Sermon
A War Of Loves
Brady Faust
Lay Pastor
Ruth

Service
O Come O Come Emmanuel
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Call to Worship
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;
-Isaiah 11:1-4

Angels We Have Heard On High
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Reading 1
Why is he called the Christ, the Anointed One?
Because he has been ordained by God the Father, and anointed with the Holy Spirit, to be our chief Prophet and Teacher.
He has fully revealed to us the secret counsel and will of God concerning our redemption.
He is our only High Priest, who by the one sacrifice of his body has redeemed us, and who continually intercedes for us before the Father.
He is our eternal King, who governs us by his Word and Spirit, and who defends and preserves us in the redemption obtained for us.
Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 31

God With Us
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Reading 2
Lord Jesus Christ, our deliverer,
your birth still shakes the foundations of our world.
May we wait for your return with such eagerness and hope
that we embrace without fear the labor pangs of your coming kingdom.
Come quickly Lord, Jesus!

Sins Are Stones
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All Glory Be to Christ
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Benediction
And again Isaiah says,
“The root of Jesse will come, even he who arises to rule the Gentiles; in him will the Gentiles hope.” May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Romans 15:12-13

 

Sermon
Peace at the Breaking Point
Michael Clary
Lead Pastor
1 Kings 19:9-18

Service
Holy Holy Holy
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Call to Worship
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.
You have multiplied the nation; You have increased its joy;
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.
-Isaiah 9:1-3;6

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
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Reading 1
I will lead the blind by a road they do not know,
By the paths they have not known I will guide them.
I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground.
These are the things I will do and I will not forsake them.
-Isaiah 42:16

Evermore
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Reading 2
The Advent wreath is a circle with no beginning and no end.
It is a symbol of God’s unending love and faithfulness.
Its light reminds us of Jesus, the light of the world.
In him was life, and the life was the light of all people.
The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness did not overcome it.
Once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light.
Live as children of light.
If we walk in the light as he himself is in the light,
we have fellowship with one another,
and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
We are all children of light and children of the day;
we are not of the night or of darkness.
Jesus said, “Everyone who believes in me
should not remain in the darkness.”
-from The Worship Sourcebook; based on John 1:4-5; 12:46; Ephesians 5:8; 1 Thessalonians 5:5; 1 John 1:7,

Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery
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What Glory Now Our Eyes Have Seen
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Benediction
Go in peace as the reaffirmed church of Jesus Christ.
We go to be his body in a broken world.
May the grace of God and the love of Christ go with you.
Amen.

 

Sermon
Hope in Desperate Times
Michael Clary
Lead Pastor
Genesis 17:15-19, 21:1-7

Service
O Come All Ye Faithful
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Call to Worship
So the Lord God said to the serpent:
Because you have done this, you are cursed more than any livestock

and more than any wild animal.
You will move on your belly and eat dust all the days of your life.
I will put hostility between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring.
He will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.
— Genesis 3:14-15 

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
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Reading 1
Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants.
-Hebrews 2:14-15

Anyone—Jew or Gentile, rich or poor, male or female, white or black or brown, quick-witted or slow, old or young—anyone can be a child of Abraham and inherit the blessings promised to him, if you live by faith.
Thanks be to God!

O Come O Come Emmanuel
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Reading 2
To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
O my God, in you I trust;
Let me not be put to shame;
Let not my enemies exult over me.

Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame;
Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
Teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all the day long.
Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love,
for they have been from of old.
-Psalm 25:1-6

God with Us
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Realms of Glory
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Benediction
As you go, remember that God made a promise to bless a people and call them his own. And it is in this blessing that we live and find our hope.
Peace be with you all.
And also with you. 

Sermon
Cure for Anxiety
Kurt Tuffendsam
Discipleship and Outreach Pastor
Matthew 6:25-34

Service
Jesus
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Call to Worship
Praise the Lord!
Praise the name of the Lord,
give praise, O servants of the Lord,
who stand in the house of the Lord,
in the courts of the house of our God!

Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good;
sing to his name, for it is pleasant!
For the Lord has chosen Jacob for himself,
Israel as his own possession.

For I know that the Lord is great,
and that our Lord is above all gods.
Whatever the Lord pleases, he does,
in heaven and on earth,
in the seas and all deeps.
-Psalm 135:1-6

Lord I Need You
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Confession and Assurance
When we were children we were enslaved
to the elementary principles of the world.
But when the fullness of time had come,

God sent forth his Son,

He was 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 we are sons, God has sent the
Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”
So we are no longer a slaves, but sons and daughters,
and if we are children, then we are heirs through God.
-Galatians 4:3-7

Psalm 23 (Surely Goodness Surely Mercy)
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 How Majestic
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O Praise the Name (Anastasis) 
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Benediction
As you go, remember that by faith in Jesus Christ you are no longer a slave to fear but a rescued child of God. He has defeated Satan, sin, and death, and He has given you his righteousness.
Peace be with you all.
And also with you.