WELCOME AND CONCERNS OF THE CONGREGATION
LIGHTING THE ADVENT CANDLE
*HYMN 82 “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus”
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Forgive my sins, O Lord. The sins of my soul and the sins of my body. The sins I have done to please myself and the sins I have done to please others. Forgive those sins which I know and those which I know not. Forgive them all in your
mercy, that I may share the hope of the prophets, the songs of the angels, and the wonder of the shepherds. Cleanse my soul that your Son, when he comes, may find in me a dwelling place…
Silent Prayers of confession
WORDS OF ASSURANCE
Our rejoicing is certainly based on the generosity of God, for as we read in Hebrews, “it is by God’s will that we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” (Hebrews 10:10). Rejoice then over this great Good News: in Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.
Thanks be to God!
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
SCRIPTURE LESSONS: Hebrews 13:1-3; Matthew 25: 31-46
SERMON “As One Unknown” Rev. Barrett Ingram
*HYMN 104 “O Lord, How Shall I Meet You”
*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH The Apostles’ Creed Page 35
PASTORAL PRAYER AND THE LORD’S PRAYER
RECEIVING OF GOD’S TITHES AND OFFERINGS
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 93 “Life Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates”