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November 28, 2021

First Sunday of Advent 11:00am

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*Please stand as you are able.
The people's responses are in bold.

PRELUDE

Yeri So, organ
“Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland” (BWV 659)
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

INTROIT

Westminster Choir
“Veni Emmanuel”
Plainsong

Sung in Latin
Veni, veni, Emmanuel
captivum solve Israel,
qui gemit in exsilio,
privatus Dei Filio.
Gaude! Gaude! Emmanuel,
nascetur pro te Israel!

English Translation
O Come, O come, Emmanuel,
and ransom captive Israel,
that mourns in lonely exile here
until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! O Israel,
to thee shall come Emmanuel!

LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT CANDLE

The Candle of Hope
Meyers Family
Jeremiah 33

“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.
Amen.

*HYMN 106

“Prepare the Way, O Zion”
BEREDEN VÄG FÖR HERRAN
Words: Frans Mikael Franzen, 1812; rev. 1819; trans. Augustus Nelson, 1958; adapt. Charles P. Price, 1980, alt. © 1982 Hope Publishing Company
Music: Then Swenska Psalmboken, 1697; arr. American Lutheran Hymnal, 1930

Hymn PDF

1 Prepare the way, O Zion,
your Christ is drawing near!
Let every hill and valley
a level way appear.
Greet One who comes in glory,
foretold in sacred story.
Refrain:
O blest is Christ who came
in God’s most holy name.

2 He brings God’s rule, O Zion;
he comes from heaven above.
His rule is peace and freedom,
and justice, truth, and love.
Lift high your praise resounding,
for grace and joy abounding.
Refrain:
O blest is Christ who came
in God’s most holy name.

3 Fling wide your gates, O Zion;
your Savior’s rule embrace,
and tidings of salvation
proclaim in every place.
All lands will bow rejoicing,
their adoration voicing.
Refrain:
O blest is Christ who came
in God’s most holy name.

*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.

*KYRIE ELEISON

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*ASSURANCE OF PARDON

*GLORIA PATRI

Words: Traditional Liturgical Text | Music: Henry W. Greatorex (1813-1858)

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WELCOME AND LIFE OF THE CHURCH

Rev. Patrick Hunnicutt


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OFFERTORY

Westminster Choir
“Keep Your Lamps” arr. Andre J. Thomas (b. 1952)

Keep your lamps trimmed and burning;
The time is drawing nigh.
Children don't get weary;
The time is drawing nigh.
Christian journey soon be over;
The time is drawing nigh.

SCRIPTURE

Luke 21:25-36

“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.

CHILDREN'S SERMON

RESPONSE

Words: Gabriel's Vineyard Songs, 1892
Music: CRADLE SONG by William James Kirkpatrick (1838-1921)

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SERMON

A Thrill of Hope
Rev. Olivia Patterson

*HYMN 92

“While We Are Waiting, Come”
WAITING (Cason)
Words: Claire Cloninger (b. 1942) © 1986 Word Music, LLCMusic
Music: Don Cason (b. 1954) © 1986 Word Music, LLCMusic

Hymn PDF

1 While we are waiting, come; while we are waiting, come.
Refrain: Jesus, our Lord, Emmanuel, while we are waiting, come.

2 With power and glory, come; with power and glory, come. (Refrain)
3 Come, Savior, quickly come; come, Savior, quickly come. (Refrain)

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.

SANCTUS

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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.

ANTHEM

Westminster Choir
“Savior of the Nations, Come”
Erfurt Enchiridion, 1524; harm. Sethus Calvisius, 1594

Savior of the nations, come;
virgin’s son, make here your home.
Marvel now, O heaven and earth,
that the Lord chose such a birth.

From God’s heart the Savior speeds;
back to God his pathway leads;
out to vanquish death’s command,
back to reign at God’s right hand.

Now your manger, shining bright,
hallows night with newborn light.
Night cannot this light subdue;
let our faith shine ever new.

Praise we sing to Christ the Lord,
virgin’s son, incarnate Word!
To the holy Trinity
praise we sing eternally.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

*HYMN 93

“Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates”
TRURO
Words: Georg Weissel (1590-1635) trans. Catherine Winkworth, 1855, 1863
Music: Musica Sacra, c. 1778

Hymn PDF

1 Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates;
behold the King of glory waits;
the King of kings is drawing near;
the Savior of the world is here.

2 Fling wide the portals of your heart;
make it a temple, set apart
from earthly use for heaven’s employ,
adorned with prayer and love and joy.

3 Redeemer, come! I open wide
my heart to thee; here, Lord, abide.
Let me thy inner presence feel;
thy grace and love in me reveal.

*CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

As our worship continues through the music of the organ, please be seated or depart quietly during the postlude.

POSTLUDE

“Antigua Carol (Emmanuel God with us)”
Granville Smith (1901-1987)

Worship Notes



Participating in today’s service are Rev. Dr. Larry Hayward, Pastor; Rev. Patrick Hunnicutt, Associate Pastor; Rev. Olivia Patterson, Associate Pastor; Dr. Ben Hutchens, Director of Music Ministries; Ms. Yeri So, Assistant Director of Music Ministries; Meyers family, Advent Candle Liturgists; Westminster Choir; Livestream team.

The Congregation is invited to fellowship in the Blomberg Courtyard after worship, hosted by Flying Solo. The Courtyard is to the left as you exit the front doors of the sanctuary on Cameron Mills Road.

Today’s flowers 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.

Childcare for infants and preschoolers is provided on the second floor in the preschool wing.

If you need to leave the Sanctuary during worship, the service can be heard in the Narthex, Library, and Library Lobby, or online.

The in-person service is both livestreamed and recorded, and the congregation may be visible. We strive to ensure that our online service is positive and comfortable for all involved; please know that we will not knowingly or intentionally post video or recording that would be embarrassing, objectionable or hurtful to any congregants. If you have any questions, please contact the Digital Ministries Committee at [email protected].

Permission to print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-724912.

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!

Volunteers assisting with worship today:
Ushers: Ted Pusey (captain), Linc Cummings, Tom French, Virginia Graves
Greeter: Chad Horrell
Flower Delivery: Christine Purcell, Susan Ballou

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.

Next Sunday

December 5, 2021
Second Sunday of Advent

8:30am Worship in the Chapel
The Center Cannot Hold
Malachi 3:1-4
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

Lectionary Passages
Malachi 3:1-4
Luke 1:68-79
Philippians 1:3-11
Luke 3:1-6