NORTHMINSTER CHURCH

December 13, 2020 9:30 Drive-in

 

Welcome and Introduction

  • We are not doing our 10:45 sanctuary service until further notice.
  • Christmas Eve Services- 4pm and 6pm. Drive in services with battery powered candles.

 

Call to Worship (Isaiah 11:6-9; 40:3-5)

‘Prepare the way,’ the prophets call, ‘make ready the highways for God.’

How we long to walk down the sidewalks in God’s kingdom of peace!

Prepare your hearts, for God’s realm opens up a new day.

We yearn for the time

when the wolf and lamb will live together in harmony.

Prepare the way,

God promises a new day when adversaries will lay down their arms.

We dream of a world transformed by God’s love.

May the God of hope fill your hearts with all joy and peace.

We rejoice for God’s Spirit is in our midst!

 

Praise Song- Joy to the World

 

Lighting of the Advent Wreath

Today we relight the first two candles of the Advent wreath. The candle of HOPE and the candle of PEACE. Now we light the third candle of Advent. This is the candle of JOY. As the coming of Jesus, our Savior, draws nearer, our joy builds with our anticipation of his birth.

 

From the Book of Isaiah we read the words of our Lord:

"But be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating; for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy, and its people as a delight."

-- Isaiah 65:18

 

From the New Testament, the words of Paul to the people of the church at Galatia:

"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit."

-- Galatians 5:22-25

 

Let us pray: We joyfully praise you, O Lord, for the fulfillment of your promise of a Savior and what that means in our lives. Thank you for the gift of salvation through the birth of your son, Jesus. Create us anew as we wait, and help us to see your glory as you fill our lives with your living Spirit. Amen.


Angels rom the Realms of Glory


Scripture- Isaiah 40:1-11; Malachi 4:5-6

 

Sermon- Christmas in the Old Testament: The Forerunner      

Pastor Jordan Rimmer


 

 

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