Sunday, December 3, 2017

First Sunday of Advent

Morning Worship at 11:00 a.m.

*Please Stand, As You Are Able

Prelude –

Words of Welcome and Announcements Lay Leader, John Strawbridge

Choral Introit – Once He Came In Blessing (John Frederick Wolle)                                Choir

Once he came in blessing, all our ills redressing;
Came in likeness lowly, Son of God most holy;
Bore the cross to save us, hope and freedom gave us.

Lighting of the Advent Wreath

Reader 1:   Isaiah wrote:
“In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house
shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it”

Reader 2:   We begin the first week of Advent with hope in God’s promised arrival.
This world needs hope today as did the people awaiting the Messiah long ago.

People:      As we light the first candle of Advent,
we carry into our gloomy places the light of Hope.
(Light one blue candle)

Pastor:       Let us pray

People:      Lord of Hope, we await your coming with great expectation.
Our lives are marked by hope,
even when our circumstance might prove to the contrary.
May we put to flight the dark shadows of others this Advent season. Amen.

* Song Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus Hymnal 196

1. 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.

2. Born thy people to deliver, born a child and yet a King, born to reign in us forever, now thy gracious kingdom bring. By thine own eternal spirit rule in all our hearts alone; by thine all sufficient merit, raise us to thy glorious throne.

Pastor’s Time with Young Disciples Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring

Time of Morning Prayer

Prayer Song – Emmanuel, Emmanuel Hymnal 204
Emmanuel, Emmanuel, his name is called Emmanuel. God with us, revealed in us, his name is called Emmanuel.

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer: (You may pray either version printed below or another that you know.)

Methodist Version
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 trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

F
or thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.  Amen.
Modern Ecumenical Version
Our God in heaven:
your holy name be honored,
your kin-dom come, your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from the evil one.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory
are yours now and always.  Amen.

Prayer Song – Emmanuel, Emmanuel Hymnal 204
Emmanuel, Emmanuel, his name is called Emmanuel. God with us, revealed in us, his name is called Emmanuel.

Special Music O Come To Us, Emmanuel (Lloyd Larson)                                              Choir

O come to us, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny;
From depths of Hell Thy people save
And give them victory over the grave.

O come, Thou Dayspring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here;
And drive away the shades of night;
Pierce the clouds, bring us Your light.
O come, we pray, Messiah come
And open wide our Heavenly home;
Make safe the path and guide our way.
O come, Emmanuel, we pray.

O come, Desire of nations, bind
All peoples in one heart and mind;
Bid envy, strife and quarrels cease;
Fill all the world with Heaven’s peace.

O come to us, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel.

Scripture Lesson — From the New Testament Mark13:24-37
“But in those days, after that suffering,

the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light,
and the stars will be falling from heaven,
and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.

Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with great power and glory. Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.

“From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

“But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. Therefore, keep awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.”

Reader:  This is the Word of God for the people of God.
People:  Thanks be to God.

Sermon – “Sitting Alert”                                                                 Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring

* Song – People Look East Hymnal 202
1. People, look east. The time is near of the crowning of the year. Make your house fair as you are able, trim the hearth and set the table. People, look east and sing today (People, look east; People, look east): Love, the Guest, is on the way.

2. Furrows, be glad. Though earth is bare, one more seed is planted there. Give up your strength the seed to nourish, that in course the flower may flourish. People, look east and sing today (People, look east; People, look east): Love, the Rose, is on the way.

3. Stars, keep the watch. When night is dim, one more light the bowl shall brim, shining beyond the frosty weather, bright as sun and moon together. People, look east and sing today (People, look east; People, look east): Love, the Star, is on the way.

4. Angels announce with shouts of mirth him who brings new life to earth. Set every peak and valley humming with the word, the Lord is coming. People, look east and sing today (People, look east; People, look east): Love, the Lord, is on the way.

Celebration of Holy Communion

Invitation

Great Thanksgiving

Pastor:     The Lord be with you.

People:   And also with you.

Pastor:     Lift up your hearts.

People:   We lift them up to the Lord.

Pastor:     Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

People:   It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Pastor:     It is right, and a good and joyful thing …

And so with your people on earth and all the company of heaven
we praise your name and join their unending hymn.

People:   Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Pastor:     Holy are you, and blessed is your Son …as we proclaim the mystery of faith.

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

Pastor:     Pour out your Holy Spirit …

All honor and glory is yours Almighty God, now and for ever.

People:   Amen.

Receiving the Bread and Cup

Pastor:     A Prayer of Gratitude after all have received

People: Amen

Glorifying God with our Gifts and Offerings

Invitation to Share in God’s Kingdom Work

Offertory – Above the Hills the Advent Light (Wihla Hutson)                                        Choir

Above the hills the Advent Light
Awakes the midnight sky;
Great God, our Judge, enthroned in might,
Descends from heaven on high.
Rejoice, rejoice, the Lord is nigh!.
In God’s own time shall evil cease,
When His day shall appear.
Repentant souls shall know His peace,
Meek hearts His Gospel hear.
Rejoice, rejoice, the King draws near

Prayer of Dedication –

God of promise and hope,
we share offerings of time, talent, and treasure.
Your word reminds us that we do not know the day or hour
when our faithfulness will be examined,
and so we pray that we might live each day and each moment
striving for lives of love and compassion for the least, lowliest, and the lost,
in a way that is pleasing to you.
We pray this in the name of the Christ,
whose coming calls us to pre
paration and repentance    Amen.

* Song to Present the Offering – Soon and Very Soon Hymnal 706
1. Soon and very soon, we are going to see the King; (Hallelujah!) soon and very soon, we are going to see the King; (Hallelujah!) soon and very soon, we are going to see the King. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! We’re going to see the King.

2. No more dying there, we are going to see the King; (Hallelujah!) soon and very soon, we are going to see the King; (Hallelujah!) soon and very soon, we are going to see the King. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! We’re going to see the King.

3. No more crying there, we are going to see the King; (Hallelujah!) soon and very soon, we are going to see the King; (Hallelujah!) soon and very soon, we are going to see the King. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! We’re going to see the King.

*    Going Out to Prepare the Way for Christ’s Coming

Leader: The word of Christ’s coming gives us hope.

People:      We are ready to dispel darkness with the light of hope.

Leader:      Everywhere you see the lights of Christmas, remember you are a child of the light.

People:      In the darkness, we will shine brightly the hope of Christ’s coming again.

ALL:         LIGHT OF THE WORLD, MAY YOU SHINE THROUGH US.  AMEN

* Choral Response – Christ is Coming! (Joachim Neander)

Christ is coming! Christ is coming!
Come, O blessed Prince of Peace.

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Postlude –

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