First Sunday of Advent - Hanging of the Greens
November 30, 2014
*Those who are able are invited to stand
*Call to Worship:
READER: In the days to come, the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest
of mountains and shall be raised above the hill. All the nations shall stream to it. Many people shall come and say:
CONGREGATION: “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 God’s paths.”
READER: With what shall we come to God’s house?
CONGREGATION: Bring branches of cedar and holly, bring evergreens and a pine tree.
Hang wreaths and garlands.
READER: Make the church fragrant with the smell of living things and our holy play.
*Hymn “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” #211
Good Lord, by your mercy, guide our outward actions in such ways that our inward being
is formed in faith, hope and love. May the decorations we offer engage our senses during
the days of Advent and enliven our praise and worship in the name of the child of Bethlehem,
our risen and coming savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Offering our Gifts and Tithes
Amazing God of love, we bring to you tithes and our offerings, knowing that you are a just
God who promises to not only bless what we give, by to pay our wages on time and in full,
and establish your eternal covenant with us. We are exploding in praise deep in our souls;
we are bursting with joy as your justice and mercy come into full bloom and are displayed
before the world around us. Keep us faithful so our actions may be worthy of the salvation
and the covenant your Son brings to us. Amen.
CONGREGATION: Eternal God, your love is forever. As we hang our greens, may they be a
constant reminder throughout the season that you came to give us new life and give it abundantly.
Each day you renew us and make all things new. Allow us to live into your love today and always.
Hymn “There’s a Song in the Air” #249
Song “Come and See the King” Female Chorus
Lyrics and Music by Ron Brand
If you were given a poinsettia, please bring it forward at this time.
CONGREGATION: Incredible God, You are the Alpha and Omega, beginning and end.
Forgive us for the ways in which we have failed to share Your never ending love with the world.
May the wreathes that decorate our church and homes motivate us to take moments every day
to give your love away and touch lives. As Your love is constant, may our love for your world
be constant too. Amen.
Song “The First Noel” Male Chorus
CONGREGATION: Loving God, Your angels proclaimed the great news and sand
of Your eternal gift. Our world is so full of noise that distracts us from their songs.
Each time we see an angel this season, open our eyes and ears that we might encounter
Your good news in the midst of our hectic world. Amen.
Song “Angels We Have Heard on High” Alumni Chorus
The Montalbano Family
Song “O Come All Ye Faithful” Amy Shannon,
Marcus Thaw, Rachel Thaw
Gary Burdick, Eddie Harris
Song “Silent Night” Chancel Choir
The children are invited to come forward to pick up a piece of
the nativity and help place it in the manger.
Song “O Holy Night” Gary Burdick,
Commission and Blessing
Thank you to all who shared their gifts and talents with us today.
Your efforts made this service memorable and it continues to be a wonderful tribute to Kim
and the MAUMC tradition.
~~Eddie and Barbara