DOUGLASS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Bulletin for the Week of November 28th, 2021
First Sunday of Advent
Order of Service
Welcome/ Opening Prayer
Hymn of Praise: UMH #211 – “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” (Verses 1 – 4)
Advent Candle Lighting – Hope
Leader 1: Lighting a candle in the darkness helps us find our way. In darkness we lose direction. We cannot see where we have been or where we are going. A single candle, flickering brightly, helps us find our way again.
Leader 2: “Stir up your might and come to save us. Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved.” (Psalm 80:2b-3). The first candle is lit.
Leader 1: Light one candle; see it glow. Brightly, so that we all know, how one candle shows the way, making our darkness bright as God’s day.
Leader 2: Restore us, O god: let your face shine, that we may be saved.
PEOPLE: Dear God on this first Sunday in Advent, let this light shine brightly as the days grow shorter, so that we will be ready for your face to shine upon us at Christmas. In the Savior’s name we pray. Amen
Call to Worship:
Leader: Something stirs deep within us – a longing, a hope,
PEOPLE: A thirst for joy, a hunger for peace, a yearning for blessing.
Leader: We know deep within that our hopes and fears
PEOPLE: Will be met by angel songs and baby sighs.
Leader: It is Advent –
PEOPLE: Season of waiting, hoping and yearning.
PEOPLE: Time to go home.
The Children’s Time – Pastor Debbie
Contemporary Hymn: “In Christ Alone” by Keith & Kristyn Getty
Celebration & Concerns of Church & Community
The Lord’s Prayer
Bringing to God our Tithes and Offerings
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Old/New Testament Reading: Jeremiah 33:14-16, Luke 21:25-36
Leader: The Word of God for the people of God
PEOPLE: Thanks be to God
Gloria Patri – UMH#70
The Word Proclaimed: “Come Home for Christmas: Time to Go Home” – Pastor Debbie
Closing Hymn: UMH #196 – “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus” (Verse 1 & 2)
Announcements & Community Events
Bible Study: Please join us each Tuesday at 10 a.m.
Sunday School: Please join us for classes each Sunday at 10 a.m.
Advent Liturgists: Please sign the sheet in the lobby if you are available to be a liturgist.
Angel Tree: Make Christmas brighter by selecting a special angel off the tree this morning. Gifts need to be returned by December 12th.
UMW Meeting: The UMW will meet on December 4th at 9:00 a.m. Ladies please join in the fellowship!
“With HOPE, we can find our way even through darkness. But without it, we lose our way in daylight!”
Admin Council Meeting: A wrap up the year meeting will be held after church on December 12th.
Advent Wreath: Huge thanks to Dean for his creation of our advent wreath and the Duane Little memorial for purchasing the materials. It is a beautiful piece to add to the sanctuary.
Poinsettia Orders: Adorn our altar in memory or in honor of a special person/s. The sign-up sheet is in the lobby.
Betty Barker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-01
Serving You Today:
Pastor: Debbie Senters
Liturgists: Dee Moran & Mike Anderson
Pianist: Brook Roberts (Prerecorded)