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Isaiah’s Gospel (mgpc 8/12/2013)

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Sometimes we try to create Christmas spirit through elaborate plans, expensive gifts and endless celebrations, only to remember again that sharing the love and presence of family is the best way to celebrate Jesus’ birth. The Bible reminds us that God’s salvation is like that, we can create all sorts of plans to ensure our peace and security, but His gift of Jesus is the only way to truly experience His presence and love.
Jesus Shall Reign Where’er The Sun and Humble Thyself In The Sight Of The Lord – Our God Is An Awesome God are the songs of commencement.
The prayer of adoration and confession will focus on God’s continuing purpose of working His saving grace for His people through humble and unexpected means, seeking His forgiveness for the times when we look to other means for peace and satisfaction.
Our song of assurance and testimony will be Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee, followed by the Apostles’ Creed and Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
In God’s Word Lamentations 3 continues Jeremiah’s complaint but turns into an affirmation of hope.
That essence of that hope is encapsulated in the song O Come, O Come Emmanuel.
Reading from Isaiah 11:1-10 we’ll consider Elijah’s Gospel and see that the purpose and promise of God to remake creation under a righteous ruler who would come from a most unlikely source has been long revealed and much anticipated. Though we now know that the Lord Jesus is that righteous ruler, we long for the time when He will return and all creation will be renewed.
As we prepare to celebrate the Lord’s Supper we’ll sing The Price Is Paid, then share the elements of bread and wine together.
After our pastoral prayer, we’ll give our tithes and offerings, then conclude worship singing Glory And Honour To The One Who Saved Us (See Him Coming).

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