Hybrid Worship
28 November 2021
Good Morning - Welcome to Advent Hybrid Worship!

No matter who you are or how you participate (coming to the campus to joining online), YOU ARE WELCOME AND LOVED.

Christmas Eve information and the words to our musical call to worship are available as a bulletin insert today.
We Covenant One With Another
Spiritual Formation
Join us during the 9 o'clock hour for a special event: an Advent "Y'all Come" Sing Along. Singers and listeners are welcome in the sanctuary and on Zoom. Thanks Forrest and Julie (and as always, the Sound Team and our technology folks) for making this possible. Zoom singers, lyrics will be available in the chat.

Gathering Music - Phoenix West Threshold Choir


Greeting and Announcements
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Statement About Our Advent Metaphor of Light and Darkness

Call to Worship and Music Video -
A Long Christmas Dinner

Lighting the First Advent Candle - Based on Genesis 1:1-5
One: In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the Earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep.
All: A wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, "Let there be light."
One: And there was light. And God saw that the light was good.
All: God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness God called Night.
One: And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

Musical Call to Worship - Spirit (see insert for lyrics)


Prayer for Opening and Closing
Closing our meditation time and moving into worship

Celebrations Celebrations Song - Now Thank We All Our God
Perceiving and Responding
Pastoral Prayer

Prayer Response -
I Am Sending You Light

Stewardship Moment and Offertory
Thank you for your faithful support for Shadow Rock's ministries of care. Our ultimate stewardship is our care for each other.
Balancing Word and Deed
Word About Life for Today - Rev. Ken Heintzelman

The table is a place to remember the blessing of God. One ancient prayer of the church (based on an even more ancient Hebrew prayer) says, “Blessed are you, O Lord God, King of the Universe, for you give us food to sustain our lives and make our hearts glad.” We need to recover the importance of gathering with people around our tables for the purpose of enjoying a meal as both a gift and means of grace. Such gatherings need not involve lavish spreads. They can, in fact, be quite simple. But they are those meals where we gather with guests and get a glimpse of the banquet of the kingdom to come, those meals where we get a little foretaste of the shalom of God. These meals are what the Celts called “thin places”—where the veil that separates heaven and earth seems exceedingly thin.
~Barry D. Jones

Sending Forth and Words for Mission
One: Celebration need not cease.
All: It can echo in our lives,
in our words,
in our deeds,
in our moods,
in our dreams.
One: Carry wonder and celebration with you wherever you may go and be a blessing in your going out and your coming in. 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.

Instrumental Postlude