Worship: Online Saturday, Dec. 12 at 5 pm & Sunday, Dec. 13 at 11 am

The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. Isaiah 61:1 (RSV)

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2020-12-13 3rd Sunday of Advent

Sermon Series: The Whole Armor of God
Hearing God’s Word speak to us through the imagery of armor, in addition to the Bible Lectionary readings each week during Advent

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Online meeting opens 15 minutes early
so we can greet each other as we gather
before the worship services.

WELCOME

BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
December 13-19

Birthdays
Greg Waldrop

Anniversaries
Sandi & Larry Bagwell

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

      • Wednesday Bible Study, 6:30 pm
        • 1 John 1
      • Online Interactive Worship
        • 5 pm Saturday
        • 11 am Sunday
      • In-Person Worship is suspended through at least December 13

The host will mute everyone except the leader during hymns and longer unison prayers so we can all sing and speak together without the distraction of various lag times. Otherwise, sound will be on for all participants so we can interact freely throughout the service (exception: disruptive background noises).

INVOCATION

PROPHECY CANDLE FOR HOPE
“The Candle of Joy”

The candle of joy
reminds us to sing,
For God is at work
to do a new thing.
The proud will be humbled;
the lowly will rise.
God’s kingdom is one
of delight and surprise.

Biblical References: Matthew 24:36-44, Mark 13:24-37; Isaiah 11:1-10; Luke 1:68-79; Isaiah 2:4; Luke 1:46b-55; John 3:16-17; Luke 1:26-38; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 2:1-20;
John 1:1-14; Titus 3:4-7
Text: Copyright © 2015 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette
Suggested tune: “O Worship the King”

HYMN OF PRAISE
“The Name of the Lord”

Blessed be the Name of the Lord
Blessed be the Name of the Lord,
Blessed be the Name of the Lord
Most High; (Twice, then Chorus)

Chorus:
The Name of the Lord is
A strong tower,
The righteous run into it
And they are safe;

Holy is the Name of the Lord
Holy is the Name of the Lord,
Holy is the Name of the Lord
Most High; (Twice, then Chorus)

Glory to the Name of the Lord
Glory to the Name of the Lord
Glory to the Name of the Lord
Most High; (Twice, then Chorus)

Faith We Sing #2069
Words and Music: Dave Moody

PRAISE AND TESTIMONIES
Briefly share your recent God-Sightings, joys, thankfulness, and good thoughts so the rest of us can rejoice with you.

PRAYER CONCERNS
We remain in solidarity with suffering children, immigrants, victims of war and storms, and everyone affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additions from Last Week
Bonnie Ross, Rick Banchard, Shannon Moore, Jennifer Riley, Kristy Waylon, Tad Mott, Todd Young, David Culp, Todd Noles, Karen & Steve,
Families of Rex Mullins and of Dianne Bargy

Health Care Workers
Ron Fowler, Melissa Milam, Donna Smith, Greer Waldrop, Joy Crook

Homebound
Dianne Stallion, Freda & Dan Wyatt, Mary Lou Anderson, Betty Travis,
Carl Hamilton, Ruth Purvis

Military Families
Ron Fowler, Dylan Field, Kale Merrick, Matthew Petway, Sarah Petway,  Randy Bagwell, Christopher Telle, Brittany Jones, Bryar Fortner

Ecumenical Prayer Cycle for December 13-20:
Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
From St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Fayetteville AR, Worship Bulletin

Holy God, through your prophets you have called us to make straight the way of the Lord: Visit us with your grace and cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations, as we pray: God has done great things for us, and we are glad indeed.

God has done great things for us,
and we are glad indeed.

Look upon the needs of the world and proclaim the year of your favor, that your children may be clothed with the garments of salvation and the robe of righteousness.

God has done great things for us,
and we are glad indeed. 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
AND RECONCILIATION
Brief silent consideration of how we have responded to our personal and congregational opportunities to do good, as we face ourselves honestly in the presence of the Almighty.

