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Audio of May 12 2019 Service  will be posted
Comments or questions to Kathie Hazlett

PRAYER FOR PEACE
Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I offer words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.
~ Henri Nouwen

PRELUDE | Interlude in G Major  |  L. Mourlan
Shall I Not Sing to My God|Johann Ernst Rembt

INTROIT 7|Mothering God, You Gave Me Birth|Jean Janzen & Carolyn Jennings

*CALL TO CONTINUING WORSHIP
One: The heavens are telling the glory of God;
Many: and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
One: Day to day pours forth speech,
Many: and night to night declares knowledge.

One: here is no speech, nor are there words;
Many: their voice is not heard;
One: yet their voice goes out through all the earth,
Many: and their words to the end of the world.

*HYMN 238|Thine Is the Glory|Judas MacCabeus

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Loving God who knows and feels all that we do and think, help us to learn how to pray faithfully. Easily we tell you what we or those near us need. If we’re honest with ourselves, we often want to be a consultant and tell you how to run this world of yours. Help us slow down and patiently take time to listen to the silence and to listen again to your voice within the silence. Amen.

*SILENT PRAYER OF CONFESSION

*DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
Friends, believe the good news of the gospel:
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Thanks be to God!

*GLORIA PATRI 582|Glory to God, Whose Goodness Shines on| Me Glory to God| (Vasile)

*PASSING OF THE PEACE
The peace of Christ be with you
And also with you.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE 389|Come and Sing the Praise of the Lord (sung twice)|Hal'luhu

MOMENT WITH OUR CHILDREN Rev. Elvery

WELCOME AND CHURCH COMMUNICATIONS
(Use this time to sign the Friendship Pad in your pew; pass it down and then return it to the center aisle.)

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

FIRST SCRIPTURE READING|Psalm 85|p. 514 / 668 OT

ANTHEM|How Great Is Our God|arr. Mark Hayes

SECOND SCRIPTURE READING|Matthew 6:7-9| p. 5 / 7 NT
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!

SERMON|Dear . . . |Rev. Elvery

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

*HYMN 469 |Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying|Children Praying (sung three times)

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
We trust in God, whom Jesus called Abba, Father. In sovereign love God created the world good and makes everyone equally in God’s image male and female of every race and people, to live as one in community. But we rebel against God; we hide from our creator. Ignoring God’s commandments, we violate the image of God in others and ourselves, accept lies as truth, exploit neighbor and nature, threaten death to the planet entrusted to our care. We deserve God’s condemnation. Yet God acts with justice and mercy to redeem creation. In everlasting love, the God of Abraham and Sarah chose a covenant people to bless all families of the earth. Hearing their cry, God delivered the children of Israel from the house of bondage. Loving us still, God makes us heirs with Christ of the covenant. Like a mother who will not forsake her nursing child, like a father who runs to welcome the prodigal home, God is faithful still.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND 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 this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one. Amen. (NRSV translation of Matthew 6:9-13)

OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS

OFFERTORY|Our Father|Arthur Foote

*DOXOLOGY 606|Old Hundredth
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Loving God who is beyond us and with us at the same time, see in our offerings not only our material wealth but also our hearts. We do love you and earnestly seek to be aware of you. Use our commitments to open our eyes. Amen.

WE GO IN GOD’S NAME

*HYMN 291| Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness|Spirit
*BENEDICTION
*CHORAL RESPONSE 558| Amen Amen| (Roberts)
POSTLUDE|More Than Wonderful|arr. Mark Hayes

Some people choose to be seated to listen to the postlude. If you need to leave, the pastor and worship leader are glad to greet you at the entrance of the sanctuary.
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord! Thanks be to God!

