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December 22, 2013

Celebration  of  Worship


Fourth  Sunday of Advent                                    December 22, 2013


* * * Entering Into God’s Presence * * *

 (Please refrain from conversation during the Prelude as we quietly prepare to worship God)


Welcome and Announcements                  (Please Sign and Pass Fellowship Pads)


Sharing Our Joys and Concerns


* Call to Worship   adapted from Psalm 80

Restore us, O God of hosts;

let Your face shine, that we may be saved!

Let Your hand be on the man of Your right hand,

You have made strong for Yourself the Son of Man

Then we shall not turn back from You.

Give us life, and we will call upon Your Name!

Restore us, O Lord God of hosts!

Let Your face shine, that we may be saved!


* Affirmation of Faith        “The Apostle’s Creed”

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.  AMEN.


* Prayer of Invocation


LIGHTING of the FOURTH ADVENT CANDLE                John and Barbara Haifley


* Hymn of Adoration        “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus”     Red Book # 244


Prayer of Thanksgiving   

O Lord our God, the Author and Giver of all good things; we thank You for all Your mercies, and for Your loving care. We bless You for the gift of life; For Your protection 'round about us; For Your guiding hand upon us. We thank You for women and men who are models of the faith; For duty and our various callings. Most of all we thank You for the saving knowledge of Your Son; For the living presence of the Holy Spirit, Com­forter; For the Body of Christ; For all the means of grace and the hope of glory. In all these things, O Heavenly Father, make us wise unto a right use of Your benefits; That we may faithfully serve You all our days; Through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.


* Responding with Praise               “Gloria Patri”                            Blue Book #579

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning; is now and ever shall be. World without end, Amen! Amen!


Time with Young Disciples


Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer


* * * Responding to God’s Grace * * *


Bringing Our Tithes and Offerings


* Singing Our Praise and Gratitude     “The Doxology”                Blue Book   #592

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow. Praise Him, all creatures here below. Praise Him above, ye heavenly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Amen!


* Prayer of Dedication 


* Hymn of Preparation                  “One Small Child”                     Red Book # 280


* * * Listening to God’s Word * * *


OLD TESTAMENT LESSON            Isaiah 7:10-16                     pew Bible pg 572


NEW TESTAMENT LESSON           Romans 1:1-7                     pew Bible pg 939


* MESSAGE TEXT                        Matthew 1:18-25                       pew Bible pg 807


MESSAGE        “A Few Thoughts on the Birth of Jesus”       Pastor Raymond M. Tear


* Hymn of Closing                "Go Tell It on the Mountain”               Red Book # 258


* Receiving the Blessing


* Choral Response                   “Three-fold Amen”                         Blue Book # 586


* Postlude


* Please stand (if able) when prompted by the worship leader.

Flowers Today

are given to the glory of God by David & Cynthia Summers

in honor of Cynthia’s Parents, Siblings andTheir Families


Today’s Participants

Liturgist: Elder Jim Madary

Fellowship Hostess: Mun Sparks


WHETHER you’re investigating the Gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ, looking for a church home, or have been with us for a long time – welcome! God is real, God is present, and we hope you sense and experience the grandeur of God today in this morning’s worship. Please remember to sign the blue attendance pad.


OUR DAILY BREAD (REGULAR PRINT EDITION) - Complimentary copies of Our Daily Bread for December, January and February are located on the table in the Narthex. Many find this daily devotional aid helpful to their spiritual growth.


WHAT IS CHRISTMAS ALL ABOUT? – Complimentary copies of this booklet of 10 reflections from the publishers of Our Daily Bread are also located on the table in the Narthex.


EACH SUNDAY DURING ADVENT – Christmas carol instrumentals will be heard in the sanctuary starting about 9:40 am. Come a little early to enjoy these beautiful arrangements and prepare to worship our Savior and King.


FLOWERS – If you would like to sponsor flowers for the chancel in loving memory or in honor of a loved one or of a special occasion, there is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board by the drinking fountain in the Narthex. Cost: $24/Sunday.


FIVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS MUSIC – Radio Station KHCB (88.7 FM) will air continuous music of the season from December 21 to December 25.

Jesus is the greatest gift of all.




Provided this Advent Season by:



In Loving Memory Of

Shannon Andrews

Walter & Sophie Daniel

Shannon Andrews

Albert & Blanche Andrews

Peter & Inga Pfefferkorn

Our Son, Robert Pfefferkorn

Paula Hardy

My Parents, Bill & Marilyn Hardy

Ray & Linda Tear

Linda’s Parents, Howard & Virginia Schlichter

Ray & Linda Tear

Joyce Fallon Tear & Teresa Tear

John & Barbara Haifley

John’s Parents, Tom & Thelma Haifley

John & Barbara Haifley

Barbara’s Father & Brother, Vance & Tom Kearney

Cliff & Ellen Caldwell

Cliff’s Sisters, Carol Lee & Paulette Caldwell

David & Cynthia Summers

David’s Parents, Dr. Frederic & Louise Summers

David & Cynthia Summers

FPC Saints Now in the Church Triumphant

Jim & Shirley Madary

Our Loved Ones

Ivan & Carolyn Rice

Ivan’s Mother’s December Birthday

Ivan & Carolyn Rice

Carolyn’s Mother’s December Birthday





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