(1st Suday of Advent)
Call to Worship: (Responsively)
Pastor: Wake up, for night is flying. The day of God, Father, Son, and Spirit, is coming.
People The End can break upon us at any moment.
Pastor: Christ comes to us—past, future, present. Are you ready for the freeing radical
People: Are we alert to the holy alchemy of the Messiah?
ALL: “Oh God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you.” (Psalm 63:1)
Prayer of Adoration
Confession and Words of Assurance
Christ came into the world, Christ will come again, Christ comes to us now. We ready ourselves with repentance, remembering our baptism. We recall our sins. We focus too much on presents and not enough on the Presence. We either panic about the Second Coming or are indifferent to it, instead of purifying ourselves by the Spirit’s power, full of joyful expectation. We fail to make paths straight, open to the Lord. For Emmanuel’s sake, forgive us, God. Clean us up. Scrub us. Renew us. Amen.
~ WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD ~
Prayer for Illumination
Lesson from the Major Prophets of the Old Testament: Isaiah 64:1-9
Lesson from the Epistles of the New Testament: 1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Readings of the Holy Word: Psalm 107:1, 8-9, 22 and Luke 17:11-19
“The Word of our God;” “Thanks Be to God.”
Lesson from the Gospels: Mark 13:(24)32-37
“The Gospel of the Lord,” “Praise to You, O Christ”
Sermon: “Prepping for the Year or Preparing for Eternity”, Mark 13:(24-)32-37
- Affirmation of Faith – “The Apostle’s Creed”
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth: And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, Born of the Virgin Mary, Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried: He descended into hell; The third day he rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit; The holy catholic church; The Communion of Saints; The Forgiveness of sins; The Resurrection of the Body, And the Life everlasting. Amen.
Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer (Unison)
~ WE GIVE THANKS TO GOD ~
Presentation of Gifts & Offerings
Prayer of Dedication
~ WE GO AND SERVE IN GOD’S NAME ~
- Charge & Benediction
Summary: Are you truly preparing for Heaven as much as you have planned for next year? We’ll examine 6 ways to prepare for eternity.
II. Jesus is Coming Again One Day and We Better Be Ready.
III. Make Sure You Are Right with God.
A. First, Make Sure That You Are Right with God.
B. Second, Forgive as Much as You’ve Been Forgiven.
C. Third, Become a Disciple of Jesus.
D. Fourth, Be Led and Filled with the Holy Spirit.
E. Fifth, Study, Grow and Be Not Ashamed.
F. Sixth, be a Doer of the Word and Have Evidence of Your Faith.