November 27, 2022

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 Prelude - Waiting in Silence

Call to Worship

Lord, You have broken the silence of fear and doubt and have spoken to us clearly:  “Prepare for God’s arrival!  Make the road straight and smooth, a highway fit for our God.  Fill in the valleys, level off the hills.  Smooth out the ruts, and clear out the rocks.  For our God is coming!"  We ask that this day You prepare us full to receive You as we worship together in the name of Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Hymn - Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

Invocation and Lord's Prayer

O' God of hope, who brought love into this world, be the love that dwells between us.  O' God of hope, who brought peace into this world, be the peace that dwells between us.  God of hope, who brought joy into this world,  be the joy that dwells between us.  For in love, peace, and joy, we pray as Jesus taught us, saying: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.  Amen.

Scripture Reading - Luke 1:5-20

In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly. But they were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, and they were both very old.

Once when Zechariah’s division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God, he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10 And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside.

11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. 12 When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. 13 But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. 14 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, 15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born. 16 He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. 17 And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

18 Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.”

19 The angel said to him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. 20 And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their appointed time.”

Joys and Concerns

In this Advent of expectation draw us together in unity, that our praise and worship might echo in these walls and also through our lives.  In this Advent of expectation draw us together in mission, that the hope within might be the song we sing, and the melody of our lives.  In this Advent of expectation draw us together in service, that the path we follow might lead us from a stable to a glimpse of eternity.  Amen.

Hymn - O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Sermon -  Advent - The Silence of God

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Hymn - Emmanuel

Benediction

Let us go now allowing God to speak into our lives and reshape of experience of Advent to give us all great hope that we have a wonderful Savior and Lord.  Amen.

Postlude - Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

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