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ORDER OF WORSHIP December 3, 2023     10:30 AM

ORDER OF WORSHIP

December 3, 2023     10:30 AM

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

 

If you have individual prayer requests, please write them on prayer cards in the pews and bring them up or give them to an usher during the prelude.

                                                                                                                                                 

**Kindly stand if you are able

 

PRELUDE             Organ Prelude                                    Mary Lee Farris, Organ

 

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT CANDLE. The Hannon Family

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel.

PEOPLE: Stir up thy might and come to save us!

Leader: Restore us, o God; let thy face shine,

PEOPLE: that we may yet be saved.

Leader: Open thou my lips.

PEOPLE: And my mouth shall show forth thy praise.

 

INVOCATION

Gracious God, as we enter this Season of Advent, guide our anticipation of the glorious

birth of Jesus with the real reason for this season of joy and celebration and guide us in

keeping that message close to one another and to our families. In joyful anticipation,

Amen.

 

**OPENING HYMN         “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus”             Red #135

 

CALL TO CONFESSION

Advent reminds us of all that is joyful, but we need to remember that we are still cloaked

in transgressions that we may not even be aware of. Let us pray together.

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Lord, we are incomplete beings searching far and wide to be made whole. Though we try as hard as we might, we will never find completeness in the worldly things we acquire to fill the void. Fill our hearts with the peace that goes beyond all understanding. Call to us, that we may come to you with repentant hearts. Help all to see that your kingdom has come near and that it is You, and only You, whom we’ve been searching for all along. Amen.

(a moment for silent personal confession)

 

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS

In the journey of this season, we approach the Holidays almost as Joseph and Mary approaching Bethlehem. And in that spirit of new beginnings, we are forgiven. Amen.

 

**GLORIA PATRI                                                                       Red #805

SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

Today we celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism of Riley Kate Hannon, Daughter of Brittany Lyn and Ryan Michael Hannon, and sister to Brooks Michael and Connor John and Erin Lyn.

 

Samantha and Scott Dursley stand with Riley and her family with the promise to demonstrate for her the love and light our Lord has shown all of us.

 

**HYMN OF PRAISE      “How Great Thou Art”                        Red # 21

 

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

Gracious God, we do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from your mouth. Make us hungry for this heavenly food, that it may nourish us today in the ways of eternal life; through Jesus Christ, the bread of heaven. Amen.

 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING            Isaiah 64: 1-8                           John Safran

EPISTLE READING                           1 Corinthians 1:3-9

GOSPEL READING                           Mark 13: 30-37

SERMON MESSAGE                 A Time of Waiting                              John Redman, CRE

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

And Lord we pray for those in our own hearts whose names you already know, for their own healing and comfort, in your name and that of our redeemer Jesus Christ, who taught to pray, saying:

 

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

 

COMMUNION HYMN      “We Come as Guests Invited”           Red #784

 

HOLY COMMUNION

Invitation to the Table

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Words of Institution

Concluding Prayer

 

**PASSING OF THE PEACE

 

OUR TITHES AND OFFERINGS 

We give freely from the bounty we have been given by our Gracious God. May what we

offer in these moments help to become the very blessing and hope that others need.

This we pray in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

 

OFFERTORY       “Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken”

 

**DOXOLOGY      Traditional                                                   Red  #809

 

PRAYER OF THANKS 

Lord God, we thank you for these gifts. As we follow in faith, may we find ways to honor

you by giving of our treasure, our time and our talents to glorify you and our Lord Jesus

Christ.  Amen.

 

**CLOSING HYMN          “God Be with You”                             Red #839

 

BENEDICTION

 

POSTLUDE:          “Lift up Your Heads, Ye mighty Gates”                    Mary Lee Farris, Piano

 

 

Blessings!

John Redman, CRE 

Mobile: (914) 474-0722  

 

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44 Balmville Rd, Newburgh NY 12550

Phone: (845) 562-0954    Fax: (845) 562-0955


 

 

 

 

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