Sunday, November 29, 2020

 

Mark 13:24-37 sermon | YINKAHDINAY

NOVEMBER 29, 2020
First Sunday of Advent
11:00A.M.
Advent is a season of waiting. During Advent, we are waiting for something to come into the world,
something to be born for us and in us. It is an expectant waiting, and it requires not will, but willingness
– a willingness to receive the new, the unexpected.
It requires a decision to be open to the ways God will be at work in our lives.

 

 

Organ Prelude

 

Welcome and Announcements                                      John Strawbridge

 

Choral Introit “Let all mortal flesh keep silence” (Trad)

Let all mortal flesh keep silence,
And with fear and trembling stand.
Ponder nothing earthly-minded,
For with blessing in His hand
Christ our God to earth descendeth,
Our full homage to demand.

 

Prayer of Invocation (All)

Almighty God, as we begin this season of Advent remind us again that in the midst of our darkness you are bringing us peace, to calm our anxious spirits and hectic lives. Turn our hearts again toward you. Make us ready to receive your Son our Savior. Slow our pace, and give us the blessing of feeling your peace in our spirits. For we ask this in Jesus’ precious Name. Amen.

 

Opening Hymn O Come, O Come, Emmanuel                  UMH 211 Vs. 1-3

1 O come, O come, Immanuel,
and ransom captive Israel
that mourns in lonely exile here
until the Son of God appear.
Refrain:
Rejoice! Rejoice! Immanuel
shall come to you, O Israel.
2 O come, O Wisdom from on high,
and order all things far and nigh;
to us the path of knowledge show
and cause us in her ways to go. Refrain
3 O come, O come, great Lord of might,
who to thy tribes on Sinai’s height
in ancient times once gave the law
in cloud and majesty and awe. Refrain

 

Lighting the Advent Wreath

As our nights grow longer and our days grow shorter, we look on these earthly signs – candles and green branches – and remember God’s promise to the world:
All: Christ, our light and our hope, will come.
Listen to the words of Isaiah, the prophet:
The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light. On those who lived in a land of darkness a light has dawned. You have increased their joy and given them gladness. They rejoice in your presence as those who rejoice at harvest.
Let us pray together:
All: O God, the One who has arrived in Jesus Christ, hope of every nation, Savior of all people, come and dwell among us. Amen.
Today we light the candle of Hope – the Hope Christ brings.

 

Congregational Response “Emmanuel, Emmanuel”               UMH 204

Emmanuel, Emmanuel,
His name is called Emmanuel.
God with us, revealed in us,
His name is called Emmanuel.

 

Old Testament Lesson                                                   Isaiah 64:1-9 The Message

Oh, that you would rip open the heavens and descend,
make the mountains shudder at your presence—
As when a forest catches fire,
as when fire makes a pot to boil—
To shock your enemies into facing you,
make the nations shake in their boots!
You did terrible things we never expected,
descended and made the mountains shudder at your presence.
Since before time began
no one has ever imagined,
No ear heard, no eye seen, a God like you
who works for those who wait for him.
You meet those who happily do what is right,
who keep a good memory of the way you work.
But how angry you’ve been with us!
We’ve sinned and kept at it so long!
Is there any hope for us? Can we be saved?
We’re all sin-infected, sin-contaminated.
Our best efforts are grease-stained rags.
We dry up like autumn leaves—
sin-dried, we’re blown off by the wind.
No one prays to you
or makes the effort to reach out to you
Because you’ve turned away from us,
left us to stew in our sins.
Still, God, you are our Father.
We’re the clay and you’re our potter:
All of us are what you made us.
Don’t be too angry with us, O God.
Don’t keep a permanent account of wrongdoing.
Keep in mind, please, we are your people—all of us.
The Word of God….Thanks Be To God

 

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

 

Choral Response Cares Chorus                                       TFWS 2215

I cast all my cares upon You
I lay all of my burdens down at Your feet
And any time I don’t know just what to do,
I will cast all my cares upon You.

 

Gospel Lesson                                                               Mark 13:24-37 NIV

24 “But in those days, following that distress,
“‘the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light;
25 the stars will fall from the sky,
and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’[a]
26 “At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.
28 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 29 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that it[b] is near, right at the door. 30 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
32 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard! Be alert[c]! You do not know when that time will come. 34 It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with their assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.
35 “Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. 36 If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. 37 What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’”
The Word of God for the people of God….Thanks Be To God

 

Sermon “Stay Alert”                                                            Rev. Debbie Scott

 

Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving

 

Offertory “A King Shall Come” (Larson)

The King shall come when morning dawns and light triumphant breaks;
When beauty gilds the eastern hills and life to joy awakes.
The King shall come when morning dawns and earth’s dark night is past;
O haste the dawning of that morn, the day that e’er shall last.

Come, O come, Messiah, set your people free.
Savior of the nations, come, O Prince of Peace!

The King shall come when morning dawns and light and beauty brings
Emmanuel! Your people pray, come quickly, King of Kings!

 

Offering Prayer (All)

We will no longer wait, but will offer our lives, as well as these tangible gifts, in the work of the kingdom, so all people might know that God’s love, hope, peace, and healing are for all. Amen.

 

Closing Hymn Come, Thopu Long-Expected Jesus       UMH 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.

 

Benediction

Be on guard!
We do not know when Christ will return.
Be alert!
Our hearts will be open to everyone we meet.
Be on guard! Be alert!
We will welcome each person as if they are the Christ.

 

Choral Benediction “Christ is Coming” (Neander)

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

 

Ringing the Bicentennial Bell

 

Organ Postlude

 

Advent Wreath Lighting**

Please have your Advent wreath or candle ready to light when we reach that part of the service.

 

Tower Lighting

Linda Webb is lighting the tower for the season of Advent to bring a beacon of light and hope at this dark time of year.

 

Advent Study

The next Advent bible study will be on Wednesday at 12:30 PM via Zoom. Let us know if you are interested.

 

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