January 17, 2021


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Resurrection Park Slope’s Advent worship services are limited in capacity. To help ensure we hold our worship services safely, please keep at least 6’ away from others, and avoid hugs and handshakes. Masks are required for all, and hand sanitizing stations are available. Resurrection Park Slope is following these enhanced procedures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. To participate in worship today, you must have completed the registration form prior to attending.

In Memory of Oksana and Olivia Patchin

The “ordinary” time after the Epiphany begins on January 6 (12 days after Christmas) and lasts until Lent. The word epiphany means “appearance or manifestation” and is tied to Jesus’ self-revelation to the Magi. During this season, we focus on Christ’s incarnation, paying attention to his life, teachings, and ministry. Green is used during this season to symbolize the new life Jesus came to bring all who believe in




Call To Worship

Pastor: Arise, shine, for your light has come!

All: The glory of the Lord has risen upon us. 

Let us praise the Lord together. 

The sun shall no longer be our light by day, 

nor will the brightness of the moon shine on us, 

for the Lord will be our light, 

and our God will be our glory. 

The Lord will be our everlasting light, 

and our days of sorrow will end.

All: Come, let us sing to our light and salvation! 

Grace, mercy, and peace

from God our Father

and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

All: and also with you.

All Hail The Pow’r Of Jesus’ Name

Words by Edward Perronet, John Rippon

Music by Oliver Holden


1. All hail the power of Jesus' name!

Let angels prostrate fall;

Bring forth the royal diadem,

And crown Him Lord of all.

Bring forth the royal diadem,

And crown Him Lord of all.

2. Ye chosen seed of Israel's race,

Ye ransomed from the fall,

Hail Him Who saves you by His grace,

And crown Him Lord of all.

Hail Him Who saves you by His grace,

And crown Him Lord of all.

3. Let every kindred, every tribe

On this terrestrial ball

To Him all majesty ascribe,

And crown Him Lord of all.

To Him all majesty ascribe,

And crown Him Lord of all.

4. O that with yonder sacred throng

We at His feet may fall

We'll join the everlasting song,

And crown Him Lord of all.

We'll join the everlasting song,

And crown Him Lord of all.

Prayer of Adoration / All

All Hail The Pow’r Of Jesus’ Name

Words by Edward Perronet, John Rippon

Music by Oliver Holden

God of true light,

you gave Jesus, born in Bethlehem,

as the fulfillment of your promise

to your people, Israel, and all the world.

By the power of your Spirit,

you make your life-giving Word known to all,

and you make all who receive your Word

a new family in the waters of baptism.

All who once were far off

have been brought close by your love! Amen


Confession of Sin / All

Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.

Private Confession

Words of Comfort & Pardon

Minister: Be confident of this good news: Though we are unworthy, we are granted God’s favor in Jesus Christ and are baptized into the family of his beloved Son. Friends, believe the good news, in Jesus Christ your sins are forgiven!

All: Thanks be to God! Glory to God in the highest!

Passing of the Peace

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

All: And also with you.

The people greet one another, followed by news of the church’s life.

Close To Thee

Words by Frances Crosby

Music by Silas J. Vail 

1. Thou my everlasting portion,

more than friend or life to me,

all along my pilgrim journey,

Savior, let me walk with thee. 


Close to thee, close to thee,

close to thee, close to thee,

all along my pilgrim journey,

Savior, let me walk with thee. 

2. Not for ease or worldly pleasure,

nor for fame my prayer shall be;

gladly will I toil and suffer,

only let me walk with thee. 

3. Lead me through the vale of shadows,

bear me o'er life's fitful sea;

then the gate of life eternal

may I enter, Lord, with thee.


The Old Testament Lesson / Psalm 88 (ESV)

A Song. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah. 

To the choirmaster: according to Mahalath Leannoth. 

A Maskil of Heman the Ezrahite. 

1 O Lord, God of my salvation, 

I cry out day and night before you. 

2 Let my prayer come before you; 

incline your ear to my cry! 

3 For my soul is full of troubles, 

and my life draws near to Sheol. 

4 I am counted among those who go down to the pit; 

I am a man who has no strength, 

5 like one set loose among the dead, 

like the slain that lie in the grave, 

like those whom you remember no more, 

for they are cut off from your hand. 

6 You have put me in the depths of the pit, 

in the regions dark and deep. 

