December 3, 2017

Order of Worship

- 10:30 am

The First Sunday of Advent

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 2:5)

God Gathers Us for Worship



Lighting of the Advent Candle

Group 1:          In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth,

                                        the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep.

Group 2:          A wind from God swept over the face of the waters.         

                                        Then God said, "Let there be light."

Group 1:          And there was light.

                                        And God saw that the light was good.

Group 2:          God separated the light from the darkness.

                                        God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night.

All:                   And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

Opening Hymn: My Soul in Stillness Waits (#63:1)

Prayer of Preparation

* Call to Worship:

Leader:            Salvation is nearer now thatn when we first believed;

People:                            the night is far gone, the day is near.

                        Let us lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.

        Come, let us worship the Lord, our God.

* God’s Greeting

* The Passing of the Peace

                The peace of the Lord be with you.

                And also with you.

                (We greet each other with these same words.)

* Songs of Praise:   Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus (# 56)

Soon and Very Soon (# 482)

* Prayer of Invocation

Children’s Message

Children ages 3-7 are invited to Children’s Worship

as we sing Go Now in Peace (# 950)

Go now in peace, go now in peace;

may the love of God surround you

everywhere, everywhere you may go.

Words and Music: Natalie Sleeth © 1976 Hinshaw Music, Inc.  All rights reserved. Reprinted under # A-704874.

We Hear God’s Word

Prayer for Right Hearing

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 64 (pg. 531)

Epistle Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 (pg. 806)

Gospel Reading: Mark 13:24-37 (pg. 719)

The word of the Lord

Thanks be to God.

Message: Reality, Grief, Hope

We Seek God’s Mercy

Prayer of Lament: Based on Psalm 80

                O Shepherd, Hear and Lead Your Flock (#64:1)

How long, Lord God Almighty,

         will your anger smolder

        against the prayers of your people?

You have fed them with the bread of tears;

         you have made them drink tears by the bowlful.

You have made us an object of derision to our neighbors,

        and our enemies mock us.

Almighty God, we lament the state of your holy church.

        It is divided and filled infighting.

        It has diluted its witness for the sake of political gain.

Almighty God, we lament the state of the nations of the world.

        They are divided and filled with self-interest.

        They do not seek global peace or justice within their lands.

Almighty God, we lament the state of our local community.

        We are divided by ethnicity and class.

        The cries of the poor and oppressed rise up to you.

O Shepherd, Hear and Lead Your Flock (#64:2)

Watch over this vine,

the root your right hand has planted,

the son you have raised up for yourself.

Your vine is cut down, it is burned with fire;

at your rebuke your people perish.

O Shepherd, Hear and Lead Your Flock (#64:3)

Let your hand rest on the man at your right hand,

the son of man you have raised up for yourself.

Then we will not turn away from you;

revive us, and we will call on your name.

The Assurance of Hope: Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers (# 69)

We Respond with a Feast of Thanksgiving

Ministry Update: Salt & Light

Offerings for the Ministry of Hessel Park Church

(please sign and pass friendship folders)


Prayer of Great Thanksgiving

Lift up your hearts.

        We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
        It is right to give our thanks and praise.

With joy we praise you, gracious God,

        or you have created heaven and earth,

        made us in your image, and kept covenant with us—

        even when we fell into sin.

We give you thanks for Jesus Christ, our Lord,

        whose coming opened to us the way of salvation

        and whose triumphant return we eagerly await.

Therefore we join our voices

with all the saints and angels and the whole creation

to proclaim the glory of your name

* Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty (PH 538:4)

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!

All thy works shall praise thy name, in earth and sky and sea;

Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty,

God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

You are holy, O God of majesty,

        and blessed is Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.

You sent him into this world

        to satisfy the longings of your people for a Savior,

        to bring freedom to the captives of sin,

        and to establish justice for the oppressed.

He came among us as one of us,

        taking the lot of the poor,

        sharing human suffering.

We rejoice that in his death and rising again,

        you set before us the sure promise of new life,

        the certain hope of a heavenly home

        where we will sit at table with Christ, our host.


We give you thanks that at his last supper, the Lord Jesus took bread,

        and when he had blessed it, he broke it and said,

        “This is my body, which is for you;

        do this in remembrance of me.” And he gave it to his disciples.

In the same way, he took the cup after supper and said,

        “This cup is the new covenant in my blood;

        do this in remembrance of me.”

With thanksgiving we offer our very selves to you

         to be a living and holy sacrifice,

        dedicated to your service.


Great is the mystery of faith.

Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

Prayers of Invocation and God’s People

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven,

        hallowed be your name,

        your kingdom come,

        your will be done,

        on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

        as we forgive those who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial

        and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours

        now and forever. Amen.

Invitation to the Sacrament

Congregation in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord has prepared his Table for his church.  All who love him and trust in him alone for their salvation are now invited to join with Christ in this holy supper.  We come with gladness.  Thanks be to God!

The Communion


God Sends Us Out with His Blessing

* Parting Hymn: My Soul Cries Out with a Joyful Shout (#69)

* God’s Blessing

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

The God of peace, who brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus,

the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant,

make you complete in everything good so that you may do God’s will,

working among us that which is pleasing in God’s sight,

through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever!

Amen. Alleluia!