Henderson United Methodist Church
2004 Camphausen Ave Erie Pa 16510 814-453-6041

Order of Worship

First Sunday Of Advent

                           Color:  White                        Sunday, December 2.  2018               

Lectionary Readings:   Jeremiah 33:14-16; Psalm 25:1-10; Thessalonians 3:9-13; Luke 21:25-36

Pastor Mary Stewart  Home# 814-897-0991   - cell# 814-881-9141 email - mcstewart@roadrunner.com
http://www.hendersonumc.net    hendersonumc@gmail.com  office -  814-453-6041


Welcome and Announcements


*Gathering Hymn   Love Came Down at Christmas”       UMH #719


(Please take this time during the prelude to quiet your hearts before God

and peacefully anticipate the movement of the Holy Spirit.)

Lighting of the Advent Candle—Hope



One:       Dear God, you fill our hearts with hope while we wait for
 Jesus to arrive.

All:         God, you are good! You always keep your promises.

One:       Send your Spirit to help us remember that you are faithful
when we cannot see you.

All:         Let your steady flame of hope keep glowing in our hearts
and lives.

One:       You are bringing us closer to the day when everyone
 will know Jesus as Savior.

All:         We worship and praise you, Lord. Let the day of your
arrival come soon!

Lighting the First Purple Candle


*Hymn                    Advent Song” (verse 1)              TFWS #2090



Praises, Joys and Concerns

Morning Prayer



Offerings, Tithes and Gifts to the Lord


Doxology and Prayer of Thanksgiving

                                                               “Doxology”                     UMH #95



Children’s Time


Christmas Memories


Special Music


A Reading from the Gospel of Luke 21:25-36    page 960


Sermon                                                          Mixed Signals                         Pastor Mary

Sacrament of Holy Communion                                                           (insert)


*Closing Hymn       “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”    UMH #211


A Great Thanksgiving for Advent

by Taylor Burton-Edwards


Pastor:    Prepare the way of the Lord!

People:  Straighten our crooked paths, O God!

Pastor:    The day of the Christ’s coming draws near.

People:  Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

Pastor:    The Spirit of the Lord is in this place.

People:  Pray through us now, Holy Spirit.

Pastor:    Pray through us now, that we may praise you, Holy, Triune God, with angels and archangels, with beings in heaven and all creatures on earth, with all who have ever sung this hymn of praise:

People:  Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts,

Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest!

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest!

Pastor:    Blessed are you, Jesus Christ, Word made flesh, making all things new.

People:  Blessed are you, Jesus Christ!

Pastor:    Blessed are you, Holy Spirit, dissolving every chain of sin that binds us, rebuking every power that enslaves, purifying our hearts, challenging every action not moved by love, and setting all creation free.

People:  Blessed are you, Holy Spirit.

Pastor:    Blessed are you, El Shaddai, feeding your people, gathering us like lambs in your arms, and leading us to life eternal.

People:  Blessed are you, El Shaddai!

Pastor:    We know the end that lies before us and all things: The elemental powers of this universe shall be burned away, the heavens vaporized, the earth and all our doings exposed for all to see.

People:  We know the end, and we tremble.

Pastor:    We also know your promise, out of conflagration to re-create, out of chaos to re-order, out of such destruction to renew.

People:  We know your promise, and we rejoice.

Pastor:    We rejoice, for you are with us, coming to us in flesh long ago, coming into our flesh in bread and cup at this, Christ’s table, coming into this world through your Church in the power of the Spirit, and coming again to complete what you have begun, and now feed us to continue.

People:  Feed us, O God.

Pastor:    Feed us as Jesus fed his disciples on the night he was betrayed, taking bread, blessing you, breaking it, saying to those to whom he gave it:

People:  This is my body given for you. Take, eat, and remember me.

Pastor:    Quench our thirst now as Jesus did that night, taking cup, giving thanks to you, and saying to those to whom he gave it:

People:  This is my blood poured out for you. Drink, and remember me.

Pastor:    Only you can feed us, God. Only you can prepare us for the end to come. So come, Holy Spirit, on these gifts of bread and wine, and on us. Feed us with the bread that lasts forever, the body of Christ. Slake our thirst with the cup of immortality, the blood of Christ.

People:  Come, Holy Spirit.

Pastor:    And so nourish us in holy living, today and all our days, that on that day when all things are recreated, and on these days as we wait for the fullness to come, the world may see and know in us the love that moves the universe to its true end in new beginning through Jesus Christ, our Lord. By him, with him, and in him, united in the power of the Holy Spirit, all honor and glory are yours, seated upon the Throne, one God, now and forever.

People:  Amen.


Sunday, December 2 
             9:30 a.m. Worship— First Sunday of Advent
                                                      Sacrament of Holy Communion

Wednesday, December 5

               8:30 a.m.     Pick up  at Second Harvest

          11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2 p.m.-4 p.m.  Food Distribution

Friday, December 7
            10 a.m.—2 p.m.      Distribution of Senior Boxes

           1:00 p.m.    Bible Study on Galatians at Henderson

Sunday, December 9 
             9:30 a.m.     Worship—Second Sunday of Advent

Friday,  December 14
            1-3 p.m.      Volunteer Appreciation Lunch

Sunday, December 16
           9:30 a.m.     Worship—Third Sunday of Advent    

           Children’s Sunda
           Birthday Party for Jesus following worship

Wednesday, December 19
                   8:30 a.m.     Pick up at Second Harvest

              11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2 p.m.-4 p.m.  Food Distribution

Thursday, December 20
                7:00 p.m.    Blue Christmas at Glenwood UMC

Sunday, December 23   
               9:30 a.m.     Worship—Fourth Sunday of Advent  

              Christmas Around the World

Monday, December 24 
            7:00 p.m.    Candlelight Christmas Eve Worship

Tuesday, December 25
               Blessed Christmas!

Sunday, December 30
              9:30 a.m.  Worship   First Sunday after Christmas Day  


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