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ST. ANDREW PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH First Sunday of Advent November 29, 2020 10:30 a.m. WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS PRELUDE I Wonder As I Wander Niles/Hayes CALL TO WORSHIP Leader: Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who live in it. People: Let the floods clap their hands; let the hills sing together for joy Leader: At the presence of the Lord, for he is coming to judge the earth. People: He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity. All: Let us worship God! LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT CANDLE Faithful God, out of war’s chaos, you bring the order of peace. Renew us in hope, that we may work toward Christ’s advent of peace among all nations. God of promise, God of hope, into our darkness come. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. *HYMN Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus Come, Thou long-expected Jesus, born to set Thy people free;From our fears and sins release us, let us find our rest in Thee. Israel’s Strength and Consolation, hope of all the earth Thou art;Dear Desire of every nation, joy of every longing heart. Born Thy people to deliver, born a child and yet a King,Born to reign in us forever, now Thy gracious kingdom bring. By Thine own eternal Spirit rule in all our hearts alone;By Thine all-sufficient merit, raise us to Thy glorious throne. PRAYER OF CONFESSION God of the future, you are coming in power to bring nations under your rule. We confess that we have not expected your kingdom. We have lived casual lives, and ignored your promised judgment. Judge us, O God, for we have been slow to serve you. Forgive us, for the sake of your son Jesus, our Savior and Lord, whose triumph we want and eagerly await. Amen. ASSURANCE OF PARDON Leader: Friends, believe the good news of the gospel, People: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven! Amen. PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION Lord, open our hearts and minds by the power of your Holy Spirit, that as the Scriptures are read and your Word is proclaimed, we may hear with joy and hopewhat you say to us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen OLD TESTAMENT LESSON Isaiah 9:2-7 NEW TESTAMENT LESSON John 1:1-5 SERMON Advent Hope AFFIRMATION OF FAITH From the Confession of 1967 In Jesus Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself. Jesus Christ is God with humankind. He is the eternal Son of the Father, who became human and lived among us to fulfill the work of reconciliation. He is present in the church by the power of the Holy Spirit to continue and complete his mission. This work of God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is the foundation of all confessional statements about God, humanity, and the world. Therefore, the church calls all people to be reconciled to God and to one another. Amen. PASTORAL PRAYER and the LORD’S PRAYER HYMN O Come, O Come, Emmanuel O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel,That mourns in lonely exile here, until the Son of God appear.Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel. O come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer Our spirits by Thine advent here; Disperse the gloomy clouds of night, and death’s dark shadows put to flight. Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel O come, Desire of nations, bind all peoples in one heart and mind; Bid envy, strife, and discord cease; fill the whole world with heaven’s peace. Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel BENEDICTION POSTLUDE Paean on “Wachet auf” Nicolai/Lasky