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First Sunday of Advent — Order of Worship

Year A (November 27, 2016) | WATCH

Order of Worship Preaching Hymns Music Notes Planning Prayers/Resources

 

ENTRANCE

Choir or ensemble process toward a soloist at the front of the space, pausing to sing each of their verses.

Choir/ensemble:                                                         TUNE: ABERYSTWYTH (UMH 479)
Watcher, tell us of the night!
What its signs of promise are.

Solo:
Traveler, o’er yon mountain’s height,
See that glory beaming star?

Choir/ensemble:
Watcher, does its beauteous ray
Any joy or hope foretell?

Solo:
Traveler, yes: it brings the day,
Promised day of Israel.

All:
Hark how all the heaven rings
Glory to the king of kings;
peace on earth, and mercy mild,

God and sinners reconciled!

Joyful, all ye nations, rise,
join the triumph of the skies;
heav’n and earth unite to say,
"Christ the Lord is born today!"

Greeting:

Pastor or Deacon: Glory be to the One seated on the throne,
and to the Lamb
People: Who was, and is, and is to come,
who holds, bears, and rules all things

now and forever. Amen.

Prayer for Illumination:

Come, Holy Spirit,
upon these words we hear,
and upon our minds and hearts as we hear them.
Breathe your truth into us,
blow away all that is false,
and fill us with the love
that sets the universe ablaze.
Even so, come, Holy Spirit.
Amen.

WORD AND RESPONSE

Gospel Reading: Matthew 24:36-44                    Deacon or Lay Reader

Sermon: “Watch!”

Lighting the Advent Wreath   Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning

Other Advent Wreath Song Options:

"O-so-so,"  The Faith We Sing 2232
“Come, Lord Jesus, Come”     

Prayers of the People                                           Deacon or Lay Intercessor

For the Church and the World                        BOW 495
Intercessions at Morning Prayer                    BOW 571
Additional Sung Responses                           TFWS 2200, 2201, 2275;
                                                                       W&S 3133, 3136, 3137
 

THANKSGIVING (IF NO COMMUNION)

Inviting

Deacon or Pastor:
Even if we were barely watching, scarcely listening,    
or simply distracted by the baubles of this life,
we’ve been invited,
we’ve been warned,
we’ve been called to get ready.

And for all this we have every reason
to repent,
to reconcile,
and to give thanks.

Confessing                                                      Deacon or Pastor

Almighty God, we confess we have sinned against you,
            against our neighbors, and against our enemies.
We have acted as if your reign were not coming
            as if our lives depended only on us and our plans.
We have not loved you.
We have harmed and disrespected those whom you love.

Have mercy.
Forgive us.
Disrupt us.
Set us on right paths,
whatever it takes. Amen.

Silence

Pardoning and Peace                                    Pastor

When we confess our sin,
God is faithful and just to forgive us our sin
and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
And when God lifts the burden of our sin from us,
we are changed.
We are at peace with God through Jesus Christ.
Share the peace of Christ with one another,
and your thanksgiving and gifts
with the church and the world.

People exchange the peace of Christ.
The offering is collected.

 

Offertory

Choir/Ensemble Music during Collection

Congregational Thanks at Presentation of Gifts      

Lord, we do not know how much time we have left on this earth,
but we know if we are still here, it is because of your grace and mercy.
Thank you, Lord! (Spoken, or sung: UMH 84)

Other sung options:
“Tino Tenda Jesu”                                The Faith We Sing, 2081; Global Praise 1, 45
Refrain from “Tandi Tanga Jesus,”      Augsburg Fortress AU.9780800654788
“Shukuru” (Thanking You)                  For Everyone Born, 13

We do not know when you will come or what lies ahead,
but we know you have called us and will help us get ready.
Thank you, Lord!

We do not know all the ways evil will threaten and the wicked will prosper,
but we know that our life and this world are pure gifts from you,
and Jesus, who first came long ago in that little town of Bethlehem,
is your greatest gift of all.
Thank you, Lord!


We do not know what rewards we will receive on earth or in heaven,
but we know you make it possible for us to give our whole lives to you.
Thank you, Lord!


OR

THANKSGIVING AND COMMUNION

Inviting

Deacon or Pastor:
Even if we were barely watching, scarcely listening,    
we’ve been invited
to the wedding supper of the Lamb.
Lord, help us be ready.

Confessing                                                      Deacon or Pastor

Let us confess our sin against God and our neighbors.
Almighty God, we confess we have sinned against you,
            against our neighbors, and against our enemies.
We have acted as if your reign were not coming
            as if our lives depended only on us and our plans.
We have not loved you.
We have harmed and disrespected those whom you love.

