November 29, 2020

God Calls Us Into Worship

Greeting & Announcements

Cheryl Anne Butts
Communications Director

Lighting of the Advent Wreath
Anticipation

9a- Andy & Caitlin Sullivan
10:30a- Brandon & Teresa Davis

Meditation
Come To Us Immanuel

P. La Grand

Come to us, Immanuel
We wait for Thee
With bated breath
And hope filled hearts
And anxious minds
Longing to see Your face
And worship at Your feet

Isaiah’s vision didst unfold
When You descended
Into this world
To bring good news
And set the prisoners free
You set aside eternity
So that we might live

So come to us Immanuel
We live in hope of Your return
To bring new life
To this old world
To end all wars and
Heal all hearts
And to reign forevermore
To reign forevermore

Call to Worship

Rev. John Sittema
Interim Senior Pastor

God Cleanses Us

Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus

R. H. Prichard | C. Wesley

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 ev’ry nation
Joy of every longing heart

Joy to those who long to see Thee
Dayspring from on high appear
Come, Thou promised Rod of Jesse
Of Thy birth, we long to hear
O’er the hills the angels singing
News, glad tidings of a birth
“Go to Him, your praises bringing
Christ the Lord has come to earth”

Come to earth to taste our sadness
He whose glories knew no end
By His life He brings us gladness
Our Redeemer, Shepherd, Friend
Leaving riches without number
Born within a cattle stall
This the everlasting wonder
Christ was born the Lord of all

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

Once In Royal David’s City

C. F. H. Alexander | H. J. Gauntlett

Once in royal David’s city
Stood a lowly cattle shed
Where a mother laid her Baby
In a manger for His bed
Mary was that mother mild
Jesus Christ her little Child

He came down to earth from Heaven
Who is God and Lord of all
And His shelter was a stable
And His cradle was a stall
With the poor, and mean, and lowly
Lived on earth our Savior holy

And our eyes at last shall see Him
Through His own redeeming love,
For that Child so dear and gentle
Is our Lord in Heav’n above,
And He leads His children on
To the place where He is gone

Not in that poor lowly stable
With the oxen standing by
We shall see Him; but in Heaven
Set at God’s right hand on high
Where like stars His children crowned
All in white shall wait around

Savior Of The Nations Come

C. Seerveld | M. Luther | S. Calvisius | St. Ambrose of Milan

Savior of the nations, come
Show yourself, the virgin’s son
Marvel heaven, wonder earth
That our God chose such a birth

Not by human power or seed
Did the woman’s womb conceive
Only by the Spirit’s breath
Was the Word of God made flesh

Mary then was found with child
Still a virgin, chaste and mild
God had favored her with grace
To receive the Prince of Peace

Christ laid down His majesty
Passed through dark Gethsemane
Though He left His Father’s home
Christ now sits on God’s own throne

Christ in glory intercede
For Your creatures’ suffering need
Let Your resurrecting power
Soon complete the victory hour

Praise to You, O Lord, we sing
Praise to Christ, our newborn King!
With the Father, Spirit, one
Let Your lasting kingdom come

Simple Gospel

B. Human | W. Reagan

I want to know You, Lord
Like I know a friend
I want to know You, Lord
(repeat)

chorus
So I’m laying down
All my religion
I’m laying down
I want to know You, Lord
(repeat)

I used to think
That I could box You in
But I’m laying down
I want to know You, Lord
(repeat)

chorus
So I’m laying down
All my religion
I’m laying down
I want to know You, Lord
(repeat)

Lord, I’ve been told
To be ashamed
Lord, I’ve been told
I don’t measure up
Lord, I’ve been told
I’m not good enough
But You’re here with me

I reach out, and You
Find me in the dust
And You say no amount of untruths
Can separate us
(repeat)

chorus
I will rejoice
In the simple gospel
I will rejoice
In You, Lord
(repeat)

I reach out, and You
Find me in the dust
And You say no amount of untruths
Can separate us
(repeat)

chorus
I will rejoice
In the simple gospel
I will rejoice
In You, Lord
(repeat)

