Sweetwater Presbyterian

Small in size, Big in Faith and Love

Sweetwater Presbyterian Church
The Church at Worship
December 15, 2019 Third Sunday in Advent


Prelude
Gathering Words:
Leader: This is the day the Lord has made
People: Let us rejoice and be glad in it!
Leader:
May the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
People: And also with you

Welcome and Announcements
Lighting of the Candles

Verses of Silent Reflection
There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another. The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor. 1 Corinthians 15:40-41

Lighting of the Advent Candle - The Candle of Joy
Advent Song: The Candle of Hope (V1,2, 3 and Refrain)

*Call to Worship
Leader: The Lord determined the number of stars; he gives to all of them their names.
People: Because the Lord is great in strength, mighty in power,
not one of them is missing.
Leader: We have seen his star and we have come to worship.
People: Like the advent candle, so each star shining on us from afar has a wondrous tale to tell of our Lord Emmanuel. All creation waits to see Christ our Savior’s majesty.
Leader: To Abraham God gave his word.
People: “I will make your offspring as numerous as the stars of heaven.”
Leader: There shall come a star out of Jacob, a scepter rising out of Israel.
People: The root and descendant of David, the bright morning star.
Leader: Glory to God in the highest and peace to God’s people on earth!
People: Even so, Lord, come and shine on our hearts with light divine. Like this candle, may we too lead the world to yearn for you. And like stars may we declare God’s great glory ev’rywhere.
*Opening Hymn: While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks #117

*Opening Prayer

Explanation of the Star of David

Explanation of the Pink Candle

Gospel Lesson Luke 1:26-33

Prayer of Confession
O God, you are the source of salvation. What shall we do? Our lives are unworthy of the goodness you offer. We complain of our condition
when our wants go unnoticed. Contentment eludes us, since when we have plenty we still yearn for more. Millions face hunger, while we fret over abundance. (
moment of silent confession) Through Christ forgive us, yet grant us no peace until we truly try to live the live your ordained for us. Amen.

The Assurance of Pardon
Leader: Hear and believe the good news of the gospel
People: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven!

Choral Response: Good Christians Friend Rejoice V3 #132

Christian Greetings

Children's Moment
Our children will leave for the nursery and children’s church. .

Hymn:
Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming #129

Congregational Prayer and Lord’s Prayer
Leader: O Sovereign Lord, our mighty King.
People: Have mercy hear our prayer.

Epistle Lesson
Revelation 22:12-16

Prayer of Inspiration While We Are Waiting, Come #92

Sermon
The Star of David

Statement of Faith Apostle’s Creed

Minute for Mission
Pennies for Progress, Advent Offering, Joy Gift

Invitation to the Offering
Offertory
*Doxology and Prayer of Thanksgiving

*Closing Hymn:
O Little Town of Bethlehem #121

*Charge
Leader: Our Lord and Ruler, your name is wonderful everywhere on earth!
People: You let your glory be seen in the heavens above.
Leader: When I think of the heavens your hands have made.
People: of the moon and stars you put in place.
Leader: Then I ask, Why do you care about us humans?
People: Why are you concerned for us weak-willed ones?
Leader: You made us a little lower than yourself.
People: And you have crowned us with glory and honor.
Leader: Our Lord and Ruler, you name is wonderful…..
People: Everywhere!


Choral Benediction Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus #82