Worship Bulletin - December 1, 2013
Advent has come, and with it God's people wait in expectant hope for the arrival of the Messiah. As this month unfolds please remember to pause and reflect on the wonders of God's salvation.
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Lord’s Day, December 1, 2013 - 10:30 AM Worship
First Sunday of Advent
Welcome and Announcements
Passing the Peace
Call to Worship - Psalm 25:1-10 - p.593
*Hymn of Praise - “I Sing the Mighty Power of Jesus” - #128
Opening Prayer and Lord’s Prayer
Lighting the Advent Wreath
Responsive Litany: We begin the season of Advent with expectant and believing hearts. We wait upon the Lord and place our hope in God’s word. During Advent we confront the darkness that so often exists around us. We wait upon the Lord and place our hope in God’s word. During Advent we confront the doubt that so often resides within us. We wait upon the Lord and place our hope in God’s word. During Advent we confront the division that so often occurs between us. We wait upon the Lord and place our hope in God’s word.
Sharing of Joys and Concerns
OT Reading - Jeremiah 33:14-16 - p.853
Offertory - “The Yearning”
*Song of Thanksgiving - “Doxology” - #815
Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise Him, all creatures here below. Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen
Gospel Reading - Luke 21:25-36 - p. 1130
*Hymn of Preparation - “Come, Long-Expected Jesus” - #244
NT Reading - 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 - p.1268
Sermon - “The Imminent Promise” - Pastor Wesley Allen
*Hymn of Invitation - “Find Us Faithful” - #456
*Benediction - Blest Be the Tie That Binds” (v.1) - #426
*If you are able, please stand
December Benevolence: RMMO - The roots of RMMO go back to the mid-1930s, when American Baptist congregations received a Communion Fellowship Offering on the first Sunday of each month to support retired ministers, missionaries, their widowed spouses and elderly clergy within their churches. In 1948, churches began donating to the November Communion Fellowship Offering. Finally, in 1977 American Baptist Churches USA launched the Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering (RMMO) to continue this tradition of thankfulness. The Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering is a personal offering, one rooted in thanks for the countless ways ministers and missionaries guide each member of the church along his or her spiritual journey. http://www.abc-usa.org/rmmo/
Messiah Community-Sing - The First United Methodist Church in Moorestown is pleased to offer the 32nd annual Community-Sing of Handel’s Messiah. On Sunday, December 8th, beginning at 5:00pm in our sanctuary, Messiah by G.F. Handel will be sung by all those present. Please join us for this wonderful Advent Season Tradition.
See the Lights! - Mark your calendars and set aside Thursday, Dec.12th to enjoy driving around the local area and looking at all the Christmas Lights with the residents of Riverview Estates. We will meet at the Home by 6:00pm, load everyone into cars and on the bus, drive around the area to check out all the beautiful lights and then come back to enjoy some more fellowship time eating cookies and drinking hot cocoa. A sign-up sheet is in Memorial Hall for: 1) willing to drive; 2) wanting to come to enjoy the lights and/or 3) bring cookies. Be on the look-out for some wonderful lights in our area and let Karen know where to find them so they will be included on the tour.