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Sunday, December 1, 2019

The First Sunday of Advent

We Gather in God's Name

Opening Song

"Great is Thy Faithfulness"

Lighting of the Advent Candle

First Reading: "The first week of Advent is all about hope. Think about hope as you hear Lamentations 3: 21-24: “But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, God’s mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in the Lord.”"

The Candle is lit.

Prayer together in Chat: "Gracious God, As the Advent season begins, we cry out to you. We come to you looking for hope. When everything else we rely on fails us, our only hope is in you. When we do not understand what has happened, we hope in you. We can hope for better days because we trust you. We know you and we know you are here with us no matter what we are facing. Some of us see only darkness this time of year. Some of us find life overwhelming. Some of us are filled with Advent joy. Wherever we find ourselves today, Loving God, remind us that our hope is in you. Be with us on this journey. Amen."

We Hear God's Word

1st Scripture Reading

Psalm 122

2nd Scripture Reading

Matthew 24:37-44

We Respond in Prayer

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession

Please stand when offering a prayer, so others will know you have the floor.

The 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 heavn.

Give us this day our daily bread,

and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,

for thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever.


Closing Prayer

We Go in Peace

Passing of the Peace

Fellowship & Conversation