Life in Liturgy

4 Sundays of Advent – a Sampler

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The following were services used in 2007 at Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Huntington, WV.  You are welcome to use the materials in them as desired.  They are offered to show how Advent Sundays were woven into the texture of those largely traditional orders of worship.  The scripts for the readings used are also republished here from 2014.

Words of Welcome and Call to Worship

Today is God’s day of hope—hope for us, hope for all humanity.  The darkness that surrounds us will not overtake us, for God is light; and in God there is no darkness at all.  Come, let us walk in the light of the Lord.

Organ Prelude and Lighting of Altar Candles

* Greeting—PROJECTED

L: The Spirit and the church cry out:

P:  Come, Lord Jesus.

L: All who await Christ’s appearance pray:

P:  Come, Lord Jesus.

L: The whole creation pleads:

P:  Come, Lord Jesus!  Renew the whole creation!

* Hymn of Praise:  Title                           The Hymnal # 123 

Opening Prayer

Let us pray:  We rejoice in you, O God our hope, for in Jesus Christ you enter our world to bring to life your new creation.  May our lives be remade by the glory of your appearing, and may we lift up the name of your Son in our worship, our work, and our leisure; for we pray as he taught us saying…

* The Lord’s Prayer 

* Praise Chorus:   Gloria Patri                                                 The Hymnal #623

Lighting of the Advent Wreath (from Isaiah 2:2-5)

Response: One Candle Is Lit   projected

Bible Reading:           Romans 13:11-14

Musical Offering:  Just When We Truly Needed Peace

Psalm of Praise (from Psalm 122)

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD!”

Our feet are standing within your gates, O Jerusalem.

Jerusalem–built as a city that is bound firmly together.

     To it the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, as was decreed for Israel,

     to give thanks to the name of the LORD.

For there the thrones for judgment were set up,

The thrones of the house of David.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you.

Peace be within your walls, and security within your towers.”

For the sake of my relatives and friends I will say, “Peace be within you.”

For the sake of the house of the LORD our God, I will seek your good.

Bible Reading: Matthew 24:36-44  

Reflections on the Word

Invitation and Hymn of Discipleship:  Title     The Hymnal #  133

Those desiring to make public profession of faith, to renew faith commitments, or to

join this faith community may speak with the Pastor during the hymn or following worship.

Moments for Mission and Ministry

Concerns, Celebrations and Expressions of Faith

Song of Preparation:      

Come, O God, commune here with us, as we lift to you our cares.

You, our hope and our deliv’rance, promise to receive our prayers.

God of love and understanding, you alone know heart and soul.

Listen to our intercessions, recreate us, make us whole.

© 2007 David T. Chafin; All rights reserved.

Prayers for Church and World, for Self and Others

Invitation to the Table

Communion Song:     Title                   Worship Songs #118

Thanksgiving for Bread and Cup

Sharing of Bread and Cup

Offering of Our Tithes and Gifts to God

* Doxology  (Praise God from Whom all blessings flow…)  The Hymnal #625

* Prayer of Thanksgiving 

* Sending and Blessing

* Mission Hymn:  “Lift Up Your Heads, O Mighty Gates”

 


 

Advent 2 (2007) – beginning of service only

Musical Meditation

Words of Welcome and Call to Worship

Friends, we have heard the promise:  God’s chosen One will soon be among us.  We must make ready our lives for the coming of the Lord.  The wilderness places of our lives may threaten to overwhelm us, and we may easily lose our way.  But the light grows stronger, day by day – the light of the glorious appearing of our Savior.  Let us watch and wait with eager longing.

Organ Prelude and Lighting of Altar Candles

* Greeting—PROJECTED

L: We celebrate the coming of the Promised One in whom dwells the spirit of God –

P:  The spirit of wisdom and understanding,

L: The spirit of counsel and might,

P:  The spirit of knowledge and awe.

L: We bear witness to the fulfillment of God’s promises in Jesus, by living in that same spirit.

P:  We will open ourselves to the presence of God in our lives and seek to live as God’s witnesses.

* Hymn of Praise:  Title                           The Hymnal #   124

Opening Prayer

Let us pray:  O God, you have truly brought to all the earth the hope of peace in your Son Jesus Christ.  By the example of his life, the words of his lips, and the wondrous act of your resurrection power, we have seen and known the extent of your love and grace.  Help us in our worship and in all of our lives to faithfully live after the pattern he has set for us, and to glorify you in all that we do; for we pray as he taught us saying…

* The Lord’s Prayer 

* Praise Chorus:   Gloria Patri                                                 The Hymnal #623

Lighting of the Advent Wreath (from Isaiah 11)

Response: One Candle Is Lit   projected

Litany    projected

etc…

Psalm of Praise (from Psalm 72)

Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to a king’s son.