WORDS OF ASSURANCE
May Almighty God have mercy on us
to bless our good works
and forgive us our sins,
and lead us into everlasting life.

PASTORAL PRAYER

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done in earth,
as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power,
and the glory,
for ever. Amen.

OFFERTORY
www.Briensburg.org/donate

We give thanks for those who are continuing their financial support of our ministries with online, mail-in, or drop-off tithes and offerings.

We offer to the Lord our prayers,
our presence, our gifts,
our service, and our witness,
praying they will be multiplied
for the upbuilding of God’s kingdom.

DOXOLOGY

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!
Praise God all creatures here below!
Praise God above, ye Heavenly host!
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!

CCLI Song # 56204 CCLI License # 3194034
Louis Bourgeois | Thomas Ken
© Words: Public Domain Music: Public Domain

THE BIBLE READING
Links to multiple translations:
Isaiah 61:1-4 & 8-11

1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.

And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.

 

For I the Lord love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.

And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people: all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed which the Lord hath blessed.

10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

11 For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.

HYMN OF CELEBRATION
“Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”

Joyful joyful we adore Thee
God of glory Lord of love
Hearts unfold like flow’rs before Thee
Opening to the sun above
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness
Drive the dark of doubt away
Giver of immortal gladness
Fill us with the light of day

All Thy works with joy surround Thee
Earth and heav’n reflect Thy rays
Stars and angels sing around Thee
Center of unbroken praise
Field and forest vale and mountain
Flowery meadow flashing sea
Chanting bird and flowing fountain
Call us to rejoice in Thee

Thou art giving and forgiving
Ever blessing ever blest
Wellspring of the joy of living
Ocean depth of happy rest
Thou our Father Christ our Brother
All who live in love are Thine
Teach us how to love each other
Lift us to the joy divine

Mortals join the mighty chorus
Which the morning stars began
Father love is reigning o’er us
Brother love binds man to man
Ever singing march we onward
Victors in the midst of strife
Joyful music lifts us sunward
In the triumph song of life!

CCLI Song # 25321 CCLI License # 3194034.
Edward Hodges | Henry Van Dyke | Ludwig van Beethoven
© Words & Music Public Domain

 

 

PASSING THE PEACE

May the peace of Christ be with you all!
And also with you!

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

CONVERSATIONAL SERMON
Everyone is invited to share as the Pastor leads a discussion of these sermon points.
The Helmet of Salvation

Jesus Saves!
She will have a son, and you will name him Jesus—because he will save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21 (GNT) 

God intends for everyone to be saved
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.                1 Timothy 2:3-4 (KJV)

Salvation is a gift from God
Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish!   Ephesians 2:8-9(GNT)

 What must I do to be saved?
“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—
you and your family.”         Acts 16:31 (GNT)

Joy of Salvation
Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.   1 Peter 1:8-9 (KJV)

 

INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP
The Altar in our hearts is always open

HYMN OF DEDICATION
“Joy to the World”

Joy to the world,
the Lord is come!
Let earth
receive her King;
let every heart
prepare him room,
and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven, and heaven and nature sing!

Joy to the world,
the Savior reigns!
Let all 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.

CCLI Song # 25321 CCLI License # 3194034.
Edward Hodges | Henry Van Dyke | Ludwig van Beethoven
© Words & Music Public Domain

“Go ye into all the world,
and preach the gospel to every creature.”
Jesus, Mark 16:15

INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP
We invite you, your friends, and your family to a relationship with God in Jesus Christ, and to full participation and membership in our congregation. 

GOING FORTH TO LOVE OTHERS
AS CHRIST LOVES US

CHORAL BENEDICTION
“Beloved, Let Us Love One Another”

Beloved let us love one another
For love is of God and ev’ryone that loveth
Is born of God and knoweth God
He that loveth not knoweth not God for God is love
Beloved let us love one another
First John four seven and eight

CCLI Song # 26344; CCLI License # 3194034
Dennis Ryder
© 1974 Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.)