Sermon
 The Restoration of Eden

Revelation 21:1-8
Michael Clary
Lead Pastor


Service


Joy To The World

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Call to Worship
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in his Word I hope.
My soul waits for the Lord
more than those who watch for the morning.
There is no darkness with you, O Lord.
O Israel, hope in the Lord!
For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
and with him is plenteous redemption.
There is no darkness with you, O Lord.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
There is no darkness with you, O Lord.
—based on Psalm 130:5-7

Candle Lighting
We light these candles as a sign of the coming light of Christ.

Advent means coming.
We are preparing for the full coming of God’s kingdom:

The nations shall beat their swords into plowshares,
and their spears into pruning hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war any more.
—Isaiah 2:4

The wolf shall live with the lamb,
the leopard shall lie down with the young goat,
the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together,
and a little child shall lead them.
—Isaiah 11:6

The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad,
the desert shall rejoice and blossom;
like wildflowers it shall blossom abundantly,
and rejoice with joy and singing.
—Isaiah 35:1-2

The Lord will give you a sign.
Look, the young woman is with child
and shall bear a son,
and shall name him Immanuel, God with us!
— Isaiah 7:14

Let us walk in the light of the Lord.

O Holy Night
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Confession/Assurance

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Surely God’s salvation is at hand for those who fear him,
that his glory may dwell in our land.
Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;
righteousness and peace will kiss each other.
Faithfulness will spring up from the ground,
and righteousness will look down from the sky.
The Lord will give what is good,
and our land will yield its increase.
Righteousness will go before him
and will make a path for his steps.
In Christ, God’s salvation is at hand, and righteousness has come.
Thanks be to God!
—based on Psalm 85:9-13

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
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O Come O Come Emmanuel
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What Child Is This
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Benediction
May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely;
and may your spirit and soul and body
be kept sound and blameless
at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The one who calls you is faithful,
and he will do this.
Amen.
—1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

 

 

 

 

 

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