SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2019
First Sunday in Advent
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland BWV 659 — J S Bach
We Shall Light a Thousand Candles by David Rasbach
CALL TO WORSHIP
ONE: I wait for the Lord, my soul waits.
MANY: And in God’s word I hope.
ONE: My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning.
MANY: More than watchmen wait for the morning.
ONE: Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
MANY: They will soar on wings like eagles.
ONE: People of God, put your hope in the Lord.
MANY: For with the Lord is unfailing love and full redemption.
Loving God, we thank you for the promise of the Messiah who came to be the light of the world. Help us prepare our hearts to receive him. Bless our worship over Advent with your presence, power and peace. Help us to hear and do your word. We ask this in the name of the promised Messiah, Jesus, the Son of God, Amen.
HYMN #211 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
LIGHTING OF THE FIRST ADVENT WREATH CANDLE
9:30 am Chip, Suzanne, Owen & Elliana Fairbanks
11 am Joanne Hagner
CHILDREN’S MOMENT (9:30 am)
CALL TO PRAYER
Pray to the Lord (Taize)
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
Candle Carol by K. Lee Scott
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland BuxWV 211 — Dietrich Buxtehude
(Choralbearbeitung: Samuel Scheidt 1650)
PRESENTING OUR GIFTS
PASSING THE PEACE
HYMN # 196 Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus
This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
2 Corinthians 5:17–18
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:
QUESTIONS OF FAITH AND LIFE
• What chaos is in your life presently? How are you dealing with it?
• Has Christmastime been more comfort or chaos for you over the years? Or, some mix of the two?
• How do you think Joseph felt before the angel visitation? How about afterward?
• Do you need a new start in your life this Advent?
• What does it mean to you that “He will save his people from their sins?”
• In the absolute chaos of the crucifixion of Christ, what did he accomplish for us?
MESSAGE Christ in Our Chaos
CLOSING HYMN #213 Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates
BENEDICTION RESPONSE Go Now In Peace by Don Besig
Go now in peace. Never be afraid. God will go with you each hour of every day. Go now in faith, steadfast, strong and true. Know He will guide you in all you do. Go now in love, and show you believe. Reach out to others so all the world can see. God will be there watching from above. Go now in peace, in faith, and in love.
BLESSING AND SENDING
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland BWV 661 - J S Bach