Have mercy.
Forgive us.
Disrupt us.
Set us on right paths,
whatever it takes. Amen.

Silence

Pardoning and Peace             Pastor

When we confess our sin,
God is faithful and just to forgive us our sin
and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
And when God lifts the burden of our sin from us,
we are changed.
We are at peace with God through Jesus Christ.
Let us share the peace of Christ with one another,
and our gifts with the church and the world.

People exchange the peace of Christ.
The offering is collected.

Offertory Music

Great Thanksgiving

Presider and all raise hands to orans position (palms up, hands extended to sides, elbows slightly bent).

This is the house of the Lord,
           and we are God’s household.

You who are clothed with the garments of praise,
hearts up, hands held high!
           We are yours, O Lord!

Bring our God the sacrifice of praise.
           We praise you with our lips and with our lives.

We praise you with our lips and with our lives,
in our singing and our dancing,
in our silence and our praying,
in our rising and our resting,
in our living and our dying.

            All honor and glory are yours always!

Great deliverer, mighty to save,
you have never ceased to bless us
and all whom you have made
with bountiful goodness,
overflowing mercy,
and redeeming love when we go astray.

            Your compassion is over all you have made.

From a barren woman
you brought forth a people.
From that people, once enslaved,
you brought forth a kingdom of priests and prophets
to declare your ways to all the world.
And from among those priests and prophets,
you brought forth Jesus,
born of a woman, yet your own Child,
to announce the banquet you had prepared
for all the world,
and by his life, and death, and resurrection,
to open the kingdom of heaven to all believers.

How can we not join our voices,
with angels and martyrs,
cherubim and saints,
and all creatures in heaven or on earth, declaring:

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of power and might.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is the Christ who comes in your name!
Hosanna in the highest!

Blessing and honor and glory are yours by right,
O Lamb that was slain,
for by your blood you have redeemed
from every nation, language, people, and tribe,
a holy people to serve before you,
and rejoice in your saving love.

            We remember.

The night you were betrayed.

            We remember.

The meal you shared with your disciples.

            We remember.

The loaf you broke, and break,
the bread you gave, and give,
is your body.

            We remember.

The wine you poured out, then and now,
the cup you gave them, and us, to drink,
is your blood.

We remember,
and we offer ourselves to you,
our sacrifice of thanksgiving,
our hearts, our lives, our all,
with these gifts of bread and wine.

We remember.
And we are watching.

Remember us, O God,
and pour out the Holy Spirit upon us.
Break into our lives,
and into our relationships
taking away whatever you must.
Transform these gifts,
that they may be for us
the body and blood of Christ,
and we, receiving him into our bodies,
may be restored as his body for the world.

Unite us with Christ,
with each other,
and with all creation
now, and on that day
when the trumpet shall sound,
when all the saints in Christ shall rise,
and we shall all be changed!

All glory to you,
Creator, Christ and Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.

Breaking and Sharing

Thanksgiving after Communion          

Almighty God, we give you thanks for this holy mystery
in which you have given yourself to us.
Send us now in the strength of the Spirit
to give ourselves for others,
and call all to rejoice with us
in your saving love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

SENDING                     

Hymn: “Watcher, Tell Us”/”Hark How All the Welkin Rings” (Tune: MENDELSSOHN)

Congregation:
Watcher, tell us of the night
For the morning seems to dawn.


Solo:
Traveler, darkness takes its flight;
Doubt and error are withdrawn.

Congregation:
Watcher, let your wandering cease.
Go now to your quiet home.


Solo:
Traveler, aye, the Prince of Peace,
Aye, the Christ of God is come!
Hark, how all the heaven rings!
Glory to the king of kings!

All:
Christ, by highest heaven adored;
Christ the everlasting Lord;

late in time, behold him come,
offspring of a virgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
Hail, th’incarnate Deity,
pleased with us in flesh to dwell,
Jesus our Emmanuel.
Hark, how all the heaven rings!
Glory to the King of Kings!


Deacon or Pastor:
Therefore go,
all you who have watched
for Christ’s coming,
and awaited the day
when the households of the strong were plundered,
and the strongholds imprisoning our hearts were broken,
and all could be set free to sing...

Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen.                           The Faith We Sing 2072

Other recommended hymns for Advent I:

“Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus”                          UMH 196
“Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying”                           UMH 720
“Come, O Redeemer, Come”                                      W&S 3046
“View the Present Through the Promise”                   W&S 3048
“Until Jesus Comes”                                                   W&S 3050
“Wait Right Here”                                                       Africana Hymnal 4032
“Already Here”                                                           Africana Hymnal 4028

 

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