begins to be, and Christ Himself is born!

See the Eternal Son of God, a mortal son of man                                                                                                 Dwelling in an earthly clod, whom heaven cannot contain!                                                                                                 Stand amazed, ye heavens, at this! See the Lord of earth and skies                       
Humbled to the dust He is, and in a manger lies! 

We, the sons of men, rejoice, The Prince of Peace proclaim, With Heaven’s host lift up our voice, and shout Immanuel’s Name; Knees and hearts to Him we bow; of our flesh, and of our bone, Jesus is our brother now, and God is all our own!

Commissioning of the Church

Hymn of New Creation: “Joy to the World”
Watts, 1719 

Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King!
Let every heart prepare Him room,
and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.

Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns! 
Let men their songs employ,
while fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
repeat the sounding joy,
repeat the sounding joy,
repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
far as the curse is found,
far as the curse is found,
far as, far as the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
and makes the nations prove
the glories of His righteousness
and wonders of His love,
and wonders of His love,
and wonders, wonders of His love.

Benediction and Sending