Worshiping Together in Different Places–An online worship experience on the 1st Sunday of Advent (Year B)

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José y Maria by Everett Patterson, http://www.everettpatterson.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/JoseyMariaWeb.jpg 

“The main goal of this illustration was to pack as many clever biblical references into the scene as possible. I won’t list every one (there are at least a dozen), but a few that I’m proudest of are: the verse from the prophet Ezekiel in the graffiti on the phone kiosk, the way the “Save More!” behind Mary’s head looks kinda like “Ave Maria!,” and the two ads for “Glad” and “Tide” on the newspaper (get it?).”

-Everett Patterson

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Welcome to Worship on the first Sunday of Advent, November 29, 2020.

During this time of worship you may wish to have a candle to light and to have bread and a beverage for communion — whatever you have available will be sufficient.

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Scripture Reading        Mark 13:24-37 (NRSV)

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Seasonal Reflection        Time to Hope        Paul Glass

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Acknowledgement of Land

(An act towards reconciliation)

For thousands of years, First Nations people have walked on this land; their relationship with the land is at the center of their lives and spirituality.  We are gathered on the traditional territory of the Coastal Salish and Puyallup people, and we acknowledge their stewardship of this land throughout the ages.

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Prayer of Confession        Rev. Susan A. Blain

Prayer of Confession Psalm – 80:1-7, 17-19

This has been a year to lament—
Grief and loss,
Crisis when social structures have failed the common good,
Complicity when age-old prejudices found new and cruel expression:

Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved.

This has been a year to wake up—
To read the “signs of the times,”
To wake up to painful truths, and give them voice,
To ponder the changes needed for a just world for all:

Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved.

This has been a year to call God into our sorry midst—
Show us your face, God our Hope!
Encourage us in the face of brutal realities,
Empower us to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with you,
on the way in which you make all things new.

Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved.

Hold silence

Assurance of Grace – 1 Corinthians 1: 3-9

God is faithful,
and gives us grace in Christ Jesus.
In this fellowship we can count on being enriched
in speech, in knowledge, in every spiritual gift.
Let us give thanks, in Christ, we are forgiven
and sent forth to work for God’s reign among us.

Amen.

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GATHERING & EXPLORING

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Gathering Song        O Holy Night        David Crowder

“Long lay the world, in sin and error pining
‘Til he appeared and the soul felt its worth
A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks, a new and glorious morn”

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Set apart your worship space by lighting a candle along with the video clip. 
The light of the candle symbolizes the presence of the Holy wherever we are.

You can find all of the lectionary readings for Sunday, November 29, 2020 here:
Advent 1, Year B (November 29, 2020)

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Welcome · Advent Candle · Scripture · Moment of Wonder · Sermon

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AFFIRMING

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Song of Response        Song of Hope        Avishai Cohen

“If one could be for all and all could be for one,
together we are better under the sun.
Our own responsibility
relies on our ability

to save the beauty that we live in
and the life that we were given”

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Offering

There are a number of ways to contribute financially when we are unable to attend worship in person:

• Make a one-time donation or manage ongoing, automatic giving on our secure website page: https://fccpuyallup.com/donate

• Use our mobile app to set up one-time or ongoing giving from your phone. Download the GivePlus app from the App Store or Google Play to your smartphone and then search for “First Christian Church” using our zip code, 98371.

• Send checks by mail to: First Christian Church, 623 9th Ave. SW, P.O. Box 516, Puyallup, WA  98371

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CELEBRATING & BLESSING

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During this video clip you are invited to share the elements of communion which you have set aside for this worship time.  Bread, crackers, juice, wine, or water–all are signs of Christ’s abiding presence with us.

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Communion

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Closing Benediction        Thom M. Shuman

on this pilgrimage of uncertainty,
may we remember God has walked
this road many times before.
as we live through these endless moments,
may we remember Jesus shares hope
with us every day, every day.
in this season filled with isolation from others,
may we remember that the Spirit
knows our loneliness and cradles us in love.

Amen.

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Closing Song          People Look East

“People, look east and sing today:
Love, the guest, is on the way.”

Advent announcements:

· Photo-a-Day Advent Calendar:  reflect on a daily word prompt, take a photo, submit it to be added to our photo calendar.  For details visit www.fccpuyallup.com/advent-together

· FCC Advent devotional:  A Thrill of Hope: The Weary World Rejoices 
   E-Book:  Scan the QR code at left or click here to read as an eBook, or
   PDF:  click here to download a PDF

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Guest Preacher: Jay Isch; Elders: Karrin Lewis & Gretchen Mertes; Scripture Reader: Bill Robey; Moment of Wonder: Gretchen Mertes

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