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FIRST SABBATH IN ADVENT
11:00 a.m. December 2, 2001
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: "Advent"
Dismissal to Childrens Church (5 and Under)
Prayers of the People
S First Reading: Psalm 122
s Hymnbook: "Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus" #151
Second Reading: Romans 13:11-14
Sermon: "Choke Point"
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.
Bible Study: Wednesday 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
We are studying Biblical Prayer.
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.
We would like to decorate the church again this year with white poinsettias wrapped in gold paper with a white ribbon. If you wish to order a flower for the church, please put your name on the list in the narthex and give your money to Frances Nivens. The cost is $10 per flower.
New Deacons will be ordained and installed next Sabbath, December 9.
Men's Fellowship meets December 17. This is an 8:00 a.m. breakfast meeting. Come and be with us.
If you have questions or comments, email Tony Grant
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