Advent Worship

Nov. 30, 2022 - 6:00pm

 

Prelude

Welcome

 

Opening Song

“Joy to the World, Unspeakable Joy”

 

Leader:     Welcome in the name of the triune God in whose presence we wait, the Holy Parent, fulfilling the promise; the Holy Child, waiting to be born; the Holy Spirit, illumining the way...Amen.

 

Leader:    The story begins with hope for a child – A child, born of a human, like us; 

 

Cong:    A child who will lead us, 

 

Leader:    A child who will inspire us. 

 

Cong:    A child who will be our living hope. 

 

Leader:    In this first week of Advent, we give thanks for the coming child, Jesus. Let us worship God. 

 

Song

“Joy to the World, Unspeakable Joy”

 

Reading:  Luke 1:5-17 

     In the days of King Herod of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly order of Abijah. His wife was a descendant of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. Both of them were righteous before God, living blamelessly according to all the commandments and regulations of the Lord. But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were getting on in years. 

     Once when he was serving as priest before God and his section was on duty, he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to enter the sanctuary of the Lord and offer incense. Now at the time of the incense offering, the whole assembly of the people was praying outside. Then there appeared to him an angel of the Lord, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. When Zechariah saw it, he was terrified; and fear overwhelmed him. But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will name him John. You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He must never drink wine or strong drink; even before his birth he will be filled with the Holy Spirit. He will turn many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. With the spirit and power of Elijah he will go before him, to turn the hearts of parents to their children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”  

    

The Word of the Lord...Thanks be to God!

 

Message

“Hope”

 

Song

““Awake! Awake, and Greet the New Morn” - Hymnal #242 vs1-3

 

Prayer

 

The Lord’s Prayer

 

Benediction

 

Closing Song

“Here Comes Heaven”

Postlude

Go in peace, serve the Lord...Thanks be to God!