Rev. Dudley J. Elvery II, Interim Pastor
Mr. Tim VanNasdale, Director of Music/Organist

Worship Liturgist: Laurie Ulrich
Ushers: Earl Anker, Laura Dillman, Ray Nielsen, Wanda Nielsen



 

Resurrection or Resuscitation

Full Easter Service (through the Apostle's Creed) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PRAYER FOR PEACE
Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I offer words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.
~ Henri Nouwen

PRELUDE Christ the Lord Is Risen Today arr. Jason W. Krug

INTROIT 240 Alleluia, Alleluia! Give Thanks Donald Fishel [4 ] 

*CALL TO CONTINUING WORSHIP
Beloved church, from the tomb of despair arise!  [5:28]
Jesus, our Lord, has conquered the grave.
Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?
Sin and death shall reign no more. Christ is risen! Alleluia!
Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia! Amen!

*HYMN 245 |  Christ the Lord Is Risen Today!  |  Llanfair |  [6:19]

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION | [9:04]
We serve a risen Savior and too often drudge day to day. Forgive us, Lord that we are so hesitant to live the resurrection life. Forgive us that we fail to show through word and action the truth that you loved us into your kingdom through the glorious mystery of the Cross. Forgive us that there is still fear in our lives that prevents us from achieving your full potential in and through us. Draw us close. Open our eyes to the glory of the risen Christ, our hearts to the wonder of the Cross and our hands to the service of your kingdom where you have placed us that your name might be glorified through our lives. Amen.

*SILENT PRAYER OF CONFESSION |  [10:24 ]

*DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS | [10:52]
…Friends, believe the good news of the gospel:
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Thanks be to God!

*GLORIA PATRI | 582 | Glory to God, Whose Goodness Shines on Me | Glory to God (Vasile)  [11:13]

*PASSING OF THE PEACE
The peace of Christ be with you
And also with you.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE | 389  | Come and Sing the Praise of the Lord (sung twice)  | Hal'luhu  [12:05 ]

MOMENT WITH OUR CHILDREN Rev. Elvery

WELCOME AND CHURCH COMMUNICATIONS
(Use this time to sign the Friendship Pad in your pew; pass it down and then return it to the center aisle.)
WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION | [13:02 - 15:25 ]
FIRST SCRIPTURE READING | Isaiah 65:17-25  | p. 654 / 851 OT
ANTHEM  | See Him Rise! Alleluia!   |  John Parker & Douglas E. Wagner [16:05-19:22]
SECOND SCRIPTURE READING  |  John 20:1-18 p. 108 / 140 NT [ 19:53-23:27 ]
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!

SERMON | Resurrection or Resuscitation | Rev. Elvery [23:27- 36:44]

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

*HYMN 234 Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain St. Kevin [37:04]

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen. [41:06]

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE [Private]

OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS

OFFERTORY The Day of Resurrection arr. Jason W. Krug
*DOXOLOGY 606 Old Hundredth
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Risen Lord, we offer to you these gifts as signs of our living and growing commitment to Jesus Christ. Bless our offerings that they may be used to bring hope to the weary, new life to those who walk in darkness, and affirmation of your steadfast love to those who are still seeking. Bless us all that we may be a blessing in Jesus’ name. Amen.

SEALING OF THE WORD

INVITATION TO THE LORD’S TABLE

GREAT PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
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.

THE 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.


WORDS OF INSTITUTION
SHARING OF THE MEAL
(All who believe in Jesus Christ as Lord, regardless of age or denomination, are invited to partake in the Sacrament of Communion. Today we will serve Communion by intinction. Please come forward down the center aisle. Break off a piece of the bread and dip it into the cup and eat. Or you may take an individual cup from the tray and drink. We have gluten free bread available. Return to your seat by the side aisle. If you are unable to come forward, please indicate this to the pastor and the sacrament will be brought to you.)

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
Nourished at this table, O God, may we know Christ’s redeeming love and live a new life in him. Help us who recognize our Lord in the breaking of bread to see and serve him in all whose lives are broken. As we have been fed here, give us grace to share our bread with the hungry and with the hungry of heart. Amen.

