The Lord's Day -- Second Sunday of Advent -- December 8, 2019; 11AM
PRELUDE Enter to Worship
WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS & LIGHTING OF ADVENT WREATH
OPENING HYMN # 195 "Joy to the World! The Lord is Come"
CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 118:20-23
Elder: "This is the gate of the LORD; the righteous shall enter through it.
All: I thank You that You have answered me and have become my salvation.
Elder: The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.
All:This is the LORD's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes."
INVOCATION, CONFESSION, ASSURANCE OF PARDON
HYMN # 196 "Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus"
SCRIPTURE READINGS:Isaiah 28:1-17; 1 Peter 2:1-10
(Congregational response: "He is our God; we are His people.")
AFFIRMATIONOFFAITH:The Apostles' Creed pg. 845 WORSHIP OF GOD IN TITHES & OFFERINGS OFFERTORY † DOXOLOGY # 731
CHILDREN'S MESSAGE(Children are invited forward; afterward, they may return to their seats or attend children's church.)
PASTORAL PRAYER, PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION, LORD'S PRAYER
SERMON: "A SANCTUARY STONE"
Texts: Isaiah 8:1-8: Matthew 13:54-58; 21:42-46
CLOSING SONG (Luke 2:29-32) "The Song of Simeon"
Lord, bid your servant go in peace; Your word is now fulfilled. These eyes have seen salvation's dawn, this child so long foretold.
This is the Savior of the world, the nations' promised light, God's glory dwelling in our midst, the joy of Israel.
BENEDICTION & THREE-FOLD "AMEN"
POSTLUDE Depart to Serve
(congregation stands if able)
JOIN US every Sunday morning before our Worship Service at the 10 o'clock hour for Sunday School classes for children, youth, and adults!
WE WELCOME YOU TO OUR SERVICE! In the midst of this Advent Season, our sermon series is entitled, "Isaiah 'Twas Foretold It!" This is a line from a Christmas Carol describing Jesus Christ as a rose…today we learn that a rose, not rightly handled, will bring sharp consequences.
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING AFTER THE SERVICE! Our stated agenda will include approving the 2020 budget, confirming Mr. Jeff Durham as a Deacon, Elder Keith Wilder as Congregational Chairman, and Joanna Durham as Treasurer. Additional items (if any) will be stated in our agenda. All members encouraged to attend; visitors are welcome.
HARE MEETING TODAY at Richland ARP; 4PM
ROSEMARK PRESBYTERIAN HOSTS A CHRISTMAS PROGRAM this afternoon at 2PM. The Richland ARP congregation has been invited!
ROSEMARK CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING TONIGHT! Join with our neighbors for a special service in our sanctuary featuring : A TRA Ensemble, congregational singing, other musical presentations, and a brief message from Rev. Moorlach. After the tree lighting, we will gather in Memorial Hall for fellowship and refreshments (If you are able to provide Christmas treats, we'd be grateful!) The program begins at 5PM.
OUR FINAL WEDNESDAY NIGHT FAMILY SUPPER FOR 2019! Join us this Wednesday for our Annual Christmas Potluck and Christmas Cookie Exchange! Again, we will provide the main dish, and the conger-gation will provide (your choice of) a side, salad, or dessert. Bring a tin of your favorite cookies to exchange and share! We will also be preparing cards and goodies for our shut-ins. We hope to see you at 6PM.
OUR MONTHLY ROSEMARK MEN'S BREAKFAST & BIBLE STUDY will be held this Saturday, December 14, at 8AM in the Memorial Hall. Bring your fathers, brothers, sons, and neighbors to a great meal accompanied by great fellowship and instruction!
OUR MONTHLY CALENDAR & NEWSLETTER is available on-campus and online at: RichlandARP.org (see "Calendar and Events")
WANT TO LEARN MORE about our church, ministries, mission, and membership? Contact the Pastor (cell) 714- 345-0952, or a church Elder.
CALENDAR: 12/8 - ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING at RARP; Noon 12/8 - Rosemark Christmas Tree Lighting; 5PM @ Richland ARP 12/9-19 - RARP Nativity scene gatherings (??) 12/11 - WNFS Christmas Potluck & Christmas Cookie Exchange! 12/14 - Rosemark Men's Breakfast & Bible Study; 8AM 12/14 - Called Meeting for MVP @ Richland ARP; 10AM 12/20 - Wedding Rehearsal @ RARP 12/21 - Long / Durham Wedding @ RARP 12/24 - Christmas Eve Service at RARP 12/29 - 5th Sunday All-Church Potluck after the service Have a need or prayer concern? An Elder or Deacon is available after the service, standing to the left of our chancel steps. May God bless you and your household.
Thank you to Scott Pitman, Bobby Prescott, the Glenn Family, and so many others who helped coordinate and present a wonderful float in the Millington Christmas Parade, yesterday! We had great fun and thank the Lord for the success of the day! "Open the Gift of God's Word!"
Women's Ministry Mission for Advent Please help us collect hygiene products for the needy throughout the month of December. Women's Ministry will package the donated items at our January 26th meeting and deliver them to the Millington Crisis Center for distribution this winter season. Thank you for helping us to share Christ's love! (A basket for donations will be in the hall & narthex)
On this Second Sunday of Advent, we re-light the Prophecy Candle --reminding us of the time of preparation for the coming of the Christ.
Reflecting on what the Prophets foretold, we light the second candle, which is the Bethlehem Candle. This Candle reminds us of Joseph and Mary's journey to Bethlehem.
"But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting." -- Micah 5:2
"And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered." -- Luke 2:1-6