            May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice.

May the mountains yield prosperity for the people, and the hills, in righteousness.

            May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the needy, and crush the             oppressor.

May he live while the sun endures, and as long as the moon, throughout all generations.

            May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth.

In his days may righteousness flourish and peace abound;

            May righteousness flourish and peace abound until the moon is no more.

Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things.

            Blessed be his glorious name forever.

May God’s glory fill the whole earth.

            Amen and Amen.

   etc…


Advent 3 (2007)

Musical Meditation

Words of Welcome and Call to Worship

Friends and fellow-travelers in faith, let us listen for the voice of the one who calls out in the wilderness of our world and of our lives: “Prepare the way of the Lord; make God’s paths straight.”  As we gather for worship, may we make space for the coming of the Sovereign Lord, and be empowered to proclaim him through every moment of our lives.

 

Organ Prelude and Lighting of Altar Candles

* Greeting—PROJECTED

L: “There was a man sent from God, whose name was John…”  He came to bring witness to the light, and we are called to do the same.

P:  Christ is coming!  We gain confidence from that assurance.

L: Now our hope grows even stronger, as three lights burn where there was darkness.

P:  God, who comes to dwell among us, will quicken our imagination, and we will find new and creative ways to proclaim the wonderful news: Christ is coming; Christ is here!

* Hymn of Praise:  Title                           The Hymnal #  125

Opening Prayer

Let us pray:  All of heaven and earth sing to you, O Lord our God, for this earth which you lovingly made has been given a King and Savior in your Son Jesus Christ.  As we prepare to fully welcome him, help us to be aware of the meaning of his coming—bringing hope among our empty lives, peace among those whose relationships are broken, and joy—great joy—where gloom and sorrow had once reigned.  We open ourselves to receive your great gifts, praying as he taught us saying…

* The Lord’s Prayer 

* Praise Chorus:   Gloria Patri                                                 The Hymnal #623

Lighting of the Advent Wreath (from Isaiah 35)

Response: One Candle Is Lit   projected

Litany   Psalm of Praise (from Psalm 146)

Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God.

We give thanks to you, O God, for the promise of full joy that this

            season brings to light.

Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God.

            For all the troubles life can bring, you bring amazing possibilities

            that fill our hearts with joy.

Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God.

Renew in us this day the promises of light after darkness, day after

            night, hope after despair, joy in this and every morning, for our trust

            is in you.  Amen.

  etc…

The Song of Mary from Luke 1

My soul magnifies the Lord,

     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

For God has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.

     Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;

For the Mighty One has done great things for me.

     Holy is God’s name.

God’s mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.

     He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the

     thoughts of their hearts.

He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,

     and lifted up the lowly;

He has filled the hungry with good things,

     and sent the rich away empty.

He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy.

     This was the promise God made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his

     descendants forever.

  etc…


Advent 4 (2007)

Musical Meditation

Words of Welcome and Call to Worship

Organ Prelude and Lighting of Altar Candles

* Greeting—PROJECTED

L: Long ago the people were given a sign of God’s presence.

P:  “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means “God with us.”

L: God’s promise to us remains sure and true:  God’s anointed Son will soon walk among us, to lighten our darkness, to restore the joy of our salvation, to save us from sin.

P:  God—the God of all love—is with us.  Praise the Lord!

* Hymn of Praise:  Title                           The Hymnal #  131

Opening Prayer

Let us pray:  God of all love, our hearts are moved by your gracious promises fulfilled for us in Jesus Christ.  Give us the grace we need to live lovingly in all of life, and empower us to make your love known through the deeds of our lives; for we pray as your Son Jesus taught us saying…

* The Lord’s Prayer 

* Praise Chorus:   Gloria Patri                                                 The Hymnal #623

Lighting of the Advent Wreath (from Matthew 1)

Response: One Candle Is Lit   projected

Litany   projected

etc…

Psalm of Praise (from Psalm 80)

Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock!

            You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth!

Stir up your might, and come to save us!

            Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved.

O LORD God of hosts, how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers?

            You have fed them with the bread of tears, and given them tears to drink in full measure.

You make us the scorn of our neighbors; our enemies laugh among themselves.

            Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.

But let your hand be upon the one at your right hand, the one whom you made strong for yourself.

            Then we will never turn back from you;

Give us life, and we will call on your name.

            Restore us, O LORD God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.

 

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