WE GO IN GOD’S NAME

*HYMN 232 Jesus Christ Is Risen Today Easter Hymn

*BENEDICTION

*CHORAL RESPONSE 558 Amen Amen (Roberts)

POSTLUDE Thine Is the Glory arr. Marvin Gaspard

Some people choose to be seated to listen to the postlude. If you need to leave,
the pastor and worship leader are glad to greet you at the entrance of the sanctuary.
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord! Thanks be to God!

 

The Eternal Triangle

Audio Sermon (Only) Includes:
Prayer of Illumination; Scripture (Joshua 5:9-12); Anthem (And the Father Will Dance); Scripture (Luke 15:1-3, 11-32); SERMON|The Eternal Triangle|Rev. Elvery

THE CELEBRATION OF THE PEOPLE OF GOD
THE FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT

March 31, 2019 10:30 a.m.
*Congregation stands as able - Indented BOLD indicates Congregation to speak.

PRAYER FOR PEACE
You are the peace of all things calm
You are the place to hide from harm
You are the light that shines in dark
You are the heart's eternal spark
You are the door that's open wide
You are the guest who waits inside
You are the stranger at the door
You are the calling of the poor
You are my Lord and with me still
You are my love, keep me from ill
You are the light, the truth, the way
You are my Saviour this very day.
(celtic oral tradition - 1st millennium)

PRELUDE | God's Love Medley | arr. Jim Hammerly
God's Grace Medley|arr. Jim Hammerly

INTROIT 416 | Come unto the Lord| Korea

*CALL TO CONTINUING WORSHIP
One: Shout triumphantly to the LORD, all the earth!
Many: Serve the LORD with celebration! Come before him with shouts of joy!
One: Know that the LORD is God—
Many: he made us; we belong to him.
One: We are his people,
Many: the sheep of his own pasture.
One: Enter his gates with thanks; enter his courtyards with praise!
Many: Thank him! Bless his name!
All: Because the LORD is good, his loyal love lasts forever; his faithfulness lasts generation after generation.

*HYMN 8|Eternal Father, Strong to Save|Melita

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Amazing God, in our head we know your ways are not our ways and your thoughts are not our thoughts. We confess that we know the words and have a hard time grasping what they truly mean. We admit that we protect our hearts from you lest we come to know deeply within our being how much you love and forgive us. Give us strength to open ourselves to you so we know we are forgiven and precious children of yours. Amen.

*SILENT PRAYER OF CONFESSION

*DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
Friends, believe the good news of the gospel:
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Thanks be to God!

*THE GLORIA|Glory Be to the Father|Gloria Patri (Greatorex)

*PASSING OF THE PEACE
The peace of Christ be with you
And also with you.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE 398|How Very Good and Pleasant|How Very Good

MOMENT WITH OUR CHILDREN|Rev. Elvery

WELCOME AND CHURCH COMMUNICATIONS
(Use this time to sign the Friendship Pad in your pew; pass it down and then return it to the center aisle.)

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
FIRST SCRIPTURE READING|Joshua 5:9-12| p. 188 / 244 OT
ANTHEM|And the Father Will Dance|arr. Mark Hayes
SECOND SCRIPTURE READING| Luke 15:1-3, 11-32|p. 73 / 95 NT

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!

SERMON|The Eternal Triangle|Rev. Elvery

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

*HYMN 410|God Is Calling through the Whisper|W Żłobie Leży


*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH from the Brief Statement of Faith
We trust in God, whom Jesus called Abba, Father. In sovereign love God created the world good and makes everyone equally in God’s images male and female of every race and people, to live as one in community. But we rebel against God; we hide from our creator. Ignoring God’s commandments, we violate the image of God in others and ourselves, accept lies as truth, exploit neighbor and nature, threaten death to the planet entrusted to our care. We deserve God’s condemnation. Yet God acts with justice and mercy to redeem creation. In everlasting love, the God of Abraham and Sarah chose a covenant people to bless all families of the earth. Hearing their cry, God delivered the children of Israel from the house of bondage. Loving us still, God makes us heirs with Christ of the covenant. Like a mother who will not forsake her nursing child, like a father who runs to welcome the prodigal home, God is faithful still.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS

OFFERTORY|What a Friend We Have In Jesus|adapted by Willis Ray

*DOXOLOGY 606|Old Hundredth
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen. 

