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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
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.