9:30 Contemporary Bulletin - Covenant Presbyterian Church

We Believe In God A. Grant, W. King5
We believe in God, and we all need Jesus
(sing four times)
Till Kingdom Come
C. Martin6
Steal my heart and hold my tongue, I feel my time, my time has come.
Let me in, unlock the door, I’ve never felt this way before.
The wheels just keep on turning, the drummer begins to drum,
I don’t know which way I’m going, I don’t know which way I’ve come.
Hold my head inside your hands, I need someone who understands.
I need someone, someone who hears, for you, I’ve waited all these years.
For you, I’d wait ‘til kingdom come, until my day, my day is done.
And say you’ll come, and set me free, just say you’ll wait, you’ll wait for me.
In your tears and in your blood, in your fire and in your flood,
I hear you laugh, I heard you sing, “I wouldn’t change a single thing.”
The wheels just keep on turning, the drummers begin to drum,
I don’t know which way I’m going, I don’t know what I’ve become.
For you, I’d wait ‘til kingdom come, until my days, my days are done.
Say you’ll come and set me free, just say you’ll wait, you’ll wait for me.
Just say you’ll wait, you’ll wait for me, just say you’ll wait, you’ll wait for me.
God’s Word Read
and Proclaimed
Sermon: An Uncertain Benediction
Sermon Series: Songs of Christmas
Luke 1:67-79
Pew Bible, NT p. 54
Bob Henderson
Go in God’s Name
*Build Your Kingdom Here
Rend Collective7
*Invitation and Benediction
*Everlasting Light
R. Foster8
Singing: Mollie James, Cameron Moore, Cheryl Hoover, LaVita Hill
Instrumentalists: Doug Bacon (flute), Cheryl Hoover (bass), Alan Becker
(guitar), Sandra Boozer (mandolin), Phil Koonce (electric guitar), Pam
Jefsen (saxophone), Justin Wherry (percussion)
Sound and visuals: Ricko Hill, James Atwell, Nisa Kibona
Cover art: The Nativity Window in the Sanctuary. Copyright © 2010
Welcome to Covenant
Join us for fellowship and refreshments in the Circle, where today’s
preaching minister will be glad to greet you. You also may learn more
about our life of faith together at our website or on Facebook.
Interested in joining Covenant? We welcome new members each Sunday at
10:30 a.m. in the parlor, located downstairs in the Sanctuary building.
Each Sunday, we offer education and fellowship opportunities in the
mornings and evenings for children, youth and adults in the Education
Wing and Fellowship Hall. Please see the digital signs for details.
Each Sunday, Covenant expects and gladly welcomes many first-time and
repeat visitors. By introducing yourself and sharing a warm greeting,
you express the hospitality of our congregation. Please share a smile and
welcoming word with those around you.
Congregational Notes
The congregation extends is sincere sympathy and love to:
Shannon and Brad Brown on the death of his father, and to Dani and Cole
Brown on the death of their grandfather, Rev. Dr. Coleman B. Brown of
Hamilton, N.Y., on Dec. 14; and to
Mike and Mary Lou Daly on the death of her mother, and to Michael
and Tyler Daly on the death of their grandmother, Julia Hampton of
Huntington, W.V., on Dec. 15; and to
Linda and Bob Blythe on the death of their daughter, and Sandra Lare on
the death of her niece, Arden McPherson Blythe Correll, on Dec. 17,
and rejoices with them in the assurance of the resurrection.
In Memoriam
Arden McPherson Blythe Correll
February 2, 1975 – December 17, 2014
In the Hospital
(as of Thursday, Dec 18)
Rita Simpson – Huntersville Oaks
Leading Worship
Leading worship this morning
Bob Henderson, senior minister
Petra Wahnefried, pastoral resident
Daniel Heath, contemporary worship leader
Leading other services
Jessica Patchett, associate minister
Joan Watson, associate minister
Betsy Lyles, adult discipleship and young adult ministries intern
Susan Talley, associate director of music
Stephen Talley, minister of music
Congratulations to Kackie Jackson and Earl Riddle who were married
in the Covenant Chapel on December 13, 2014.
