Hybrid Worship

November 27, 2022

Sunday Morning Greetings!

No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here. 

It's the First Sunday in Advent, the season of joyous anticipation in the weeks leading to Christmas. It's a special time in our community and a time to be extra-intentional about our welcoming practices. Whether you're attending in person or via Zoom, it's awesome to connect with visitors.

Spiritual Formation 9:00 am

Learning and Growing

Are For Everyone!

9 o'clock Spiritual Formation is the beginning of our Sunday morning "bundle" of belonging! Adults in the Multipurpose Room are continuing their discussion on Trust. Our children are beginning an Advent series with crafts, stories, and scripture.

For more information on spiritual formation for children and adults or for assistance participating via Zoom, please email Karen

Worship - 10:15 am
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Welcome and Announcements

Singing Our Faith ~ "O Come O Come Emmanuel"

O come, O come, Emmanuel,

And ransom captive Israel,

That mourns in lonely exile here

Until the Child of God appear.

Chorus: Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, O Israel!

O come, thou Wisdom from on high,

And order all things, far and nigh;

To us the path of knowledge show,

And cause us in her ways to go.


O come, Desire of nations bind

All peoples in one heart and mind;

Bid envy, strife and quarrels cease;

Fill the whole world with heaven’s peace.


O come, thou Day-spring, come and cheer

Our spirits by thine advent here

Disperse the gloomy clouds of night

And death’s dark shadows put to flight.


Opening Prayer

Advent Scripture - Matthew 27: 45-54

From noon on, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, ‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, ‘This man is calling for Elijah.’ At once one of them ran and got a sponge, filled it with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink. But the others said, ‘Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.’ Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. After his resurrection they came out of the tombs and entered the holy city and appeared to many. Now when the centurion and those with him, who were keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were terrified and said, ‘Truly this man was God’s Son!’

Call to Worship

One: I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Giver of hope!”

All: We come today with eager expectation. Our feet are poised on the threshold.

One: Come, let us learn from one another the way of peace.

All: We come today with holy expectation, on the edge of the season of hope.

One: Come, let us walk in the light of hope, finding joy along

the way!



Advent Candlelighting with Reflection

**The printed bulletin this morning includes space for written reflections. If you are worshipping from home, you may want to gather scratch paper and something to write with. **

What word or phrase do you recall from the scripture?

As you consider the theme “Awakening,” what word comes to


What feeling word describes your emotional state right now?

Is this scripture a see-saw experience or a jumping out of a plane experience? What other emotional metaphors might apply?

If you could offer a theme for today’s worship that sums up

what’s going on for you right now, what would it be?

What heading would you write for this morning’s scripture


What decisions lie ahead for you?

How will you approach the Advent season this year? What is

awakening for you in the season?


At this time, we share moments from our lives: birthdays, anniversaries, works of peace and justice. We celebrate even sorrows and grief as part of a comprehensive view of life.

Celebration Song

Celebrate your heart and your spirit.

Celebrate your life while you live it.

Even when it’s hard to do, celebrate the best of you.

Celebrate your dreams and your visions.

Celebrate the life you’ve been given.

Cherish all that you’ve been through;

celebrate the best of you.

Invitation to Give

For all the wondrous ways this offering will bless this community, we give thanks. For all the gracious ways this offering will help us live our calling in the world, we give thanks. For all the loving ways these gifts will work to further justice, inclusion, and spirituality, we give thanks.

Offering and Offertory ~ ”Candlelight Canon”

Shared by the Cornerstone Chorale

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Word About Life for Today

Shared by Rev. Ken Heintzelman

Decking the Halls

Prayer of Dedication for the Advent Season

Words for Mission

One: Friends, go forth with the gift of hope!

All: We depart this sacred place, continuing to walk the path of love.

One: Friends, go forth with anticipation!

All: We move into the world, taking with us the joy of the Advent season.

One: These are the times!

All: We are the people.

One: All of Creation is blessed.

All: May we love all and serve all.

One: May God be with you.

All: And also with you.

One: Amen.

All: Amen.

Sending Forth Song ~ "Comfort, Comfort O My People"

“Comfort, comfort O my people, tell of peace,”

thus says our God.

Comfort those whose hearts are shrouded,

mourning under sorrow’s load.

Speak unto Jerusalem of the peace that waits for them;

Tell them that their sins I cover,

and their warfare now is over.

Our time together continues! After the close of worship, you're invited to stick around in person or on Zoom for Sermon Reboot, a conversation about our worship experience.