Gathering and Praise

Greeting from Pastor Nick live at 9:30:

With the words of this Psalm, God calls you to worship him. A young child could read these words:

Psalm 33:1-3 (NIV)

Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous;  

it is fitting for the upright to praise him.

Praise the LORD with the harp;

make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre.

Sing to him a new song;

play skillfully, and shout for joy.

Pray this prayer:

O Lord Jesus Christ,

Your first coming brought joy to your waiting people.

Keep us in faith and hope

as we eagerly wait for you to return again. Amen.

Praise God with the words of this Advent song:

Confession and Assurance

Pray this prayer of confession:

God of salvation, in Christ you have done great things—

our hearts are filled with joy.

By your power you lifted us out of the wasteland of sin

and brought us with joy and laughter into your kingdom.

Salvation is your gift to us.

But we confess that often we try to replace your gift with our own efforts.

We try to complete what is already perfect;

we try to add to what is already full;

we try to earn what we already have.

Forgive us for our foolishness.

Help us to focus on your grace. 

Help us to live grateful lives in return. 

For Jesus’ sake alone, Amen.

God gives you hope with these words:

1 Peter 1:3-4

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! 

In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope

through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 

and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. 

This inheritance is kept in heaven for you.


Give thanks to God with this song, and then listen as God teaches you from Matthew 25:14-30:


Share Prayer Requests

Make a list of the things that give you and others joy this Advent season.

Make a list of the things you hope will give you and others joy next year.

Remember also:

  • Diana B as she recovers from surgery
  • Jack B (Steve's brother) and many others as they recover from covid hospitalizations.
  • Bill V's brother Rob, who has prostate issues.

Use this list to pray to God, giving thanks and asking him for blessings of joy.


You can contribute to the ministry of the church and this month's special offering

  • online: Give Now
  • or by mailing a check to PO Box 9339, Fresno, CA, 93791.

Praise God with this song: