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Worship Bulletin – December 1, 2013

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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

Prelude

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

Offering

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

Communion

*Benediction – Blest Be the Tie That Binds” (v.1) – #426

*Postlude

*If you are able, please stand

Announcements

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.

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