Chilmark Community Church
Prelude: A Ground in G Henry Purcell
Gathering and Announcements
Introit: Lauda Anima
Call to Worship
Candle Lighting Liturgy
The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promises I have made.
To you, O Lord, we lift up our souls: In you, O God, we trust.
The one who is coming will show us the path of steadfast love and faithfulness.
Teach us your ways, O God of our salvation. We light this candle in the sure hope that God’s promises endure.
[Here light the first Advent candle]
We will live in the light of hope as we await the coming of the Lord.
*Hymn 473 “Lead Me , Lord”
God of grace and glory, we thank you that you judge us not by the perfection of our actions, but by out readiness to live boldly by faith. Help us, as individuals and as a congregation, to trust you and follow where you lead, that your name may be glorified in all the earth. Amen
Psalm 25:1-10 p.757
Scripture Reading and Discussion
May the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable to Thee, Our Rock and Redeemer.
1Thessalonians 3:9-13; Luke 21:25-36
*Hymn # 719 “My Lord, What a Morning”
Concerns and Celebration
Unison Prayer: Let us pray for those who suffer.
Almighty God, shield of the oppressed, hear us as we pray for the friendless and the lonely, the tempted and the unbelieving. Be merciful to those who suffer, in body or in mind, to those who are in danger or distress, and who have suffered loss. Let your love surround the infirm and the aged. Be especially near to those who are passing through the valley of death. May they find eternal rest, and light at the evening time. AMEN
The Lord’s Prayer
*We Give Thee But Thine Own (back cover)
Prayer of Dedication (unison)
Bless these gifts, O Lord, that those who give them and those who receive them may grow in your knowledge and love. Amen
*Hymn 730 “O Day of God, Draw Nigh”
Benediction (unison) St. Paul
“May the God of hope fill us all with joy and peace in believing, so that we may abound in hope by the power of the Holy spirit.” AMEN
Postlude : Courante Handel
Organist: Carol Loud
Next Week’s Lessons: MalachI 3:1-4; Luke 1:68-79; Philippians 1:3-11; Luke 3:1-6
*Stand if you are able