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Bulletin 12/03/2023 10:45 a.m. Worship Service

December 3, 2023

First Sunday of Advent


Announcements


Invocation


Scripture: Isaiah 64:1-9


1 O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence—

2 as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil— to make your name known to your adversaries, so that the nations might tremble at your presence!

3 When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.

4 From ages past no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who works for those who wait for him.

5 You meet those who gladly do right, those who remember you in your ways. But you were angry, and we sinned; because you hid yourself we transgressed.

6 We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.

7 There is no one who calls on your name, or attempts to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us, and have delivered us into the hand of our iniquity.

8 Yet, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.

9 Do not be exceedingly angry, O Lord, and do not remember iniquity forever. Now consider, we are all your people.


“There’s Something About That Name”

Hymn #148


Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!​

There’s just something​

about that name!​

Master, Savior, Jesus!​

Like the fragrance after the rain.​


Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!​

Let all heaven and earth proclaim:​

Kings and kingdoms ​

will all pass away,​

But there’s something ​

about that name!​


“A Name I Highly Treasure”

Hymn #155


I’ve learned to know​

a name I highly treasure.​

O how it thrills​

my spirit thro’ and thro’!​


O precious name, ​

beyond degree or measure,​

My heart is stirred​

whene’er I think of You!​


My heart is stirred ​

whene’er I think of Jesus,​

That blessed name ​

which sets the captive free-​

The only name ​

thro’ which I find salvation.​

No name on earth ​

has meant so much to me.​


That name brings gladness​

to a soul in sorrow.​

It makes life’s shadows​

and its clouds depart-​


Brings strength in weakness​

for today, tomorrow.​

That name brings healing ​

to an aching heart.​


That name still lives​

and will live on forever,​

While kings and kingdoms​

will forgotten be.​


Thro’ mist or rain,​

‘twill be beclouded never.​

That name shall shine​

and shine eternally.​


“Come Thou Long Expected Jesus”

Hymn #157


Come, Thou long-expected Jesus,​

Born to set Thy people free.​

From our fears and sins release us;​

Let us find our rest in Thee.​


Israel’s Strength and Consolation,​

Hope of all the earth Thou art-​

Dear Desire of ev’ry nation,​

Joy of ev’ry longing heart!​


Born Thy people to deliver,​

Born a Child and yet a King,​

Born to reign in us forever,​

Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.​


By Thine own eternal Spirit, ​

Rule in all our hearts alone.​

By Thine all sufficient merit,​

Raise us to Thy glorious throne.​


Scripture: Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19


1 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock! You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth

2 before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh. Stir up your might, and come to save us!

3 Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved.

4 O Lord God of hosts, how long will you be angry with your people's prayers?

5 You have fed them with the bread of tears, and given them tears to drink in full measure.

6 You make us the scorn of our neighbors; our enemies laugh among themselves.

7 Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.


17 But let your hand be upon the one at your right hand, the one whom you made strong for yourself.

18 Then we will never turn back from you; give us life, and we will call on your name.

19 Restore us, O Lord God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.


Invitation Confession Pardon Peace


Christ our Lord invites to his table all who love him,​ who earnestly repent of their sin​ and seek to live in peace with one another.​ Therefore, let us confess our sin before God and one another.​


Merciful God, We confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart. We have failed to be an obedient church.​

We have not done your will, we have broken your law,

we have rebelled against your love,

we have not loved our neighbors,

and we have not heard the cry of the needy.​


Hear the good news, Christ died for us while we were still sinners, which proves God’s love for us. ​ In the name of Jesus Christ, You Are forgiven


In the name of Jesus Christ, You Are forgiven​ Glory to God, Amen.


Offering


Doxology


Praise God from whom all flow.

Praise Him all creatures here below.

Praise Him above ye hevenly hosts.

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen


Pastoral Prayer-Joys & Concerns


Scripture: Mark 13:24-37


24 "But in those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light,

25 and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.

26 Then they will see "the Son of Man coming in clouds' with great power and glory.

27 Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.

