PALM SPRINGS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
The Worship of the God of Grace in Jesus Christ
December 1, 2019 - 10:00 AM Service1st Sunday of Advent
Liturgical Color: Purple
Rev. Rob Stewart
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|Pre-Service Music||Praise Band|
|Welcoming||Rev. Rob Stewart|
|Life of the Church||Elder Morella Larsen|
|Passing of the Peace||My Peace (As we return to our seats.)||Congregation|
|Prelude||Do You Hear What I Hear||Praise Band|
|Lighting of the First Advent Candle||Bill Cameron|
|Advent reading (responsively)||(on screen)||Deacon Patti Cameron|
Lighting of the Advent Candle:
Leader: Today is the First Sunday of Advent.
People: As people long ago, we wait for the Messiah who will set us free from the power of death and despair.
Leader: Advent is a season of waiting.
People: We are preparing for the birth of the Christ Child by listening and watching for the movement of God
|* Advent Prayer (unison)|
God of Light, through your Spirit you spoke to people long ago as they waited for the God promised Messiah. You spoke to Mary and Joseph as they waited for their first child to be born. And today, we patiently wait for you to speak to us, dear God. Help us to hear your word, feel your peace and know your love, for we ask it in the name of Jesus, the Light of the World. Amen
|* Opening Hymn||O Come, O Come, Emmanuel||Hymn #88 (1, 2, 6, 7)|
|Prayer of Adoration & Confession (unison)||(on screen & Insert)|
Loving God, you know that this is a season of making our lists and checking them twice. We also know that lists can obscure the vision you have for us this Advent season. As we are busy decorating cookies and hanging lights, let us not forget to feed the hungry and work for a just and peaceful world. As we are enjoying our twinkling homes and gracious gatherings, remind us to care for those who have no warmth or feel no love.
Give us generous spirits so that we can pause to smile at those rushing around us or listen to a worried stranger. As we prepare for Christmas, may our acts of kindness surprise others with joy. May our lives show forth to all your extravagant love that we know in Christ.
|(A moment for silent reflection)|
|Assurance of Forgiveness|
Friends, this is the good news: God knows our every weakness and the longings of our hearts. Be lifted up by waves of mercy and carried home to God
|Gloria Patri||Hymn #581|
|* Praise Hymn||Prepare the Way, O Zion||Hymn #106|
|Choral Preparation||A Nativity Prayer||Choir|
|Prayers of the People & Lord's Prayer|
Our Father who art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom 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 Kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.
|Anthem||Alleluia for Advent||Choir|
|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 what you say to us today. Amen
|Hebrew Lesson (responsively)||Isaiah 2: 1-5||Elder Morella Larsen|
|Epistle Lesson||Romans 13: 11-14|
|Song of Preparation||Open My Eyes, That I May See||Hymn #451|
|Gospel Lesson||Matthew 24: 35-44|
|Pastor: "The Word of the Lord." People: "Thanks be to God."|
|Sermon||God Is Coming!||Rev. Rob Stewart|
|* In Response||Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus||Hymn #82 (all)|
|Morning Tithes and Offerings|
|Offertory||Go, Tell It On The Mountain||Praise Band|
|* Prayer of Dedication|
|Hymn of Preparation||Let Us Break Bread Together||Hymn # 525 (all)|
|Invitation to the Lord's Table||Rev. Rob Stewart|
|The Great Thanksgiving|
|Breaking of the Bread|
|Communion of the People|
|Prayer after Communion|
|* A Challenge to Go Forth|
|* A Singing Response||May Your Presence Go With Us||Congregation|
|* Gathering for Fellowship in Fellowship Hall|