Sunday, November27, 2022

LOVELY LANE

 

UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

 

1ST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

 

November 27, 2022

 

10:15am

 

Organ Prelude

 

Welcome and Announcements

 

Choral Introit “O Come, O Long-Expected Jesus” (Christian Gregor )

Come, O long-expected Jesus, Born to see 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,
Long-desired of every nation, Joy of every waiting heart.

 

Call to Worship

We may not know when,
but you are coming to us,
grace overflowing from your heart, O God.
We may not know who,
but your hope will be shared
by the least likely people, Friend of the poor.
We may not know how,
but your peace will transform
our angry words into warm welcomes,
our bitterness into cups of love, Spirit of Joy.

Opening 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 own sufficient merit, raise us to Thy glorious throne.

 

Lighting The First Candle Of The Advent Wreath

L: On each Sunday of Advent, we light a new candle, a sign of hope in a world full of shadows. When all four candles are burning brightly, we will know that it is time to begin the Christmas feast of lights. We want to be ready to welcome the Light of the World into our lives.

P: Come, let us walk in the light of the Lord!

L: Let this light shine so that we may remember to bring the light of Jesus’ presence to all people. “While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light.” (John 12:36)

P: Come, let us walk in the light of the Lord!

L: 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 (Charles Wesley)

P: Come, let us walk in the light of the Lord! (Isaiah 2:5)

 

Choral Response  “Emmanuel, Emmanuel” No. 204

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

Old Testament Lesson   Isaiah 2:1-5   NIV

This is what Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem: 2 In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and all nations will stream to it. 3 Many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. 4 He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore. 5 Come, descendants of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the Lord.

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 Matthew 24:37-44    The Message

37-39 “The Arrival of the Son of Man will take place in times like Noah’s. Before the great flood everyone was carrying on as usual, having a good time right up to the day Noah boarded the ark. They knew nothing—until the flood hit and swept everything away. 39-44 “The Son of Man’s Arrival will be like that: Two men will be working in the field—one will be taken, one left behind; two women will be grinding at the mill—one will be taken, one left behind. So stay awake, alert. You have no idea what day your Master will show up. But you do know this: You know that if the homeowner had known what time of night the burglar would arrive, he would have been there with his dogs to prevent the break-in. Be vigilant just like that. You have no idea when the Son of Man is going to show up.

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

Sermon  “The Waiting Begins”      Rev. Debbie Scott

Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving

Offertory   “Above the Hills the Advent Light”    (Wihla Hutson)

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. Let men prepare Him place
Within their hearts to dwell, Receive His heavenly grace,
Set free from sin and hell. Rejoice, rejoice, O free from sin and hell.
Rejoice, Rejoice, O come, Emmanuel!

 

Above the hills the sun’s first rays Their golden splendor fling;
O God, send in the glorious days Where of the prophets sing.
Rejoice, we greet our King!

 

Offering Prayer (All)

Our gifts seem so insignificant considering the need, so paltry when we look at the brokenness around us.  But in the days to come, you promise to take them so that others might be fed, clothed, housed, and         embraced in your grace and hope.  Amen.

 

Closing Hymn  “Prophets Told Us, Pay Attention!”   UMH 220 (“Angels, from the Realms of Glory”)

Words by Carolyn Winfrey Gilette

 

1. Prophets told us, “Pay attention! God is working in the land.
Lo, the days are surely coming; seek the justice God has planned!
Seek the signs of your redemption; hear God’s word and understand!”

3. As we welcome your salvation, all around we see distress;
There is trouble in the nations! There is greed and wickedness;
As we trust in your redemption, may we live your righteousness.

4. May we work for what you call for; may we labor for your reign.

Families cry out at the border; children suffer grief and pain.

May your church, committed, prayerful, work for justice in your name.

 

Benediction

We may not know when, but we will go,
to bring God’s grace to our broken world.
We may not know who, yet we will go,
to receive Jesus’ hope from those
we are uncomfortable being around.
We may not know how, so we will go,
to share the Spirit’s peace
in the most unusual places.

 

Choral Benediction  “Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall Come” arr. (Thomas Helmore)

Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel!

 

Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

 

Postlude

 

 

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