Below is a copy of the Sunday worship I led in Cove Presbyterian Church, Weirton, West Virginia, on Sunday, December 28, 11:00 p.m. You can also find a podcast of this sermon at The Cove Podbean page.
The Order of Worship
The First Sunday after Christmas
The Greeting and Announcements
Enter Worship with Praise
Entry of the Word: “This is the Day that the Lord Has Made”
Praising God Through Song
Hymn: “Angels We Have Heard on High”
Hymn: “In the Bleak Midwinter”
Song for the Children: Bethlehem Lullaby
Approach God with Humility and Thanks
A Special Time for Children
The Choir Offering Praise through Music: “Star Child”
Our Congregational Prayer, followed by The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
Our Song Glorifying God: Gloria Patri
Giving Back to God: “What Child is This”
Song of Praise: Doxology
Our Prayer of Thanks and Dedication
Saying What We Believe: From The Heidelberg Catechism
Leader: Why is the Son of God called JESUS, which means SAVIOR?
People: Because he saves us from our sins, and because salvation is to be sought or found in no other.
Leader: Do those who seek their salvation and well-being from saints, by their own efforts, or by other means really believe in the only Savior Jesus?
People: No. Rather, by such actions they deny Jesus, the only Savior and Redeemer, even though they boast of belonging to him. It therefore follows that either Jesus is not a perfect Savior, or those who receive this Savior with true faith must possess in him all that is necessary for their salvation.
Hear the Word with Understanding
The Word Read: Isaiah 61:10 - 62:3
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my whole being shall exult in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations.
For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until her vindication shines out like the dawn, and her salvation like a burning torch. The nations shall see your vindication, and all the kings your glory; and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will give. You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
The Word Proclaimed: Torn Cards, Stale Fruit Cake, & Wilted Poinsettias
Leave Worship with Joy
Hymn 139: “Go, Tell It on the Mountains”
Charge and Blessing
Postlude: “In Excelsis Deo”
THE FOLLOWING PERSONS ARE ASSISTING IN WORSHIP THIS MORNING:
Worship Leader: Ed Rudiger
Choir Director & Accompanist: Janice Torrance
Video Specialist: Eric Violet
Duet: Janice Torrance & Enid Williams
Usher: Linda Krynicki