Worship Order

Lord’s Day 50
December 13, 2015

Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.  St. Matt. 3:2.

Lighting the Third Candle

CALL TO WORSHIP | God Gathers His People

O Come All Ye Faithful

Scripture Reading and Invocation / Lectura y Invocación 

Prepare the way of the Lordmake straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken. All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the Lord blows on it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. Hear the good news! Behold your God! Behold, the Lord God comes with might, and his arm rules for him; behold, his reward is with him. Isa 40:3-10

«Preparen en el desierto un camino para el Señorenderecen en la estepa un sendero para nuestro Dios. Que se levanten todos los valles, y se allanen todos los montes y colinas; que el terreno escabroso se nivele y se alisen las quebradas. Entonces se revelará la gloria del Señor, y la verá toda la humanidad. todo mortal es como la hierba, y toda su gloria como la flor del campo. La hierba se seca y la flor se marchita, porque el aliento del Señor sopla sobre ellas. Sin duda, el pueblo es hierba. La hierba se seca y la flor se marchita, pero la palabra de nuestro Dios permanece para siempre. Pero escuchen bien: «¡Aquí está su Dios!» Miren, el Señor omnipotente llega con poder, y con su brazo gobierna. Su galardón lo acompaña; su recompensa lo precede.» 

– Be Thou My Vision

CONFESSION OF SINS God Forgives His People

Minister: Be seated, and let us humbly confess our sins unto Almighty God.

Ministro: Sentados, confesemos humildemente nuestros pecados a Dios Todopoderoso.

Merciful Father, we have erred, and strayed from your ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against your holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; and we have done those things which we ought not to have done; and there is no health in us. But you, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare those, O God, who confess their faults. Restore those who are penitent; according to your promises declared unto mankind in Jesus Christ our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of your holy Name. Amen.

Misericordioso Padre; hemos errado, y nos hemos extraviado de tus caminos como ovejas perdidas. Hemos seguido demasiado los designios y deseos de nuestro propio corazón. Hemos faltado a tus santas leyes. Hemos dejado de hacer lo que debíamos haber hecho; Y hemos hecho lo que no debíamos hacer; Y en nosotros no hay salud. Mas Tú, oh Señor, compadécete de nosotros, miserables pecadores. Libra, oh Dios, a los que confiesan sus culpas. Restaura a los que se arrepienten; Según tus promesas declaradas al género humano en Jesucristo nuestro Señor. Y concédenos, Oh Padre misericordioso, por su amor; Que de aquí en adelante vivamos una vida sobria, santa y justa, para gloria de tu Santo Nombre. Amén.

Minister: Our God promises, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.” Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin. Therefore, since we have freedom to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. (Heb 10:17-23)

Ministro: Nuestro Dios promete, «Y nunca más me acordaré de sus pecados y maldades.» Y cuando éstos han sido perdonados, ya no hace falta otro sacrificio por el pecado. Así que, mediante la sangre de Jesús, tenemos plena libertad para entrar en el Lugar Santísimo, por el camino nuevo y vivo que él nos ha abierto a través de su cuerpo; y tenemos además un gran sacerdote al frente de la familia de Dios. Acerquémonos, pues, a Dios con corazón sincero y con la plena seguridad que da la fe, interiormente purificados de una conciencia culpable y exteriormente lavados con agua pura. Mantengamos firme la esperanza que profesamos, porque fiel es el que hizo la promesa. (Heb 10:17-23)

Our King and Savior draws near: Come, let us worship and adore him.

Nuestro Rey y Salvador se acerca; Vengan y adoren.

Before the Throne

– O Come O Come Emmanuel

Sermón en Español en la capillaBible Class for kids 3 and under.

CONSECRATION | God Equips His People

Scripture Reading and Prayer — Romans 15:4-13

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, “Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles, and sing to your name.” And again it is said, “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people.” And again, “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples extol him.” And again Isaiah says, “The root of Jesse will come, even he who arises to rule the Gentiles; in him will the Gentiles hope.” May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

Collect. O Lord Jesus Christ, who at your first coming sent your messenger to prepare the way before you; Grant now that the ministers and stewards of your mysteries may likewise so prepare and make ready your way, by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, that at your second coming to judge the world we may be found an acceptable people in your sight, who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen. 

Sermon – Advent: Despair and Hope

Pastoral Prayer:

O Heavenly Father, we ask you to have mercy upon all your children who are living in mental darkness. Restore them to strength of mind and cheerfulness of spirit, and give them health and peace. / Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer)

– There is a Fountain Filled with Blood

** Kids return during this song. / Toda la congregación vuelve a reunirse.

CONFESSION OF FAITH | God Sustains His People – 

Congregation Recites – The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God the Father,
Almighty Maker of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into death;
The third day He arose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,
whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy *catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting. Amen

– Psalm 23 (House of God, Forever)

COMMUNION | God Nourishes His People

Scripture Reading and Prayer /  Lectura y Oración – 1 Thes / Tes 4:13-18

We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words.

Hermanos, no queremos que ignoren lo que va a pasar con los que ya han muerto, para que no se entristezcan como esos otros que no tienen esperanza. ¿Acaso no creemos que Jesús murió y resucitó? Así también Dios resucitará con Jesús a los que han muerto en unión con él. Conforme a lo dicho por el Señor, afirmamos que nosotros, los que estemos vivos y hayamos quedado hasta la venida del Señor, de ninguna manera nos adelantaremos a los que hayan muerto. El Señor mismo descenderá del cielo con voz de mando, con voz de arcángel y con trompeta de Dios, y los muertos en Cristo resucitarán primero. Luego los que estemos vivos, los que hayamos quedado, seremos arrebatados junto con ellos en las nubes para encontrarnos con el Señor en el aire. Y así estaremos con el Señor para siempre. Por lo tanto, anímense unos a otros con estas palabras.

[ Interlude ]

Offerings and Thanksgiving / Ofrendas e Acción de Gracias – Gal 6:7-10

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

No se engañen: de Dios nadie se burla. Cada uno cosecha lo que siembra. El que siembra para agradar a su naturaleza pecaminosa, de esa misma naturaleza cosechará destrucción; el que siembra para agradar al Espíritu, del Espíritu cosechará vida eterna. No nos cansemos de hacer el bien, porque a su debido tiempo cosecharemos si no nos damos por vencidos. Por lo tanto, siempre que tengamos la oportunidad, hagamos bien a todos, y en especial a los de la familia de la fe.

God, whose loving hand has given us all that we possess; Grant us grace that we may honor you with our material goods, and, may we be faithful stewards of your generous gifts, remembering that we must one day give an account; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (BCP 1928, p 599)

Dios, cuya mano amante nos ha dado cuanto poseemos; Concédenos gracia para que podamos honrarte con nuestros bienes, y recordando la cuenta que algún día tendremos que rendir, podamos ser fieles mayordomos de tu generosidad; mediante Jesucristo nuestro Señor. Amén.

As You Go

COMMISSION | God Sends His People

Benediction: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

Bendición: Que el Dios de la esperanza los llene de toda alegría y paz a ustedes que creen en él, para que rebosen de esperanza por el poder del Espíritu Santo.

– Doxology


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