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First Sunday of Advent

11/27/22

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

CENTERING MUSIC                         Carol Prelude                           Peter Pindar Stearns  

                                                           Divinum Mysterium

MOMENT OF HOPE

CALL TO WORSHIP AND LIGHT OF ADVENT CANDLE 1 - HOPE

One: We light the first candle of Advent

in the circle of Godʼs eternity,

a circle green as the earth

where Jesus came to live with us.

 

One: We light the first candle of Advent

to celebrate the prophets,

who waited long and looked with expectancy

for the coming of the Messiah

 

One: We light the first candle of advent for ourselves,

for, we too, wait with expectancy

for the coming of God’s Kingdom

and the reign of Christ the King

(While Candle is lit sing vs. 1 of THE CANDLE OF HOPE – see insert)

 

All: Living God, we are here today marking the start of the Advent season because we have heard that something is coming, someone is coming. And we have heard that through this someone you mean to make things better in our world, better in our lives, better in our hearts.

Yes, we have heard of Jesus, the promised one, who one day came and was born to live among us. We have heard that he still comes to bring hope and courage. We are here because we long for him to come to us.

We admit that there are many things which make us scared. Help us to know that we can face our fears because now with us is one who is greater than all of them. Help us to have a place in our hearts to receive Jesus, your Son, whom you give to us to be our Savior.

*OPENING HYMN –     #88    O Come, O Come Emmanuel  vs. 1,2,6

O come, O come, Emmanuel,

And ransom captive Israel,

That mourns in lonely exile here,

Until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, O Israel.

 

O come, thou Wisdom from on high,

Who orders all things mightily

To us the path of knowledge show;

And teach us in her ways to go.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, O Israel.

 

O come, Thou Dayspring, from on high,

And cheer us by Thy drawing nigh;

Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,

And death's dark shadows put to flight.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, O Israel.

PRAYER CONFESSING OUR NEED FOR GOD’S GRACE

In our secret yearnings

we wait for your coming,

and in our grinding despair

we doubt that you will.

 

And in this privileged place

we are surrounded by witnesses who yearn more

than do we

and by those who despair more deeply than do we.

 

Look upon your church and its leaders

in this season of hope

which runs so quickly to fatigue

and this season of yearning

which becomes so easily quarrelsome.

 

Give us the grace and the impatience

to wait for your coming to the bottom of our toes,

to the edge of our fingertips.

We do not want our several worlds to end.

 

Come in your power

and come in your weakness

in any case

and make all things new.

Amen

SILENT PRAYER

SONG OF RENEWAL     #82 vs. 1   Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

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.

ASSURANCE OF GOD’S GRACE

One: We fix our hearts on God, and through faith are assured of God’s forgiveness and love.  Jesus is God’s good news of hope in our hopeless world, God’s good news of grace in our graceless world.  We are a forgiven people.  Thanks be to God!

All: Amen!

ANTHEM                                AN INVITATION FOR ADVENT                RUTH ELAINE SCHRAM

BLESSING THE CHILDREN AND SINGING TO GODLY PLAY

  Dear Child, by wisdom formed and filled with all the joy this eath can know,
   the rock of faith on which you build and ground you as you grow.  

  Today’s Story                    “Advent #1”                                                           Kathleen Krentz & Jane Moseley

      Leader:                  And as we continue our worship…

      Congregation:      May God be with you there.

      Children:               May God be with you here.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

Leader:      Lord in your mercy,

People:      Hear our prayer

PASTORAL PRAYER

THE LORD’S PRAYER

SCRIPTURES   

 Habakkuk 1:1-7; 2:1-4; 3:[3b-6], 17-19

Matthew 24:36-44                  

RESPONSE                                                   

Reader:      The word of the Lord

People:      Thanks be to God

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION, from Psalm 19 - responsively

Pastor:       May the words of my mouth

People:      And the meditations of our hearts

All:            Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord,

                  Our rock and our redeemer.  Amen

SERMON   Stay Alert!

*HYMN OF RESPONSE       #95       Prepare the Way of the Lord

Prepare the way of the Lord.

Prepare the way of the Lord,

and all people will see the salvation of our God.

MOMENT OF THANKS

OFFERING OURSELVES AND OUR GIFTS

OFFERTORY                         O COME, O COME, EMMANUEL                             ARR. FRED BOCK

*ADVENT/CHRISTMAS DOXOLOGY

Glory be to God, creator, glory be to Christ the Son,

Glory to the Holy Spirit, glory to the Three-in-One.

Here we offer to you gladly all the gifts that you impart,

As we glory in your Presence, giving from a grateful heart.                                                             

*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

One: God, we cannot escape your love.  We can find no place to hide.  You search us out wherever we may be.  Your love is like a mother’s blanket, protecting us wherever we go.  Thank you, God for your steadfast love.  And bless these our gifts that they may also be bearers of your love to the world.  Amen.

*CLOSING HYMN  #87     Comfort, Comfort Now my People

“Comfort, comfort now my people; tell of peace!” so says our God.

“Comfort those who sit in darkness mourning under sorrow’s load.

To my people now proclaim that my pardon waits for them!

Tell them that their sins I cover, and their warfare now is over.”

 

For the herald’s voice is crying in the desert far and near,

Calling us to true repentance, since the reign of God is here.

O, that warning cry obey!  Now prepare for God away.

Let the valleys rise in meeting and the hills bow down in greeting.

 

Straight shall be what long was crooked, and the rougher places plain.

Let your hearts be true and humble, as befits God’s holy reign.

For the glory of the Lord now on earth is shed abroad,

And all flesh shall see the token that God’s word Is never broken.

POSTLUDE                            FANTASY ON HYFRYDOL                Rowland Prichard  

                                                arr. Mark Thallander

*CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

*PASSING THE PEACE

Pastor:       The peace of Christ be with you.

People:      And with you also.

Pastor:       Let us pass the peace of Christ.

People:      The peace of Christ be with you.   (To one another)

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