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FIRST SABBATH IN ADVENT
11:00 a.m. December 1, 2002
Assemble in Gods Name
s Hymnbook: "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" #147
s Passing the Peace
Concerns of the Church
Call to Worship (Jeremiah 3:14-15).
Leader: The days are surely coming, says the LORD,
People: when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah.
Leader: In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David;
People: and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.
Lighting of the Advent Candle
Prayer of Confession (in unison)
God of the future, you are coming in power to bring all nations under your rule.
We confess that we have not expected your kingdom, for we live casual lives, ignoring your promised judgment.
We accept lies as truth, exploit neighbors, abuse the earth, and refuse your justice and peace.
In your mercy , forgive us.
Grant us wisdom to welcome your way, and to seek things that will endure when Christ comes to judge the world.
In his name, we pray. Amen.
Declaration of Forgiveness (Psalm 103:8,10-12)
Leader: The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.
People: For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far he removes our transgressions from us.
s Gloria Patri #546
Presentation of Tithes and Offerings
s Doxology #544
Proclaim Gods Word
Children's Sermon: "Climbing Crabs"
Dismissal to Childrens Church (5 and Under)
Prayers of the People
s First Reading: Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19
s Hymnbook: " "Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus" #151
Second Reading: Isaiah 64:1-9
Sermon: "Soul Print"
Go in Gods Name
s The Apostles' Creed
s Prayer of Thanksgiving
s The Lord's Prayer
s Hymnbook: "Watchman, Tell Us of the Night" #149
s Charge and Blessing
Welcome on this first Sunday in Advent! As we prepare ourselves spiritually to celebrate again the coming of our Lord, let us affirm the joy Christ brought to the world. May such joy live within us as we worship the Lord.
Wednesday, December 4: Come and watch the Christmas parade and then help decorate the church. No Bible Study and no Youth meeting.
We have a Congregational Meeting today after Morning Worship. The purpose of this meeting is to approve a budget for 2002 and to elect church officers.
Today is the last day to sign up for Christmas poinsettias. If you would like to place a flower in the church in honor or memory of someone, please sign the sheet in the narthex, or give this information, along with your money to Frances Nivens. The cost is $10 per flower
Our church is on the Christmas Tour this year. We need volunteers to be at the church on Saturday, December 7 (4-8 p.m.) and on Sunday, December 8 (3-7 p.m.). Sign-up sheets are in the narthex.
New Deacons will be ordained and installed next Sabbath, December 8.
Sabbath School Christmas Party, Wednesday, December 16, 7:00 p.m.
If you have questions or comments, email Tony Grant
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