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Whether we stayed at home or wandered, we bring to you, our heavenly Father, our offerings of our lives. We place before you our faithfulness and our pushing away. Receive them all into your hands, take and shape us to be your hands in this world. Amen.

WE GO IN GOD’S NAME

*HYMN 418|Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling|Softly & Tenderly

*BENEDICTION

*CHORAL RESPONSE 541|God Be with You Till We Meet Again|Jeremiah Eames Rankin & Ralph Vaughan Williams

POSTLUDE|Basse et Dessus de Trompette | Louis-Nicolas Clérambault

Some people choose to be seated to listen to the postlude. If you need to leave,
the pastor and worship leader are glad to greet you at the entrance of the sanctuary.
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord! Thanks be to God!

Rev. Dudley J. Elvery II, Interim Pastor
Mr. Tim VanNasdale, Director of Music/Organist
Worship Liturgist: Jonna James

Ushers: Charlene Hansen, Bob James, Donna Moore, Eleanor Steiner

Cantata Advent Third Sunday

The Cantata presented on December 16 2018 was video recorded but will not be available for viewing until January 2019. Questions? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  To listen to the audio click here [35:04].  

CANTATA | Sing Joy to All the World  |  Lloyd Larson

I. Narrators | Tidings of Comfort and Joy! |  [0 - 3:13]
II. Narrators | A Light Shall Shine [3:13 - 7:36]
III. Narrators | Prepare the Way!  [7:37 - 11:38]
IV. Narrators | David's Royal City  [11:39 - 16:33]
V. Narrators | Glory in the Highest!  [16:37 - 21:06]
VI. Narrators | Joy of Every Longing Heart [21:14 - 26:11]
VII. Narrators | Worship Christ, the Newborn King [26:18 - 31:31]
VIII. Sing Joy to All the World!  [31:35 - 35:04]

Narrators: Pastor Dudley Elvery and Dee Delaney
Flutists: Tricia Hentschel and Deb Way
Cellist: David Keller

Bulleltin for the December 16 Service

PRAYER FOR PEACE
Prince of Peace, A world was prepared for your coming;
Prophets of old foretold you;
Spiritual seekers quietly awaited you.
In the fulfilment of time you came,
not with a fanfare of trumpets, not with legions of soldiers to protect you,
not with a treasury of gold to finance you, but in the earthiness of a stable,
in the vulnerable surroundings of a cradle,
with the crooning of a mother’s song for welcome.
So you began your journey from the cradle to the cross, costly vocation,
To redeem the world of sinners and to establish peace on earth.
Even so, Lord Jesus, quickly come.
~John Johansen-Berg, Shine on, Star of Bethlehem

PRELUDE | People, Look East, the Time Is Near | arr. Tammy Waldrop

INTROIT |   106 Prepare the Way, O Zion  |  Frans Mikael Franzen

*CALL TO CONTINUING WORSHIP AND LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT WREATH Emily Olson, Olivia and Grace
It is the third week of Advent, and we are still waiting, waiting for the coming of Jesus.
While we wait, questions fill our minds, anxiety rules our hearts:
We ask Who? What? Where? When? And Why???
Yet, our Maker says, Be still. Know that I am God.
We grow in grace as we wrestle with the questions and share our faith stories. …As we are waiting, may the Holy Spirit fill us with joy. Let us worship God!

*HYMN 93 Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates Truro

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
God of the Ages, we soon will be encouraged to rejoice with the voices of generations before us and our sisters and brothers around us, not only in this place but also around the world. For some of us that is an easy task, we have much to look forward to, the promise of time with those dear to us. For others, being joyful comes less easily. We have suffered or face loss, we’ve hit major bumps in our road. If we are joyful, help us to let it radiate from you through us into the dark corners of other lives. If we are joyless, help us to open the windows of our lives or at least peak through the curtains so the light of your presence may find its way to us. Amen.

