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WHO IS JESUS?
AN ADVENT/CHRISTMAS SERIES ON MATTHEW 1:1-17
ADVENT 3 December 19
HYMN SING (You’re invited to choose a favorite or new hymn from the Advent/Christmas section #’s 331-393. Just call out a hymn or raise your hand. We’ll sing the first verse unless a particular verse is requested.)
INVOCATION AND CALL TO WORSHIP
P: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
P: Jesus is the Son of David.
C: Our coming King!
P: Jesus is the Son of Abraham.
C: Our sacrifice for sin!
P: Jesus is the Son of Solomon.
C: He finished for us!
P: Jesus is the Son of Mary.
C: Immanuel—God with us!
P: Jesus is the Son of Sinners.
C: He forever loves us!
LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT WREATH (John 1:9-10, 12)
P: In this season of Advent, this wreath and the lighted candles remind us that Jesus Christ came to conquer the darkness of sin and lead us into the light of his kingdom. The apostle John wrote – The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.
C: He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him… his own did not receive him.
P: Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become the children of God.
(The candle(s) is/are lit during the singing of the following verses)
HYMN #340 Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates (stanzas 1–4)
CONFESSION OF SINS AND WORD OF FORGIVENESS
P: If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
C: But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
P: Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.
All: Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve your present and eternal punishment. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways to the glory of your holy name. Amen.
P: Almighty God in his mercy has given his Son to die for you and for his sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by his authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
HYMN #340 Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates (stanza 5)
SCRIPTURE READINGS (The readings are about Jesus the Son of Solomon)
Old Testament 1 Kings 11:1–10
New Testament 2 Timothy 4:6–8
Gospel Matthew 12:38–42
HYMN #375 Come, Your Hearts and Voices Raising
SERMON Theme: “Jesus is the Son of Solomon” Text: Matthew 1:6
BENEDICTION (From Matthew 28:18–20)
P: Because Jesus says, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”
C: We will go and make disciples of all nations—
P: Baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C: And teaching them to obey everything he has commanded us.
P: And surely Christ is with us always—
ALL: To the very end of the age!
HYMN #370 What Child Is This
SILENT PRAYER Jesus, empower me to fight the good fight, finish the course and keep the faith! Amen.
FOR NEXT WEEK
Read Matthew 1:18–25 and answer these questions:
1. What are the two names of our Lord in this reading? What do they mean?
2. What do these names teach you about your greatest needs?
3. Who can you share Jesus and Immanuel with this week?