December 15, 2019 Worship Bulletin

 Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church

Campus: 101 Webb Ave West, Ingram, TX

Mail: P.O. Box 629,  Ingram, TX  78025

Office: (830) 367-5672 

ORDER FOR THE PUBLIC WORSHIP of GOD

 Third Sunday in Advent                  December 15, 2019

                       

Lighting of the Advent Candle - Joy!

 

Responsive Call to Worship    (Psalm 4:5-7)

   Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the LORD.

            There are many who say, "Who will show us some good?

   Lift up the light of your face upon us, O LORD!"

            You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound.

 

*Hymn #245                         “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”                                         Veni Emmanuel            

 

*Prayer of Adoration

 

*Affirmation of Faith - Apostles’ 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.

 

Gospel Lesson                            Matthew 6:11-15 (ESV)

   11 Give us this day our daily bread,12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  13 And    

   lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly

   Father will also forgive you,15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive

   your trespasses.

 

Affirmation of the Holy Scripture - Psalm 119:77

   Let Your mercy come to us, that we may live; for Your Law is our delight.

 

*Hymn                                   “My Lord, I Did not Choose You” (attached)                          Conder, Smith

 

Announcements

 

Offertory & Prayer of Thanksgiving

   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.

                                 

Greetings

 

Sermon                                 “Christian Prayer: The Lord’s Prayer, part 2”

 

Confessing Our Need of Christ Together and Individually

   Gracious and holy Father, we confess our willingness to be loved

   but also our reluctance to love.

   We confess our readiness to accept Your pardoning grace

   but also our refusal to forgive others.

   We confess our eagerness to receive Your redeeming love

   but also our resistance to follow You without question.

   In this Advent time, forgive us our failure to respond as we should.

   Come to us anew, and by Your grace, transform us to receive You

   with joy, as the shepherds; with gratitude, as Simeon;

   with obedience, as Mary; with love, as You have loved us.

   Even so: come, Lord Jesus, come.

 

Assurance of the Lord’s Pardon  (Isaiah 40:1,2)

  Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her

   warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her                        

   sins.             

 

The Bread & The Cup  

 

Hymn #270                           “Joy to the World”                                                                         Antioch CM                                                                                         

*Benediction

 

*Congregational Response                    Three-fold Amen                         

 

Postlude

    

*You are invited to Stand when prompted by Pastor John.

 

New Guests - We are so glad to have the privilege of worshiping the Lord with you. Please fill out one of our “Guest Cards” found on the table in the Narthex. This will help us in responding to any of your questions or needs. You can place them in the offertory plate or hand it to our pastor.

 

The Lord’s Supper - We celebrate the Lord’s Supper every Sunday at Grace Covenant. All who trust in Jesus and Him alone for their salvation are invited to partake. Our custom is to distribute the elements processing forward by rows. After all are served, we then take the elements together. If you have a non-communing child, please bring them forward with you so Pastor John may pray for them. If you believe your child is ready to take Communion, please ask our Pastor about the process. 

 

Cry Room - This special room is located in the back of the sanctuary should you have need. It is well appointed with the option to clearly hear the service.

 

Ingram Extra - Join us after service in the Fellowship Hall for refreshment. If you have interest or questions about the day’s sermon, join Pastor John at the couches for a short Q&A with others.

 

Church Staff - Mrs. Shirley Madary, Office Manager * office@gcpcingram.org

                           Rev. Dr. John W. Uhl, Pastor * pastor@gcpcingram.org

 

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