ADVENT 1

December 3, 2017

Today’s Service

(* Indicates when to stand, if you are able.)

PRELUDE

GREETING

Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and shield.
Our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name.
Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,
even as we hope in you. (Psalm 33:20-22)

* INTROIT  #1 Verses 1-4   “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”

ADVENT CANDLE LIGHTING

Something’s coming.
We’re waiting. We’re eager.
It’s more than presents.
It’s more than lights.
We open the Book of Hope and read the promise.
God will be with us.
Our hearts are glad; we trust God’s holy name.
God’s never-ending love surrounds us.
Today we light the candle of Hope.
Our hope is in the Lord. Amen. 

(Light the first candle.)

* HYMN  #6 Verses 1   “A Candle is Burning”

OPENING PRAYER

Lord of Love and Light, shine through our darkness, bringing us hope. Open our hearts for the journey, our eyes for the light, our spirits for the peace which you bring. Fill our mouths with laughter and speech with shouts of joy that we shall reveal the love with which you surround us. We offer this prayer in the name of the One who is coming into the world bringing your hope, love, peace, and joy, Jesus Christ. Amen.

* HYMN #18  “There’s A Voice in the Wilderness”

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

Speak to us, Lord.  Speak to us in the waiting, the watching,
the hoping, the longing, the sorrow, the sighing, the rejoicing.
Speak to us by your Word in these Advent days,
and walk with us until the day of your coming. Amen.

SCRIPTURE

Isaiah 64:1-9

Mark 13:24-37

ANTHEM  #661  “Come to My Heart”

SERMON Hope

PASTORAL PRAYER

LORD’S PRAYER

* OFFERING HYMN #55 Verse 4  “The Bleak Midwinter”

DEDICATION

God of promise and hope, we take time this morning to share offerings of time, talent, and treasure.

We present ourselves to you, knowing you are the source of all good gifts.

Your word reminds us that we do not know the day or hour when our faithfulness will

Be examined, and so we pray that we might live each day and each moment striving for lives of love and compassion for the least, lowliest, and the lost, in a way that is pleasing to you.

We pray this in the name of the Christ, whose coming calls us to preparation and repentance.  Amen.  (Matthew 24:36-44)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

BENEDICTION

* CLOSING HYMN #7  “Hope Is A Star”