Sulphur Grove Church
Faithful - A Carpenter Named Joseph
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  • Sulphur Grove Church - Traditional Service
    7505 Taylorsville Rd, Dayton, OH 45424, USA
    Sunday 8:30 AM, Sunday 10:45 AM
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    Sunday 10:45 AM


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L: May the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you always!
PRELUDE | Sonnie Clifton - organ
"I Wonder As I Wander”
by John Jacob Niles, arr. by Fred Bock

L: We gather again at the end of the year to wait for the Christ child anew.
C: We wait in the hope of the coming of the Messiah.
L: We wait, and we remember the astounding things God has done to save God’s people.
C: We wait in the hope of the coming of the Messiah.
L: We wait, and we pay attention for signs of God’s justice and mercy turning the world upside down.
C: We wait in the hope of the coming of the Messiah.
L: We wait, and in our waiting, we learn to live as people of God’s promise.
C: Let us worship in the hope of Jesus Christ, the coming Messiah!

“Hope of the World" #178

1. Hope of the world, thou Christ of great compassion,
speak to our fearful hearts by conflict rent.
Save us, thy people, from consuming passion,
who by our own false hopes and aims are spent.

2. Hope of the world, God's gift from highest heaven,
bringing to hungry souls the bread of life,
still let thy spirit unto us be given,
to heal earth's wounds and end all bitter strife.

3. Hope of the world, afoot on dusty highways,
showing to wandering souls the path of light,
walk thou beside us lest the tempting byways
lure us away from thee to endless night.

4. Hope of the world, who by thy cross didst save us
from death and dark despair, from sin and guilt,
we render back the love thy mercy gave us;
take thou our lives, and use them as thou wilt.

Almighty God: We confess that we are not ready. We call on you to rend the heavens and come down, and yet we aren’t ready for you to rend our hearts and enter in. When it comes to meeting you face-to-face, we hesitate. We are uncertain that we really want our lives to be turned upside down like Joseph’s and Mary’s. We want the hope that comes with knowing you are coming to us, but we’re not sure we’re ready for the reality of that hope. Forgive us, we pray. Free us from our fear that we might joyfully live in the hope that shakes us up and turns us around to follow you.
Raise our heads in hope and expectation, that we may yearn for the coming day of the Lord and stand without blame before your Son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.
HYMN (8:30)
"Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus" #196

1. 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 every nation,
joy of every longing heart.

2. 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.
ANTHEM (10:45) | Chancel Choir
"Communion Carol"
Adam M. L. Tice, Lee Dengler

Breakthrough Prayer:
Holy God, we long to be a church that faithfully fulfills the mission you gave us of making disciples of Jesus Christ so that the world may be transformed by his love and grace. We know we cannot do this alone and need the power of your Holy Spirit to accomplish this. We ask not only for the anointing of your Spirit to empower us, but we humbly pray for your miraculous intercession to see those we need to reach and how to reach out to them; that you draw the lost and those who are searching to our church through its ministries and our personal witness. We ask this that you may be glorified and that others will come to know Jesus as Lord. Amen.

Pastoral Prayer
Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

OFFERTORY | Charlie Garland - Soloist
"Come Jesus, Come"
by Stephen McWhirter

"Doxology" #94
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise God, all creatures here below.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Praise God, the Source of all our gifts!
Praise Jesus Christ whose power uplifts!
Praise the Spirit, Holy Spirit!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

MESSAGE | Pastor Barry
Faithful: Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph
A Carpenter Named Joseph

"O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" #211

1. O come O come Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear

Rejoice rejoice Emmanuel
Shall come to thee O Israel

2. O come Thou Wisdom from on high
And order all things far and nigh
To us the path of knowledge show
And cause us in her ways to go

5. O come thou Key of David come
And open wide our heavenly home
The captives from their prison free
And conquer death's deep misery

6. O come Thou Dayspring come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death's dark shadows put to flight
POSTLUDE | Bryon Dobbs - Piano
"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"
19th Century English Carol, arr. by Craig Curry