Welcome to our Online Worship Service

In-person worship services resume Sunday, June 7th @ 10:30am. You can find out more and let us know you’re coming at www.springhillspca.org/regather.
We will continue offering an online worship option for those who are unable or prefer not to attend in-person at this time.
Here is a short guide called How to Worship Online that can help you with logistics.

The First Sunday of Advent

The Glory of the Incarnation
November 29, 2020 – 10:30 AM

Lighting of the Advent Candle

The Candle of HOPE
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.
Hebrews 10:23 (ESV)

Preparation for Worship

Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming
(Arr by Gary Norian)
(Please take this time to quietly meditate on the following Scripture passage as you prepare your heart to worship the Lord.)
 
I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.
Genesis 3:15 (ESV)

Welcome to Online Worship at Spring Hills!

If you are new to Spring Hills, we’re glad that you’re worshiping online with us.
We would love to get to know you more and follow up with you.
Please take a few moments to fill out our online guest card.
 

Introit

Prepare the Way of the Lord
(By Lloyd Larson)

Call to Worship

Isaiah 6:2-8(ESV)

(As God’s Word calls us to worship, let’s shout these words to one another recognizing that our worship is a response to God’s gracious call.)
 
Leader:
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.
 
People:
You have multiplied the nation; you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as they are glad when they divide the spoil.
 
Leader:
For the yoke of his burden, and the staff for his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult and every garment rolled in blood will be burned as fuel for the fire.
 
People:
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
 
Leader:
Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore.
 
ALL:
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.

Hymn of Praise #197

Comfort, Comfort Ye My People

(By Johannes Olearius, 1671; tr. by Catherine Winkworth, 1863)
 
Comfort, comfort ye my people,
speak ye peace, thus saith our God;
comfort those who sit in darkness,
mourning ‘neath their sorrow’s load.
Speak ye to Jerusalem
of the peace that waits for them;
tell her that her sins I cover,
and her warfare now is over.
 
Yea, her sins our God will pardon,
blotting out each dark misdeed;
all that well deserved his anger
he no more will see or heed.
She hath suffered many a day,
now her griefs have passed away;
God will change her pining sadness
into everspringing gladness.
 
For the herald’s voice is crying
in the desert far and near,
bidding all men to repentance,
since the kingdom now is here.
O that warning cry obey!
Now prepare for God away;
let the valley rise to meet him,
and the hills bow down to greet him.
 
Make ye straight what long was crooked,
make the rougher places plain;
let your hearts be true and humble,
as befits his holy reign.
For the glory of the Lord
now o’er earth is shed abroad;
and all flesh shall see the token,
that his word is never broken.

Prayer of Adoration

Worship in Song

Come, Behold the Wondrous Mystery

(By Matt Papa, Matt Boswell, and Michael Bleecker; CCLI #7026028)
 
Come behold the wondrous myst’ry
In the dawning of the King
He the theme of heaven’s praises
Robed in frail humanity
In our longing in our darkness
Now the light of life has come
Look to Christ who condescended
Took on flesh to ransom us
 
Come behold the wondrous myst’ry
He the perfect Son of Man
In His living in His suff’ring
Never trace nor stain of sin
See the true and better Adam
Come to save the hell-bound man
Christ the great and sure fulfillment
Of the law in Him we stand
 
Come behold the wondrous myst’ry
Christ the Lord upon the tree
In the stead of ruined sinners
Hangs the Lamb in victory
See the price of our redemption
See the Father’s plan unfold
Bringing many sons to glory
Grace unmeasured love untold
 
Come behold the wondrous myst’ry
Slain by death the God of life
But no grave could e’er restrain Him
Praise the Lord He is alive
What a foretaste of deliv’rance
How unwavering our hope
Christ in power resurrected
As we will be when He comes

Worship in Song

O Come, Let Us Adore Him

(By John Francis Wade, 1751)
 
O come, all ye faithful,
joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;
come and behold him
born the King of angels;
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
Christ the Lord.
 
God of God,
Light of Light;
lo, he abhors not the Virgin’s womb:
very God, begotten, not created;
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
Christ the Lord.
 
Sing, choirs of angels,
sing in exultation,
sing, all ye citizens of heav’n above;
glory to God in the highest;
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
Christ the Lord.
 
Yea, Lord, we greet thee,
born this happy morning:
Jesus, to thee be all glory giv’n;
Word of the Father,
late in flesh appearing;
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
Christ, the Lord.

Prayer of Confession

O Lord, my every sense, member, faculty, and affection, is a snare to me. I can scarce open my eyes but I envy those above me, or despise those below. I covet the honor and riches of the mighty, and am proud and unmerciful to the rags of others. Am I comely? What fuel for pride! Am I gifted? How I lust after applause! Am I unlearned? How I despise what I have not! You know that all these are snares by my  corruptions, and that my greatest snare is myself. Keep me ever mindful of my natural state, but let me not forget my heavenly title, or the grace that can deal with every sin. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Comfort and Assurance of the Gospel

Psalm 32:5 (ESV)

I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.

Greeting of Peace

Psalm 29:11 (ESV)

May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his people with peace!

Congregational Prayer

Ephesians 6:18 (ESV)

[Pray] at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.
 

Worshiping the Lord with His Tithes and Our Offerings

(The offering is a vital part of our response to God and God’s Word. It helps us connect our adoration for God with our life of discipleship.)
 
Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.
Malachi 3:10 (ESV)
 

Song of Preparation

Adore

(By Graham Kendrick and Martin Chalk)

Scripture Reading

Isaiah 40:1-5 (ESV)

1 Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.
2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
and cry to her
that her warfare is ended,
that her iniquity is pardoned,
that she has received from the Lord’s hand
double for all her sins.

3 A voice cries:
“In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord;
    make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
4 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.
5 And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
    and all flesh shall see it together,
    for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

Sermon

The Glory of the Lord Shall Be Revealed

Rev. David Stain
Pastor, Spring Hills Presbyterian Church

Closing Hymn #196

Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

(By Charles Wesley, 1744, and Mark E. Hunt, 1978)

Come, thou long-expected Jesus,
born to set thy people free;
from our fears and sins release us;
let us find our rest in thee.
Israel’s strength and consolation,
hope of all the earth thou art,
dear Desire of ev’ry nation,
joy of ev’ry longing heart.
 
Joy to those who long to see thee,
Dayspring from on high, appear;
come, thou promised Rod of Jesse,
of thy birth we long to hear!
O’er the hills the angels singing
news, glad tidings of a birth:
“Go to him, your praises bringing;
Christ the Lord has come to earth.”
 
Come to earth to taste our sadness,
He whose glories knew no end;
by his life he brings us gladness,
our Redeemer, Shepherd, Friend.
Leaving riches without number,
born within a cattle stall;
this the everlasting wonder,
Christ was born the Lord of all.
 
Born thy people to deliver,
born a child and yet a king,
born to reign in us forever,
now thy gracious kingdom bring.
By thine own eternal Spirit
rule in all our hearts alone;
by thine all sufficient merit,
raise us to thy glorious throne.

Benediction

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

(Arr. by Gary Norian)

Thank You for Worshiping Online at Spring Hills!

If you are new to Spring Hills, we’re glad that you’re worshiping online with us.
We would love to get to know you more and follow up with you.
Please take a few moments to fill out our online guest card.
 
Songs of worship are used with permission. CCLI #2522243