Emmanuel United Methodist Church
Nancy C. Johnson, Pastor
1st Sunday of Advent November 29, 2020
A Service of the Word/Online Order of Worship
Gathering for Worship/ CCLI #1149131
GATHERING MUSIC Emmanuel, Emmanuel #204
Emmanuel, Emmanuel, His name is called Emmanuel.
God with us, revealed in us; His name is called Emmanuel
WORDS OF WELCOME/ENTER THE LIGHT OF CHRIST (You may light a candle at home if you wish)
CALL TO WORSHIP (If you are worshipping with others, you may use two or more voices in a “Call to Worship” style at home).
When is the master coming?
No one knows the day or hour.
When must we be ready to receive the Lord of hosts?
Even now, listen for the knock on the door.
Keep alert and be ready.
We await the One who brings hope, joy, peace and love.
HYMN OF PRAISE O Come, O Come, Emmanuel #211
OPENING PRAYER Ever-loving God, your promise of hope comes to us, wrapped in anticipation and expectation. Though the world around us seems dark and hopeless at times, we will continue to thank you that a new day is dawning, a day when we will see the Son of Man coming with power and glory. As we await that day with great hope, may Christ revealed in us. You are faithful, Lord; May it be so for us who gathered in your name. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
BLESSING OF THE ADVENT WREATH
LIGHTING OF THE 1st ADVENT CANDLE
Proclaiming and Responding to God’s Word
THE GOSPEL LESSON Mark 13: 24-37
24 “But in those days, following that distress,“‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light;25 the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’[a]
26 “At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.28 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 29 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that it[b] is near, right at the door. 30 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.32 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard! Be alert[c]! You do not know when that time will come. 34 It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with their assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.35 “Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. 36 If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. 37 What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’”
The Word of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God.
HYMN of RESPONSE Christ Returneth
SERMON Ready and Waiting
PRAYER OF DISCIPLESHIP
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, forever. Amen.
HYMN OF DISCIPLESHIP Come Thou Long Expected Jesus #196
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The first three hymns listed below are from The United Methodist Hymnal (Nashville: The United Methodist Publishing House) 1989 as follows;
Emmanuel, Emmanuel, #204; Words/Music: Bob McGee, 1976; Copyright 1976 C. A. Music, division of Christian Artists Corp. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ms5rGqkp-j4
from Lloyd T. Hayes at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoaVoRgMBeyugM4zNeaqvdg
O Come, O Come Emmanuel, #211; Words: Author Unknown, Latin hymn (c. 12th century) Verses 1 & 2 translated by John Neale Verses 3 & 4 by Henry S. Coffin Music “Veni Emmanuel”: French tune adapted by Thomas Helmore Arranged and Performed by: www.hymncharts.com Video Prepared by: www.celebratingholidays.com See www.celebratingholidays.com for additional history and resources for this song. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utpZAIycWFU
From Celebrating Holidays https://www.youtube.com/user/CelebratingHolidays
Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus, #196. Words: Charles Wesley, 1744; Music: Rowland H. Prichard, 1830; Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dmO8UPlWoo from Scott Bacher https://www.youtube.com/user/sbach4; Music by Rowland H. Prichard Performed by Fernando Ortega on “Christmas Songs” 2008 Curb Records, Inc.
Christ Returneth, #120 from Baptist Hymnal, ed. Walter Hines Sims (Nashville: Convention Press) 1956; Words: H. L. Turner; Music: James McGranahan. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0aHw3a6YeA
From HymnSite.com https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqltdQsqXadVEIwSZOr8VoA