Preparing for Worship

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Sunday, December 10

Preparing to Hear God's Word

Sermon: "IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD:  CHRISTMAS WITH THE SHEPHERD"

Sermon Text: John 1:1-5

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

 

Preparing for Worship:

Prelude: “He Who is Mighty” (listen)        

"Prepare Him Room"(listen)
O behold, the mystery now unfolds
See the star shine on the virgin foretold
Angels sing and light up the sky
Hope rings out in a newborn's cry
Swing wide, you ancient gates for Christ is born today!

Chorus:
Prepare Him room, prepare Him room Let the King of Glory enter in

God with us, the promise has come to be
This, the one the prophets were longing to see
In the darkness a blazing light, to the hungry the words of life 
His kingdom now is near for those with ears to hear  (Chorus)

Oh, our hearts, as busy as Bethlehem
Hear Him knock, don't say there's no room in the inn 

Through the cradle, cross, and grave
See the love of God displayed
Now He's risen and he reigns
Praise the Name above all names!  (Chorus)

 

Hymn # 196  “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus” (listen)
Come, thou long expected Jesus, born to set thy people free;
from our fears and sins release us, let us find our rest in thee.
Israel's strength and consolation, hope of all the earth thou art;
dear desire of every nation, joy of every longing heart.

Joy to those who long to see thee, Dayspring from on high, appear;
come, thou promised Rod of Jesse, of thy birth we long to hear!
O’er the hills the angels singing news, glad tidings of a birth;
“Go to him, your praises bringing; Christ the Lord has come to earth.”

Come to earth to taste our sadness, he whose glories knew no end;
by his life he brings us gladness, our Redeemer, Shepherd, Friend.
Leaving riches without number, born within a cattle stall;
this the everlasting wonder, Christ was born the Lord of all.


Born thy people to deliver,born a child and yet a King,
born to reign in us forever, now thy gracious kingdom bring.
By thine own eternal spirit rule in all our hearts alone;
by thine all sufficient merit, raise us to thy glorious throne.
 

“Who Is This, So Weak And Helpless?” (listen)
Who is this, so weak and helpless, Child of lowly Hebrew maid.
Rudely in a stable sheltered, Coldly in a manger laid?
’Tis the Lord of all creation, Who this wondrous path has trod;
He is Lord from everlasting, And to everlasting God.

Who is this, a Man of Sorrows, walking sadly life’s hard way.
Homeless, weary, sighing, weeping Over sin and Satan’s sway?
’Tis our God, our glorious Savior, who above the starry sky.
Is for us a place preparing, where no tear can dim the eye.

Who is this? Behold him shedding, rops of blood upon the ground!
Who is this, despised, rejected, mocked, insulted, beaten, bound?
’Tis our God, Who gifts and graces, on His church is pouring down;
Who shall smite in holy vengeance, all His foes beneath His throne.

Who is this that hangs there dying, While the rude world scoffs and scorns.
Numbered with the malefactors, torn with nails, and crowned with thorns?
’Tis our God Who lives forever, ’Mid the shining ones on high.
In the glorious golden city, Reigning everlastingly.

 

Hymn # 195 “Joy to the World! The Lord is Come” (listen)
Joy to the world! The Lord is come:let earth receive her King;
let every heart prepare him room, and heav'n and nature sing,
and heav'n and nature sing and heav'n, and heav'n and nature sing.

Joy to the earth! The Savior reigns: let men their songs employ;
while fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains repeat the sounding joy,
repeat the sounding joy, repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow, nor thorns infest the ground;
he comes to make his blessings flow far as the curse is found,
far as the curse is found, far as, far as the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace, and makes the nations prove
the glories of his righteousness, and wonders of his love,
and wonders of his love, and wonders, wonders of his love.