Celebration of Worship Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014 hppc.org/advent
Celebration of Worship
Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014
November 30, 2014 - First Sunday of Advent
P r epa r ation
Voluntary Variations on “On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry”
Choral Introit Creator of the Stars of Night
Greg Hobbs, arr.
A dor ation
Call to Worship
The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light.
Upon God’s people, a light has shined.
The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.
We have seen God’s glory, the glory as the only Son of God, full of grace and truth.
Hymn 8 Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates
Text: Georg Weissel
Lighting the Candle of Hope
(9:30) Ron and Sharon Johnson;
Justin and Lauren Eastburn, Parker and Preston;
Barrett and Kristen Lesher, Andrew
(11:00) Todd and Lacy Redmond, Andrew and Warren
Prayer of Adoration
Hymn 2 Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
Text: Charles Wesley
C on fession
Prayer of Confession & Silent Confession
Our God, You often surprise us. You surprise us with Your ways, with
Your priorities and with Your miracles. In these surprises we often
doubt Your power, Your sovereignty and Your reign. We doubt the
ways You are working because they are not our ways, our preferences
and our conveniences. God, help us to see Your surprises as gifts
rather than interruptions, Your ways as better than ours. May we find
great joy in Your ways and Your call.
Assurance of God’s Forgiveness
Affirmation of Faith The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth,
And in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord; Who was conceived by the
Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead and buried; He descended into hell; the third day
He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on
the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come
to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy
catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the
resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.
C elebr ation
Greeting & Community Life
Congregational Prayer & the 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.
Offering Our Gifts
Anthem Gabriel’s Message
The angel Gabriel from heaven came,
His wings as drifted snow, his eyes as flame;
“All hail,” said he, “thou lowly maiden Mary,
Most highly favored lady.” Gloria!
“For known a blessed Mother thou shalt be;
All generations laud and honor thee;
Thy Son shall be Emmanuel, by seers foretold.”
Then gentle Mary meekly bowed her head,
“To me be as it pleaseth God.” she said,
“My soul shall laud and magnify His holy Name.”
Of her, Emmanuel, the Christ, was born
In Bethlehem, all on a Christmas morn,
And Christian folk throughout the world
Will ever say “Most highly favored lady,”
- Basque Carol/Sabine Baring-Gould
Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above Ye Heav’nly Host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
P ro cl a m ation
A Mary Christmas: The Annunciation
Pastor of College &
Pew Bible, page 1088 Young Adults and Outreach
R e spon se
Hymn 7 Lord Christ, When First You Came to Earth
Tune: Mit Freuden Zart
Text: Walter Russell Bowie
Choral Benediction Benediction on Creator of the Stars of Night
Greg Hobbs, arr.
Voluntary Jesus Comes With Clouds Descending
William Lloyd Weber
Assisting Pastors: Bryan Dunagan
L. Nelson Bell
Pastor of Congregational Care, Adults/Senior Adults
and Lifestyle Stewardship
Ministry of Music: Greg Hobbs, Director of Music
Michael L. Shake, Organist/Associate Director of Music
The beautiful flowers in the sanctuary today are given:
By Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Black.
In loving memory of James and Clauda Baker on the occasion of their
anniversary, by Cathy, Emily & David Lassetter and Carroll, Drake &
In loving memory of Toddie Lee Wynne, Jr., by his wife, Jacque.
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