Advent Worship: Week 1

I am not planning worship for any church(es) this Advent season, but if I were, here is what I would suggest. All Scriptures are the appointed readings for Advent from the Revised Common Lectionary.

This list does not include all of the parts of worship. It assumes that there will be an opening and closing voluntary, a prayer of adoration or invocation, a confession of sin and a declaration of forgiveness, an exchanging of the peace, a sermon, and the celebration of the Eucharist.

First Sunday of Advent (November 29)

Call to Worship – Lighting of the Advent Wreath*

Hymn in Procession – “Savior of the Nations, Come” (NUN KOMM, DER HEIDEN HEILAND)

Prayer of the Day – Eternal God,
you taught us that the night is far spent
and the day is at hand.
Keep us awake and alert, watching for your kingdom,
and make us strong in faith,
so that when Christ comes in glory to judge the earth,
we may joyfully give him praise;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

First Reading – Jeremiah 33:14-16

Psalm (Sung) – Psalm 25:1-10 (GENEVAN 25)

Second Reading – I Thessalonians 3:9-13

Sequence Hymn – “Jesus Comes With Clouds Descending” (HELMSLEY)

Gospel Reading – Luke 21:25-36

Hymn – “Lift Up Your Heads, You Mighty Gates” (TRURO)

Offertory Anthem – “Zion, At Thy Shining Gates” K. Lee Scott

Hymn – “O Lord, How Shall I Meet You?” (ST. THEODULPH)

*Ideas for the Lighting of the Advent Wreath can be found in my book, Rekindling Advent.

**Prayer of the Day is from the Book of Common Worship of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1993.

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I am a father of six who is trying to do his best! My interests are varied. I have one blog, KnowTea, that is primarily focused on liturgy and worship and another one, Bengtsson's Baking, that is about, well, baking! I hope you enjoy both of them, and if you have any questions, please contact me!
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