December 08, 2019 Worship Bulletin

 Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church

Campus: 101 Webb Ave West, Ingram, TX

Mail: P.O. Box 629, Ingram, TX  78025

Office: (830) 367-5672 

ORDER FOR THE PUBLIC WORSHIP of  GOD

 The Second Sunday in Advent                 December 08, 2019

                       

Liturgy of the Advent Candle - Peace

 

Responsive Call to Worship    (Psalm 26:2,3,8,11,12)

   Test me, O LORD, and try me; test my heart and my mind.

            For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in Your faithfulness.

   O LORD, I love the habitation of Your house and the place where Your glory dwells.

             My foot stands on level ground; in the great assembly I will bless the LORD. 

 

*Hymn #244             “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus”             Hyfrydol                   

 

*Prayer of Adoration

 

*Affirmation of Faith - Belgic Confession Article 18       

   Christians, what do we believe concerning the Incarnation?

            We confess that God fulfilled the promise made to the early fathers and mothers

            by the mouth of the holy prophets

            when He sent the only and eternal Son of God into the world at the time appointed.

            The Son took the “form of a slave” and was made in “human form,”

            truly assuming a real human nature, with all its weaknesses, except for sin;

            being conceived in the womb of the blessed virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit,

            without male participation.

            And Christ not only assumed human nature

            as far as the body is concerned but also a real human soul, in order to be a real human being.

            For since the soul had been lost as well as the body,

            Christ had to assume them both to save them both together.

 

Gospel Lesson                            Matthew 6:5-15 (ESV)

   "And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and

   at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.

   But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret.

   And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. "And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the.  

   Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father

   knows what you need before you ask him. Pray then like this: "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.

   Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive

   us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For

   if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others

   their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.’’

 

Affirmation of Holy Scripture - Psalm 119:76

            Let your steadfast love comfort me according to your promise to your servant. 

 

*Song                                                 “Abide with Me” (attached)                                                          Lyte, Smith

                             

Announcements

 

Offertory & Prayer of Thanksgiving - Doxology

   Praise God from Whom all blessings flow, Praise Him, all creatures here below.

   Praise Him above, ye heavenly host. Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.             

 

Greetings

  

Sermon         “A Christian’s Religion: Prayer & the Lord’s Prayer”                      

                                 

Confessing Our Need of Christ Together and Individually

   Gracious Father, who faithfully fulfilled Your promise of redemption

   through the advent of Your one and only Son,

   we confess with broken hearts

   that we have continued in our sin and rebellion

   and have grieved You with our callous hearts.

   Please forgive us for all our sins,

   for we are truly sorry and do earnestly repent.

   Restore and renew our spirits by Your grace that we may draw near to You,

   obey You, enjoy You, and glorify Your matchless Name,

   through Jesus Christ our Redeemer.

 

Assurance of the Lord’s Pardon  (Matthew 1:21)

  “She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins“

 

The Bread & The Cup  

 

*Hymn #245                         “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”    Veni Emmanuel

                                                                           

*Benediction

 

*Congregational Response                    Three-fold Amen                         

 

Postlude

    

*You are invited to Stand when prompted by Pastor John.

 

New Guests - We are so glad to have the privilege of worshiping the Lord with you. Please fill out one of our “Guest Cards” found on the table in the Narthex. This will help us in responding to any of your questions or needs. You can place them in the offertory plate or hand it to our pastor.

 

The Lord’s Supper - We celebrate the Lord’s Supper every Sunday at Grace Covenant. All who trust in Jesus and Him alone for their salvation are invited to partake. Our custom is to distribute the elements processing forward by rows. After all are served, we then take the elements together. If you have a non-communing child, please bring them forward with you so Pastor John may pray for them. If you believe your child is ready to take Communion, please ask our Pastor about the process. 

 

Cry Room - This special room is located in the back of the sanctuary should you have need. It is well appointed with the option to clearly hear the service.

 

 

 

 

Ingram Extra - Join us after service in the Fellowship Hall for refreshment. If you have interest or questions about the day’s sermon, join Pastor John at the couches for a short Q&A with others.

 

Church Staff - Mrs. Shirley Madary, Office Manager * office@gcpcingram.org

                           Rev. Dr. John W. Uhl, Pastor * pastor@gcpcingram.org

 

Web-Site - please visit at “gcpcingram.org”.

 

 

 

Please note:

 

There is still time to sign-up for a Poinsettia plant;  they come from our florist, Barb’s Flower Barn, and are of really good quality.  The cost is $13.50 per plant.  They will be delivered on Dec. 15th to enhance the beauty of the church and then may be taken home with you after the worship service on Dec. 22nd.  This could serve as a wonderful gift for one of your loved ones or to keep for your own home(the sign-up is by the water fountain in hallway to fellowship hall)

 

 

Tuesday morning (10:30 am) Bible Study will be suspended for the remaining of December, and will start again on January 7, 2020.  We will begin the book of Joel.  Plan to start the New Year with Bible Study!

 

 

There will be a Communion/Candlelight service on Christmas Eve., at 6 pm.  Come out and participate in the worship and praise of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on the eve of His birthday.

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