November 29 First Sunday of Advent Virtual Worship

Sermon: The Strength to Dream

Theme: Our strength to see differently comes from knowing that Christ’s love and justice will be with us at all times.

Purpose: We will examine our need to draw strength from Christ’s justice in the midst of turmoil.

Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 Strength from God in Jesus Christ for the trials that we will face.
Mark 13:24-37 The signs of the coming of the Son of Man.

Questions:
What does it mean to us that “the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light? How should we respond to these types of “cosmic” warnings? What is our way of preparing ourselves for difficulties and stress? How are we strengthened in the knowledge of Christ in the
midst of these types of threats? How do we go about preparing for difficult times without becoming paranoid or irrational? What is the reasonable message within messages about “The day of the Lord?”

Description for Sunday, November 29, 2020

Scripture is read from NRSV Bible (New Revised Standard Version)

Permission to podcast/stream the service music obtained from ONE LICENSE,
License #A-730666 and CCLI Streaming License CSPL069066. All Rights reserved.

Prelude to Worship
Glory to God Hymnal #113 “Angels we have Heard on High”
TEXT: French carol; trans. James Chadwick, 1860, alt.
MUSIC (GLORIA 7.7.7.7 with refrain): French carol; arr. Edward Shippen Barnes, 1937; © 1937,
ren. 1965 H. Augustine Smith Jr. (admin. Fleming H. Revell Company, a div. of Baker Publishing Group
Glory to God Hymnal: #115 “Away in a Manger”
TEXT: Stanzas 1–2, Little Children’s Book for Schools and Families, c. 1885
MUSIC (MUELLER 11.11.11.11): James R. Murray, 1887

Hymn: “#88 “O Come O Come Emmanuel” vs. 1-4
TEXT: Latin prose, pre-9th cent.; trans composite
MUSIC (VENI EMMANUEL, LM with refrain): Plainsong; adapt. Thomas Helmore, 1852; arr. John Weaver, 1988;
arr. © 1990 John Weaver

Glory to God Hymnal #583 “Gloria, Gloria”          

Copyright © 1981 Les Presses de Taizé (France). Used by permission of G.I.A. Publications, Inc. Chicago, Illinois, exclusive agent. All rights reserved. First Presbyterian Church, FDL OneLicense #A-730666

Sending: Glory to God Hymnal #800 “Sometimes a Light Surprises”
TEXT: William Cowper, 1779, alt.
MUSIC (SALLEY GARDENS 7.6.7.6.D): Irish folk melody; arr. Alfred V. Fedak, 2011; arr. © 2011 Alfred V. Fedak

Liturgist: Roy Johnson
Advent Candle Lighters: Don V. and Emerson V.

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