Sunday, December 11, 2016
Order of Service
We Three Kings of Orient Are (Hopkins)
Adoration & Praise
What Child is This (Dix)
Our Great God (Ortega and Powell)
Lament & Waiting
Scripture Reading: Habakuk 1:2-5, 12-13; 2:2-4
"O Lord, how long shall I cry for help,
and you will not hear?
Or cry to you “Violence!”
and you will not save?
Why do you make me see iniquity,
and why do you idly look at wrong?
Destruction and violence are before me;
strife and contention arise.
So the law is paralyzed,
and justice never goes forth.
For the wicked surround the righteous;
so justice goes forth perverted.
“Look among the nations, and see;
wonder and be astounded.
For I am doing a work in your days
that you would not believe if told."
O Great God and King,
We give you thanks that in the Word made flesh,
You have made an end to sin.
By the nails and spear that pierced you through,
Our debt has been paid.
Yet, Lord, we look around us and see so much injustice,
Sometimes your patience seems unfair to us.
Keep us, Holy Spirit, mindful of the greatest injustice in the universe,
That the Son of God would be punished for our transgressions.
May we see our patience not as our enemy,
But as a gift and opportunity to see your grace and mercy spread far and wide.
In the meantime, keep our faith when we see evil prevailing,
Guard our hearts when wickedness appears to triumph in the moment.
Give us eyes to see that you are doing a work, even in our suffering,
That we would not believe if told.
Tiny Infant, Meek and Lowly
Gospel & Thanksgiving
Advent Reading & Candle Lighting: John 1:5
"The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it."
In Christ Alone (Getty and Townend)
Of Old Our God Has Spoken (Westerholm and Westerholm)
Sermon: Pierce the Night
"The Night of Sin"
Savior of the Nations Come (Abrose, Calvisius, and Luther)