Worship Bulletin Sunday

First Sunday of Advent

Sunday, November 29, 2020

 

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

HYMN:                                                              “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus”

 

Come, Thou long expected Jesus, Born to set Thy people free;

From our fears and sins release us; Let us find our rest in Thee.

Israel’s strength and consolation, Hope of all the earth Thou art;

Dear desire of every nation, Joy of every longing heart.

 

Born Thy people to deliver, Born a child and yet a King,

Born to reign in us forever, Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.

By Thine own eternal Spirit Rule in all our hearts alone;

By Thine all sufficient merit Raise us to Thy glorious throne.

(THE PRESBYTERIAN HYMNAL, #2)

 

LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT CANDLE

 

Isaiah 64:1-9

64 O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence— 2 as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil— to make your name known to your adversaries, so that the nations might tremble at your presence! 3 When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect, you came down,

the mountains quaked at your presence.4 From ages past no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who works for those who wait for him.

5 You meet those who gladly do right, those who remember you in your ways. But you were angry, and we sinned; because you hid yourself we transgressed. 6 We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. 7 There is no one who calls on your name, or attempts to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us, and have delivered us into the hand of our iniquity.

8 Yet, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.
9 Do not be exceedingly angry, O Lord, and do not remember iniquity forever. Now consider, we are all your people.

 

Christ Be Our Light

 

Longing for light, we wait in darkness. Longing for truth, we turn to You.

Make us Your own, Your holy people. Light for the world to see.

 

Christ, be our light! Shine in our hearts. Shine through the darkness.

Christ, be our light! Shine in Your church gathered today.

(Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal #314, verse 1)

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION & DECLARATION OF PARDON

 

THE PEACE

May the peace of the Lord be with you,

And also with you

 

THE SCRIPTURE

Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19

 

Hear us, Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock. You who sit enthroned between the cherubim, shine forth

before Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh. Awaken your might; come and save us.

Restore us, O God; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved.

How long, Lord God Almighty, will your anger smolder against the prayers of your people?
You have fed them with the bread of tears; you have made them drink tears by the bowlful.

You have made us an object of derision to our neighbors, and our enemies mock us.

Restore us, God Almighty; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved.

Let your hand rest on the man at your right hand, the son of man you have raised up for yourself.
Then we will not turn away from you; revive us, and we will call on your name.

Restore us, Lord God Almighty; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved.

 

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

 

 

Mark 13:24-37

 

24 “But in those days, following that distress, “‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; 25 the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’

26 “At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.

28 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 29 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that it is near, right at the door. 30 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

32 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. 34 It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with their assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.                                                     35 “Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. 36 If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. 37 What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’”

 

The Gospel of the Lord,

PRAISE TO YOU LORD CHRIST

 

THE SERMON                                                                                                                                                              

 

HYMN:                                                              “Jesus Comes with Clouds Descending”

 

Jesus comes with clouds descending; See the Lamb for sinners slain!

Thousand, thousand saints attending Join to sing the glad refrain:

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Christ the Lord returns to reign!

 

Every eye shall then behold You Robed in awesome majesty;

Those who jeered and mocked and sold You, Pierced and nailed You to the tree,

Shamed and grieving, Shamed and grieving, Shamed and grieving, Shall their true Messiah see.

 

Yes, Amen! Let all adore You High on your eternal throne;

Crowns and empires fall before You, Claim the kingdom for your own:

Come, Lord Jesus, Come, Lord Jesus, Come, Lord Jesus, Everlasting Christ, come down!

(THE PRESBYTERIAN HYMNAL, #6)

 

THE APOSTLES’ CREED (Ecumenical)      

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

MINUTE FOR MISSION

 

JOYS AND CONCERNS

 

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 who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

 

INVITATION TO GIVE

 

HYMN:                                                              “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

 

O come, O come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel,

That mourns in lonely exile here Until the Son of God appear,

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel!

 

O come, Thou Dayspring, come and cheer Our spirits by Thine advent here;

Disperse the gloomy clouds of night, And death’s dark shadows put to flight.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel!

 

O come, Desire of nations, bind All peoples in one heart and mind;

Bid envy, strife, and discord cease; Fill the whole world with heaven’s peace.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel!

(THE PRESBYTERIAN HYMNAL, #9)

 

THE BENEDICTION

 

 
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