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November 28, 2021
10:30 AM EST

Prelude

O Come, O Come Emmanuel
arr. by Aaron Weitekamp
Calvary Brass

Welcome and Announcements, Poem, and Chime

Rev. Cynthia Good

Gathering Words

Haley Hansen, Worship Leader

Can one be homesick for something you’ve never known?
We are homesick for a just world,
For peace like rivers,
For the end of suffering.

Yes, we are homesick –
For joy that is contagious,
For nations that feel like neighbors
And for hospitals that run empty.

We are homesick for the world God promises.
We are homesick, but we are on our way.
God is here. God is still creating.
Let us worship Holy God.

Candle Lighting Liturgy

A: We hope for a world where all are fed.
B: We hope for a world with more bridges than walls.
A: We hope for a world with wide open doors.
B: We hope for a world with contagious laughter.
A: We hope for a world where trees grow tall and creeks run clean.
B: We hope for a world where all people feel at home—in their bodies, in the church, in
their physical homes.
A: We hope for that world.
B: We long for that world.
A: We are homesick for that world.
B: So today we light the candle of hope, because hope keeps our hearts alive as we wait.
A: May this light be a reminder that the wait is always worth it.
B: We are close to home. May we carry hope with us. Amen.

Song: Make of My Heart a Stable

Amanda Udis-Kessler

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Passing the Peace

The peace of Christ be with you. And also with you.

Hymn: Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

words by Charles Wesley, music by Rowland H. Prichard

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Scripture: Jeremiah 33:14-16

The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: “The Lord is our righteousness.”

The word of God for us.

Music

I Wonder as I Wander
John Jacob Niles, arr. by Todd Marchand
Calvary Brass

Children’s Time

Song: Hope

Judy A. Rose

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Scripture: Luke 21:25-36

“There will be signs in the sun, moon, and stars. On the earth, there will be dismay among nations in their confusion over the roaring of the sea and surging waves. The planets and other heavenly bodies will be shaken, causing people to faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world. Then they will see the Human One coming on a cloud with power and great splendor. Now when these things begin to happen, stand up straight and raise your heads, because your redemption is near.”

Jesus told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see these things happening, you know that God’s kingdom is near. I assure you that this generation won’t pass away until everything has happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will certainly not pass away.

“Take care that your hearts aren’t dulled by drinking parties, drunkenness, and the anxieties of day-to-day life. Don’t let that day fall upon you unexpectedly, like a trap. It will come upon everyone who lives on the face of the whole earth. Stay alert at all times, praying that you are strong enough to escape everything that is about to happen and to stand before the Human One.”

The word of God to us.

Music

Bring Us Hope
Ruth Elaine Schram
Sue Paro, Music Director
Elsie Coleman, cello

Thoughts: Rev. Good

Hymn: See Fig Tree Leaves Now Sprouting

words by Anna Strickland, music Geisliche Kirchengasäng

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Sharing of Prayers and The Lord’s Prayer

We invite you to use your chosen words for God: Father, Mother, or…

Our Creator, 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 forever. Amen.

Homecoming Thoughts

Jamie Webster

Offering Prayers

Offertory: Lift Up Your Heads, O Mighty Gates, verse 3

words by Georg Weissel, music Psalmodia Evangelica

Redeemer, come! I open wide
my heart to you; here, Christ abide!
Let me your inner presence feel;
your grace and love in me reveal.

Benediction

Postlude

Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (“Savior of the nations, come”)
Lutheran chorale harmonized by J. S. Bach