Grace United Methodist Church
Monday, November 29, 2021
Valley Stream, New York

Order of Worship

 

 

November 28, 2021

10:00 A.M.

 
 
 

 

Live in person in the sanctuary and

Via Zoom and Facebook

Meeting ID: 883 8493 0735
Passcode: 086482
phone:  929 205 6099

 

Greeting

Call to Worship

L:  Our promised salvation is at hand.

P:  A righteous branch has sprung forth, bringing hope to our world.

L:  Our eyes have beheld the goodness and mercy of the Lord.

P:  A Son has been given to us, bringing justice and virtue to our land.

L:  Our hearts have felt the stirrings of God’s Presence.

P:  The Spirit of truth is here to heal us, teaching transgressors God’s

      ways.

L:  Let us worship the God of our salvation.  (AWA, 2021)

 

 

Opening Voluntary – “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”

Traditional Irish Melody, arr. C. Rice

 

Choral Introit

 

Opening Prayer

Righteous One, your glory shines brighter than the sun.  We remember your compassion and your faithful love, as we come to worship this day.  Lift up our souls to meet the challenges we face, as we seek to bear the fruit of your salvation.  May your righteous branch grow within our hearts, that our lives may abound in mercy and steadfast love.  And may we be found ready and waiting when the one drawing near comes with power and glory to bring us to you.  Amen.  (AWA, 2021)

 

Opening Hymn #211 - “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” 

 

Lighting of the First Advent Candle – Hope

Speak:  “Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths.  Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.” (Ps. 25:4-5, NRSV)

 

Light the first candle of the Advent wreath, the candle of hope.

 

Read:  Jeremiah 33:14-15 and 1 Thessalonians 3:11-13

 

Reflect:  In the midst of uncertainty, Jeremiah directed Israel’s attention to an anticipated time when God would set things right.  Paul prayed for the Thessalonian church, both day and night, to fulfill a longing to see and support them so that they would “increase and abound in love for one another and for all”.

 

Engage:  Read or sing the words of verse 1 of the hymn, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”.  Sometimes we must wait for the fulfillment of a promise.  What are you anticipating this season?  What promises are you waiting to have fulfilled?

 

Prayer of Yearning

Almighty God, may we find a sense of hope and anticipation in the midst of our current realities.  May we not lose faith. In this season of Advent encourage and strengthen our faith and give us eyes to see you.  Everlasting God, your promises of old strengthen us during these dark times. We yearn to learn to read the signs of your coming:  in the sun, moon, and stars; in the roaring of the seas and the waves; and in the tumult of our world.  Yet, we have seen it all before and nothing seems to change.  We long to live with courage in an age where wars are fought for peace and freedoms are stripped in the name of liberty.  Grant us the wisdom that comes from waiting, and teach us the patience that leads to godliness as our savior draws near. Amen.  (AWA, 2021)

 

Words of Assurance

We worship a God of mercy, who abounds in steadfast love.  The one who is God’s righteous branch draws near to save us from our weakness, and to seal us in God’s love.  (AWA, 2021)

 

Gospel Reading – Luke 21:25-36 (The Coming of the Son of God/The Lesson of the Fig Tree/Exhortation to Watch)

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.  26 People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.  27 Then they will see "the Son of Man coming in a cloud' with power and great glory.  28 Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."  29 Then he told them a parable:  "Look at the fig tree and all the trees; 30 as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near.  31 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near.  32 Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place.  33 Heaven 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, 35 like a trap.  For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth.  36 Be 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."

L: Word of God, Word of Life.  PThanks be to God.

 

Hymn before Message #411 “Dear Lord, Lead Me Day by Day”

 

 

Message      Pastor Nation

 

The Lord’s Prayer and Choral Response

 

Passing of the Peace of Christ

The Lord is our righteous branch, the gateway to everlasting life.  In celebration of this mighty gift, let us share signs of peace with one another this day.  (AWA, 2021)

 

Invitation to Tithes and Offering

Those who keep God’s covenant and decrees walk in the paths of steadfast love and faithfulness.  It is right to share our blessings in a world where justice for many is still but a dream, and mercy is but a hope seen from afar. With thankful hearts, let us joyfully share our gifts in gratitude to our God.  (AWA, 2021)

 

Choral SelectionRemember Love” by J. Martin and B Nix

 

 

Doxology - Hymn #95 – “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow”

 

Prayer of Dedication 

 

Closing Hymn #715 - “Rejoice, the Lord is King”           

 

Dismissal with Blessing

 

Closing Voluntary –Postlude in C minor” by E. West

 

Our Liturgist is Gloria Godinho.  Our Reader is Victor Mensah.

 

Prayer List.  ♥Velda Mathis (sister-in-law of Marianne Pike), Karl Prewo (friend of Marianne and Don Pike), ♥Kenneth Richardson, ♥Nancy Roman (friend of Sing Larson), Emilia Peeples (granddaughter of Debbie and Joe Nicosia), ♥Alice Shubrick (friend of Pearl Hamilton), ♥Susan Short and her daughter ♥Sarah Short (friends of Nancy Wasek), ♥Faith Pollack (friend of Sing Larson), ♥Pearl Hamilton, ♥Charles Zipperlen, ♥Christine Doeringer, ♥Anne Mahoney, ♥Inge Kubis, ♥Douglas Hayes, ♥Ulysses Ceazer (friend of Svetlana Hamlet), ♥Bob LoBello, ♥Hensbert Neville Brooks (husband of Mahalia Brooks), ♥Kay Hartmann, ♥All United Methodist Women in Rehabilitation and Nursing Homes, ♥Shirley Shivrattan-Dookhi, ♥Juliana Bonds (sister of Eleanor Phillip), ♥Maudlyn and Keible Scarlett, ♥Amy Cooke (sister of Pearl Hamilton), ♥Bob von Schmid (son-in-law of Adam and Christine Doeringer), ♥Kenneth Kurz (grandson of Lenore and Manny Kurz), ♥Michael Kurz (son of Lenore and Manny Kurz), ♥Airman Jayvee Kurz (grandson of Lenore and Manny Kurz), ♥Elaine Treske, ♥Castells Family (family of Elaine Treske), ♥Margo and Vincent Morrison, ♥Cyril (friend of Pat Eshun), ♥Samuel A. Dorsey (father of David A. Dorsey), ♥David Biegler, ♥Iris Molina, ♥Olga Molina (sister of Iris Molina), ♥Everol Palmer (son of Enid Simpson), ♥Evelyn Neber (friend of Elaine Treske), ♥Bill Hammen (brother of Edie Zipperlen), ♥Rondolph Ives (brother of Margo Morrison), ♥John Simpson, ♥Health care workers fighting the Delta Variant, those who are suffering, and grieving families.  Note.  Prayer List names will continue to be listed for two weeks.  After that period of time, the names will be removed unless you call us with current information.

- Death in family, - New entry

 

Christmas Toys and Clothing Drive.  Grace UMC Missions Committee will be sponsoring a new toys and new children’s clothing drive on December 11 and 12 for families in need this Christmas.  Please mark your calendar and plan to share your blessings this Christmas season.

 

 

 

EVANGELISM ANNUAL PRAYER BREAKFASTPlease join the Prayer Breakfast (via Zoom) on January 29, 2022, at 10AM (Flyer attached).  There is a donation requested of $12 in aid of Prison Ministry.  Use Venmo or Zoom to send your donation.  MAKE SURE TO MAKE A NOTE THAT IT IS FOR “PRAYER BREAKFAST”.  Thank you.

 

What is United Methodist Student Day?  United Methodist Student Day is one of six churchwide Special Sundays with offerings.  United Methodist Student Day calls the church to support students as they prepare for life in uniting faith with knowledge. The special offering provides scholarships for qualified United Methodist applicants. 

 

Zoom Sunday School is taking a week off for Thanksgiving. We will be back December 5.

  

ONE ROOM SUNDAY SCHOOL for children who are live in person at church.  As in the past, students will start out in church and then be dismissed together before the sermon.  Kimberly Neri is leading this with some help from our older youth.  This will occur every Sunday as in the past except for holiday weekends (ex. Columbus Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.).  Masks required.