From the Pastor:       “Up to Restoration”  

REDEEMER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

November 27, 2022

First Sunday of Advent

 

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Processional

 

Invocation: Good morning and welcome!

Heavenly Father, we rejoice that we can come into Your house today and worship You with those who love You, too. Thank You for inspiring and leading Your people to establish Your house here in this place. We pray that all who worship here might experience Your love, grace, mercy, and forgiveness. We pray for Your people all the world over, and we pray that they might prosper along with us as we serve You and others. May everyone who trusts in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior find and experience peace with God, others, and themselves.

 

Call to Worship

L: People of faith, prepare for the coming reign of Christ!

P: As we gather to pray and sing and listen, a spirit of anticipation and hope fills us.

L: The days are surely coming, says Our God, when justice and righteousness will prevail.

P: May our worship illuminate our hearts and minds, freeing us to respond joyfully to God’s call in the days to come.

 

Words of Welcome and Parish News:

 

Advent Reading & Candle Lighting  

First Sunday of Advent Reading on announcements page

 

 

 

First Sunday of Advent                                            UP TO RESTORATION

Isaiah 2:1-5Psalm 122

Liturgist: “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord!’” (Psalm 122:1 NRSV)

We are glad. Whether we drove in or climbed up, whether we logged on or tuned in. We are glad to be here in this community, with this family. It is a place of joyful hope, of radical welcome. It is a place where, together, we can wait in wondrous anticipation of the kingdom to come.

“Many peoples shall come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that God may teach us God’s ways and that we may walk in Gods paths’” (Isaiah 2:3 NRSV).

We light this candle as a sign of our hope, our joyous hope that we can be restored – our faith restored, our strength restored, our confidence restored, our joy restored as we watch and wait with all God’s people for the promise to be fulfilled.

Light the first candle on the Advent wreath.

 

*Gathering song

 

Silent meditation and prayer:  Prayer Focus: Hope

 

The Lord’s Prayer: 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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Scripture Readings:

 

Psalm 122:  1I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord!” 2Our feet are standing within your gates, O Jerusalem. 3Jerusalem—built as a city that is bound firmly together. 4To it the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, as was decreed for Israel, to give thanks to the name of the Lord. 5For there the thrones for judgment were set up, the thrones of the house of David. 6Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you. 7Peace be within your walls, and security within your towers.” 8For the sake of my relatives and friends I will say, “Peace be within you.” 9For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your good.

 

Isaiah 2:1-5:   2The word that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. 2In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it. 3Many peoples shall come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. 4He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord!

 

Music

 

Advent Sermon Series:          

   

The Message                              “Up to Restoration”                       Rev.

 

Offertory Prayer: God of peace and justice, in the past year we have once again witnessed the fruits of war: lives cut short, children made orphans, homes devastated, and hearts broken. We pray to see the day that Isaiah saw in his heart, when swords are pounded into plowshares.

 

*Doxology:                                                                               UMH 95

 

Unison Prayer of Dedication: These gifts we give this morning, may they be used to make human hearts ready for peace and for the reign

of your son. In his holy name, we pray. Amen.

 

*Closing Music:                                                                                    

 

Sending Forth

Go forth and walk the path of the Lord. Go forth and live as one instructed in the ways of the Lord. Take the weapons of your life and turn them into instruments of peace and justice. Praise be to our God who shows us the way!

Recessional (Please remain seated to meditate and reflect on the music) 

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