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 KNOX – A Sacred Space

Sunday, November 27, 2016,

Advent One -   Waiting for Hope

Please rise as you are able    + Please remain seated


Prelude:    "Of the Father's Love Begotten"          Charles Callahan   


Welcome & Greeting:  Grace to you, and peace from God. As Advent people we give thanks to the One who is faithful.


♫ + Introit:  MV 33  “Jesus Came Bringing Us Hope”

(The Bible, Advent Banner and Food Bank offerings are brought forward.)

Call to Worship: Let us praise God in promise and in hope as our journey together to Bethlehem begins!  Amen.


Lighting the Candle of Global Concerns


Opening Prayer: God of the unexpected and undreamt: in this holy season, instill your hope in our hearts.  Prepare us so that we might

share again the song of the angels and see again the beckoning star.  May it be so, amen.


♫ á Gathering Hymn: VU 2  “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus”


Prayers for Healing and Words of Assurance

A Time for All Ages


Advent Candle Lighting:  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God.  In the beginning is our hope, and hope is in God.  This Advent season begins with hope for this world.  May the light of this candle remind us of our hope in the season of shorter days and longer nights. (first candle is lit)


♫ + Sung Response:  VU 7  “Hope Is a Star”  (verse 1)


Readings from Scripture

Isaiah 2: 1-5  The mountain of God can be a place of peace

♫ + Hymn: MV 19  “Maranatha”

Matthew 24: 36-44  No one knows the hour

Response:   Listen to what the Spirit is saying to the church. 

                   Thanks be to God.


Anthem: “Long Awaited One”       Nicole Elsey      Arr.: Douglas Nolan




Meditative Music:  “I Wonder as I Wander"        Charles Callahan


Offering our Gifts


Blessing of Quilts for our Syrian Refugee Family


♫ á Hymn:  VU 5  “All Earth is Waiting”


Joys, Concerns, and Announcements:

                                         Advent Peace Box Introduction


♫ + Offering Song:  VU 93  “When Heaven’s Bright with Mystery”

(verse 4)


Prayer of Dedication

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Concern

♫ + The Lord’s Prayer Sung:  VU 959


Closing Prayer: Gracious God, fill our hearts this day with the thrill of hope found in each of your promises.  Like people of old, we who have walked in darkness have seen a great light.  Ignite our faith and light our path.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.


♫ á Closing Hymn:  VU 9  “People, Look East”




♫ Sung Benediction:  MV 220  “Hope Shines as the Solitary Star”


Postlude:  “Dialogue for Trumpets”                     L.N. Clérambault


Copyright Information: 

Advent Candle Lighting Prayers have been adapted from Gathering, RESOURCES FOR WORSHIP PLANNERS, Advent-Christmas-Epiphany, 2016-2017 Year A, p.63-64 The United Church of Canada.


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