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Worship Service for December 31, 2023

Updated: Dec 31, 2023


Call to Worship

 Therefore thus says the Lord God:

“Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation,A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation;Whoever believes will not act hastily.

Isaiah 28:16

Hymn # 342 Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation

1 Christ is made the sure foundation,Christ the head and cornerstone,chosen of the Lord and precious,binding all the church in one;holy Zion's help foreverand her confidence alone.

2 All that dedicated city,dearly loved of God on high,in exultant jubilationpours perpetual melody;God the One in Three adoringin glad hymns eternally.


3 To this temple, where we call thee,come, O Lord of hosts today:with thy wonted loving-kindnesshear thy people as they pray;and thy fullest benedictionshed within its walls alway.

4 Here vouchsafe to all thy servantswhat they ask of thee to gain,what they gain from thee foreverwith the blessed to retain,and hereafter in thy gloryevermore with thee to reign.

5 Laud and honor to the Father,laud and honor to the Son,laud and honor to the Spirit,ever Three and ever One,One in might, and One in glory,while unending ages run.

Call To Confession


Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. For,


“Whoever would love life and see good days

must keep their tongue from evil

and their lips from deceitful speech.

They must turn from evil and do good;

they must seek peace and pursue it.

For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous

and his ears are attentive to their prayer,

but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” 

1 Peter 3:8–12 citing Psalm 34:12-16 (NIV):


Confession of Sins


Let us pray to the Lord confessing our sin, saying together:


Do not withhold your mercy from me, Lord;

may your love and faithfulness always protect me.

For troubles without number surround me;

my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see.

They are more than the hairs of my head,

and my heart fails within me.

Be pleased to save me, Lord;

come quickly, Lord, to help me.

Psalm 40:11–13 (NIV)


Word of Comfort


As we are weary and burdened by our sin and our troubles, our Lord Jesus says to us:


“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am lowly and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Matthew 11:28–30 (NIV)


Song of Renewal 

Jesus! I do now receive him,more than all in him I find;he hath granted me forgiveness,I am his, and he is mine.

Hallelujah! what a Savior!Hallelujah, what a Friend!Saving, helping, keeping, loving,he is with me to the end.

Trinity Hymnal # 498, stanza 5


Scripture Lessons: Philippians 1:12-30

12 But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, 13 so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ; 14 and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

15 Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill: 16 The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains; 17 but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel. 18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice.

19 For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 20 according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. 24 Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you. 25 And being confident of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith, 26 that your rejoicing for me may be more abundant in Jesus Christ by my coming to you again.

27 Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel, 28 and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God. 29 For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, 30 having the same conflict which you saw in me and now hear is in me.



Hymn # 532 Teach Me, O Lord, Thy Holy Way

1 Teach me, O Lord, thy holy wayand give me an obedient mind;that in thy service I may findmy soul's delight from day to day.

2 Guide me, O Savior, with thy hand,and so control my thoughts and deeds,that I may tread the path which leadsright onward to the blessed land.

3 Help me, O Savior, here to tracethe sacred footsteps thou hast trod;and, meekly walking with my God,to grow in goodness, truth, and grace.

4 Guard me, O Lord, that I may ne'erforsake the right, or do the wrong:against temptation make me strong,and round me spread thy shelt'ring care.

5 Bless me in ev'ry task, O Lord,begun, continued, done for thee:fulfil thy perfect work in me;and thine abounding grace afford.

Prayer of the Church and the 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 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 (insert) Come, People of the Risen King


1 Come, people of the Risen KingWho delight to bring Him praiseCome all and tune your hearts to singTo the Morning Star of graceFrom the shifting shadows of the earthWe will lift our eyes to HimWhere steady arms of mercy reachTo gather children in



Rejoice, rejoice! Let ev’ry tongue rejoice!One heart, one voice; oh Church of Christ, rejoice!


2 Come, those whose joy is morning sunAnd those weeping through the nightCome, those who tell of battles wonAnd those struggling in the fightFor His perfect love will never changeAnd His mercies never ceaseBut follow us through all our daysWith the certain hope of peace



3 Come, young and old from ev’ry landMen and women of the faithCome, those with full or empty handsFind the riches of His graceOver all the world, His people singShore to shore we hear them callThe Truth that cries through ev’ry age:"Our God is all in all"!




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