Worship Resources

Presbyterian Church

Of

Muskogee

11-29-20

First Sunday of Advent

 

Greetings & Announcements

 

Prelude

 

Call to Worship

One: O that God would tear open the heavens and come down!

All: Of that day or hour, no one knows, only God.

One: Be alert! Keep awake! The time is drawing near:

All: The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

One: Let us worship the Lord our God.

 

Hymn Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus #2 Blue

 

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 Thy own eternal Spirit rule in all our hearts alone;

By Thine all-sufficient merit raise us to Thy glorious throne.

 

Hanging of the Greens

 

Lighting of the Advent Candles

 

Advent Candle Hymn – verse 1

 

Come surely, Lord Jesus, as dawn follows night,

Our hearts long to greet you, as roses, the light.

Salvation, draw near us, our vision engage.

One candle is lit for the hope of the age.

 

Call to Confession

Like a faded, dry leaf that the wind blows away, our sins dry us up; faded and brittle, we are carried off by the wrongs we have done. Yet God loves us still and is able to restore and renew us with the water of life.

 

Prayer of Confession

Merciful God, we confess that we become distracted, even weary, in our discipleship. We keep busy schedules; we rush about. Captivated by technology, seduced by the lure of consumer goods, we do not remain alert to your divine presence in our lives, in the church, in the world. Make us better doorkeepers of our lives, watching for you attentively. Awaken us to your surprising power and glory and peace, so we do not miss how near you are to our very own gates. Be gracious toward us, we pray, until we are gathered, from the ends of earth to the ends of heaven, into your embrace. Hear now our silent, personal confession.

 

Assurance of Pardon

One: The grace of God given to us in Christ Jesus, strengthens us to the end so that we may be blameless when Christ comes again. Thanks be to God, who is faithful and has called us into the fellowship of the Son, Jesus Christ our Lord! Friends, believe and live the good news.

All: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.

 

Gloria Patri

 

Scripture Readings

Psalm Reading Psalm 80:1-8, 17-19

 

Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel,
you who lead Joseph like a flock!
You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth
2 before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh.
Stir up your might,
and come to save us!

3 Restore us, O God;
let your face shine, that we may be saved.

4 O Lord God of hosts,
how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers?
5 You have fed them with the bread of tears,
and given them tears to drink in full measure.
6 You make us the scorn[a] of our neighbors;
our enemies laugh among themselves.

7 Restore us, O God of hosts;
let your face shine, that we may be saved.

 

17 But let your hand be upon the one at your right hand,
the one whom you made strong for yourself.
18 Then we will never turn back from you;

give us life, and we will call on your name.

19 Restore us, O Lord God of hosts;
let your face shine, that we may be saved.

Gospel Mark 13:24-37

24 “But in those days, after that suffering,

the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light,
25 and the stars will be falling from heaven,
and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.

26 Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with great power and glory. 27 Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.

28 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. 29 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he[a] is near, at the very gates. 30 Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

32 “But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Beware, keep alert;[b] for you do not know when the time will come. 34 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. 35 Therefore, keep awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, 36 or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. 37 And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.”

 

Special Music

 

Message “Take Heed, Keep on the Alert”

 

Affirmation of Faith Litany for Advent

One: O Wisdom, coming forth from the mouth of the Most High, pervading and permeating all creation, you order all things with strength and gentleness. Come now and teach us the way to salvation.

All: Come, Lord Jesus.

 

One: O Adonai, Ruler of the house of Israel, you appeared in the burning bush to Moses and gave him the law on Sinai. Come with outstretched arm to save us.

All: Come, Lord Jesus.

One: O Root of Jesse, rising as a sign for all the peoples, before you earthly rulers will keep silent, and nations give you honor. Come quickly to deliver us.

All: Come, Lord Jesus.

One: O Key of David, Scepter over the house of Israel, you open and no one can close, you close and no one can open. Come to set prisoners free.

All: Come, Lord Jesus.

One: O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, Sun of justice, come, shine on those who live in darkness and in the shadow of death.

All: Come, Lord Jesus.

One: O Ruler of the nations, Monarch for whom the people long, you are the cornerstone uniting all humanity. Come, save us all, whom you formed out of clay.

All: Come, Lord Jesus.

One: O Emanuel, our Sovereign and lawgiver, desire of the nations and Savior of all, Come and save us, O Lord our God.

All: Come, Lord Jesus.

One: God of grace, ever faithful to your promises, the earth rejoices in hope of our Savior’s coming and looks forward with longing to his return at the end of time. Prepare our hearts to receive him when he comes, for he is Lord forever and ever. Amen.

 

Hymn My Shepherd Will Supply My Need #172 Blue

 

My Shepherd will supply my need; Jehovah is His name:

In Pastures fresh He makes me feed, beside the living stream.

He brings my wandering spirit back, when I forsake His ways;

And leads me, for His mercy’s sake, in paths of truth and grace.

 

When I walk through the shades of death Your presence is my stay;

One word of Your supporting breath drives all my fears away.

Your hand, in sight of all my foes, does still my table spread;

My cup with blessings overflows, Your oil anoints my head.

 

The sure provisions of my God attend me all my days;

O may Your House be my abode, and all my work be praise.

There would I find a settled rest, while others go and come;

No more a stranger, or a guest, but like a child at home.

 

Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer

 

God of power and glory, we remember your awesome deeds across the ages – the times you saved us and brought us home. Yet, we also remember times when we felt alone and afraid. O God, we are your people, the work of your hand. Look upon us with your shinning face, especially in our time of need.

We pray fort those who look to you for healing and hope…those who are sick or recuperation from illness and injury…those who are lonely and need companionship and care…those for whom the holidays bring sorrow or pain…those whose deep sadness overshadows joy. Let your face shine upon us, O God.

We pray for people in need of restoration and reconciliation; for those battling addictions and those in recovery…for people estranged from those they love…for those lost in grief…for those far from home. Let your face shine upon us, O God, that we might be saved.

Renew the spirits of a world grown weary with waiting and hoping. Especially we pray for wars to end, for hunger and poverty to be crowded out by abundance. And we pray, too, for the Church because we also grow weary in our waiting and watching for your power and glory to be made known. Grant us clarity, passion, and true fellowship so that we are awake to your presence.

Let your face shine upon the Church and all this weary world. We pray all this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, who taught us pray:

 

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 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 forever. Amen

 

Hymn Angels We Have Heard on High #23 Blue

 

Angels we have heard on high, sweetly singing o’er the plains,

And the mountains in reply echoing their joyous strains.

Gloria in excelsis Deo; Gloria in excelsis Deo.

 

Shepherds, why this jubilee? Why your joyous strains prolong?

What the gladsome tidings be which inspire your heavenly song?

Gloria in excelsis Deo; Gloria in excelsis Deo.

 

Come to Bethlehem and see Him whose birth the angels sing;

Come, adore on bended knee Christ, the Lord, the newborn King.

Gloria in excelsis Deo; Gloria in excelsis Deo.

 

Charge and Benediction

 

Postlude

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