Third Sunday of Advent

Call to Worship

Inspired by Isaiah 61 and Psalm 126

Leader:  There is One upon whom the Spirit of the Lord is. He is anointed of God, and he is sent to bring good news to the oppressed. 

Congregation:  We come as ones who are oppressed to receive the good news. 

Leader: Come and He will bind up the broken-hearted. 

Congregation:  We come with broken hearts; mend us and make us whole. 

Leader: Come for He proclaims liberty to those who are in captivity. 

Congregation: We come as captives who are bound by sin and we rejoice in His liberty.

Leader: Come and He will release those who are in prison.  

Congregation: We come as prisoners of our own sinful flesh; release us. 

Leader: Jesus comes to bring the favor of the Lord. He will execute His vengeance and comfort all who mourn. 

Congregation: The Lord has done great things for us and we rejoice.

Song of Rejoicing – Good Christian Men Rejoice/Angels from the Realm of Glory.

Reading of the Scriptures – Luke 1:46b-55 (ESV)

“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”

Prayer of Confession

Leader:  When our spirits despair and we deny that you have blessed us,

Congregation:  Forgive us, O God.

Leader:  When we ignore the mighty things you have done, when we doubt your mercy,

Congregation:  Forgive us, O God.

Leader:  When we are proud in the thoughts of our hearts,

Congregation:  When our power rests on the oppression of others,

Leader:  When our wealth causes others to go hungry,

Congregation:  Forgive us, O God.

Silence

Leader:  Help us, your servants, according to the promises you have made.

Assurance of Pardon

Pastoral Prayer

Song of Reflection – What Child is This?

Reading of the New Testament – John 1:6-8, 19-28

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.

And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” So they said to him, “Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.”

(Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.) They asked him, “Then why are you baptizing, if you are neither the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” John answered them, “I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know, even he who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.” These things took place in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

Songs of Praise – King of Kings/Away in a Manger/ Infant Holy

The Word 

The Table

Song of Communion – King of Kings

Benediction

Please take the time to look over the Order of Service for this Sunday and use it to prepare your minds and hearts to gather in the name of Jesus. A downloadable version of this Order of Service is available for you here to open and use this Sunday to follow along. We will begin our liturgy this Sunday at 9:30am followed by our morning message from one of our pastors. Additional music will follow for worship and reflection after the sermon.

If you would like to make yourself familiar with the music for this Sunday, you can find the songs listed in the Order of Service at the top of our Spotify playlist found here. Each week our playlist will be updated so that you can familiarize yourself with the music.

We look forward to our time together this Sunday morning via Facebook Live from our Redeemer Church Facebook page.