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The Way for Worship at  Trinity United Church of Christ

November 27, 2022            First Sunday of Advent                          11am

*Gathering Music      O Come O Come Emmanuel.      vs. 1 and 2            NCH 116

Greeting and Announcements                                           Rev. Nathan King

Centering Music and lighting of altar candles                Tom Lipe

*Responsive Intent                    (adapted from An Advent Sourcebook, O’Gorman, editor)
One: They watch for the Messiah, who are sensitive, eager, apprehensive in mind, who are awake, alive, quick-sighted, and zealous.
All: Watch! Stay awake! Get ready! Prepare, prepare – and watch!
One: They watch for the Messiah, who look for God in all that happens, and who would not be surprised, who would not be over-agitated or overwhelmed, if they found that the Messiah was coming at once.
All: Watch! Stay awake! Get ready! Prepare, prepare – and watch!
One: This then is to watch: to live in what is unseen; to live in the thought of Christ as God came once, and as God will come again.
All: Watch! Stay awake! Get ready! Prepare, prepare – and watch!

Lighting of the Advent Candle: Hope
One: Today is the beginning of Advent – the preparation time for celebrating Christ’s birth. We are here because God’s promises to our ancestors came true when Jesus was born. God’s promise is kept each Sunday when we worship because Christ is in our midst. God will keep the promise to come again in glory. Isaiah 60:2
All: We light this candle to proclaim the coming of the light of God into the world. With the coming of this light, there is hope. Because of Christ, we not only have hope, but we believe that good is stronger than evil. God wants us to work for good in this world.

*Hymn                     Come, O Long-Expected Jesus                     Hymnal #122

Morning Prayer Concerns and Celebrations
Prayers of the People and Lord’s Prayer
Our Mother-Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kindom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kindom, and the power, and the glory, forever.

A Reading from the Letters                              Romans 13: 11-12


Hearing the Sacred Word

A Reading from the Gospels                                        Matthew 24:36-44

Anthem                          Light One Candle                         Trad. Yiddish

Sermon                      An Unexpected Hour                          Rev. Dr. Cathy Cook


Giving of Our Gifts to God

Invitation to Offering

Offertory and Bringing of Our Gifts     

*Praise Response                                                         Doxology
  Praise God from whom all blessings flow
  Praise God all creatures here below
  Praise God above your heavenly hosts
  Creator, Christ, and Holy Ghost

Prayer of Dedication


Going Forth with Good News

*Chiming of the Trinity                       (In the name of the Creator, Christ and Holy Spirit)


*Closing Song                                La Paz Sea Contigo                                      by Dosia Carlson


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Celebrations in November & December

28 Michael F.
29 Ken C.
30 Jacob H.
1 Nancy R.
1 Yvonne T.
3 Codi C.



In Need of Prayers

– Family of Madorin
– Bob’s Dad
– Ashleigh’s grandmother
– Pat L.
– Helena’s dad
– Ralf T.
– Antonio
– Cindy R.
– Rev. Alan M.
– Revs. Jerry and Marion
– Raleigh NC
– Palestine/Israel
– Ukraine/Russia

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