ORDER OF WORSHIP
1st Sunday of Advent – Hope
December 2, 2012
Traditional Worship Service, 11:00 AM
Kindly fill out the Prayer Cards provided in the pews with your concerns and requests. Please place card in the plate during the offering.
PREPARATION FOR THE COMING OF THE LORD
Greeter: Barbara Jenson Head Usher: Ken Ross
Lay Reader: Bob Preston Advent Readers: Christian & Andrew Smith
Prelude “Sleeper’s Wake” by J.S. Bach
Welcome and Announcements
Candle lighting (upper left purple candle)
Leader: We light the first candle which symbolizes hope. For many years the faithful looked forward to the coming of the Messiah. We look forward with the eyes of faith.
Hymn “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear” (verse 4) UMH No. 218
Leader: What does it mean to rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God? How has God already changed you and where is change continuing?
Unison Prayer: Thank you, Dear God, for giving us your Son Jesus to be the fulfillment of our deepest desire and hopes. Guide us as we prepare to receive Him anew in our hearts. Amen.
*Hymn “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus” UMH No. 196
All-powerful God, help us to look forward in hope to the coming of our Savior. May we live as he taught, ready to welcome him with burning love and faith. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
Anthem “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by J.S. Bach
Joys and Concerns
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 debts,
as we forgive our debtors.
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.
OFFERINGS, TITHES & GIFTS
Offertory “Chorale from Cantata 140” by J.S. Bach
PRAYER OF DEDICATION
We walk by faith, we live by faith, we give by faith. God of great gifts, you have given us so much, accept these gifts from our hands, our faithful response to your abundant grace. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
PROCLAMATION OF GOD’S WORD
Scripture Reading Acts 1: 1 – 11 Pew Bible No. 947
Sermon “Jesus is the Christ” Pastor Kim
Sacrament of Holy Communion UMH No. 13
*Closing Hymn “Open My Eyes, That I May See” UMH No. 454
Postlude “How Brightly Shines the Morning Star” by Philip Nicolai
*Please stand if able.
Sarah Jane Johnson Memorial United Methodist
welcomes visitors and guests worshiping with us today.
There is a handicapped accessible restroom with a Koala Bear Kare Baby Changing Station in the room to the left of the parlor. Care is available in the Nursery downstairs for preschool aged children. An usher or greeter will be happy to direct you.
Hearing assistance devices, large print Bibles, hymnals and large print bulletins are available in the parlor. Ask an usher or greeter for assistance.