Sunday, November 28, 2021

First Sunday of Advent

November 28, 2021


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. This season is an advent-ure and we have a part to play — waiting, opening, staying watchful. Something new is coming. Consider that Christmas will be a time of giving and receiving. God has a wonderful gift for you. Prepare to receive it.


Organ Prelude


Welcome and Announcements


Choral Introit “Savior Of the Nations, Come” (Anon. German)

Savior of the nations, come;
virgin’s Son, make here your home.
Marvel now, O heav’n and earth,
that the Lord chose such a birth.


Call to Worship

L: Have you seen it ……the Spark of Hope which God is placing among us.
P: All we can see is hectic lives, crowded stores, darkness and fear.
L: Look again…….the spirit of God is moving, bringing hope.
P: We need to place our hope in God, but we are afraid.
L: A long time ago, people were afraid and God brought to them Light.
P: May God bring that light to us today! 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, who ordered all things mightily;

to us the path of knowledge show and teach us in its ways to go. Refrain


3. O come, O come, great Lord of might, who to your tribes on Sinai’s height

in ancient times did give the law in cloud and majesty and awe. Refrain


Lighting the Advent Wreath


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    Jeremiah 33:14-16   NIV

14 “‘The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will fulfill the good promise I made to the people of Israel and Judah.

15 “‘In those days and at that time

I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line;

he will do what is just and right in the land.

16 In those days Judah will be saved

and Jerusalem will live in safety.

This is the name by which it will be called:

The Lord Our Righteous Savior.’

The Word of God for the people 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   Luke 21:25-36   NIV

25 “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26 People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. 27 At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” 29 He told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. 30 When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. 31 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near. 32 “Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. 34 “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. 35 For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”

The Word of God for the people of God…..THANKS BE TO GOD


Sermon     “Signs of the Times”   Rev. Debbie Scott


Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving


Offertory “Come To Us, O God of Hope” (Lloyd)

We’ve waited long for You to come,
Warrior, Savior, promised One.
Long the years of blessings lost,
So dark the days, so high the cost.

Come to us, O God of Hope,
Lead us to the end of night.
Give us signs of days foretold
When our darkness shall turn to light.

We long for promised days of peace
And from this evil seek release.
Gather us in Your embrace,
Protect us in eternal grace.

Give us strength to stand;
We await Your guiding hand.
Grant us patience, Lord, we pray,
Lead us in Your holy Way.

Prepare us, Lord, for days ahead
And by Your Spirit we’ll be led.
Come, Messiah, be our guide;
We know the Lord is by our side.


Offering Prayer (All)

God, fulfiller of promises, we come to this season of Advent with expectant and thank-ful hearts. We welcome the renewed promise of your love, justice and righteousness breaking into our world. We offer these gifts and the witness of our lives in gratitude for all you have done, are doing and will do. This we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen


Closing Hymn    “Come, Thou 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.



Now may our God prepare us to serve our sisters and brothers.

We will devote ourselves to walking with others to Bethlehem.

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ steer us into all the places

we do not want to go.

We will throw ourselves into the mission of feeding the hungry,

into the privilege of learning from the poor.

Now may the Holy Spirit move us to increase in love for others.

We will take up the cause of justice in every corner of our lives,

we will help to bring the kingdom of hope near to everyone around us.


Choral Benediction “Jesus, United By Your Grace” (Wesley)

Jesus, united by your grace,
And each to each endeared,
With confidence we seek your face,
And know our prayer is heard.

(Charles Wesley)


Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell




Altar Flowers

Are given to the Glory of God as we prepare for the coming of Christ.



The Advent Study, The Journey with Adam Hamilton, will start Wednesday, December 1, at 12:30 PM. We will send out a Zoom link and link for the video to be watched. Please purchase your own book.


The trustees will meet on December 7 at 6:00 PM by Zoom.


We are grateful that you have come to be with us this morning.  It is our hope that you experience the love of Christ this morning and his presence during our worship. Please find our contact information below if you would like to reach out to us:


Church Office Number: 410-889-1512
Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, & Saturday

8:00 AM to 4:00 PM


Pastor: Rev. Deb Scott

Phone Number: 301-641-4601























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