Bulletin for Nov. 29

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

*THE SENDING

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