November 30, 2008
First Sunday of Advent
Call to Worship
Family: For the time is coming; says the Lord, when I will place a righteous Branch upon King David’s throne.
Congregation: He shall be a King who shall rule with wisdom and justice and cause righteousness to prevail everywhere throughout the earth. And this is His name: The Lord, our Righteousness.
Family: For unto us a Child is born; unto us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder.
Congregation: These will be His royal titles: Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Family: His ever-expanding, peaceful government will never end. He will rule with perfect fairness and justice from the throne of His father, David.
Congregation: He will bring true justice and peace to all the nations of the world. This is going to happen because the Lord of Heaven has dedicated Himself to do it!
Family: The royal line of David will be cut off, chopped down like a tree; but from the stump will grow a Shoot – yes, a new Branch from the old root.
Congregation: And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom, understanding, counsel and might; the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.
Family: His delight will be obedience to the Lord. He will not judge by appearance, false evidence, or hearsay, but will defend the poor and the exploited.
Congregation: He will rule against the wicked who oppress them. For He will be clothed with fairness and truth.
Family: And Christ became a human being and lived here on Earth among us and was full of loving faithfulness and truth.
Congregation: And some of us have seen His glory – the glory of the only Son of the heavenly Father.
Lighting of the Advent Wreath
Song of Worship—O Come, O Come Emmanuel (Latin Hymn/John M. Neale)
Songs of Worship–Here I Am to Worship (Hughes); His Name is Wonderful (Mieir)
Worship through Prayer
Worship through Giving
Song of Worship—Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus (Wesley/Prichard)
Worship through God’s Word–Jesus Is the Wonderful Counselor [audio] [video]
Song of Commitment