*SILENT PRAYER OF CONFESSION

*DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
Friends, believe the good news of the gospel:
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Thanks be to God!

*GLORIA PATRI 583 Glory to God Gloria

*PASSING OF THE PEACE
The peace of Christ be with you
And also with you.
*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE 95 Prepare the Way of the Lord
(sung three times) Prepare The Way

MOMENT WITH OUR CHILDREN Rev. Elvery

WELCOME AND CHURCH COMMUNICATIONS
(Use this time to sign the Friendship Pad in your pew; pass it down and then return it to the center aisle.)

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

FIRST SCRIPTURE READING Zephaniah 3:14-20 p. 826 / 1073 OT

SECOND SCRIPTURE READING Luke 3:7-18 p. 56 / 73 NT
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!

CANTATA Sing Joy to All the World Lloyd Larson
I. Tidings of Comfort and Joy!
II. A Light Shall Shine
III. Prepare the Way!
IV. David's Royal City
V. Glory in the Highest!
VI. Joy of Every Longing Heart
VII. Worship Christ, the Newborn King
VIII. Sing Joy to All the World!

Narrators: Pastor Dudley Elvery and Dee Delaney
Flutists: Tricia Hentschel and Deb Way
Cellist: David Keller

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

*HYMN 123  | It Came Upon the Midnight Clear |  Carol

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS

OFFERTORY Of the Father's Love Begotten arr. Wilbur Held

*DOXOLOGY 606  | Old Hundredth
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.


*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Just as the musicians have offered the beauty of music to you, see in our offerings our commitment to taking our gifts and using them to your glory and for your kingdom. Amen.

WE GO IN GOD’S NAME

*HYMN 136 Go, Tell It on the Mountain Go Tell It

*BENEDICTION

*CHORAL RESPONSE 601 Amen Danish Amen

POSTLUDE Postlude on "Gloria" Jason D. Payne

Some people choose to be seated to listen to the postlude. If you need to leave,
the pastor and worship leader are glad to greet you at the entrance of the sanctuary.
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord! Thanks be to God!

 

Rev. Dudley J. Elvery II, Interim Pastor
Mr. Tim VanNasdale, Director of Music/Organist

 

Worship Liturgist: Char Hansen
Greeter: Dee Delaney
Ushers: Dee Delaney, Phil Dillman, Emily Rozak

Wishing or Hoping?

December Second Scriptures and Sermon portion (23 minutes) | December Second Complete Service (1:22) | Homework Assignment


PRELUDE  |   Let Us Break Bread Together  |  Douglas E. Wagner

ADVENT PRAYER FOR PEACE
Prince of Peace, A world was prepared for your coming;
Prophets of old foretold you;
Spiritual seekers quietly awaited you.
In the fulfilment of time you came,
not with a fanfare of trumpets, not with legions of soldiers to protect you,
not with a treasury of gold to finance you, but in the earthiness of a stable,
in the vulnerable surroundings of a cradle,
with the crooning of a mother’s song for welcome.
So you began your journey from the cradle to the cross, costly vocation,
To redeem the world of sinners and to establish peace on earth.
Even so, Lord Jesus, quickly come.
~John Johansen-Berg, Shine on, Star of Bethlehem

INTROIT  |   92  |   While We Are Waiting, Come  |  Claire Cloninger & Don Cason

CALL TO CONTINUING WORSHIP AND LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT WREATH  |  Darlene Giesbrecht, Jack and Alex Correa
The season of Advent is a time of waiting, waiting for the coming of Jesus.
While we wait, questions stalk our minds, anxiety rules our hearts:
We ask Who? What? Where? When? And Why?
Yet, our Maker says, Be still. Know that I am God.
We grow in grace as we wrestle with the questions and share our faith stories....
As we are waiting, may the Holy Spirit fill us with hope. Let us worship God!

