FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

PRELUDE:  O Lord, How Shall I Meet You? by Ernst Pepping

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

CALL TO WORSHIP

PRAYER

HYMN:  O Lord, How Shall I Meet You [Valet Will Ich Dir Geben]

PRAYER

LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT WREATH:  Hope

INVITATION: Light of Light (Coventry Carol)

Quartet:  Light of Light, we humbly pray; shine in our hearts today.  Dispel the gloom and dark of night; fill all the world with love and light.
Congregation:  Voices cry out from a world in grief; prayers of those who seek relief.  End their darkness, hear their call for peace on earth, good will for all.

RESPONSIVE LITANY: Light of Hope

Leader:  Advent is a time of reflection and renewal.
People:  God of light, shine in our hearts and renew our hope.
Leader:  Advent is a time of self-examination.
People:  God of light, shine in our hearts and strengthen our resolve.
Leader:  Advent is a time of joyful expectation.
People:  God of light, shine in our hearts and renew our faith.
Leader:  Advent is a time of service and searching.
People:  God of light, shine in our hearts and ignite our compassion.

CANDLE LIGHTING

All singing:  Voices cry out from a world in grief; prayers of those who seek relief. End their darkness, hear their call for peace on earth, good will for all.
Quartet:  Peace on earth, good will for all.

PRAYER

SCRIPTURE LESSON:  Psalm 25:1-10

HYMN:  O Come, O Come, Emmanuel [Veni Emmanuel]

SERMON:  “Led in the Best Way”

ANTHEM:  Prayer for Guidance by Allen Pote

Teach me your ways, make them known to me.  Teach me to live according to your truth.  Because you are my Savior all day long I trust in you.  O remember your kindness and constant love which you have shown from long ago.  Forgive the sins and errors of my youth.  Remember me, O Lord. All day long I trust in you.  Teach me, O Lord. [from Psalm 25]

PRAYER

HYMN:  Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus [Stuttgart]

BENEDICTION

BENEDICTION RESPONSE:  Prepare the Way for the Lord by Deborah Governor

Alleluia, Alleluia.  Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight his paths.  All nations shall see the salvation of God.  Alleluia. [from Luke 3:4, 6]

POSTLUDE:  O Come, O Come, Emmanuel by Robert Powell

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