We Respond in Faith & Thanksgiving

The Giving of Tithes & Offerings

Song of Preparation
Come As You Are

B. Glover | D. Crowder | M. Maher

Come out of sadness
From wherever you’ve been
Come, brokenhearted
Let rescue begin
Come find your mercy
O sinner, come kneel
Earth has no sorrow
That Heaven can’t heal
Earth has no sorrow
That Heaven can’t heal

chorus
Lay down your burdens
Lay down your shame
All who are broken
Lift up your face
O wanderer, come home
You’re not too far
So lay down your hurt
Lay down your heart
Come as you are

There’s hope for the hopeless
And all those who’ve strayed
Come sit at the table
Come taste the grace
There’s rest for the weary
Rest that endures
Earth has no sorrow
That Heaven can’t cure

chorus
Lay down your burdens
Lay down your shame
All who are broken
Lift up your face
O wanderer, come home
You’re not too far
So lay down your hurt
Lay down your heart

Come as you are
Come as you are
Fall in His arms
Come as you are

There’s joy for the morning
O sinner, be still
Earth has no sorrow
That Heaven can’t heal
Earth has no sorrow
That Heaven can’t heal

chorus
Lay down your burdens
Lay down your shame
All who are broken
Lift up your face
O wanderer, come home
You’re not too far
So lay down your hurt
Lay down your heart
Come as you are

The Pastoral Prayer

9a- Jeremy Carroll
Ruling Elder

10:30a- Jay Mink
Ruling Elder

God Feeds Us With His Word

The Reading of the Word
Genesis 38:12-30; Matthew 1:3

Leader:
This is the Word of the Lord.

People:
Thanks be to God!

The Sermon
“He Comes…For Those With A Shameful Past: Tamar”

Rev. John Sittema

God Blesses Us and Sends Us Out

Song of Response
Ever Be

B. Strand | C. Greely | K. Heiligenthal | G. Wilson

Your love is devoted
Like a ring of solid gold
Like a vow that is tested
Like a covenant of old
Your love is enduring
Through the winter rain
And beyond the horizon
With mercy for today
Faithful You have been
And faithful You will be
You pledge Yourself to me
And it’s why I sing

chorus
Your praise will
Ever be on my lips
Ever be on my lips
Your praise will
Ever be on my lips
Ever be on my lips
(repeat)

You Father the orphan
Your kindness makes us whole
You shoulder our weakness
And Your strength becomes our own
You’re making me like You
Clothing me in white
Bringing beauty from ashes
For You will have Your bride
Free of all her guilt
And rid of all her shame
And known by her true name
And it’s why I sing

chorus
Your praise will
Ever be on my lips
Ever be on my lips
Your praise will
Ever be on my lips
Ever be on my lips
(repeat)

You will be praised
You will be praised
With angels and saints
We sing worthy are You Lord
You will be praised
You will be praised
With angels and saints
We sing worthy are You Lord
(repeat)

And it’s why I sing

chorus
Your praise will
Ever be on my lips
Ever be on my lips
Your praise will
Ever be on my lips
Ever be on my lips
(repeat)

Benediction

Rev. John Sittema

Worship Leader – Paul Winter

Vocals – Caitlin Sullivan

Electric Guitar – Jeremy Goodwyne

Bass – Scott Plybon

Piano – Nate Pratt

Drums – Jeremy Carroll


“Come To Us Immanuel”
© 2006 Peter La Grand
CCLI Song # 5706143

“Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus”
© Public Domain
CCLI Song # 31999

“Once In Royal David’s City”
© Public Domain
CCLI Song # 197156

“Savior Of The Nations Come”
© 1984 Calvin Seerveld
CCLI Song # 1335649

“Simple Gospel”
© Capitol CMG Genesis (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) and United Pursuit Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)
CCLI Song # 7047285

“Come As You Are”
© 2014 9t One Songs (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing), Ariose Music (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing), sixsteps Music (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing), Thankyou Music (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing), Valley Of Songs Music (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing), and worshiptogether.com songs (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing)
CCLI Song # 7017790


“Ever Be”
© 2014 © Bethel Music Publishing
CCLI Song # 7030065

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