In consideration of others and as guests of West High School . . .

  • Please silence your phone and watch.
  • Name tags are a great start to a meaningful connection. Thanks for wearing one.
  • If you’d like to give an offering, there are two baskets in the back or you can use the “Giving” tab at the bottom-right corner of the mobile app.

 

PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.Revelation 3:17

Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness.1 John 2:9

And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 
John 3:19

And I will lead the blind
    in a way that they do not know,
in paths that they have not known
    I will guide them.
I will turn the darkness before them into light,
    the rough places into level ground.
These are the things I do,
    and I do not forsake them. 
Isaiah 42:16

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
 John 8:12

“One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”
John 9:25

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” 
― C.S. Lewis

“If change and growth are not programmed into your spirituality, if there are not serious warnings about the blinding nature of fear and fanaticism, your religion will always end up worshiping the status quo and protecting your present ego position and personal advantage as if it were God.” 
― Richard Rohr

 

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP

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…

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.

Isaiah 9:2, 6

 

SONG

The Lost are Found

[Verse 1]
Everlasting, while earthly ages fade
In mercy, Our God, Your kingdom reigns
Lord over everything, You are near
All of the universe at your feet

In the Savior, injustice brought to right
For Your glory, that your name be lifted high
Lord over everything, You are near
All of the universe at Your feet

Lord over everything, You are near
All of the universe at Your feet

[Chorus]
The lost are found, the blind will see
The lame will walk, the dead will live
And You, our God, forever You will reign

Lord over everything, You are near
All of the universe at Your feet

Lord over everything, You are near
All of the universe at Your feet

[Chorus]

 

SONG

Open the Eyes of My Heart

[Verse 1]
Open the eyes of my heart, Lord
Open the eyes of my heart
I want to see You, I want to see You

[Chorus]
To see You high and lifted up
Shining in the light of Your glory
Pour out Your power and love
As we sing holy, holy, holy

[Verse]

[Chorus]

[Bridge]
Holy, holy, holy
Holy, holy, holy
Holy, holy, holy
I want to see You

[Chorus]

 

BAPTISM
Daniel Isaac McGregor

MEMBERSHIP QUESTIONS

Do you acknowledge yourself to be a sinner in the sight of God, justly deserving His displeasure, and without hope, except in His Sovereign mercy?

Do you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and Savior of sinners, and do you receive and depend upon Him alone for your salvation as He is offered in the Gospel?

Do you now resolve and promise, in humble reliance upon the grace of the Holy Spirit, that you will endeavor to live as becomes a follower of Christ?


Do you promise to support the Church in its worship and work to the best of your ability?


Do you promise to submit yourself to the government and discipline of the church, and promise to pursue its peace and purity?

 

SONG

Angels We Have Heard on High

[Verse 1]
Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o’er the plains
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains

[Chorus]
Gloria in excelsis Deo
Gloria in excelsis Deo

[Verse 2]
Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be
Which inspire your heavenly song

[Chorus]

[Verse 3]
Come to Bethlehem and see
Him Whose birth the angels sing
Come, adore on bended knee
Christ the Lord, the newborn King

[Chorus]

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Membership & Baptism – We have a membership class next weekend (Fri PM & Sat AM, Dec.8-9), and several baptisms on the horizon. If you (or a family member) have any interest in either, please e-mail Russ so we can include you in our upcoming plans.

Christmas: Outward-Facing – Let’s prepare our hearts to celebrate the Incarnation. A core value of our church is “outward-facing” because that is precisely who God has revealed himself to be. Advent – the coming of Christ – is an annual reminder that he came to us, and he will come again. That is the joy of Christmas. And it is also a great chance for us to embody that same outward-facing hope through inviting friends and neighbors to worship with us.

With that in mind, here are our plans (including for children) – all of our worship services will be at 10am as usual.

  • Dec.10: Children’s Ministry singing in worship (Normal Nursery & Children’s Ministry)
  • Dec.17: Lessons & Carols service (Nursery only, Kids in Service)
  • Dec.24: Christmas Eve service (Nursery only, Kids in Service)
  • Dec.31: Normal worship service (Nursery only, Kids in Service)

Note to Parents: Today (12/3), directly after the worship service, we will have a rehearsal & sound check of the kids’ Christmas song on stage. From here in the auditorium, we will release the kids back to their parents when they are done.

Community Groups in February – We are seeking more group leaders, hosts, and teachers, who will gather others around sermon discussion questions or another biblical topic. If you might be willing to serve in this way, or if you have an idea you’d like to throw our way, e-mail Jeff Kyle to talk about it.

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GIVING UPDATE
Total 2023 Budget: $850,242
Actual Giving YTD: $597,292
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OFFERTORY

If you would like to give electronically, you may do so using the “Giving” tab at the bottom-right corner of the mobile app. There are also white baskets in the back of our worship space, where you can give via check, made out to King’s Cross Church, or cash.


SERMON
“What Do You See?”

Mark 8:22-30

22 And they came to Bethsaida. And some people brought to him a blind man and begged him to touch him. 23 And he took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village, and when he had spit on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, “Do you see anything?” 24 And he looked up and said, “I see people, but they look like trees, walking.” 25 Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.26 And he sent him to his home, saying, “Do not even enter the village.”
27 And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28 And they told him, “John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.” 29 And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Christ.” 30 And he strictly charged them to tell no one about him.

COMMUNION

SONG

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

[Verse 1]
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 every nation
Joy of every longing heart

[Verse 2]
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

[Outro]
Israel’s strength and consolation
Hope of all the earth thou art
Dear desire of every nation
Joy of every longing heart

 

BENEDICTION

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

1 John 1:7