"All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep His covenant and His testimonies" (Psalm 25:10).
Covenant Church (PCA) - Houston, TX
Saturday, December 05, 2020
Transforming Hearts, Conforming to Christ

Worship Order - Evening



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Evening Worship Service ~             

            December 6, 2020
 
 
We encourage you to worship with us in-person* or via Facebook Live at 11 AM
and 5 PM. The link to the Facebook page for our worship services is 
here
 
*Masks are required when entering, leaving and moving about the building,
but may be removed while at your seat.
 
The November 29 Bulletin is here.
The December 6 Bulletin will be available Saturday afternoon.
 
 
 
Preaching:  Rev. Dan Clay, Associate Pastor
 
Theme:  God Deals with Us
 
 
Call to Worship:  Psalm 95:1-5

1  Oh come, let us sing to the LORD;
        let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!

2  Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving,
       let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
3  For the LORD is a great God,
      and a great King above all gods.
4  In his hand are the depths of the earth;
      the heights of the mountains are his also.
5  The sea is his, for he made it,
      and his hands formed the dry land.

Prayer of Adoration and Invocation

Hymn of Adoration:  #208 "O Come, All Ye Faithful"

Confession of Faith:  The Nicene Creed
We believe in one God, the Father Almighty,
      Maker of heaven and earth,
      of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God,
      begotten of his Father before all worlds,
      God of God, Light of Light,
      very God of very God,
      begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father;
      by whom all things were made;
      who for us and for our salvation
      came down from heaven,
      and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary,
      and was made man;
      and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate;
      he suffered and was buried;

      and the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures,
      and ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father;
      and he shall come again, with glory, to judge both the living and the dead;
      whose kingdom shall have no end.

And we believe in the Holy Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life,
      who proceeds from the Father and the Son;
      who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified;
      who spoke by the prophets;
      and we believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church;
      we acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins;
      and we look for the resurrection of the dead,
      and the life of the world to come. Amen.


Offering and Prayer for Offering 

Psalm of Thanksgiving:   Psalter 2A "Why Do Gentile Nations Rage?"

Prayer of Thanksgiving


Hymn of Preparation:  #211 "God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen"

Reading of God's Word:  Isaiah 9:1-10 (below)

Sermon:  "Darkness and Light"

Prayer of Application

Hymn of Response: #195 "Joy to the World! The Lord Is Come"

Benediction

 
 
 
~SERMON~
"Darkness and Light"
 
 
Teaching: To a world filled with darkness, God brings light and life through Jesus Christ.

 
Main Points:
1.  The world lies in darkness apart from Jesus.
2.  Jesus comes to bring light into the world.
3.  Jesus comes to bring life into the world.


Isaiah 9:1-10

But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.

The people who walked in darkness
    have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
    on them has light shone.
You have multiplied the nation;
    you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you
    as with joy at the harvest,
    as they are glad when they divide the spoil.
For the yoke of his burden,
    and the staff for his shoulder,
    the rod of his oppressor,
    you have broken as on the day of Midian.
For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult
    and every garment rolled in blood
    will be burned as fuel for the fire.
For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
    and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
    there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
    to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
    from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

 

The Lord has sent a word against Jacob,
    and it will fall on Israel;
and all the people will know,
    Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria,
    who say in pride and in arrogance of heart:
10 “The bricks have fallen,
    but we will build with dressed stones;
the sycamores have been cut down,
    but we will put cedars in their place.”