WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
December 16, 2018
THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT
JESUS BRINGS JOY TO THE WORLD
Lighting of Third Advent Candle
Preparation for Worship (Silent Prayer)
Call to Worship
Shout for joy to God, all the earth;
sing the glory of his name;
give to him glorious praise!
Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!
So great is your power that your enemies come cringing to you.
All the earth worships you
and sings praises to you;
they sing praises to your name.”
Come and see what God has done:
he is awesome in his deeds toward the children of man.
Prayer of Adoration and Invocation - Lord’s Prayer
*Gloria Patri (No. 734)
*Hymn No. 195 Joy to the World! The Lord Is Come.
Call to Confession: Isaiah 55:7
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the evil man his thoughts; Let him turn to the Lord, that he may have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
Prayer of Confession (unison)
Our Father, although You are a holy God who cannot look upon sin, look upon Christ our Savior and forgive us for His sake. You have promised us that if we confess our sins, You are faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. We ask also that You would give us an increase of the grace of Your Holy Spirit, so that we may learn the wisdom of Your ways and walk in Your holy paths, for Your glory and the good of our neighbor.
Assurance of Forgiveness: Colossians 1:13-14
He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
People: Thanks Be to God!
*Hymn No. 203 Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
*The Doxology (No. 731) and Prayer of Thanksgiving
(Children will be dismissed to Children’s Church following the Hymn)
*Hymn (Insert) Joy Has Dawned Getty/Townsend
Prayer of Supplication and Intercession
*Scripture Lesson: Matthew 1:18 – 25
Message: Rev. McIntyre
*Hymn No. 207 Good Christian Men Rejoice
*Response: Threefold Amen
Welcome visitors! Please complete the yellow visitor’s card found on the back of the pew and place in offering plate.
A CRY ROOM IS AVAILABLE JUST OFF THE VESTIBULE
A NURSERY FOR PRE-SCHOOL CHILDREN IS PROVIDED IN GRACE HALL