November 29, 2020 – Advent 1 – Hope

 Thoughts to Ponder:

“You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.” – Michelle Obama

Welcome, Announcements, Life & Work of the Church

 Acknowledgement of the Territories:

Sharing the Peace of Christ:

Leader: May the Peace of Christ be with you.
Response: And also with you.

Call to Worship:

The heavens are trembling with anticipation,

As we wait for Jesus.

The nights are long and the days are short,

As we wait for Jesus.

Our redemption is drawing near,

            As we wait for Jesus.

Let us hope in God and worship as people ready to see the glory of our God!


Gathering Prayer:

Almighty God, You created the heavens and the earth.

You set the planets in their courses, lit the sun with fire,

caused the stars to shine and the world to turn.

Life springs up wherever your spirit flows.

Through the birth of the Christ child, you brought hope into a world full of fear and despair.

You sent your Spirit to enliven our hope and guide us on the way.

Now in anxious times, we wait and watch for our broken world to be made new.

We wait for new life, and we wait with deep hope. Amen

Advent Lighting: – Hope

Reader One: If ever there was a year we needed Advent, this is the year. Who can even begin to describe the year we have lived through. We hesitate to reflect on all that has unfolded around us in 2020. Our common truth is that nothing seems right, nothing seems like it used to be, nothing. We need Advent!

Reader Two: The prophet Isaiah cried out for us, “O that you would tear open the heavens and come down … To make your name known … so that nations might tremble at your presence.” So tear through the chaos, O Lord, and come down to us again. We long to be your people, a people of hope.

Reader One: We light this first candle as a sign of our hope. Hope that you can meet us, even in the midst of all that has unfolded in our world. Hope that you still see us, though we feel we are lost in the chaos of it all. Let this light be the guide that brings us to Emmanuel once more.


Children’s Time:                                          Hope is a star

                      VU #7 Hope Is a Star         vs 1

Hope is a star that shines in the night,

Leading us on till the morning is bright.

When God is a child there’s joy in our song.

The last shall be first and the weak shall be strong,

And none shall be afraid.        

Words: Brian Wren, Music Joan C Fogg ©1985 All rights reserved Reprinted under OneLicense A-725110


Prayer of Confession and Assurance of Pardon

Redeeming God,

We confess that the season of Advent is difficult for us. We don’t like being made to wait.

We want to be comfortable in this festive season,

but the pandemic keeps us anxious and unhappy.

Forgive us when we complain about our own troubles and close our eyes to the suffering of others. Forgive us for seeking our own comfort at the cost of others.

Open within us a desire to perceive the great need within our community and our world. Help us to acknowledge that we need your love in our lives. Turn our hearts to you again and again.


Silence is kept


Assurance of Pardon:


Prayer of Illumination:


Isaiah 64: 1-9                   Tear open the heavens and come down

Psalm 80: 1-7, 17-19        Shine upon us, shepherd of Israel

Mark 13: 24-37                 You will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds


Sermon:                                 It is Time to Turn, Once Again …

                      VU #1 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel       piano arr.

Minute for Mission:     Growing at Golden Lake Camp

Invitation to the Offering:

Prayer of Dedication:

God of hope, we offer you our gifts with our thanks that your love never goes out of style, and that your presence is never beyond our budgets. Bless what we bring with your Spirit, so that our gifts may be a blessing to our broken world and that we who know of your love, may shine as hope for all to see. Amen.


Prayers of the People:


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 heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

and forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us;

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,

For ever and ever. Amen.

                      VU #9 People, Look East

People, look east. The time is near

Of the crowning of the year.

Make your house fair as you are able,

Trim the hearth and set the table.

People, look east: Love the guest is on the way.

Angels, announce with shouts of mirth

Christ who brings new life to earth.

Set every peak and valley humming

With the word, the Lord is coming.

People, look east: Love the Lord is on the way.

Words: Eleanor Farjeon, Music: French folk melody ©1928 All Right Reserved, Reprinted under OneLicense A-725110