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St. Paul Lutheran Church
ORDER OF WORSHIP
Sunday, November 28th, 2021
Advent is about the “coming days.” God’s people have always lived in great expectation, but that expectation finds specific, repeated enunciation in the texts appointed for these four weeks. The ancients anticipated a “righteous Branch to spring up for David.” The Thessalonians awaited “the coming of our Lord Jesus with all the saints.” Jesus’ contemporaries hoped for the time “to stand before the Son of Man.” With them we eagerly await the coming days: another Christmas celebration, a second coming, and the advent of Christ in word and supper.
Sunday, November 28, 2021
9 am service
First Sunday of Advent
Gathering Making room for God
8:45a.m. – The Sanctuary welcomes all into quiet contemplation. For the sake of those around you, please respect this centering time.
Welcome – Visioning
Welcome: Rev. Rachel Anderson
Please bring your offerings to the basket at the front of the church. Thank you for your gifts.
P We pause to ask God what he would have us do and listen for his response.
* CONFESSION AND FORGIVNESS
All may make the sign of the cross, the sign marked at baptism, as the presiding minister begins.
P Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, who alone does wonders, who lifts up the lowly, who fills the hungry with good things.
P Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.
Silence is kept for reflection.
P God for whom we wait,
C in the presence of one another, we confess our sin before you.
We fail in believing that your good news is for us.
We falter in our call to tend your creation.
We find our sense of self in material wealth.
We fear those different from ourselves.
We forget that we are your children and turn away from your love.
Forgive us, Blessed One, and assure us again of your saving grace.
P God, in Christ Jesus, has looked with favor upon you!
Through the power of the Holy Spirit, ☩ your sins are forgiven.
You are children of the Most High, inheritors of the eternal promise, and recipients of divine mercy. God strengthens you anew to follow the way of peace.
Hark, The Glad Sound ELW239
P The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
C And also with you.
*CANTICLE OF PRAISE Pg. 148
* LIGHTING OF THE FIRST CANDLE REPRESENTING HOPE.
The Lighting of the Candle of
Isaiah 7:10-14- 10Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, saying, 11Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven. 12But Ahaz said, I will not ask, and I will not put the Lord to the test. 13Then Isaiah said: “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary mortals, that you weary my God also? 14Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.
Today we light the first candle of Advent, the candle of Hope. (Light one PURPLE Candle)
We put our hope in the one to come, the promised one who comes from God to bring good news of salvation. We hope in the one who will lead us to walk in the light of the LORD. We hope he will not let us live in dark valleys, but on the high mountain of God.
We light this candle in Hope.
On this day, we remember to hopefully look for the coming of Christ.
P Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. By your merciful protection alert us to the threatening dangers of our sins, and redeem us for your life of justice, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
God speaks to us in Scripture readings, preaching and song
* First Reading: The 1st reading is from the book of Jeremiah 33:14-16
In the Old Testament, “righteousness” often has to do with being faithful in relationship. God acts righteously both in punishing Israel for its sin and in having mercy. In today’s reading, Jerusalem’s future name—“The Lord is our righteousness”—proclaims that God is even now working salvation for Israel.
14The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 15In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. 16In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: “The Lord is our righteousness.”
A Word of God, word of life. C Thanks be to God.
* PSALM: 25:1-10
To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. (Ps. 25:1)
1To | you, O Lord,
I lift | up my soul.
2My God, I put my trust in you; let me not be | put to shame,
nor let my enemies triumph | over me.
3Let none who look to you be | put to shame;
rather let those be put to shame | who are treacherous.
4Show me your | ways, O Lord,
and teach | me your paths. R
5Lead me in your | truth and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation; in you have I trusted all | the day long.
6Remember, O Lord, your compas- | sion and love,
for they are from | everlasting. R
7Remember not the sins of my youth and | my transgressions; remember me according to your steadfast love and for the sake of your good- | ness, O Lord.
8You are gracious and up- | right, O Lord;
therefore you teach sinners | in your way.
9You lead the low- | ly in justice
and teach the low- | ly your way.
10All your paths, O Lord, are steadfast | love and faithfulness
to those who keep your covenant and your | testimonies. R
*Second Reading: The 2nd reading is from the book of 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
Upon Timothy’s report from the congregation at Thessalonica, Paul is exuberant with gratitude for them. In this passage from his letter, Paul voices overflowing thanks, joy, and blessings for the people of this growing church.
9How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we feel before our God because of you? 10Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you face to face and restore whatever is lacking in your faith.
11Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you. 12And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you. 13And may he so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.
A Word of God, word of life. C Thanks be to God.
