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Assemble in God’s Name
s Hymnbook: "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel"…#147
s Passing the Peace
Concerns of the Church
Call to Worship (Shorter Catechism Q21).
Leader: The Lord be with you.
People: And with you also.
Leader: Who is the Redeemer of God's elect?
People: The only Redeemer of God's elect is the Lord Jesus Christ, who, being the eternal Son of God, became man, and so was, and continueth to be, God and man in two distinct natures, and one person, for ever.
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 establish a new kingdom and a new way...
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
s Stewardship Prayer
Presentation of Tithes and Offerings
s Doxology #544
Children's Sermon: “Advent”
Dismissal to Children’s Church (5 and Under)
s First Reading: Psalm 25:1-10
s Hymnbook: " "Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus" #151
Second Reading: I Corinthians 1:20-24
Go in God’s 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.
There will be a meeting of the Christian Education Committee immediately after Morning Worship today. All Sabbath School teachers are asked to meet with the committee.
The Session meets tonight at 7:00 p.m.
There will be a Congregational Meeting next Sabbath, December 5. The purpose of this meeting is to elect congregational officers and approve a budget for 2003.
The WOC has decided not to have individual poinsettias this year but to have one large arrangement. If you would like to make a special offering in honor or memory of someone, please give your check to Frances Nivens and put for whom it is given on the sheet in the narthex of the church. We will have a special insert with this information in the bulletin the Sabbath before Christmas. The money goes to the General Fund.
We will decorate the church for Christmas on Friday, December 3, at 4:00 p.m.
New Deacons (That is the deacons elected at the November congregational meeting) will be ordained and installed on December 12.
Clyde Clark had surgery on Friday. Nancy Stewart has been sick for several weeks. Please remember all our sick and shut-ins in your prayers.
If you have questions or comments, email Tony Grant
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