We are glad to have you worship with us!
Children are always welcome in worship; activity bags are available at the sanctuary entrances.
During the 9:30 a.m. worship, we offer a nursery for infants and toddlers, and
Discovery Zone for pre‑K to 12th grade following a Children’s Message.
Hearing devices and LARGE PRINT bulletins are available; ushers are happy to assist you.
Please silence all devices during worship. (*) indicates please stand, as you are able.
Sunday, November 29, 2015
WELCOME and QUESTIONS OF LIFE AND FAITH
PRELUDE Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme BWV 645 — J S Bach
ADVENT INTROIT Wait for the Lord (Taize Community)
LIGHTING OF THE FIRST CANDLE OF ADVENT
RESPONSE (Vs. 1 & 2, see insert) We Light the Advent Candle
*HYMN OF PRAISE No. 210 All Earth is Waiting
CHILDREN’S MOMENT (9:30)
*Children are dismissed to the Discovery Zone after sacrament of Baptism
AN ADVENT AFFIRMATION written by Nathan Nettleton
We believe in God, creator and lover of the earth, origin and destiny of us all. We believe in Jesus the Christ — God coming to us in the fragile promise of a baby yet unborn— who emerges as the herald of hope, God’s laughter in the face of despair. Plunged into death and hell, he broke free the captives, and is leading the way to the land of promise where justice and peace will flourish. We believe in the Holy Spirit, who implants the seed of truth, brings us to birth as the body of Christ, and empowers us to confront and transform all that is corrupt, degrading and deceitful. We believe in the coming reign of God. It has drawn near to us in Jesus, and will be consummated in the glorious marriage of earth and heaven, when all who have passed through the world’s deep sorrow will be raised from the waters, robed in righteousness, and gathered into the joyous fulfilment of God’s desire. For the coming of that day on this day, we work and pray: Come, Lord Jesus, Come!
CHORAL CALL TO PRAYER No. 204 Emmanuel, Emmanuel
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER
THE GIVING OF OURSELVES AND OUR GIFTS
CHORAL ANTHEM Come, Thou Long-expected Jesus Chancel Choir
J. S. Bach, Arr. by Tom Fettke & Camp Kirkland
PRESENTING OUR GIFTS No. 94 Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow
THE WRITTEN WORD 1 Peter 3. 13–21
HYMN OF PREPARATION 215, (vs. 1,2 & 6) To a Maid Engaged to Joseph
THE WITNESS TO THE WORD Being Good for Goodness Sake Dr. Brian Homan
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
God you are perfect goodness and we see the full extent of your goodness in Jesus, whom you sent to be our Savior. Though you made us good, we have failed to reflect your goodness. We reject the evil and violence of our world and confess our part in it, but admit we have set limits to what we will sacrifice and suffer to do what is good and right. We have weighed the cost each time we have been challenged to do good and have been found lacking and wanting. The best of our goodness will never match that of Jesus. Forgive the impoverishment of our intentions and efforts and fill us with the Spirit of Jesus to push the limits we have set to trust you to do in us what we are not capable of on our own. Make us good inside and out so we might know even in our flawed attempts you are pleased with us. Amen!
THANKSGIVING FOR THE GIFT OF BREAD AND CUP
COMMUNING WITH CHRIST
*HYMN No. 206 I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light
POSTLUDE Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme - J G Walther
Join us in Fellowship Hall for fellowship and refreshments following worship and sign holiday cards to our home bound members