*HYMN 88  |  O Come, O Come, Emmanuel  |  Veni Emmanuel

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
God of Promise, God of Hope, help us not to lose your promises in the midst of all the noise that surrounds us. In our rush to be ready for Christmas, help us obey the speed limits that encourage us to slow down. When we go through school zones, help us to become students again sitting not in a classroom but at your feet. When we see a pedestrian crossing, help us to remember to watch for those who seek to cross into places of health and warmth. When we see signs warning about workers ahead, help us to remember not only those who work to keep us safe and to smooth out our paths, but also those who seek work and find none. God, help us to admit our hurriedness and hand it over to you so we may find again your little gifts along our way. Amen.

*SILENT PRAYER OF CONFESSION

*DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
…Friends, believe the good news of the gospel:
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Thanks be to God!

*GLORIA PATRI 583 |   Glory to God  |   Gloria


*PASSING OF THE PEACE
The peace of Christ be with you
And also with you.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE 95   |  Prepare the Way of the Lord (sung three times)  |   Prepare The Way
MOMENT WITH OUR CHILDREN  |   Rev. Elvery
WELCOME AND CHURCH COMMUNICATIONS
(Use this time to sign the Friendship Pad in your pew; pass it down and then return it to the center aisle.)

MOMENT FOR MINISTRY   |   Paul Gerrish

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
FIRST SCRIPTURE READING Jeremiah 33:14-16 p. 694 / 903 OT
ANTHEM   |   An Advent Alleluia  |   Berta Poorman & Sonja Poorman
SECOND SCRIPTURE READING  |   Luke 21:25-36 p. 80 / 104 NT
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!

SERMON   |   Wishing or Hoping?   |   Rev. Elvery

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

*HYMN 463  |   How Firm a Foundation   |   Foundation

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH The Apostles’ Creed


I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS

OFFERTORY   |   Trio on "Hyfrydol"   |   arr. Wayne Leupold

*DOXOLOGY 606 Old Hundredth
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
God, who calls us to be good stewards, see in our gifts the depth of our commitment to your work and our trust in your promises. Amen.

SEALING OF THE WORD

INVITATION TO THE LORD’S TABLE

GREAT PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
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.

THE 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

WORDS OF INSTITUTION
SHARING OF THE MEAL
Intinction Instructions:
(All who put their trust in Jesus Christ as Lord, regardless of age or denomination, are invited to partake in the Sacrament of Communion. Today we will serve Communion by intinction. Please come forward down the center aisle. Break off a piece of the bread and dip it into the cup and eat. Or you may take an individual cup from the tray and drink. Return to your seat by the side aisle. If you are unable to come forward, please indicate this to the pastor and the sacrament will be brought to you.)

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Again we have gathered at your table, O Lord. Again we have been nourished by you. Again we have been bound anew to you and to each other. As we scatter from this sacred time, let us be nourished to feed those who hunger and to reach out to those are alone. Amen.

WE GO IN GOD’S NAME

*HYMN 516  |   For the Bread Which You Have Broken  |   Kingdom
*BENEDICTION

*CHORAL RESPONSE 601  |   Amen  |   Danish Amen

POSTLUDE   |   O Come, O Come, Emmanuel   |   arr. Mark Hayes

Rev. Dudley J. Elvery, Interim Pastor
Mr. Tim VanNasdale, Director of Music/Organist

Worship Liturgist: Kathie Darman
Greeters: Paul & Sylvia Tufts
Ushers: Marge Errant, Debbie Maxwell, Ron Shropshire

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING – The Session is calling a congregational meeting today immediately after worship to hear the report of the nominating committee and elect officers for the class of 2021.

Please join us for a time of fellowship at Heavenly Perks, hosted today by the Women’s Association Board, downstairs in Westminster Hall immediately following worship. Everyone is invited!

 

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