Virtual Worship for Nov. 29, 2020

First Sunday in Advent

The Presbyterian Church, 142 N. 4th St., Coshocton, OH 43812

Pastor Karen Crawford

Alice Hoover, Organist

Marialice and Bob Mauch, Liturgists

Ron Barkett, Soloist

First Sunday in Advent: Hope

Prelude: Oh, Come, Oh, Come, Emmanuel;     Setting by Kenneth T. Kosche and Paul Manz


Prepare the Way of the Lord: Ron Barkett and Alice Hoover

Advent Reading/Candle Lighting….. Bob and Marialice Mauch

Light one candle for hope…

Prepare the Way of the Lord: Ron Barkett and Alice Hoover

Opening Words: Liturgist

The heavens are being torn open!

The mountains quake at God’s presence.

The face of God is soon to shine among us.

Even the stars cannot hold God’s glory!

Gathering Prayer: Liturgist

Hymn 105 People Look East (stanzas 1, 2, 5) Eleanor Farjeon

People, look east. The (me is near of the crowning of the year.
Make your house fair as you are able; trim the hearth and set the table.
People, look east and sing today: Love, the Guest, is on the way.

Furrows, be glad. Though earth is bare, one more seed is planted there.
Give up your strength the seed to nourish, that in course the flower may flourish.
People, look east and sing today: Love, the Rose, is on the way.

Angels, announce with shouts of mirth Christ who brings new life to earth.
Set every peak and valley humming with the word, the Lord is coming.
People, look east and sing today: Love, the Lord, is on the way

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession

Restore us, O God of hosts. Let your face shine, that we may be saved. Save us, O Lord, from traps of our own creating: from fear that blocks the way of love, from worry that blocks the way of joy, from isolation that blocks the way of relationship, from structural injustices that keep the world bound. Forgive us, O God of hosts, until the stars fall from heaven and we live as people transformed. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon

Meet Our Church Family: Jeff, Janice, and Lukas Sycks

Time with Children and Youth

Prayer for Illumination: Liturgist

First Reading: Isaiah 64:1-8    Liturgist

Holy wisdom, Holy word. Thanks be to God!

Second Reading: Mark 13:24-37

This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ!

Message Light One Candle for Hope

Hymn 352 My Lord! What a Morning (stanza 1 and 2) African American spiritual


My Lord! what a morning; my Lord! what a morning;
O my Lord! what a morning, when the stars begin to fall,
When the stars begin to fall.

You will hear the trumpet sound to wake the na(ons under ground,
looking to my God’s right hand, when the stars begin to fall.


You will hear the sinner cry, to wake the na(ons under ground,
Looking to my God’s right hand, when the stars begin to fall.


Joys and Concerns

Prayer of Intercession

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 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.

Invitation for the Offering

Offertory: Hark, the Glad Sound!     Setting, Wilbur Held


Prayer of Thanksgiving/Dedication

Faithful God, we thank you that Christ is being revealed in every time and place until he comes again in the fullness of glory. Strengthen our testimony and spiritual gifts; increase generosity in us, we pray, as we wait for the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Hymn: 97 Watchman, Tell Us of the Night John Bowring

Watchman, tell us of the night, what its signs of promise are.
Traveler, what a wondrous sight: see that glory beaming star.
Watchman, does its beauteous ray news of joy or hope foretell?

Watchman, tell us of the night; higher yet that star ascends.
Traveler, blessedness and light, peace and truth its course portends.
Watchman, will its beams alone gild the spot that gave them birth?

Watchman, tell us of the night, for the morning seems to dawn.
Traveler, shadows take their flight; doubt and terror are withdrawn.
Watchman, you may go your way; hasten to your quiet home.
Traveler, we rejoice today, for Emmanuel has come!


Postlude: On Jordan’s Banks the Baptist’s Cry      Setting, David Cherwien

Published by karenpts

I am the pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Smithtown, New York on Long Island. Come and visit! We want to share God’s love and grace with you and encourage you on your journey of faith. I have served Presbyterian congregations in Minnesota, Florida and Ohio since my ordination in 2011. I am a 2010 graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and am working on a doctor of ministry degree with Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. I am married to Jim and we have 5 grown children and two grandchildren in our blended family. We are parents to fur babies, Liam, an orange tabby cat, and Minnie, a toy poodle.

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