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Bulletin for Sunday, December 4, 2022

Light in the Darkness

Who is this Love Amazing - Lyrics

Who is this Love Amazing

Who is this love amazing?
Came reaching down to save me
Making all things new

His goodness overwhelms me
With mercies new each morning
Now I can’t help but sing

You are worthy
King of glory, King of glory
Forever worthy
King of glory, King of glory

Open up, open up
you ancient gates
Open up, open up
for the King is coming

 

Who is this King of glory
The Lord so strong and mighty
He’s always faithful to forgive

His favor goes before me
His perfect love surrounds me
Now I can’t help but sing

You are worthy
King of glory, King of glory
Forever worthy
King of glory, King of glory

Open up, open up
you ancient gates
Open up, open up
for the King is coming

Open up, open up
you ancient gates
Open up, open up
for the King is coming

You are worthy
King of glory, King of glory
Forever worthy
King of glory, King of glory

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus - Lyrics

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

Come Thou long expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free
From our fears and sins release us
Let us find our rest in Thee

Israel’s strength and consolation
Hope of all the earth Thou art
Dear desire of every nation
Joy of every longing heart

Born Thy people to deliver
Born a child and yet a King
Born to reign in us forever
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring

By Thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone
By Thine all sufficient merit
Raise us to Thy glorious throne

Come Thou long expected One, make
all things new O Christ the Son
Come Thou long expected One, make
all things new O Christ the Son
(repeat)

Come Thou long expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free

Glorious King - Lyrics

Glorious King

Glorious King born in a manger
Under the light of a star
Praise Him and sing! Honor our Savior
Jesus our Glorious King

We rejoice this Christmas Day
You have opened heaven’s gates
And the promise has finally come
Our Messiah and God’s Holy Son
Our Glorious King

Glorious King born in a manger
Under the light of a star
Praise Him and sing! Honor our Savior
Jesus our Glorious King

You have shown us how to love
You redeemed us by Your blood
Let our lives be the gift that we bring
Jesus You are the reason we sing
Our Glorious King

Glorious King born in a manger
Under the light of a star
Praise Him and sing! Honor our Savior
Jesus our Glorious King

Glory to the King
Glory to the King
Hallelujah Hallelujah
Glory to the King

Glory to the King
Glory to the King
Hallelujah Hallelujah
Glory to the King

Glorious King born in a manger
Under the light of a star
Praise Him and sing! Honor our Savior
Jesus our Glorious King

Glorious King born in a manger
Under the light of a star
Praise Him and sing! Honor our Savior
Jesus our Glorious King

Jesus our Glorious King
Hallelujah Hallelujah
Jesus our Glorious King

Old Testament Readings

Isaiah 11:1-10

1 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of might,
the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord—
3 and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.

He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,
or decide by what he hears with his ears;
4 but with righteousness he will judge the needy,
with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.
He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth;
with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.
5 Righteousness will be his belt
and faithfulness the sash around his waist.

6 The wolf will live with the lamb,
the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling together;
and a little child will lead them.
7 The cow will feed with the bear,
their young will lie down together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
8 The infant will play near the cobra’s den,
and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest.
9 They will neither harm nor destroy
on all my holy mountain,
for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.

10 In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his resting place will be glorious.

Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19

1 Endow the king with your justice, O God,
the royal son with your righteousness.
2 May he judge your people in righteousness,
your afflicted ones with justice.

3 May the mountains bring prosperity to the people,
the hills the fruit of righteousness.
4 May he defend the afflicted among the people
and save the children of the needy;
may he crush the oppressor.
5 May he endure as long as the sun,
as long as the moon, through all generations.
6 May he be like rain falling on a mown field,
like showers watering the earth.
7 In his days may the righteous flourish
and prosperity abound till the moon is no more…

18 Praise be to the Lord God, the God of Israel,
who alone does marvelous deeds.
19 Praise be to his glorious name forever;
may the whole earth be filled with his glory.

Amen and Amen.

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Leader: The word of the Lord.
Everyone: Thanks be to God.