P The holy Gospel according to Luke 21:25-36
C Glory to you, O Lord
God will fulfill God’s purposes and, already, hidden signs of that fulfillment abound. On that great day there will be dismay, perplexity, confusion, and terror, but God’s people shall be given strength to stand boldly and receive God’s promised redemption.
[Jesus said:] 25“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. 26People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory. 28Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
29Then he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees; 30as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. 31So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. 32Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. 33Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
34“Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day does not catch you unexpectedly, 35like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. 36Be 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.”
P The gospel of the Lord.
* PASTORS MESSAGE:
* HYMN OF THE DAY:
Christ Be Our Light ELW715
* APOSTLES creed
P Let us profess our faith reciting the Apostles’ Creed found on page 105 of your hymnal.
*PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION
A In this season of watching and waiting, let us pray for all people and places that yearn for God’s presence.
A brief silence.
A God of presence and peace, strengthen your church around the globe to proclaim the message of your love coming to the world. Open our hearts to recognize your face in all people and in all of creation. Hear us, O God.
C Your mercy is great.
A God of mighty redwoods and microscopic plants, fields and city parks, the wind and the waves, be a healing balm to our wounded planet. May we nurture what you have lovingly created. Hear us, O God.
C Your mercy is great.
A God of equity and compassion, bring righteousness and goodness to all peoples of the earth. Give a heart of discernment and integrity to leaders in our communities. Hear us, O God.
C Your mercy is great.
A God of comfort and care, be present with those who watch and wait. Come to all who await births, deaths, divorces, new unions, new jobs, retirements, healing, and life transitions of every kind. Hear us, O God.
C Your mercy is great.
A God of promises kept and new dreams awakened, shelter your people from destructive storms. We pray for those whose lives have been upended by natural disasters (especially), for the work of Lutheran Disaster Response, Lutheran World Relief, and other relief organizations. Hear us, O God.
C Your mercy is great.
A God of companionship and community, we give you thanks for the saints who journeyed with us and now abide in you. Even in distress and uncertainty, make us confident that your promises endure forever. Hear us, O God.
C Your mercy is great.
P God of new life, you come among us in the places we least expect. Receive these prayers and those of our hearts, in the name of Jesus.
The presiding minister and the assembly greet each other in the peace of the risen Christ.
P The peace of Christ be with you always. C And also with you.
Please join us in singing “Let There Be Peace On Earth” – lyrics printed on pew cards.
P God of our waiting and watching, we offer the gifts of our hearts and our lives to the service of all your people. Prepare the way before us as we meet you in this simple meal, through Christ Jesus, our pathway and our peace.
P The Lord be with you.
C And also with you.
P Lift up your hearts.
C We lift them to the Lord.
P Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
C It is right to give God our thanks and praise
P It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God. You reveal your glory as the glory of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit: equal in majesty, undivided in splendor, one Lord, one God, ever to be adored in your eternal glory. And so, with all the choirs of angels, with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:
*EUCHARISTIC PRAYER pg: 109
Pastor to offer Eucharistic Prayer-
P Gathered into one by the Holy Spirit; let us pray as Jesus taught us:
A Our Father, who art in heaven, …..
*INVITATION TO COMMUNION
P A feast of love is offered here for you and for all the saints.
*LAMB OF GOD
Angels We Have Heard on High ELW289
*PRAYERS AFTER COMMUNION
A Most High God, you have come among us at this table. By the Spirit’s power, form us to be bearers of your word, sharing gifts of mercy and grace with all, through Christ Jesus, our host and our guest.
P The God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing, so that we may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit, through Christ Jesus for whom we wait.
Rejoice, Rejoice Believers ELW244
P Go in peace. Christ is near.
C Thanks be to God.
*We are updating our prayer list. Please let Melissa know if you would like someone added to the prayer list. (860) 384-3540 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Lynn Gagnon
Bold names are members, non-bold names are Non-members.
Also, victims of disaster and those affected by and serving in wars, and all those we name aloud or in our hearts before you now.
November 28, 2021
FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
A pastor once summarized the way God answers prayers with three categories: yes, no, and not yet. To his young audience, these categories made sense and served as a simple way to think about their prayer life. But having clear categories does not dismiss the fact that it is often easier to receive the answer “yes” or “no,” compared to the answer “not yet.” After all, the answer “not yet” often involves waiting. And waiting can be exhausting!
Whether it be waiting for a medical diagnosis, longing for healing in a relationship, expecting a child, or enduring another situation beyond our complete control, it can be challenging to be patient, accept the unknown, and trust God’s promises in the meantime.
