…and the Darkness Fades

Dr. Jonathan Sloan gives a sermon about the way Jesus makes the darkness of sin fade and how we can participate in His light. Based on John 1:1-5 and John 8:12  (recording includes the children’s sermon first)

The Service for the Lord’s Day
First Sunday in Advent
December 1, 2019

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Prelude                               “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”                         arr. M Thompson

“Thou Didst Leave They Throne”                           arr. M Thompson


News of the Church

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Moment for Mission                Deacons’ Christmas Caroling


*The Greeting and Welcoming of One Another

(There are no strangers in God’s House, just friends we have not yet met.

Greet your neighbor in Christian love and let them know that you’re glad to see them!)


*Hymn                                            “I Can Only Imagine”                                              Mercy Me


*Call to Worship (Responsive)

Leader:            We gather this morning as people afraid of the darkness in our lives.

People:           We seek the light that darkness cannot overcome.

Leader:            Surrounded by despair and evil we turn to God;

People:           and God gives us the Light of the World.

Leader:            As we wait to celebrate the birth of Christ, we anticipate the great illumination

He provides, guiding us away from the murkiness of sin and towards the glow of His truth and salvation.

All:                  Let us worship God! 


Lighting of the Advent Candle                                                            Pastor Jenni and Nancy Blake


*Hymn                                             “Go Light the World”                                                       C Rice


*Prayer of Confession (Unison)

Dear Lord, we often go through the day with our eyes closed to the injustice, sadness and struggles of others around us.  Shine Your light on the problems we refuse to see; help us to reflect Your light so others can truly see as well.  We turn from those in need often pretending not to notice.  Encourage us to come face-to-face with those who lack what we have.  Enlighten us to see that in providing for others, we are gaining much more than we give.  We hide from things that we don’t think involve us, allowing darkness to grow.  Use Your light to be a source of growth for goodness, while the shadow of sin dies in the glow of Your loveHelp …(Silent time of prayer)


*Assurance of Pardon

Leader:            The Light of Jesus not only illuminates our sins and shortcomings, but it

surrounds us with the Light that destroys darkness through mercy and


All:                  Thanks be to God!


* The Gloria Patri – Hymn Tune, 581

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.



Children’s Message

After the Children’s Message, preschoolers through 1st Graders may continue to Millard Hall for Children’s Church.  All other students are asked to remain in worship.


Message           “…and the Darkness Fades”           Dr. Jonathan Sloan

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John 1:1-5 and John 8:12                        Pew Bible pgs.862 & 870

John 1:1-5
The Word Became Flesh
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4 in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

John 8:12
Jesus the Light of the World
12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”



*Hymn #133                                “O Come, All Ye Faithful”


*The Apostles’ Creed and Pastoral Prayer

            I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

            And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

            I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen



Offertory Anthem   “Surely the Presence of the Lord Is in This Place”       arr. J Schrader

Chancel Choir

*Doxology (The Hymnal, #606)


Prayer of Dedication



“Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Ps. 34:8

All who put their trust in Christ as Savior and Lord, whether from this church or another Christian fellowship, are invited and encouraged to share in the Lord’s Supper.  The individually wrapped wafers are Gluten Free so that even those with gluten sensitivities may partake in communion.


The Invitation to the Lord’s Table

The Words of Institution




The Sharing of the Bread and the Cup

Bread (You may partake of the bread when you receive it for

your personal communion with Christ.)

Cup   (Please hold the cup until all have been served that we

may commune together showing our oneness in Christ.)


The Prayer of Thanksgiving (Unison)

       Eternal God, thank you for coming to us in Jesus Christ. Renew in us faith and hope that we may welcome Christ to rule our thoughts and claim our love, as Lord of lords and King of kings through Jesus Christ, who taught us to pray: 


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 debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.



*Hymn #119                              “Hark!  The Herald Angels Sing”           




Postlude                                             “Advent Dialogue”                                                    J Greene



*Please stand, in body or in spirit