Order of Worship
First Sunday of Advent/Mission Gifts Festival/Hope
November 29, 2020
Call to worship Based on Psalm 80:1–7, 17–19
One: Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth.
All: Restore us, O God; let your face shine.
One: God of hosts, stir up your might!
All: Reshape us, O God; let your face shine.
One: We bring all that we have and all that we are to this space and time.
All: Our tears, our laughter, our hope, our anxieties.
One: We bring it all to you this day.
All: Reclaim us, O God; let your face shine.
One: Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may remember you and worship you this day.
On this first Sunday of Advent, we focus on hope. At its basic level, to hope is to want something to happen or be true. To hope is to recognize that things are not as we wish they were. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, while in prison, said: “The celebration of Advent is possible only to those troubled in soul, who know themselves to be poor and imperfect, and who look forward to something greater to come.”
Many of our scriptures for today speak of pain and hurt and tears…but they also speak of hope in God.
So, as we begin our journey through Advent, let us ponder:
In what ways is our world poor and imperfect?
What are you looking forward to?
How are you or those you love troubled in soul?
Advent Candle and Time of Reflection -lighting the first Advent candle – Hope – followed by Brian’s Advent Meditation on “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”
Sharing of Scripture Isaiah 64:1-9
Message in Music
Storytelling – shared stories of memorable Christmases
Message Mission Gifts Festival
Prayer of dedication
God of restoration and remembrance,
we have brought our pain and our hopes, our hurts and our tears.
But the words of Paul remind us that these things we have handed to you do not mean that we lack gifts as we wait in hope.
You strengthen us in so many ways, and we thank you for receiving all that we are.
We ask that you take our gifts and our good deeds and mould them, craft them, shape them into those things that bring your hope to all the world. Amen.
A Time of Prayer
Preparation for Prayer
Peace be with you.
Righteousness be in you.
Comfort be among you.
Faithfulness be around you.
Go out into the world
Reminded of God’s steadfastness
Revealing God’s glory
Redefining this season of waiting into preparation for the dawn of God’s holy light.
Sharing of Scripture Isaiah 64:1-9
O that you would tear open the heavens and come down,
so that the mountains would quake at your presence—
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!
When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect,
you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yet, O Lord, you are our Father;
we are the clay, and you are our potter;
we are all the work of your hand.
Do not be exceedingly angry, O Lord,
and do not remember iniquity forever.
Now consider, we are all your people.