HANOVER VALLEY PRESBYTERIAN BULLETIN
December 6th, 2020
Call to Worship
Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
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!
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
But thine all-sufficient merit, raise us to thy glorious throne.
Corporate Prayer of Confession
Heavenly Father, we long to recapture the wonder of Christmas. You showed the world your splendor in the coming of your Son, the mystery of God becoming man. Yet, our sins have made us hard. Instead of peaceful – our hearts are anxious; Instead of joyful - we are irritable; instead of filled with surprise – we are bland; instead of anticipation - we are filled with dread. Have mercy on us, O God. Renew us by your grace and mercy. Apply the work of Christ to us again. Deliver us from everything that dims the brightness of your grace in us, from everything that prevents us from taking our deepest delight in you. In the name of our Redeemer, Christ, Amen.
Advent Reading and Candle Lighting
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting
Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.
-Isaiah 9:2, 6-7
Announcements & Prayers of the People Special Music
Ruth 1: 8-17, 4: 13-17
Glad Tidings of Great Joy
Song of Reflection
O Little Town of Bethlehem
O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting Light;
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.
For Christ is born of Mary, and gathered all above,
While mortals sleep, the angels keep their watch of wond’ring love.
O morning stars together, proclaim the Holy birth,
And praises sing to God the King, and peace to men on earth!
How silently, how silently, the wondrous Gift is giv’n;
So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of His heav’n.
No ear may hear His coming, but in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive Him still, the dear Christ enters in.
O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray;
Cast out our sin, and enter in, be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel!
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
Jessi Adams - piano, vocals
Come Thou Long Expected Jesus words and music by Charles Wesley | Rowland Hugh Prichard © Words: Public Domain Music: Public Domain Used by Permission. CCLI License #1526697
O Little Town of Bethlehem words and music by Lewis Henry Redner | Phillips Brooks © 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 #1526697
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.