Bulletin for December 3

Order Of Worship For Sunday

December 3, 2017

INTROIT  Come, Thou Long-Expect­ed Jesus      David Ash­ley White

LIGHTING OF THE FIRST CANDLE OF ADVENT Mark 13. 24–37

CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE We Light the Advent Can­dles

*OPENING PRAYER

In the mid­dle of world­wide tur­moil, dark­ness descends and the peo­ple cry out, “Save us, Lord”. Our cries have been heard and the Word which resides with God is ready to come to us. Lord, hear our pleas and enter our hearts and lives this day. Help us to be ready for the com­ing of Jesus. AMEN.

PRELUDE Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme — J S Bach

HYMN No. 203                Hail to the Lord’s Anoint­ed

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE Wait­ing with Antic­i­pa­tion

CONGREGATIONAL CALL TO PRAYER 2092 (vs.3) Like a Child 

Like a child born to pray and to show us the way, like a chgild here to stay, Jesus Comes. Like a child we receive all that love can con­ceive, like a child we believe, Jesus comes

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

THE LORD’S PRAYER

ANTHEM       O Come to Us, Emmanuel          Chan­cel Choir

*GIVING OURSELVES TO GOD Come,  Thou Long-Expect­ed Jesus

Arr. by Mark Hayes,     Nan­cy B. James, piano

PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS  No. 234 (cho­rus)

O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him. Christ, the Lord! For he alone is wor­thy, for he alone is wor­thy, for he alone is wor­thy, Christ, the Lord

PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST                                                                                    FELLOWSHIP CHORUS   Emmanuel

Emmanuel, Emanuel, his name is called Emmanuel. God with us, revealed in us, his name is called Emmanuel

THE WRITTEN WORD Job 19:23–27

One: The Word of God for the peo­ple of God

All: Thanks be to God]

SONG OF PREPARATION No. 2086 Open Our Eyes,

Open our eyes, Lord, we want to see Jesus, to reach out and touch him, and say that we love him. Open our ears, Lord, and help us to lis­ten. Open our eyes, Lord, we want to see Jesus.

THE SPOKEN WORD  Who Are We Wait­ing For

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Make it easy for us to fig­ure out,” we cry as we seek signs of God’s pres­ence. We want it sim­ple. Just tell us and we can take the prop­er pre­cau­tions. There are signs all-around of God’s pres­ence among us – both in that which has been cre­at­ed and in the new­ness of cre­ation of every­day liv­ing. We’re look­ing for signs of gloom and doom – but we should be look­ing for signs of hope and tri­umph. For­give us, mer­ci­ful God, when we spend so much time look­ing for the scary things in life. Focus our atten­tion on ways in which we can be of ser­vice with what­ev­er time we have. For­give us when we seek the dark­ness of anger and fear and turn our backs on the light of pos­si­bil­i­ties and peace. Open our hearts once again to your redeem­ing love and trans­form­ing peace, for we ask these things in Jesus’ name. AMEN.

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING

HYMN No. 2100 (vs 1,2, 4 & 5)    Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne 

SHARING THE LOAF and the CUP OF SALVATION

There will be two sta­tions, as the ush­ers direct you, come for­ward through the cen­ter aisle to the sta­tion on the side you are sit­ting. Return to your seat by the side aisle. Those with mobil­i­ty con­cerns remain in your seats and the pas­tor will serve you there. Com­mu­nion is open to all!

HYMN No. 730           O Day of God, Draw Nigh

THE CHALLENGE

THE BLESSING               Go Now In Peace

POSTLUDE Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme — J G Walther

Please join us in the Fel­low­ship Hall fol­low­ing our wor­ship for con­tin­ued fel­low­ship over refresh­ments