First Sunday of Advent

December 3, 2017

Service Time: 11:00AM

We Gather in God’s Name

 

Ringing of the Steeple Bell

 

Welcome and Announcements

                                                                            

Prelude                      In the Bleak Midwinter          Lucinda Hemmick 

                                                                     Gordon Young

                                

                          The First Sunday of Advent: Hope

 

Call to Worship

 

Today is the first Sunday of Advent,

the Sunday in which we recall the hope we have in Christ.

 

The prophets of Israel all spoke of the coming of Christ,

of how a savior would be born,

a king in the line of David. 

They spoke of how he would rule the world wisely

and bless all nations.

 

On Christmas day the Christ of our hope was born. 

On Good Friday the Christ of our hope died. 

On Easter day the Christ of our hope rose from the dead. 

He then ascended into heaven. 

On the last day, the Christ of our hope will come again

to establish his kingdom over all things on earth.

As the follower of Christ, we await his return. 

We light this candle to remember

that as he came to us as humbly in the manger at Bethlehem

and gave light to the world,

so he is coming again in power to deliver his people.

  

We light this candle to remind us to be alert

and to watch for his return.

 

(light the first candle)

 

All sing:                          He Came Down                           See Insert

 

Let us pray:

Loving God, we thank you for the hope you give us. 

Help us prepare our hearts for the Lord's coming. 

Bless our worship. 

Help us live holy and righteous lives. 

We ask it in the name of the one born in Bethlehem. 

Amen.

Hymn                   O Come, O Come, Emmanuel                           9

Prayer of Confession

Advent God, forgive us when we pay more attention to satisfying our own needs, than seeking you and your will for our lives—for being more interested in possessing the material things of life, rather than your spiritual gifts. Turn our lives around so that we are looking in the right direction - towards  

 

Silent Prayer

Assurance of Pardon

Passing the Peace

                         Let us greet each other saying:

                                        ‘May the Peace of Christ be with you.’

Gloria

Prayer of Illumination

Advent in the Dark

 

We wait in the darkness,

expectantly, longingly, anxiously, thoughtfully.

 

The darkness is our friend.

 

In the darkness of the womb,

we have all been nurtured and protected.

 

In the darkness of the womb

the Christ-child was made ready for the journey into light.

 

It is only in the darkness

that we can see the splendor of the universe –

blankets of stars, the solitary glowing of the planets.

 

It was the darkness that allowed the Magi to find the star

that guided them to where the Christ-child lay.

 

In the darkness of the night,

desert people find relief from the cruel relentless heat of the sun.

 

In the blessed desert darkness

Mary and Joseph were able to flee with the infant Jesus

to safety in Egypt.

 

In the darkness of sleep,

we are soothed and restored, healed and renewed.

 

In the darkness of sleep, dreams rise up.

God spoke to Joseph and the wise men through dreams.

God is speaking still.

 

Sometimes in the solitude of the darkness

our fears and concerns, our hopes and visions

rise to the surface.

We come face to face with ourselves

and with the road that lies ahead of us.

And in that same darkness

we find companionship for the journey.

 

In that same darkness

we sometimes allow ourselves to wonder and worry

whether the human race is going to survive.

And then, in the darkness

we know that you are with us, O God,

yet still we await your coming.

In the darkness that contains both our hopelessness and our hope,

we watch for a sign of God’s hope.

For you are with us, O God,

in darkness and in light.

 

Scripture         Isaiah 64:1-9          Mark 13:24-37

Sermon          No One Should Walk Alone   Pastor Richie King

Hymn                     How Great Thou Art                                   467

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer

Offertory     Let Us Break Bread Together (513)         Chancel Choir

Doxology

Sacrament of Holy Communion

Hymn           Jesus Comes with Clouds Descending                     6            

Benediction

Postlude               Come, Thou Almighty King     Lucinda Hemmick

                                                    Victor C. Johnson

 

Today’s Flowers are in memory of

Barbara McAdam’s Dad,, Charles Coppola

for all  the love and laughter you shared with me.

Your spirit is within us all.

