LIGHTING OF FIRST ADVENT CANDLE
“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and
the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused
by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint
from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world,
for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with
power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take
place, stand up and raise your heads, because your
redemption is drawing near.” (Luke 21:25-28, NRSV)
The Wise Men and shepherds saw signs that
foretold Jesus’ coming 2000 years ago. Today we don’t look
for a single brilliant star to follow or for angels singing
in the heavens. We look for other signs that Jesus is with
us, signs that:
…we are feeding the hungry, healing the sick,
…clothing the naked, caring for the poor,
…working for justice and righteousness at home and in our
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of
And so we watch, and wait, and stay alert,
waiting again for the coming of Jesus. And we light a single
candle in preparation for that glorious day.
[Light the first candle on the
Come, Lord Jesus. Amen.
*HYMN OF PRAISE
“Star-Child,” TFWS #2095
We welcome you, precious Jesus, to our worship this morning.
All that we do and say in this space we dedicate to your
glory and honor. Our desire is to lift high your name, to
praise you, to proclaim your kingdom and to be renewed again
as your people. To you be blessing and majesty and power,
wisdom and glory and might, for you alone are worthy to
receive our worship. Holy is the Lamb, God's Son and Word
Incarnate, now and forevermore. Amen!
“Jesus, Name Above All Names"
WE TALK TO GOD THROUGH PRAYER
PRAISES, JOYS AND CONCERNS
PASTORAL PRAYER AND LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the
glory, forever. Amen.
CELEBRATING OUR GIFTS
Offering of Tithes and Gifts to the Lord
Doxology and Prayer of Thanksgiving
CELEBRATING THE WORD
25:1-10 UMH 757
word of God for the people of God.
People: Thanks be to God.
Signals” Pastor Mary
What a Morning” UMH #719