Order of Service
Cromarty Parish Church
1 December 2019
*Done as a congregation
**Please stand, or remain standing
Welcome and Intimations
Prayer of Approach*
Almighty God, it is sobering and frightening to know that you – the creator and sustainer of all things – has touched our hearts, and called us together to worship you, and to declare the coming of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ on this first Sunday of Advent. Which is why we humbly ask that you send your Holy Spirit to clear our hearts and minds of the multitude of things that have distracted us this week, and that still cloud our thoughts even as we come before you today. Set us free from the world’s vision of the Christmas season, and instead, use this day, and the coming Sundays to fill us with a deep-seated joy that heralds and celebrates the wonder and importance of Christ’s birth. Use our silence to help us reflect on the depth of your love, and to rejoice in the wonder of the mercy, grace, and peace proclaimed by the angel and voiced by the heavenly host on the morning of Jesus’ birth. May all we say and do be a fragrant and pleasing offering, and bring you great joy this day, and always. We ask all this in the mighty and precious name of Christ, our Saviour, amen.
Call to Worship: Psalm 98:1-3
Hymn of Praise: CH4 – 352B O For a Thousand Tongues (Lyngham)**
Prayer of Adoration
Doxology (CH4, Hymn 807) and Presentation of the Offering**
Advent Reading/Lighting the Advent Candle
Advent Hymn: CH4 – 282 Christmas is Coming! (Chorus, Verse 1, Chorus)** (Advent Ring)
Profession of Faith*
Before the foundation of the world, by sheer grace, according to the free good pleasure of his will, God chose in Christ to salvation a definite number of particular people out of the entire human race, which had fallen by its own fault from its original innocence into sin and ruin. Those chosen were neither better nor more deserving than the others, but lay with them in the common misery. God did this in Christ, whom he also appointed from eternity to be the mediator, the head of all those chosen, and the foundation of their salvation.
And so God decreed to give to Christ those chosen for salvation, and to call and draw them effectively into Christ’s fellowship through the Word and Spirit. In other words, God decreed to grant them true faith in Christ, to justify them, to sanctify them, and finally, after powerfully preserving them in the fellowship of the Son, to glorify them.
God did all this in order to demonstrate his mercy, to the praise of the riches of God’s glorious grace. (First Main Point of Doctrine, Article 7, Canons of Dort, 1619 A.D.)
Confession and Assurance of Forgiveness
Confession: Romans 7:21-25
Assurance of Forgiveness: Zephaniah 3:14-15
Hymn of Illumination: CH4 – 606 Lord You Sometimes Speak in Wonders (Stuttgart)**
Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 2:1-5
New Testament Reading: Matthew 24:36-44
Sermon: You Do Not Know
Responsive Hymn: CH4 – 533 Will You Come and Follow Me (Kelvingrove)**
Prayer of Intercession
Closing Hymn: CH4 – 279 Make Way, Make Way, for Christ the King (Make Way)**
Minister: The peace of the Lord be with you.
Congregation: And also with you.
Benediction: 1 Thessalonians 3:12-13
CH4 – 809 Praise God the Source of Life and Birth (Tallis’s Canon – melody from
CH4 – 808)**