Worship: Online Saturday, Nov. 28 at 5 pm & Sunday, Nov. 29 at 11 am

You are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 1:7 (RSV)

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2020-11-29 1st Sunday of Advent

Sermon Series: The Whole Armor of God
Hearing God’s Word speak to us through the imagery of armor, in addition to the Bible Lectionary readings each week during Advent

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Online meeting opens 15 minutes early
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before the worship services.

WELCOME

BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
November 29 – December 5

Birthdays
Jean Owen

Anniversaries
Karen Heise & Steve Walker

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

      • Wednesday Bible Study, 6:30 pm
        • 2 Peter 1
      • Online Interactive Worship
        • 5 pm Saturday
        • 11 am Sunday
      • In-Person Worship is suspended through at least December 13

The host will mute everyone except the leader during hymns and longer unison prayers so we can all sing and speak together without the distraction of various lag times. Otherwise, sound will be on for all participants so we can interact freely throughout the service (exception: disruptive background noises).

INVOCATION

BLESSING OF THE ADVENT WREATH AND CRISMON TREE

Prayer Responses:  Our finest gifts we bring!  Come, Lord Jesus!

Christ came to bring us salvation and has promised to come again.  Let us pray that we may always be ready to welcome him,  R

That the keeping of Advent may open our hearts to God’s love, R

That the light of Christ may penetrate the darkness of sin, R

That this wreath and tree may remind us
to prepare for the coming of Christ, R

That this Christmas season may fill us with peace and joy
as we strive to follow the example of Jesus, R

Prayer of Blessing:   Loving God, your Church joyfully awaits  the coming of its Savior, who enlightens our hearts and dispels the darkness of ignorance and sin.  Pour forth your blessings upon us as we light the candles of this wreath.  May their light reflect the splendor of Christ, who is Lord, for ever and ever.  Amen.

PROPHECY CANDLE FOR HOPE
“The Candle of Hope”

The candle of hope
we light in this hour
Proclaims that the Lord
is coming in power.

We wait for a future,
now hidden from view,
When Christ in his glory
will make all things new.

Biblical References: Matthew 24:36-44, Mark 13:24-37; Isaiah 11:1-10; Luke 1:68-79; Isaiah 2:4; Luke 1:46b-55; John 3:16-17; Luke 1:26-38; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 2:1-20;
John 1:1-14; Titus 3:4-7
Text: Copyright © 2015 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette
Suggested tune: “O Worship the King”

HYMN OF PRAISE
“All Hail King Jesus”

All hail King Jesus!
All hail Emmanuel,
King of kings,
Lord of lords,
bright Morning Star.

And throughout eternity,
I’ll sing your praises;
and I’ll reign with you
throughout eternity.

Faith We Sing #2069
Words and Music: Dave Moody

PRAISE AND TESTIMONIES
Briefly share your recent God-Sightings, joys, thankfulness, and good thoughts so the rest of us can rejoice with you.

PRAYER CONCERNS
We remain in solidarity with suffering children, immigrants, victims of war and storms, and everyone affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additions from Last Week
Rick Blanchard, Bonnie Ross, Janie Jones, Todd Noles, Family of Rex Mullins

Health Care Workers
Ron Fowler, Melissa Milam, Donna Smith, Greer Waldrop, Joy Crook

Homebound
Dianne Stallion, Freda & Dan Wyatt, Mary Lou Anderson, Betty Travis,
Carl Hamilton, Ruth Purvis

Military Families
Ron Fowler, Dylan Field, Kale Merrick, Matthew Petway, Sarah Petway,  Randy Bagwell, Christopher Telle, Brittany Jones, Bryar Fortner

Ecumenical Prayer Cycle for December 6-12:
Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
From St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Fayetteville AR, Worship Bulletin

You have sent your heralds to bring good tidings to the earth: Lift up your voice to the people of this community, that we may cast aside all fear and receive your salvation

Mercy and truth have met together;
righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

Look upon your whole creation and comfort your people, O Holy One, that every valley may be lifted up and every mountain and hill may be made low until all people may see the revelation of your glory, in the power of the Holy Spirit, through Jesus Christ our Savior.

