Worship Bulletin for December 1, 2019

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2019

First Sun­day in Advent

GREETING

PRELUDE

Nun komm, der Hei­den Hei­land BWV 659 — J S Bach

CHORAL INTROIT

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.

CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER

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.

CHORAL ANTHEM

Can­dle Car­ol by K. Lee Scott

OFFERING

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

WRITTEN WORD

Matthew 1:18–23

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

HOLY COMMUNION

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

BENEDICTION

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

POSTLUDE

Nun komm, der Hei­den Hei­land BWV 661 - J S Bach