God With Us - Lyrics

God With Us

Oh You’ve come – to bring peace
To be love – to be nearer to us
Oh You’ve come – to bring life
To be light – to shine brighter in us
Oh Emmanuel – God with us

Our Deliverer – You are Savior
In Your presence we find our strength
Over everything – Our redemption
God with us – You are God with us

Oh You’ve come – to be hope
To this world – for Your honor and name
Oh You’ve come – to take sin
To bear shame – and to conquer the grave
Oh Emmanuel – God with us

Our Deliverer – You are Savior
In Your presence we find our strength
Over everything – Our redemption
God with us – You are God with us

You are here
You are holy
We are standing
In Your glory
(repeat 3x)

You are here
You are holy
We are standing
In Your glory, Lord

Our Deliverer – You are Savior
In Your presence we find our strength
Over everything – Our redemption
God with us

Our Deliverer – You are Savior
In Your presence we find our strength
Over everything – Our redemption
God with us

Oh God with us
You are God with us

New Testament Readings

Romans 15:4-13

4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.

5 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, 6 so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

7 Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. 8 For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jews on behalf of God’s truth, so that the promises made to the patriarchs might be confirmed 9 and, moreover, that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written:

“Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles;
I will sing the praises of your name.”

10 Again, it says,
“Rejoice, you Gentiles, with his people.”

11 And again,
“Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles;
let all the peoples extol him.”

12 And again, Isaiah says,
“The Root of Jesse will spring up,
one who will arise to rule over the nations;
in him the Gentiles will hope.”

13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 3:1-12

3 In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea 2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” 3 This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah:

“A voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.’”

4 John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. 5 People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. 6 Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.

7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. 9 And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. 10 The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.

11 “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

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Leader: The word of the Lord.
Everyone: Thanks be to God.

Message: The Recital Has Begun

Philippians 1:6
“the God who started this great work in you will keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.”

Isaiah 2:1-5
“There’s a day coming when the mountain of God’s House will be The Mountain — solid, towering over all mountains. All nations will river toward it … They’ll say, “Come, let’s climb God’s Mountain,” … He’ll settle things fairly between nations. He’ll make things right between many peoples. They’ll turn their swords into shovels, their spears into hoes. No more will nation fight nation; they won’t play war anymore.”

Romans 13:11-14
“Don’t lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God. The night is about over, dawn is about to break. Be up and awake to what God is doing! God is putting the finishing touches on the salvation work he began when we first believed.

We can’t afford to waste a minute, must not squander these precious daylight hours … Get out of bed and get dressed! Don’t loiter and linger, waiting until the very last minute. Dress yourselves in Christ, and be up and about!”

Pencil and Crayon image: Mary Consoles Eve by Sister Grace Remington (2003)

Poem by Sister Columba Guare
O Eve!
My mother,
my daughter,
life-giving Eve,
Do not be ashamed,
do not grieve.

The former things
have passed away,
Our God has brought
us to a New Day.
See, I am with Child,
Through whom all
will be reconciled.

O Eve!
My sister,
my friend,
We will rejoice together
Forever
Life without end.

Romans 13:11-12
“The night is about over, dawn is about to break. Be up and awake to what God is doing! God is putting the finishing touches on the salvation work he began when we first believed.”

 

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day - Lyrics

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men!

I thought as now this day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rung so long the unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head
“There is no peace on earth,” I said
“For hate is strong, and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men!”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep
“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep
For Wrong shall fail, and Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men!”

Mealtrain for Shannon & Brent

Shannon, Brent and Everly welcomed Baby Blake to their family on October 30th! Let’s help this sweet family by providing easy meals while they adjust to being a family of 4. Click here to sign up.

Ornament Exchange Party

TONIGHT (12/4) at 5pm. Holly Stephens will be hosting at her home (1108 Toppe Ridge Ct. Raleigh, NC 27615), and all women are welcome. (Feel free to bring a friend.) Just (1) bring a wrapped ornament for the exchange, and (2) bring a dish to share. CLICK HERE for more info, directions, etc.

Love:Athens Christmas Event

It’s back! Our annual Athens Drive Chrstmas Celebration. This year, it will feature a showing of The Grinch, face-painting, crafts, bounce houses, and performances by ADHS band, theater, chorus, and art students. SIGN UP to volunteer! We will need all hands on deck to make this event happen.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

It’s time once again to get ugly. Join us Friday, December 16, at the Babcocks’ home for a great night of holiday cheer. Click here for more details. 

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