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©Order of Worship November 27, 2022

First Sunday of Advent

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Text for hymns are found below each hymn.  Click on the hymn highlighted text for music.

Prelude: “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord, By Stephen Schartz / “Make Way, Make Way”, By Graham Kendrick……………………………………………Daniel L., Greg D.
 
Coming of the Light:…………………………………….Evan G.
 
Greetings:………………………..……………Pastor Steven
 
Opening Prayer: …………………………………Karin J.
 
Lighting of the Advent Candle:……………….Peter, Robin, Michael and Noelle C.
 
Hymn: … “Emmanuel, Emmanuel#204 UMH
Words and Music by Bob McGee, 1976 (Matthew 1:23)
©1976 C. A. Music (division of Christian Artists Corp.)
 
Emmanuel, Emmanuel,
his name is called Emmanuel.
God with us, revealed in us,
his name is called Emmanuel.
 
Opening Hymns:…..“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” #211
UMH
Words: 9th Century Latin
Music: 15th Century French; arranged and harmonized by Thomas Helmore, 1854
© 1981 The Church Pension Fund and © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House
 
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.
 
2. O come, thou Wisdom from on high,
and order all things far and nigh;
to us the path of knowledge show
and cause us in her ways to go.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
 
3. O come, O come, great Lord of might,
who to thy tribes on Sinai’s height
in ancient times once gave the law
in cloud and majesty and awe.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
 
4. O come, thou Root of Jesse’s tree,
an ensign of thy people be;
before thee rulers silent fall;
all peoples of thy mercy call.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.”
 
5.O come, thou Key of David, come,
and open wide our heavenly home.
The captives from their prison free,
and conquer death’s deep misery.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
 
6.O come, thou Dayspring, come and cheer
our spirits by thy justice here;
disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
and death’s dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
 
Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus#196 UMH
Words: Charles Wesley, 1744
Music: Rowland H. Prichard, 1830; harmony from The English Hymnal, 1906
 
1. Come, thou long expected Jesus,
born to set thy people free;
from our fears and sins release us,
let us find our rest in thee.
 
Israel’s strength and consolation,
hope of all the earth thou art;
dear desire of every nation,
joy of every longing heart.
 
2. Born thy people to deliver,
born a child and yet a King,
born to reign in us forever,
now thy gracious kingdom bring.
 
By thine own eternal spirit
rule in all our hearts alone;
by thine all sufficient merit,
raise us to thy glorious throne.
 
Announcements:………………………………………….Lorri B.
 
Giving of our tithes and offerings …….………Lorri B.
 
Offertory: “The Little Drummer Boy” Words and Music by Davis, Onorati, and Simeone © 1958 by Mills Music, Inc.………………………………………………..….Musicians
 
Offertory Response:  The Doxology” #94 UMH
Words: Thomas Ken, 1674 Music: Geistliche Kirchengesänge, 1623;
Adapt. © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House
 
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise God,
all creatures here below: Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise God the
source of all our gifts! Praise Jesus Christ, whose power up-lifts!  Praise the Spirit, Holy Spirit! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
 
Prayer After Receiving:……………………Pastor Steven
 
Prayers of the People: ……………………Pastor Steven
 
Hymn of Preparation:..“Star-Child#2095 TFWS
Words: Shirley Erena Murray Music: Carlton R. Young
© 1994 Hope Publishing Co.
 
1.Star-Child earth-child go between of God,
love Child, Christ Child, heaven’s lightning rod,
This year, this year, let the day arrive when
Christmas comes for everyone, everyone alive!
 
2.Street child, beat child, no place left to go,
hurt child, used child, no one wants to know,
This year, this year, let the day arrive when
Christmas comes for everyone, everyone alive!
 
3.Grown child, old child, memory full of years,
sad child, lost child, story told in tears,
This year, this year, let the day arrive when
Christmas comes for everyone, everyone alive!
 
4.Spared child, spoiled child, having, wanting more,
wise child, faith child, knowing joy in store,
This year, this year, let the day arrive when
Christmas comes for everyone, everyone alive!
 
5.Hope-for-peace child, God’s stupendous sign,
down-to-earth Child, Star of stars that shine,
This year, this year, let the day arrive when
Christmas comes for everyone, everyone alive!
 
New Testament Lesson ……Matthew 24:36-44……….Karin J.
 
But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.  For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of the Son of Man.
 
Then two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken and one will be left. Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.
 
But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into.
 
Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.
 
Sermon: ………….…”Hope In The Return”………Pastor Steven
 
Anthem:…………”The Way in a Manger”…………..Choir
Words and Music: Russell Mauldin and Sue C. Smith
© 2003 New Spring Publishing
 
Closing Hymn:“View the Present Through the Promise#3048 W&S
Words: Thomas H. Troeger © 1994 Oxford University Press Inc
Music: Traditional Welsh melody, harmony by Luther Orlando Emerson
 
1.View the present through the promise, Christ will come again.
Trust despite the deepening darkness, Christ will come again.
Lift the world above its grieving through your watching and believing in the hope past hope’s conceiving: Christ will come again.
 
2.Probe the present with the promise, Christ will come again.
Let your daily actions witness, Christ will come again.
Let your loving and your giving and your justice and forgiving
be a sign to all the living: Christ will come again.
 
3.Match the present to the promise, Christ will come again.
Make this hope your guiding premise, Christ will come again.
Pattern all your calculating and the world you are creating
to the advent you are waiting: Christ will come again.”
 
Dismissal with Blessing:……………………Pastor Steven
 
Postlude: “The King of Glory Comes”, Traditional Israeli Folk Song………………………………..Musicians


 
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