November 28, 2021 at 8:30am
First Sunday of Advent
*Please stand as you are able.
The people's responses are in bold.
LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT CANDLE
The Candle of Hope
“The days are surely coming,” says the Lord;
“When I will fulfill the promise.
I will cause a righteous branch to spring up for David;
And he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.”
And this is the name by which it will be called:
The Lord is our righteousness.
Let us pray.
God of grace,
Ever faithful to your promises;
The earth rejoices in hope of our Savior’s coming,
And looks forward with longing
To his return in the fulfillment of time.
Prepare our hearts to receive him when he comes,
For Christ is Lord, forever and ever.
God of promise, God of hope,
Into our darkness come.
“Prepare the Way, O Zion”
BEREDEN VÄG FÖR HERRAN
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Rev. Dr. Larry Hayward
God of future hope,
We know that you are coming to rule over all the nations,
yet unlike any earthly leader.
We confess that we do not always hope for your kingdom to come,
for we live pleasant and privileged lives.
We often prefer our present over your promises of future hope.
We compromise our values, we are indifferent to our siblings in Christ,
we exploit your creation,
and we refuse the peace you offer us.
In your mercy, forgive us.
Teach us to value today what you promise to bring in your new creation.
Please continue in silent prayer.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
Words: Traditional Liturgical Text | Henry W. Greatorex (1813-1858)
WELCOME AND LIFE OF THE CHURCH
“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.”
Then he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. “Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day catch you unexpectedly, like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
A Thrill of Hope
Rev. Olivia Patterson
“While We Are Waiting, Come”
SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
THE 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.
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
“Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates”
*CHARGE AND BENEDICTION
Participating in today’s service are Rev. Dr. Larry Hayward, Pastor; Rev. Olivia Patterson, Associate Pastor; Dr. Ben Hutchens, Director of Music Ministries; Ms. Yeri So, Assistant Director of Music Ministries; Heather family, Advent Candle Liturgists; Woody Davis and John Yoxtheimer, ushers.
The Congregation is invited to fellowship in the Blomberg Courtyard after worship.
Today’s flowers in the Sanctuary have been given by Barbara Studenmund in celebration of Advent; and by Bill & Marilyn Eckert in loving memory of the Reverend Michael Hinson and in honor of his wife Jane's birthday.
Thank you for joining us today! Whether you are exploring faith for the first time, seeking to reconnect with your faith, or searching for a church home, we welcome to Westminster all who seek to discover the significance and meaning of Jesus Christ in their lives.
If you are a visitor and would like to connect with Westminster, please fill out today’s fellowship form to let us know that you’re here! To learn more about church life and explore membership, New Member classes are held on first Tuesday evenings by Zoom or in person (alternative dates can be arranged). Feel free to contact any of our pastors directly or our New Member Elders (Jenny Graves, Kay Sidahmed, & Judy Grey) at [email protected]. We look forward to meeting and talking with you!
The Purple paraments today mark the season of Advent. Advent is a time of preparation, as we celebrate Christ’s coming into the world and watch with expectant hope for his coming again.
Permission to print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-724912.
December 5, 2021
Second Sunday of Advent
8:30am Worship in the Chapel
The Center Cannot Hold
Rev. Dr. Larry Hayward
11:00am Worship in the Sanctuary & Online
Westminster Presents: Magnificat! An Advent Celebration
“Magnificat” by John Rutter
Westminster Choir & Monticello Chamber Orchestra