THE LORD’S DAY

An Order for Worship

Fourth Sunday of Advent

December 24, 2017

 

Minister                                                         The Reverend Bruce Hedman, Ph.D.

Organist                                                                                                Brenda Pike

 

The Ministry of  Praise

Organ Prelude

Call to Worship

*Pilgrim Hymnal No. 117                                                                            Gloria

“Angels From the Realms of Glory”

Prayer of Adoration and Lord’s Prayer (unison, using “debts”)

Prayer of Confession (unison):

O GOD, IN WHOM WE TRUST, AND WHO ART EVER TO BE FOUND BY THOSE WHO SEEK THEE:  WE ACKNOWLEDGE THAT WE HAVE NOTHING OF OUR OWN THAT IS WORTHY OF THY LOVING-KINDNESS.  WE CONFESS THAT THERE IS MUCH IN US THAT DESERVES THY SORE DISPLEASURE.  FORGIVE US, WE BESEECH THEE, MERCIFUL FATHER.  LET US NOT BE BOUND BY THE CHAINS OF OUR PAST TRANSGRESSIONS.  SET US FREE TO SERVE THEE WITH WILLING MIND AND UNDIVIDED HEART, THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD. AMEN.

Assurance of Pardon

Unison Reading             “The Magnificat            Selection 126                 p. 545

*Gloria Patri

 

The Fellowship of  Prayer

Lighting the Fourth Advent Candle                                    “The Angels’ Candle”

Greetings and Announcements

Call to Prayer

Pastoral Prayer

Organ Response

The Offertory

Offertory Sentences & The Collection

*Doxology and Prayer of Dedication

*Pilgrim Hymnal No. 129                                                                             Carol

“It Came Upon the Midnight Clear”

 

*  = “congregation please stand”

The Proclamation of the Word

Collect of the Day

Old Testament Lesson                                                             2nd Samuel 7: 11-16

Epistle Lesson                                                                            Romans 16: 25-27

Gospel Lesson                                                                                   Luke 1: 26-38

Sermon                                                                                                Dr. Hedman

“The Annunciation”

Ascription of Glory

*The Apostles’ Creed                      Selection 51                                         p. 511

*Pilgrim Hymnal No.  140                                                                Greensleeves

“What Child Is This, Who, Laid to Rest”

*Benediction

*Organ Postlude

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Remember our traditional CANDLE LIGHT CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE at 7pm TONIGHT, December 24th

 

Copies of our ABINGTON CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH history are available for $15 in the bookcase in our narthex.

 

Remember to save PULL-TABS off of cans in support of the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.

 

Pray for our Service Personnel:

Seth Platt, Rito Soricco, Lucas Santerre, Paul Slevinski, Michael Ryan McCabe

 

Especially in this season of CHRISTMAS GIVING remember to bring canned goods and nonperishable food stuffs for our POMFRET FOOD BANK collection.  Speak with John Carter for details.  When you are in the store, and they are offering a come-on BOGO, think about buying the special for our neighbors less fortunate than ourselves.

 

The John Carter is collecting CAMPBELL’S SOUP LABELS, which need to include the UPC strip, for our elementary school.  Also, they are collecting any label marked “Box Tops for Education.”

 

Cycle of Prayer for Area Churches:

The Westminster Congregational Church, Canterbury

The Reverend David Gladden