First Sunday in Advent, November 29, 2020

Advent 1

THE GATHERING

Gathering Music: Hymn #89 “My Soul in Stillness Waits” ~ Pastor Scott

Welcome and Announcements

Prelude: The Holly and the Ivy, l8th Cen. English Carol, arr. Phillip Keveren

Call to Worship 

Jesus says: I am coming soon.

Amen.  Come, Lord Jesus!

Heaven and earth will pass away,

But the word of God endures forever.

Let us pray together:

Lighting the Advent Wreath: The Candle of Hope

Lighting of the Candle: We light this candle of hope as a symbol of God’s light shining in the darkness. The Light has come into the world. The first chapter of John says that the darkness has not understood it. But we are assured: the darkness will never overcome it.

We light this candle in hope for every child of God who has lost their way from home.  We light this candle in acknowledgement that God wants all to live in safety, that all are precious to God.

Let us pray together in hope:

Dear God, you are our heart’s home. Your home is safe, loving, and eternal. But, so many of your people are trapped in homes that are not safe. Give them hope for a better day.  Make us your instruments, that we might be hope-bringers in the world. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Hymn of Praise: #82 “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus”

Invitation to Healing

Like a faded, dry leaf that falls down and the wind blows away, so our sins fade and are carried off in God’s forgiveness.  God loves us through even winter, and is able to restore and renew us with the water of life come spring. Let us submit to God’s rhythm of dying and renewing.

Prayer for Wholeness

God-with-us, even in Advent, we confess that you can seem far away.  You are hidden when we need you near.  In our hurt, doubt, and fear, we do not try to draw closer to you; instead, we lash out—against you, our neighbor, even those we love.  Forgive us, we pray, grant us peace.  Let your face shine until our tears are dried, our sins are faded, and our hope is restored.  After all, we belong to you, and in your hands, we can be made new…     Please continue in silent prayer

Advent Carol #92 “While We Are Waiting Come

Assurance and Passing of the Peace

Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. Please share a sign of peace. You are invited to share God’s Peace with those with whom you are worshiping.

Sung Response: Hymn #752 “Dona nobis pacem

Celebrating Joys: Where we have seen God at work

Hymn #647 “Give Thanks”  

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

Holy God, our hope and strength, by the power of your Spirit prepare the way in our hearts for the coming of your Word, so that we may see the glorious signs of your promise fulfilled; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hebrew Scripture: Isaiah 64:1-9

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Epistle Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:3-9

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Gospel Reading: Mark 13:24-37

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Reflection: What the World Needs ~ Pastor Scott Crane

Please spend several moments in silent reflection

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

Hymn of Response: #644 “Give Thanks, O Christian People”

Affirmation of Faith: 

Any time we feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty, clothe the naked, and visit the sick or imprisoned, we show God’s love lives in us, and we become the body of Christ in the world.

Intercessory Prayers of the People

God of power and glory, we remember your awesome deeds across the ages; the times you saved us and brought us home. Yet we also remember the times when we felt alone and afraid. O god, we are your people, the work of your hand. Look upon us with your shining face, especially in times of need. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayers.

We pray for those who look to you for healing and hope…Those who are sick or recuperating from illness and injury…Those who are lonely and need companionship and care…Those for whom the holidays bring sorrow or pain…Those whose deep sadness overshadows joy. Let your face shine upon us, O God. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayers.

We pray for people in need of restoration and reconciliation: for those battling addictions and those in recovery…for people estranged from those they love…for someone lost in grief…for someone far from home. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayers.

Renew the spirit of a world grown weary with waiting and hoping. Especially we pray for wars to end, for hunger and poverty to be crowded out by abundance, for global sickness to be eased and healed. And we pray, too, for the church because we also grow weary in our waiting and watching for your power and glory to be made known. Grant us clarity, passion, and true fellowship so that we are awake to your presence. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayers.

Let your face shine upon the church and all this weary world, we pray, through our Lord Jesus Christ who taught his disciples to pray, saying:

The Lord’s Prayer: “…debts…debtors…” Hymnal p. 35

Invitation to Present Our Offerings

Let us offer our gifts to you, O God; whether we have much or only a little, we can share our daily bread so that all will be fed.

Members, friends, and guests: Church expenses total roughly $1900 a month. Thank you for your commitment and your generosity. Please make checks out to First Presbyterian Church of Trout Lake, PO Box 210, Trout Lake, WA 98650.

An Offering of Thanksgiving with Poetry or Song: “Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory” Hymn #354 ~Tony Fuentes, Banjo

Prayer of Thanksgiving and Dedication

Faithful God, we thank you that Christ is being revealed in every time and place until he comes again in the fullness of glory. Strengthen our testimony and spiritual gifts; increase generosity in us, we pray, as we wait for the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

SENDING

Closing Hymn #800 “Sometimes a Light Surprises”

Charge

Beware. Keep alert. Keep awake. God is doing awesome things we do not expect. Christ is coming near with great power and glory, and with tenderness.

Blessing

May God strengthen us to the end; Christ draw near to our very gates; and the Holy Spirit awaken our spirits; until, with eager longing, we greet the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth”

Question for Reflection

The weeks leading to Christmas are often filled with much activity. Along with work, school, and church responsibilities, there are special holiday festivities to which we will attend. Staying “awake,” as Mark 13:24–37 stresses, may not be the problem—in fact, we may feel there are not enough hours in the day! Yet, this reading from Mark counsels us to be awake to, to pay attention to, what is most needful for our well-being and the well-being of the world: God’s presence, God’s appearing among us. Here at the beginning of Advent, how will you “keep alert” for God in the midst of so many responsibilities and distractions?

Household Prayer: Morning and Evening

Thank you, God, for the gift of life today. I give thanks that your face shines upon me, for you are my salvation. Lead me like a shepherd through this day (night). Strengthen me for whatever lies ahead. Grant me the spiritual gifts of peace, patience, kindness, and gentleness, for I want to show your love, in word and deed, to others. In Christ’s name. Amen.

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