Mercy and truth have met together;
righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
AND RECONCILIATION
Brief silent consideration of how we have responded to our personal and congregational opportunities to do good, as we face ourselves honestly in the presence of the Almighty.

WORDS OF ASSURANCE
May Almighty God have mercy on us
to bless our good works
and forgive us our sins,
and lead us into everlasting life.

PASTORAL PRAYER

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done in 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. Amen.

OFFERTORY
www.Briensburg.org/donate

We give thanks for those who are continuing their financial support of our ministries with online, mail-in, or drop-off tithes and offerings.

We offer to the Lord our prayers,
our presence, our gifts,
our service, and our witness,
praying they will be multiplied
for the upbuilding of God’s kingdom.

DOXOLOGY

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!
Praise God all creatures here below!
Praise God above, ye Heavenly host!
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!

CCLI Song # 56204 CCLI License # 3194034
Louis Bourgeois | Thomas Ken
© Words: Public Domain Music: Public Domain

THE BIBLE READING
Links to multiple translations:
1 Corinthians 1:3-9

3 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;

That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;

Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:

So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:

Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

HYMN OF CELEBRATION
“Great Is Thy Faithfulness
(Beginning To End)”

Great is Thy faithfulness
O God my Father
There is no shadow of turning with Thee
Thou changest not Thy compassions they fail not
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest
Sun moon and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness mercy and love

Chorus 1
Beginning to end my life in Your hands
Great great is Your faithfulness
You never let go this one thing I know
Great great is Your faithfulness

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow
Blessings all mine with ten thousand beside

Tag: Oh great great is Your faithfulness

Chorus 2:
Great is Thy faithfulness
Great is Thy faithfulness
Morning by morning new mercies I see
All I have needed Thy hand has provided
Great is Thy faithfulness Lord unto me.

CCLI Song # 7109317 CCLI License # 3194034
Jason Ingram | Michael Weaver | Thomas Obediah Chisholm | William Marion Runyan
© Weave Country

 

PASSING THE PEACE

May the peace of Christ be with you all!
And also with you!

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

CONVERSATIONAL SERMON
Everyone is invited to share as the Pastor leads a discussion of these sermon points.
Shoes: Preparation of the Gospel

Ready to Explain
Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.  1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)

Universal Summary
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.                                                                              John 3:16 (KJV)

Trusting Fully
I have complete confidence in the gospel; it is God’s power to save all who believe.  Romans 1:16 (GNT)

Eternal Spiritual Life
“You don’t have to wait for the End. I am, right now, Resurrection and Life. The one who believes in me, even though he or she dies, will live. And everyone who lives believing in me does not ultimately die at all. Do you believe this?”         John 11:25-26 (MSG)

All Encompassing Love
My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love.    1 John 4:7-8 (MSG)

INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP
The Altar in our hearts is always open

HYMN OF DEDICATION
“Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus”

Come Thou long expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free
From our fears and sins release us
Let us find our rest in Thee
Israel’s strength and consolation
Hope of all the earth Thou art
Dear desire of every nation
Joy of every longing heart

Born Thy people to deliver
Born a child and yet a King
Born to reign in us forever
Now Thy gracious Kingdom bring
By Thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone
By Thine all sufficient merit
Raise us to Thy glorious throne

CCLI Song # 31999 CCLI License # 3194034
Charles Wesley | Rowland Hugh Prichard
Words & Music: Public Domain

“Go ye into all the world,
and preach the gospel to every creature.”
Jesus, Mark 16:15

INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP
We invite you, your friends, and your family to a relationship with God in Jesus Christ, and to full participation and membership in our congregation. 

GOING FORTH TO LOVE OTHERS
AS CHRIST LOVES US

CHORAL BENEDICTION
“Beloved, Let Us Love One Another”

Beloved let us love one another
For love is of God and ev’ryone that loveth
Is born of God and knoweth God
He that loveth not knoweth not God for God is love
Beloved let us love one another
First John four seven and eight

CCLI Song # 26344; CCLI License # 3194034
Dennis Ryder
© 1974 Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.)