Worship Bulletin for SUNDAY DECEMBER 2, 2018

SUNDAY DECEMBER 2, 2018

First Sun­day in Advent

PASTORAL GREETING 

PRELUDE

Nun komm, der Hei­den Hei­land Bux WV 211 by Diet­rich Bux­te­hude

A time to reflect and pre­pare to hear God while altar can­dles are lit

CHORAL INTROIT

We Shall Light a Thou­sand Can­dles by David Ras­bach

LIGHTING THE ADVENT CANDLE 

Sara and Mar­shall Bai­ley with Zachary and Alexan­der

ADVENT HYMN #249 verse 1 There’s A Song In The Air

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE Rev Can­dace Lawrence

ADVENT HYMN #249 vers­es 2–4 There’s A Song In The Air

ADVENT AFFIRMATION 

We believe that in the begin­ning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The Word became flesh as Jesus, God’s one and only Son, who lived among us reveal­ing the true char­ac­ter of God. We believe Jesus was born of the vir­gin Mary as was proph­e­sied in the Old Tes­ta­ment, that he suf­fered
under Pon­tius Pilate, was cru­ci­fied, died and was buried. We believe Jesus rose from the grave prov­ing his author­i­ty over sin and death. We believe God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of God’s chil­dren. So we pro­claim that God so loved the world he gave his only Son that who­ev­er would believe on him should not per­ish but have ever­last­ing life. We believe in Jesus
and cel­e­brate the free­dom and love God has revealed through him. We live in him, through him and for him pro­claim­ing his
great love and hope to the world. Amen.

GLORIA PATRI #70

Glo­ry be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the begin­ning, is now and ever shall be, world with­out end. Amen. Amen!

CHORAL ANTHEM Hur­ry to Beth­le­hem by Lloyd Lar­son

CHORAL CALL TO PRAYER Pray to the Lord (Taize)

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

SILENT PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER

OFFERTORY Vocal solos from Handel’s Mes­si­ah

PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS

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 #204

Emmanuel, Emmanuel His name is called Emmanuel. God with
us, revealed in us, His name is called Emmanuel.

WRITTEN WORD Luke 21. 25–36 

25 “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and per­plex­i­ty at the roar­ing and toss­ing of the sea. 26 Men will faint from ter­ror, appre­hen­sive of what is com­ing on the world, for the heav­en­ly bod­ies will be shak­en. 27 At that time they will see the Son of Man com­ing in a cloud with pow­er and great glo­ry. 28 When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemp­tion is draw­ing near.” 29 He told them this para­ble: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. 30 When they sprout leaves, you can see for your­selves and know that sum­mer is near. 31 Even so, when you see these things hap­pen­ing, you know that the king­dom of God is near. 32 “I tell you the truth, this gen­er­a­tion will cer­tain­ly not pass away until all these things have hap­pened. 33 Heav­en and earth will pass away, but my words will nev­er pass away. 34 “Be care­ful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dis­si­pa­tion, drunk­en­ness and the anx­i­eties of life, and that day will close on you unex­pect­ed­ly like a trap. 35 For it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to hap­pen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.” NIV

QUESTIONS OF LIFE & FAITH

 • What makes you appre­hen­sive and ques­tion­ing of the future?

 • Do you believe that Christ will be return­ing soon? Does this
    increase or decrease your anx­i­ety?

 • What pre­vents you from lift­ing your head high in the midst of
    the per­plex­i­ties of your life?

HYMN OF PREPARATION #730 O Day of God Draw Nigh

TEACHING

PASTORAL PRAYER

CLOSING HYMN #213 Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates

BLESSING

SENDING Go Now in Peace by Don Besig

POSTLUDE Nun komm, der Hei­den Hei­land BWV 661 by J S Bach