This is a reality Jesus understood, and one that is at the heart of his parable of the fig tree in today’s reading. The early believers needed encouragement as they waited for the coming of the Lord. Patience, endurance, and trust did not come any easier to them than they do to many of us today. Yet that is precisely what followers of Christ are invited to do during the season of Advent: to remain prayerful and expectant as they await the birth of Jesus.
Perhaps that is why Jesus gives his followers something to do in their waiting. Jesus’ words urge us to be on the lookout for signs of God’s kingdom, even as we await the fulfillment of God’s promises in the future. The sign you see may be a neighbor helping another in need, a child growing and thriving, or a card received from a friend. God’s promise is that even as we wait for the fulfillment of God’s kingdom, it is drawing near—and is, in fact, already among us.
*Christmas poinsettias for sale $8.00 each or 2 for $10.00.
Envelopes are in the church pews. Please include in memory of ….
Or a special message.
Last day to order flowers is December 12th 2021.
*Food drive for the holidays-
– Bring all your special gifts to the font and place them under the tree. Lets fill under the tree for the Plymouth Food Pantry.
– We are always looking for donations to help out our local community.
Most wanted items… Cereal (Children Flavors), Canned Ravioli/Spaghettios, Pasta Sauce, Soup(Chunky/Chicken Noodle), Baking Supplies, Boxed Potatoes, Canned Corn or Peas, Baked Beans, Coffee, Condiments (Ketchup, Mustard, Mayo, Salad Dressing), Personal Care (Deodorant, Large Adult Diapers), Laundry Detergent.
*Church Council News-
– Next Council meets December 19th after service in the Sunday school building.
– Annual meeting December 5th right after church. Please join us for some important discussions and changes.
* Our New England Synod representative Rev. Steven Wilco Associate to the Bishop can be reached at 413-658-4222.
* Singers Needed – Singers needed for the Christmas and the Holiday season. Please let Jeff know if you’re interested.
Sun 11/28 1st Advent Wreath lighting (HOPE) Michael Pollack Family
Fri 12/03 6pm – 8pm Tree lighting Plymouth Green
Sat 12/04 10am-2pm Craft & Vendor show Terryville Fire Dept.
Sun 12/05 2nd Advent Wreath lighting (PEACE) Kyle Fedorovich Family
Annual meeting and pot luck lunch. Very important Vote for New Pastor
Sun 12/12 3rd Advent Wreath lighting (JOY) Melissa Adames Family
Sun 12/19 4th Advent Wreath lighting (LOVE) Carolyn Cote & Joan Hebert
Church Council meeting in the Sunday school building after church.
Fri 12/24 Christmas Eve Service 4PM Wreath lighting Debbie & Alyssa Prozzo
Sat 12/25 Christmas Day
Sun 12/26 1st Day of Christmas Lay Led Service Scripture & Carols
Important discussion & vote for a New Pastor.
– Church Annual meeting – December 5th after service in the church.
A vote to offer Rev. Rachel Anderson a pastoral position.
Dear members of St Paul,
Our Annual meeting is December 5th right after service we will be making a vote on a constitution change as well as a vote asking Pastor Rachel Anderson to be our shared minister with Our Savior’s congregation.
St. Paul Council and Parish life met November 13th at Our Savior and we got to ask a lot of questions on how we see this “shared minister” working for both churches. It was a great meeting we learned a lot from their council. The majority of us had a wonderful feeling when we left.
Please look over the reports once you receive them.
We will discuss Rev. Anderson’s contract at this meeting.
Sue Martel Co-council president
Please join us for Sunday morning service 9:00 am
During service we will have Sunday school in the social hall.
Fun activities with a message from God.
Bring a friend to Sunday school.
NOV & DEC 2021
If you cannot serve as scheduled, please arrange a replacement and notify Melissa
(860) 384-3540 or email@example.com so that the correct names will appear
In the bulletin.
Thank you to all who have volunteered!!!!!!
P/P means prepackaged for shorter service in the summer
Please note: We stand with many in the faith community – including His Holiness Pope Francis, The Dali Lama, Presiding ELCA Bishop Elizabeth Eaton – who are calling us to remember that we who call ourselves Christian are not to condemn another because of their faith or ethnicity. As a nation of immigrants, we proudly endorse the heritage of this land, proclaiming with Emma Lazurus the words emblazoned on the Statue of Liberty:
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Notice: Pledges (time, financial gifts and your personal talents) allow the church some idea of what we may plan for the future. Pledges may be mailed in to 134 Main Street Terryville CT 06786 Attn: Finance, dropped in the offering plate or communicated to the staff. Remember God only asks for 10% off the top – won’t you consider tithing this year?
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Saint Lucinda Sunday 2nd week in Advent
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“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”
― Corrie ten Boom
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