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Order of Worship
Welcome and Call to Worship
The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him. (Ex 15:2 ESV)
Offering our Praise
Holy, Holy, Holy/We Fall Down
Open the Eyes of My Heart
O Come All Ye Faithful
Offering our Gifts
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Song of Preparation
Speak O Lord
“1 These are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Sons were born to them after the flood.
2 The sons of Japheth: Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras. 3 The sons of Gomer: Ashkenaz, Riphath, and Togarmah. 4 The sons of Javan: Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim. 5 From these the coastland peoples spread in their lands, each with his own language, by their clans, in their nations.
6 The sons of Ham: Cush, Egypt, Put, and Canaan. 7 The sons of Cush: Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah, and Sabteca. The sons of Raamah: Sheba and Dedan. 8 Cush fathered Nimrod; he was the first on earth to be a mighty man. 9 He was a mighty hunter before the Lord. Therefore it is said, “Like Nimrod a mighty hunter before the Lord.” 10 The beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. 11 From that land he went into Assyria and built Nineveh, Rehoboth-Ir, Calah, and 12 Resen between Nineveh and Calah; that is the great city. 13 Egypt fathered Ludim, Anamim, Lehabim, Naphtuhim, 14 Pathrusim, Casluhim (from whom the Philistines came), and Caphtorim.
15 Canaan fathered Sidon his firstborn and Heth, 16 and the Jebusites, the Amorites, the Girgashites, 17 the Hivites, the Arkites, the Sinites, 18 the Arvadites, the Zemarites, and the Hamathites. Afterward the clans of the Canaanites dispersed. 19 And the territory of the Canaanites extended from Sidon in the direction of Gerar as far as Gaza, and in the direction of Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, as far as Lasha. 20 These are the sons of Ham, by their clans, their languages, their lands, and their nations.
21 To Shem also, the father of all the children of Eber, the elder brother of Japheth, children were born. 22 The sons of Shem: Elam, Asshur, Arpachshad, Lud, and Aram. 23 The sons of Aram: Uz, Hul, Gether, and Mash. 24 Arpachshad fathered Shelah; and Shelah fathered Eber. 25 To Eber were born two sons: the name of the one was Peleg, for in his days the earth was divided, and his brother’s name was Joktan. 26 Joktan fathered Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah, 27 Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah, 28 Obal, Abimael, Sheba, 29 Ophir, Havilah, and Jobab; all these were the sons of Joktan. 30 The territory in which they lived extended from Mesha in the direction of Sephar to the hill country of the east. 31 These are the sons of Shem, by their clans, their languages, their lands, and their nations.
32 These are the clans of the sons of Noah, according to their genealogies, in their nations, and from these the nations spread abroad on the earth after the flood.
1 Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. 2 And as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. 3 And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.” 5 And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built. 6 And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.” 8 So the Lord dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. 9 Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth. And from there the Lord dispersed them over the face of all the earth.” (Genesis 10:1–11:9 ESV)
Responding in Song
Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me
Benediction / Doxology
“5 May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, 6 that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”(Romans 15:5–6 ESV)
Ben and Shanna Wright will be sharing their progress in getting the Word of God translated into new languages during our Sunday school hour (Adult Sunday school). Come learn how you can pray for our missionaries.
Living Stones (Youth Group): Meets tonight from 6-8pm at the Smith’s home (9501 Dragonclaw, Columbia)
Cheryl’s Prayer Team: Tuesday, 7:30-9:00 pm at her home. RSVP as the location could change.
Wendy’s Prayer Team: Tuesday 9:00-11:00 am at her home. RSVP as the location could change.
Ladies’ Evening Bible Study: Tuesday, 7pm at Martha Fyfe’s home (6706 Surrey Lane in Clarksville), studying Hebrews using Hebrews Better by Jen WIlkin. Contact Martha if you would like to join in.
Caroling, Cookies and Cocoa: Ladies, come usher in the spirit of the season together with some caroling, a cookie-exchange, and some good hot cocoa. Join us Wednesday, December 15th, from 7:00-9:30 p.m. at the Wimsatt home (3802 Church Rd., Ellicott City)
Living Bolder (College, Career, Young Adults): We’re having our Christmas Party on December 17th at 6:30. It will be at Kevin and Meredith’s home (412 Drury Ln., Baltimore).
Garvey/Fyfe Home Fellowship Group meets today after church at the Garvey’s home (714 Cyprian Court, Gambrills).
Bake-Escape: On December 11th, between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., drop your kids off at Curtis Bly’s home (9206 Winding Way, Ellicott City) for a great time with Cheryl, decorating cookies and doing crafty things, while you get some holiday shopping done, or just grab a little time together during a busy season.
Sigmon Home Fellowship Group will meet on December 12th, from 2-4 p.m. at the Tack home (9713 Gwynn Park Dr., Columbia).
Christmas Luncheon: December 19th, after worship at the Ten Oaks Ballroom. We will not have Sunday school on December 19th or 26th. Check your inbox for a sign-up, if you’d like to help.
Telenews The OPC Committee on Foreign Missions publishes a bi-weekly prayer update on our missionaries. For security reasons you must request to receive these by email.