BETHEL COLLEGE MENNONITE CHURCH
First Sunday of Advent November 27, 2022
Watch: The Day is Almost Here
Prelude—Rebecca & Matt Schloneger
Advent Candle Lighting—Justina Neufeld
Hymn—O Come, O Come, Immanuel—VT 210
Congregation sings verses 1 & 6 during processional and lighting
Candle lighting liturgy
Leader: Watch! You know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep.
People: The night is far gone, the day is near.
Leader: As we watch, we light this candle as a sign of our hope.
People: Bring your restoration to your people, we pray.
Leader: Hear us, O Shepherd of Israel; you who sit on the mercy seat between the cherubim, we stand in your presence, seeking your face.
People: Shine forth, O Lord, in the sight of your people, that we may see you clearly. Stir up your strength in us; come, rescue us.
Leader: The time is near, we are watching; restore us again, O God. People: Cause your face to shine and we shall be saved,made whole by your gracious love and kindness.
All: We are watching and waiting for you, O Lord.
*Hymn—Hark! The Glad Sound!—VT 217
Children’s Conversation & Christmas Ornaments—Jill Robb
Scripture Readings—Psalm 122; Matthew 24:36-44—Lincoln Kohlman and Megan Kohlman
Sermon—Watch, Pray, Believe—Jim Robb
*Hymn—Comfort, Comfort, O My People—VT 212
Communion—Megan Kohlman, Carolyn Penner, Nathan Koontz
Prayers of God’s People
*Hymn—Now the Heavens Start to Whisper—VT 237
People with November birthdays come forward for a blessing, please bring a hymnal
*Birthday Blessing & Benediction—Jim Robb
Postlude—Wake, Wake, for Night Is Flying (Paul Manz)—Karen Schlabaugh
* You are invited to stand
VT = Voices Together
Audio visual— John Thiesen