Copyright Information (CCLI License #3065967)
1. 2011 Thankyou Music
2. 1995 Clumsy Fly Music
3. 2004 Desperation Records
4. 1986 Word Music, LLC
5. 1992 Age To Age Music, Inc. | Locally Owned Music, Inc. | Riverstone Music, Inc.
6. 2005 Parlophone UK
7. 2011 Thankyou Music
8. 2012 Blue Corn Music
This worship service is being streamed via the Internet and video recorded for online viewing.
Service of Worship
Sunday, December 21, 2014
9:30 a.m.
Covenant Presbyterian is a dynamic Christian community that gladly
invites all people into a transformational experience of faith;
boldly proclaims the gospel, bravely works toward a whole and
just world, and passionately nurtures discipleship.
Service of Worship
Sunday, December 21, 2014 9:30 a.m.
Welcome to Covenant; we are glad you are here. Children are
always welcome in worship. Child care and children’s programs
(ages 6 weeks to fifth grade) are offered in the Education Wing.
An infant soothing room with live video of the worship service is
available in the balcony and parlor. See an usher for assistance.
Assemble in God’s Name
Build Your Kingdom Here
Rend Collective
Come set your rule and reign
In our hearts again
Increase in us we pray
Unveil why we’re made
Come set our hearts ablaze with hope
Like wildfire in our very souls
Holy Spirit come invade us now
We are your church
We need your pow’r in us
We seek your kingdom first
We hunger and we thirst
Refuse to waste our lives
For you’re our joy and prize
To see the captives’ hearts released
The hurt the sick the poor at peace
We lay down our lives for heaven’s cause
We are your church
We pray revive this earth
Hope that you don’t mind our manger
How I wish we would have known
But long-awaited holy stranger
Make yourself at home
Please make yourself at home
Glorious now behold him arise,
King and God and sacrifice,
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Worship him, God Most High.
Bring your peace
Into our violence
Bid our hungry souls be filled
Word now breaking heaven’s silence
Welcome to our world
Welcome to our world
Fragile finger sent to heal us
Tender brow prepared for thorn
Tiny heart whose blood will save us
Unto us is born
Unto us is born
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings
arr. N. Lachey, et. al.2
God rest ye merry, gentlemen,
Let nothing you dismay,
Remember Christ our Saviour
Was born upon this day;
To save us all from Satan’s power
When we were gone astray.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy!
Unleash your kingdom’s pow’r
Reaching the near and far
No force of hell can stop
Your beauty changing hearts
You made us for much more than this
Awake the kingdom seed in us
Fill us with the strength and love of Christ
We are your church
We are the hope on earth
Tears are falling
Hearts are breaking
How we need to hear from God
Born a king on Bethlehem’s plain;
Gold I bring to crown Him again;
King forever, ceasing never,
Over us all to reign.
So wrap our injured flesh around you
Breathe our air and walk our sod
Rob our sin and make us holy
Perfect Son of God
Perfect Son of God
Welcome to our world
Build your kingdom here
Let the darkness fear
Show your mighty hand
Heal our streets and land
Set your church on fire
Win this nation back
Change the atmosphere
Build your kingdom here we pray
Welcome To Our World
You’ve been promised
We’ve been waiting
Welcome holy child
Welcome holy child
From God our heavenly Father
This blessed angel came;
And unto certain shepherds
Brought tidings of the same;
How that in Bethlehem was born
The Son of God by name.
C. Rice
O, star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to that perfect light.
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship
Leader: Out of little Bethlehem comes one who
is to rule in Israel.
People: He shall be great to the ends of the
Leader: Our spirits rejoice in God our Savior.
People: God’s mercy extends from generation
to generation.
Give Praise to God
Pouring of the Baptismal Water
*Hark the Herald Angels Sing
*The First Noel
*Prayer of Adoration
Practices of Discipleship
Call to Confession
While We Are Waiting, Come
C. Cloninger, D. Cason4
(Solo, then all)
While we are waiting come
While we are waiting come
Jesus our Lord Emmanuel
While we are waiting come
Prayer of Confession
Declaration of Pardon
Young Disciples & Advent Candle Lighting
Lee Thomas
Prayers of the People 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.