Worship Sunday November 29, 2020

“On the Road”          Advent 1

This year’s Advent theme, “On the Road . . . ,” conveys a sense of movement, of traveling from one point to another. In the story of the magi from the East, they literally took to the road and drew closer to Jesus with each passing step. This rich imagery sets the tone for the Advent season as we seek to move our congregations closer to Jesus, wherever we might find ourselves along the road of faith.

Prayer for Peace   Lighting of Peace Candle

-Adapted from Louise Pirouet, England, Timeless Prayers for Peace (2003)

O Prince of Peace,

week by week we meet to pray for peace –

peace in Northern Ireland,

peace in Africa,

peace in Jerusalem, 

peace in our nation –

but week by week

war and hatred, violence against other humans increase,

shoots of peace wither and die,

new conflicts erupt,

hope fails.

 

What is wrong with our prayers? we ask.

Aren’t they heard?

 

Week by week we pray for the peace-makers

(‘Blessed are the peace-makers

they shall be called children of God’)

but their efforts are outflanked by fear,

hatred, mistrust, the desire for revenge

among the peace-wreckers,

those who have given up hope,

who are driven to despair.

 

O Prince of Peace,

we believe our prayers are heard.

You have had patience with our human race for millennia,

are we to despair after only a decade or two?

Keep us faithful in our prayers.

Keep us nurturing the small seeds of peace (they are there).

Keep us praying for the peace-makers,

for the many who long for peace,

for the despairing who are tempted to become peace-wreckers.

Keep hope alive, keep us believing,

That at last your will may be done,

Your kingdom of peace come.

 -moment of silence-

Call to worship

Adapted from Isaiah 64:1, 6, 9; Psalm 80:3

Leader:  O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence.

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

Leader:  We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. 

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

Leader:   Do not remember our iniquity forever.

                                                            

All:      We live in your hope.

Restore us, O God; let your face shine,

            that we may be saved.

Opening Hymn     Hail to the Lord’s anointed         HWB 185

(This is the tune of “Hosanna Loud Hosanna, the little children sing”)

Congregational & Offering Prayer         (HWB 749)

See attached prayer requests (also on announcements sent out Thursdays.)

Add you own prayers.

O God, our offerings proclaim that work and worship are one, that life is undivided. Use our gifts for the church’s ministries of reconciliation, service, and mercy. Amen.

Children’s Story  “Hope”

Scripture        Isaiah 64:1-8 and Psalm 80:1-7

1O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence—

1Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock! You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth

2as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil— to make your name known to your adversaries, so that the nations might tremble at your presence! 

2before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh. Stir up your might, and come to save us!

3When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence. 

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

4From ages past no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who works for those who wait for you. 

4O Lord God of hosts, how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers?

5You meet those who gladly do right, those who remember you in your ways. But you were angry, and we sinned; because you hid yourself we transgressed.

5You have fed them with the bread of tears, and given them tears to drink in full measure.

6We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. 

6You make us the scorn of our neighbors; our enemies laugh among themselves.

7There is no one who calls on your name, or attempts to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us, and have delivered us into the hand of our iniquity. 

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

8Yet, O Lord, you are our God; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.”

Sermon – “Where is hope?”          By Pastor Rose Marie (see attached)

Hymn of Response    To us a child of hope is born   HWB 189

Benediction    

People of God, people on the road: keep alert; keep awake—the Lord is coming! Get ready.

Postlude

“There’s a New World Coming”        – sung by Mama Cass Elliot

There’s a new world coming And it’s just around the bend
There’s a new world coming This one’s coming to an end

There’s a new voice calling You can hear it if you try
And it’s growing stronger With each day that passes by

There’s a brand new morning Rising clear and sweet and free
There’s a new day dawning That belongs to you and me

Yes a new world’s coming The one we’ve had visions of
Coming in peace, coming in joy Coming in love