HENDERSON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

WEEKLY BULLETIN

Pastor Mary Stewart  Home# 814-897-0991   - cell# 814-881-9141 email - mcstewart@roadrunner.com
http://www.hendersonunitedmethodistchurch.com   prayerrequest@hendersonunitedmethodistchurch.com       office -  814-453-6041
Lectionary Readings for today: Jeremiah 33:14-16; Psalm 25:1-10;
1 Thessalonians 3:9-13; Luke 21:25-36
 
*GATHERING HYMN                                    TFWS #2088
“Lord, I Lift Your Name on High”                               (2 times)


LIGHTING OF FIRST ADVENT CANDLE

Leader:
      “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” (Luke 21:25-28, NRSV)

       The Wise Men and shepherds saw signs that foretold Jesus’ coming 2000 years ago. Today we don’t look for a single brilliant star to follow or for angels singing in the heavens. We look for other signs that Jesus is with us, signs that:
…we are feeding the hungry, healing the sick,
…clothing the naked, caring for the poor,
…working for justice and righteousness at home and in our world.

People: 
      Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!

Leader:
       And so we watch, and wait, and stay alert, waiting again for the coming of Jesus. And we light a single candle in preparation for that glorious day.

[Light the first candle on the Advent wreath.]

All:   
      Come, Lord Jesus. Amen.


*HYMN OF PRAISE                   “Star-Child,” TFWS #2095

*INVOCATION (Unison)
We welcome you, precious Jesus, to our worship this morning. All that we do and say in this space we dedicate to your glory and honor. Our desire is to lift high your name, to praise you, to proclaim your kingdom and to be renewed again as your people. To you be blessing and majesty and power, wisdom and glory and might, for you alone are worthy to receive our worship. Holy is the Lamb, God's Son and Word Incarnate, now and forevermore. Amen!

*PRAISES                     “Majesty”                                                UMH #176
                                        “Jesus, Name Above All Names"            TFWS #2071



      

WE TALK TO GOD THROUGH PRAYER

PRAISES, JOYS AND CONCERNS

PASTORAL PRAYER AND 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 trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

CELEBRATING OUR GIFTS

 

Offering of Tithes and Gifts to the Lord

 

Doxology and Prayer of Thanksgiving

 

CELEBRATING THE WORD

Children’s Time                     

Prayer for Illumination

Psalter Reading         Psalm 25:1-10                            UMH 757

Gospel Lesson                                                         Luke 21:25-36           

Leader:  The word of God for the people of God.

People:  Thanks be to God.

 

Sermon                          “Mixed Signals”                        Pastor Mary

 

*Closing Hymn             “My Lord, What a Morning”      UMH #719           

 

*Benediction

ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR HENDERSON

Sunday, November 29
9:30 a.m. Worship
10:45 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Decorate sanctuary

Tuesday, December 1
Noon-1:00 p.m. Food Pantry Volunteer Meeting
1:00 p.m. Advent Study
7:00 p.m. Advent Study

Wednesday, December 2
9:00 a.m. Pick up Perishables
12-2:00 p.m. Food Distribution at noon

Friday, December 4
9:00 a.m. Pick up food at Second harvest
5- 7 p.m. Girl Scouts—Brownies and Daisies
5:30-7 p.m. Girls Scouts—Juniors and Cadets

Saturday, December 5
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. UMW gathering at Claytopia

Saturday, December 19
Community Christmas Dinner
 

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