28 "From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near.

29 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates.

30 Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place.

31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

32 "But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

33 Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come.

34 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch.

35 Therefore, keep awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn,

36 or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly.

37 And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake."


“Prepare Us Lord”


Prepare our sight O Lord. Around us is the darkness ​

Come shine upon us that your truth we see​


For this we wait: your presence here among us​ ​

To recognize Emmanuel prepare our sight​​


Prepare our hearts O Lord. ​

Throw down our cherished idols​​

And teach us how to worship you alone​​

For this we wait and seek your holy presence​​

To let your Spirit fill our lives, prepare our hearts​​


Prepare the way of the Lord ​

Straighten the curves in the road ​

Prepare the way of the Lord ​

Straighten the curves in the road ​


Fill in valleys, level mountains ​

That our Lord may come​​


Prepare our hope O Lord ​

For you the Word Incarnate​

The sacrifice to free us from all sin​


For this we wait: ​

redemption through our Savior​​

Relationship with you restored, prepare our hope​


Prepare the way of the Lord ​

Straighten the curves in the road ​


Fill in valleys, level mountains ​

That our Lord may come​

That our Lord may come ​​


Prepare our future, Lord ​

Your Kingdom’s consummation​

Defeating every darkness, sin and death​


For this we wait: ​

life spent with you forever​ For glory you’ve prepared for us ​

prepare us Lord​​


For glory you’ve prepared for us prepare us Lord​​


“How Long”


How long, will you turn ​

your face away?​

How long, do you hear us ​

when we pray?​

On and on, still we walk ​

this pilgrim way​

How long?​


How long, till your ​

children find the rest?​

How long, till you draw ​

them to your breast?​

We go on, holding ​

to your promises​

How long?​


Till you wipe away ​

the tears from every eye​

Till we see our home descending from the sky​

Do we wait in vain?​ Jesus, give us hope again​


How long, till your word ​

will still the storm?​

How long, till you bare ​

your mighty arm?​

How we grow, till you ​

snatch us from the thorns​

How long?​


Till you wipe away the tears from every eye​

Till we see our home descending from the sky​

Do we wait in vain?​ Jesus, give us hope again​


Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:3-9


3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

4 I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus,

5 for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind—

6 just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you—

7 so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ.

8 He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

9 God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.


Message: Pastor Ryan


Communion


The Communion Supper, instituted by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is a sacrament, which proclaims His life, His sufferings, His sacrificial death and resurrection, and the hope of His coming again. It shows forth the Lord’s death until His return. The Supper is a means of grace in which Christ is present by the Spirit. ​ It is to be received in reverent appreciation and gratefulness for the work of Christ. All those who are truly repentant, forsaking their sins, and believing in Christ for salvation are invited to participate in the death and resurrection of Christ. We come to the table that we may be renewed in life and salvation and be made one by the Spirit. ​

In unity with the Church, we confess our faith: ​

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


Holy God, We gather at this, your table, in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, who by your Spirit was anointed to preach good news to the poor, proclaim release to the captives, set at liberty those who are oppressed.​ Christ healed the sick, fed the hungry, ate with sinners, and established the new covenant for forgiveness of sins. We live in the hope of His coming again. ​ On the night in which He was betrayed, He took bread, gave thanks, broke the bread, gave it to His disciples, and said: “Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.​ Likewise, when the supper was over, he took the cup, gave thanks, gave it to His disciples, and said: “Drink from this, all of you, this is my blood of the new covenant, poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in remembrance of me.” Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. ​ And so, we gather as the Body of Christ to offer ourselves to you in praise and thanksgiving. Pour out your Holy Spirit on us and on these your gifts. Make them by the power of your Spirit to be for us the body and blood of Christ, that we may be for the world the Body of Christ, redeemed by His blood. ​ By your Spirit make us one in Christ, one with each other, and one in the ministry of Christ to all the world, until Christ comes in final victory. In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Amen. And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, let us pray: ​


Our Father, who art 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. Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen​


“At the Table”


Benediction

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