November 29, 2020 WORSHIP SERVICE

10 AM  –  The Ringing of the Bell and Lighting of the Altar Candles       

Gathering Hymn: “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” v. 1 No.  211 UMH

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.  

 Advent Candle Lighting

Linda Wareham:  Today I light the Prophet’s candle of Hope –  I Corinthians 1:3-9                                                  “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” v. 1

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.                           

Prayer for Deliverance:

O Holy God, open unto me / light for my darkness, / courage for my fear, / hope for my despair. (Howard Thurman, USA, 1899-1981)

Call to Worship:

Apostles Creed: I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth, and in Jesus Christ, His 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; **; 

     On the third day, He arose from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick 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.  

Opening Hymn: “God Is Here Today/Dios Esta Aqui” No. 2049 TFWS 

    God is here today; as certain as the air I breathe, as certain as the morning sun that rises, as certain when I sing you’ll hear my song.

    Dios esta aqui, tan cierto como el aire que respiro, tan cierto como la manana se levanta, tan cierto como que le canto y me puede oir.

Chancel Choir Anthem: “The Promise of Living” by Aaron Copeland              

Children’s Sermon: by Susan Johnson   

The Lord’s Prayer: 

Offertory Piano Solo: by Joy Asenas   

Doxology:  “Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow” No. 94 UMH

Prayer of Dedication: Give me a pure heart, that I may see thee; a humble heart, that I may hear thee; a heart of love, that I may serve thee; a heart of faith, that I may abide in thee.  Amen.  (Dag Hammerskjold, Sweden, 20th century)

Hymn of Preparation: “Until Jesus Comes” No. 3050 W&S

Until Jesus comes, until Jesus comes, we’ll be watching and waiting until Jesus comes   (2x)    

Prayer for Illumination: 

Send Your Spirit to fill our lives with Your love, that we may not only hear but also do Your Word.  Amen  (Ruth C. Duck, USA, 20th Century)

Scripture Reading: Mark 13:24-37                                                         

Sermon: “Until Jesus Comes” Rev. Bethany Carpenter   

Prayer of Confession: 

Merciful God, we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart.  We have failed to be an obedient church. We have not done your will, we have broken your law, we have rebelled against your love, we have not loved our neighbors, and we have not heard the cry of the needy.  Forgive us, we pray.  Free us for joyful obedience, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Holy Communion at HOME: Bread, Liquid, Candle.

Response 1:  Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of Power and Might.  Heaven and Earth are full of your glory.  Hosanna in the highest.  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.  Hosanna in the highest.

Response 2:  Christ has died, Christ is risen,  Christ will come again!

Response 3:  Amen, Amen, Amen.

Closing Prayer:        

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden. Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Prayer of Confession: 

Merciful God, we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart.  We have failed to be an obedient church. We have not done your will, we have broken your law, we have rebelled against your love, we have not loved our neighbors, and we have not heard the cry of the needy.  Forgive us, we pray.  Free us for joyful obedience, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Bardsdale Closing Song

Congregation  

May the God of Peace be with you, holding you in strong fingered hands, and may you be an instrument of God’s peace, to those whose hands you hold, and may the blessings of peace, be with you, be with you, be with you. (Edited by Roberta Palmer)