 

First Sunday of Advent

December 3, 2017

Service Time: 11:00AM

We Gather in God’s Name

 

Ringing of the Steeple Bell

 

Welcome and Announcements

                                                                            

Prelude                      In the Bleak Midwinter          Lucinda Hemmick 

                                                                     Gordon Young

                                

                          The First Sunday of Advent: Hope

 

Call to Worship

 

Today is the first Sunday of Advent,

the Sunday in which we recall the hope we have in Christ.

 

The prophets of Israel all spoke of the coming of Christ,

of how a savior would be born,

a king in the line of David. 

They spoke of how he would rule the world wisely

and bless all nations.

 

On Christmas day the Christ of our hope was born. 

On Good Friday the Christ of our hope died. 

On Easter day the Christ of our hope rose from the dead. 

He then ascended into heaven. 

On the last day, the Christ of our hope will come again

to establish his kingdom over all things on earth.

As the follower of Christ, we await his return. 

We light this candle to remember

that as he came to us as humbly in the manger at Bethlehem

and gave light to the world,

so he is coming again in power to deliver his people.

  

We light this candle to remind us to be alert

and to watch for his return.

 

(light the first candle)

 

All sing:                          He Came Down                           See Insert

 

Let us pray:

Loving God, we thank you for the hope you give us. 

Help us prepare our hearts for the Lord's coming. 

Bless our worship. 

Help us live holy and righteous lives. 

We ask it in the name of the one born in Bethlehem. 

Amen.

Hymn                   O Come, O Come, Emmanuel                           9

Prayer of Confession

Advent God, forgive us when we pay more attention to satisfying our own needs, than seeking you and your will for our lives—for being more interested in possessing the material things of life, rather than your spiritual gifts. Turn our lives around so that we are looking in the right direction - towards  

 

Silent Prayer

Assurance of Pardon

Passing the Peace

                         Let us greet each other saying:

                                        ‘May the Peace of Christ be with you.’

Gloria

Prayer of Illumination

Advent in the Dark

 

We wait in the darkness,

expectantly, longingly, anxiously, thoughtfully.

 

The darkness is our friend.

 

In the darkness of the womb,

we have all been nurtured and protected.

 

In the darkness of the womb

the Christ-child was made ready for the journey into light.

 

It is only in the darkness

that we can see the splendor of the universe –

blankets of stars, the solitary glowing of the planets.

 

It was the darkness that allowed the Magi to find the star

that guided them to where the Christ-child lay.

 

In the darkness of the night,

desert people find relief from the cruel relentless heat of the sun.

 

In the blessed desert darkness

Mary and Joseph were able to flee with the infant Jesus

to safety in Egypt.

 

In the darkness of sleep,

we are soothed and restored, healed and renewed.

 

In the darkness of sleep, dreams rise up.

God spoke to Joseph and the wise men through dreams.

God is speaking still.

 

Sometimes in the solitude of the darkness

our fears and concerns, our hopes and visions

rise to the surface.

We come face to face with ourselves

and with the road that lies ahead of us.

And in that same darkness

we find companionship for the journey.

 

In that same darkness

we sometimes allow ourselves to wonder and worry

whether the human race is going to survive.

And then, in the darkness

we know that you are with us, O God,

yet still we await your coming.

In the darkness that contains both our hopelessness and our hope,

we watch for a sign of God’s hope.

For you are with us, O God,

in darkness and in light.

 

Scripture         Isaiah 64:1-9          Mark 13:24-37

Sermon          No One Should Walk Alone   Pastor Richie King

Hymn                     How Great Thou Art                                   467

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer

Offertory     Let Us Break Bread Together (513)         Chancel Choir

Doxology

Sacrament of Holy Communion

Hymn           Jesus Comes with Clouds Descending                     6            

Benediction

Postlude               Come, Thou Almighty King     Lucinda Hemmick

                                                    Victor C. Johnson

 

Today’s Flowers are in memory of

Barbara McAdam’s Dad,, Charles Coppola

for all  the love and laughter you shared with me.

Your spirit is within us all.

 

 


 

            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 13, 2017

Welcome To All !!

 

 Sunday service begins at 11 am.  Everyone is invited.

 

 

Bible Study and a Light meal is at 6:00 PM to 7:30 on Thursday starting on Thursday, September 28th at the Manse across the street from the Church. 

 

Bible Study also on Sunday Morning at 9:30. Coffee and Bagels provided. 

 

 

 


 

 

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