7 Your wrath lies heavy upon me, 

and you overwhelm me with all your waves. 

8 You have caused my companions to shun me; 

you have made me a horror to them. 

I am shut in so that I cannot escape; 

9 my eye grows dim through sorrow. 

Every day I call upon you, O Lord; 

I spread out my hands to you. 

10 Do you work wonders for the dead? 

Do the departed rise up to praise you? Selah 

11 Is your steadfast love declared in the grave, 

or your faithfulness in Abaddon? 

12 Are your wonders known in the darkness, 

or your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness? 

13 But I, O Lord, cry to you; 

in the morning my prayer comes before you. 

14 O Lord, why do you cast my soul away? 

Why do you hide your face from me? 

15 Afflicted and close to death from my youth up, 

I suffer your terrors; I am helpless. 

16 Your wrath has swept over me; 

your dreadful assaults destroy me. 

17 They surround me like a flood all day long; 

they close in on me together. 

18 You have caused my beloved and my friend to shun me; 

my companions have become darkness.

This is the Word of the Lord. 

All: Thanks be to God!



“The Deepest Darkness and the Brightest Light”

Pastor Chris Hildebrand

The Profession of Faith / The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God, the Father Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

and of all things visible and invisible.

We believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God,

begotten of his Father before all worlds,

God of God, Light of Light,

very God of very God,

begotten, not made; of one substance with the Father.

Through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,

and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary, and was made man.

He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures;

he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son.

With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified;

he spoke by the prophets.

And we believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church;

we acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins;

we look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Prayers and Remembrances

You are invited to add your own intercessions silently or out loudly. When praying out loudly, finish by saying “Lord, in your mercy” so that all may respond, “Hear our prayer.”

The Offering / The Offertory

All Who Are Thirsty - Benton Brown

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The Eucharistic Prayer of Thanksgiving & Consecration

Minister: The Lord be with you.

All: And also with you.

Lift up your hearts!

We lift them up to the Lord!

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give him thanks and praise.

All join in the hymn (the Sanctus) when the pastor says: “and so we join our voices….

The pastor continues, and all conclude with the Lord’s Prayer.

The Lord’s Prayer / All

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 and ever. Amen.

Words of Institution

Minister: Therefore we proclaim the mystery of the faith:

People: Christ has died! Christ is risen! Christ will come again!

Prayer of Thanksgiving / All

Jesus Christ, we thank you that through this meal you nourish us in body and soul. As we receive your forgiveness and restoration, give us also your selfless love that we may share your life with the world. Amen.

I Heard The Voice Of Jesus Say

Words by Horatius Bonar

Music by Kevin Twit

1. I heard the voice of Jesus say,

Come unto Me and rest;

Lay down, O weary one lay down,

Your head upon My breast.

I came to Jesus as I was,

So weary, worn and sad;

I found in Him my resting place,

And He has made me glad.

2. I heard the voice of Jesus say,

Behold I freely give

The living water; thirsty one,

Stoop down and drink, and live.

I came to Jesus, and I drank

From that life-giving stream

My thirst was quenched, my soul revived,

And now I live in Him.

3. I heard the voice of Jesus say,

I am this dark world’s light;

Look unto Me, thy morn shall rise,

And all thy days be bright.

I looked to Jesus, and I found

In Him my star, my sun;

And in that light of life I’ll walk

‘Til pilgrim days are done.


Minister: And now may the God of hope draw near to you in your moments of pain and sorrow. May He fill your days with purpose and your sleepless nights with peace, until the groaning in your hearts becomes an offering of praise too deep for words: and may the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. 


Minister: Let us go forth in the Name of Christ 

People: Thanks be to God! 

To connect more deeply to Jesus and faith: Approach or contact a pastor for spiritual direction. Members of our Prayer Team are also available to pray with you.

To connect to Christian community: For prayer, counseling or fellowship opportunities, contact Pastor Chris Hildebrand. For in-house and community service opportunities, contact Rebecca Trevethan. Please visit our website for more information.

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Hymns are reprinted from Trinity Hymnal (© 1990, Great Commission Publications).

Used by permission. Sanctus from This Far By Faith ( ©Augsburg Fortress Press, 1999).

Used by permission. Copyrighted songs covered under CCLI #1250499.


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