Bulletin for November 27

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

GREETING and QUESTIONS OF LIFE & FAITH

How are you prepar­ing for Jesus’ “Sec­ond” Com­ing?

What does it mean for you to be ready  for Jesus’ return if we do not know when He will come?

How is your prepa­ra­tion for Christ’s return reflect­ed in your prepa­ra­tions to cel­e­brate Christ­mas?

PRELUDE   Please be in silent reflec­tion as we pre­pare our­selves for wor­ship.

Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme BWV 645 — Johann Sebas­t­ian Bach

CHORAL INTROIT                            O Come, Lord Jesus                                   Chan­cel Choir

Diet­rich Bux­te­hude, Arr. By Patrick M. Lieber­gen

THE FIRST CANDLE of ADVENT: The Can­dle of Patience: Watch! Wait!

                        Come Child of Light - Lloyd Lar­son — Lisa Kissel­stein, flute and Chan­cel Choir

OPENING PRAYER (Isa­iah 2, Romans 13)

When, O God, will the day of peace come? When will the nations stream to your holy moun­tain and beat their swords into plow­shares? When will the long night of war and hatred, give way to the dawn of love, right­eous­ness, and joy? We are ready for the dawn, O God. Shine your light into our world, mighty One of peace. Illu­mi­nate the path, and give us the wis­dom and courage to fol­low your light. We pray in the name of the Prince of Peace. Amen.

*HYMN No. 196                       Come, Thou Long-Expect­ed Jesus

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE (9:30)

RESPONSE The King is com­ing, the King is com­ing. I just heard the trum­pet sound­ing and soon His face I’ll see. The King is com­ing, the King is com­ing, Praise God, He’s com­ing for me.

CELEBRATION OF BAPTISM (11:00)

Addi­son Ani­ta Mey­er, born June 3, 2016 to Kay­la Renee and Carl Stephan Mey­er

ANTHEM          Can­dle Car­ol - K. Lee Scott          Chan­cel Choir

CONGREGATIONAL CALL TO PRAYER No. 204  Emmanuel, Emmanuel

Sub­sti­tute O hear our prayer for His name is called

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

OFFERING OUR GIFTS and OURSELVES TO GOD

Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme — Johann Got­tfried Walther

*PRESENTING OUR GIFTS No. 234 (cho­rus) Come, Let Us Adore Him

*PASSING OF THE PEACE OF CHRIST

*FELLOWSHIP CHORUS                 Love Has Come!

Love has come and nev­er will leave us! Love is life ever­last­ing and free. Love is Jesus with­in and among us. Love is the peace our hearts are seek­ing. Love! Love! Love is the gift of Christ­mas. Love! Love! Love is my gift to you!

THE WRITTEN WORD         Matthew 24. 36–44

HYMN OF PREPARATION No. 730   O Day of God, Draw Nigh

SPIRITUAL CONVERSATION       Which Christ­mas will You Have?    Rev. Dr. Bri­an Homan

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

CONFESSION

WORDS OF ASSURANCE

ADVENT THANKSGIVING for the BREAD and the CUP

RECEIVING THE BREAD AND CUP

Please come for­ward through the cen­ter aisle to the sta­tion on the side of the sanc­tu­ary where you are sit­ting, Take and eat a piece of bro­ken bread, then take and drink a cup of unfer­ment­ed wine. The altar rail is open for prayer before you return to your seat by the side aisle.

*HYMN No. 567                                   Her­alds of Christ

THE SENDING Go Now In Peace

POSTLUDE                Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme — Hein­rich Schmidt

Please join us for con­tin­ued fel­low­ship over refresh­ments in Fel­low­ship Hall.

Those desir­ing to receive Christ or to pray with the pas­tor are invit­ed

to meet with him in the Prayer Room off of the Fel­low­ship Hall.