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FIRST SABBATH IN ADVENT
11:00 a.m. December 3, 2000
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 Hymnbook: "There is a Song in the Air" .#155
Presentation of Tithes and Offerings
s Doxology #544
Proclaim Gods Word
Children's Sermon: "Advent" Mark 1:1
Dismissal to Childrens Church (5 and Under)
Prayers of the People
First Reading: Luke 21:25-36
Second Reading: Psalm 25:1-10
Sermon: "Riddle of the Christ"
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
As we begin the joyous season of Advent, let us join together as the family of God to worship our Creator. All are sincerely welcome as we approach the throne of grace. May God bless us all!
Stacy's is again offering special prices for poinsettias to churches ordering fifteen or more. We would like to decorate the church this year with white poinsettias wrapped in gold paper with a white ribbon. If you would like 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. We need your name and money today.
Betty Adkins New Address Morningside of Rock Hill 1830 W. Main St. Apt.121 Rock Hill, SC 29732 Tel: 366-3980
Biltmore House For those of you who signed up for the trip to the Biltmore House. The van will be leaving next Saturday, December 9 at 7:30 a.m. The cost per ticket is $34. You can pay that next Saturday when you get on the van.
Advent begins today. The liturgical color for Advent is violet.
We will have a Congregational Meeting today after Morning Worship. The purpose of this meeting is to approve a budget for 2001 and to elect church officers.
New Deacons will be ordained and installed next Sabbath during the Morning Worship service.
Men's Fellowship: 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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