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”
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
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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