CALL TO WORSHIP
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. . . . For from His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (John 1:14,16-17)
CHORAL CALL TO HOPE
Fullness of grace in man’s human frailty, this is the wonder of Jesus.
Laying aside His power and glory, humbly He entered our world.
He chose the path of meanest worth, scandal of a virgin birth.
Born in a stable cold and rejected, here lies the Hope of the world.
Fullness of grace, the love of the Father shown in the face of Jesus;
Stooping to bear the weight of humanity, walking the Calvary road.
Christ, the holy Innocent, took our sin and punishment.
Fullness of God, despised and rejected, crushed for the sins of the world.
Fullness of hope in Christ we had longed for; promise of God in Jesus.
Through His obedience we are forgiven, opening the floodgates of heaven.
All of our hopes and dreams we bring gladly as an offering.
Fullness of life and joy unspeakable, God’s gift in love to the world.
(“Fullness of Grace,” Words and Music by Stuart Townend/Keith Getty/Kristyn Getty; © 2007 by Thankyou Music, Inc.; choral arrangement by Tom Fettke, Word music, 2011; CCLI #47316)
WORDS OF HOPE
Leader: But when the fullness of time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law,
People: so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
Leader: For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.
People: It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.
Leader: For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
People: Therefore He had to be made like His brethren in every respect, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
Leader: By this the love of God was manifested in us,
People: that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.
(Galatians 4:4-5; John 3:17; I Timothy 1:15; Hebrews 10:4, 2:17; I John 4:9)
HYMN OF HOPE
Come, Thou long expected Jesus, born to set Thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us; let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel’s strength and consolation, hope of all the earth Thou art;
Dear Desire of every nation, joy of every longing heart.
Born Thy people to deliver, born a child and yet a King,
Born to reign in us forever, now Thy gracious kingdom bring.
By Thine own eternal Spirit rule in all our hearts alone;
By Thine all sufficient merit, raise us to Thy glorious throne!
Who is this King that lays aside His crown?
Who is this King that gently kneels down?
Who is this King that comes to the meek,
Strengthens the weak? Who is this King?
Who is this King, this servant of man?
Who is this King with carpenter’s hands?
Who is this King that holds the unclean,
Dies to redeem? Who is this King?
From heaven’s bright throne and courts filled with praise
King Jesus came humbly, a servant of grace.
Trading His glory for shadows and fears,
He washes the feet of the world with His tears.
(“Who Is This King?” Words by Joseph M. Martin, Music by Lloyd Larson,
Lorenz Publishing Co., 2006; CCLI# 47316)
SONGS OF WONDER
O sing a song of Bethlehem, of shepherds watching there,
And of the news that came to them from angels in the air:
The light that shone on Bethlehem fills all the world today;
Of Jesus’ birth and peace on earth the angels sing alway.
O sing a song of Calvary, its glory and dismay;
Of Him who hung upon the tree, and took our sins away:
For He who died on Calvary is risen from the grave,
And Christ, our Lord, by heaven adored, is mighty now to save.
(“O Sing a Song of Bethlehem,” may be sung to tune of “It Came upon a Midnight Clear”)
Then let us all with one accord sing praises to our heav’nly Lord,
That hath made heav’n and earth of naught,
And with His blood mankind hath bought.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, born is the King of Israel!
(“The First Noel”)