Hanover Valley Sunday Service Livestream - December 13th, 2020





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HANOVER VALLEY PRESBYTERIAN BULLETIN

December 13th, 2020


Prelude


Call to Worship


Gathering Songs

Angels We Have Heard on High

Angels we have heard on high Sweetly singing o’er the plains

And the mountains in reply

Echoing their joyous strains


Chorus: Gloria, in excelsis Deo

Gloria, in excelsis Deo


Shepherds, why this jubilee?

Why your joyous strains prolong?

What the gladsome tidings be

Which inspire your heav’nly song Chorus


Come to Bethlehem and see

Him whose birth the angels sing

Come, adore on bended knee

Christ, the Lord, the newborn King Chorus


Corporate Prayer of Confession

Lord Jesus, if you had not limited all your majestic greatness into the cramped quarters of the human nature, we could not now know the limit- less power and privilege of being your children. If you had not been blind in the womb, we could never have had the scales drop from our eyes. If you had not come to die, we could never have received endless life. Now forgive us for not loving others as you loved us at Christmas. Forgive us for not quieting the fears of our hearts with the knowledge of how you loved us at Christmas. Give us your grace to adore you for the gift of your

Son, for He is our hope and our health and our life. In Christ’s name. Amen.

Private Confession


Advent Reading and Candle Lighting

Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. Then you will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with joy; the wealth on the seas will be brought to you, to you the riches of the nations will come. -Isaiah 60: 1-3, 5


Announcements & Prayers of the People Special Music

Scripture

Matthew 1.1-6, 12-17 (Please see page 10 for printed scripture.)


Sermon

Glad Tidings of Great Joy


Song of Reflection

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

God rest ye merry, gentlemen, let nothing you dismay,

Remember Christ our Savior was born on Christmas day,

To save us all from Satan’s pow’r when we were gone astray;

O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy,

O tidings of comfort and joy.


From God our heav’nly Father, a blessed angel came;

And unto certain shepherds brought tidings of the same:

How that in Bethlehem was born the Son of God by name.

O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy,

O tidings of comfort and joy.


“Fear not, then,” said the angel, “let nothing you affright;

This day is born a Savior of a pure virgin bright,

To free all those who trust in him from Satan’s pow’r and might.”

O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy,

O tidings of comfort and joy.


Benediction


Parting Song of Praise

O Come All Ye Faithful (Chorus)

O come let us adore Him

O come let us adore Him

O come let us adore Him

Christ, the Lord


WORSHIP MUSICIANS

Jessi Adams - piano, vocals

Angels We Have Heard on High words and music by Edward Shippen Barnes | James Chadwick © Words: Public Domain Music: Public Domain Used by Permission. CCLI License #1526697


God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen words and music by Unknown © Words: Public Domain music: Public DomainUsed by Permission. CCLI License #1526697


Come All Ye Faithful words & music by C. Frederick Oakley | David LaChance Jr. | John Francis Wade© 2014 Sovereign Grace Praise (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing (Integrity Music, David C Cook))Used by Permission. CCLI License

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ADVENT

Advent means “coming” and we remember what it was like for the people of the Old Testament as they awaited the coming of the Messiah, which we celebrate at Christmas. We look forward to Jesus’ coming again.Purple, the ancient color of royalty has traditionally been associated with penitence and expectation. It is used during the season of Advent, in which we prepare for the coming of Jesus our King.


The lighting of Advent candles dramatically depicts the growing expectation we have for the coming of Christ, the Light of the World. The traditional Advent wreath has four purple candles,

which are lit on the four Sundays of Advent, grouped together with a white Christ candle which is lit on Christmas Eve. The main symbolism portrayed is the growing in- tensity of light as the candle lighting includes an additional candle each Lord’s Day (Sunday) and the anticipation that builds for the celebration of Christ’s second coming.



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