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Lower United Methodist Church
November 28th, 2021
First Sunday of Advent

"Time to go Home"
Pastor Yosub invites you to worship with us!
For in-person worship, find us inside the church
this morning at 10:30.
Greeting and Welcome
Let us take a moment to prepare our minds and hearts to worship God.
Hymn sing:
203 Hail to the Lord’s Annointed, vs 1, 4

1.Hail to the Lord's Anointed,
great David's greater Son!
Hail in the time appointed,
his reign on earth begun!
He comes to break oppression,
to set the captive free;
to take away transgression,
and rule in equity.
4. To him shall prayer unceasing
and daily vows ascend;
his kingdom still increasing,
a kingdom without end.
The tide of time shall never
his covenant remove;
his name shall stand forever;
that name to us is love.
211 O Come, O Come Emmanuel, vs 1,4
1 O come, O come, Immanuel,
and ransom captive Israel
that mourns in lonely exile here
until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Immanuel
shall come to you, O Israel.

4. O come, thou Root of Jesse’s tree,
An ensign of thy people be;
before thee rulers silent fall;
all peoples on thy mercy call.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Immanuel
shall come to you, O Israel.
196 Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus, vs 1,2
1. Come, thou long expected Jesus,
born to set thy people free;
from our fears and sins release us,
let us find our rest in thee.
Israel's strength and consolation,
hope of all the earth thou art;
dear desire of every nation,
joy of every longing heart.
2. Born thy people to deliver,
born a child and yet a King,
born to reign in us forever,
now thy gracious kingdom bring.
By thine own eternal spirit
rule in all our hearts alone;
by thine all sufficient merit,
raise us to thy glorious throne.
Centering Words (Jer 33, Ps 25)
A righteous branch has sprung forth to bring goodness and justice to our world.
Opening Prayer (Ps 25, Luke 21)
Righteous One, your glory shines brighter than the sun.
We remember your compassion and your faithful love,
as we come to worship this day.
Lift up our souls to meet the challenges we face,
as we seek to bear the fruit of your salvation.
May your righteous branch grow within our hearts,
that our lives may abound in mercy
and steadfast love.
And may we be found ready and waiting
when the one drawing near
comes with power and glory
to bring us to you. Amen.

Lighting the Advent Candle

Reader 1: Today we light one candle - the Candle called HOPE, as a reminder that God's promises are true.
Reader 2: We place our hope in God.
Reader 3: We place our lives I n God's care.
Reader 4: Come, all is ready. Let the light of this one candle, called HOPE, bring brightness to your spirits.

[The first Advent Candle is lighted]
HYMN – UMH #378 Amazing Grace
1. Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
was blind, but now I see.

2. 'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
and grace my fears relieved;
how precious did that grace appear
the hour I first believed.

3. Through many dangers, toils, and snares,
I have already come;
'tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
and grace will lead me home.

4. The Lord has promised good to me,
his word my hope secures;
he will my shield and portion be,
as long as life endures.

5. Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
and mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess, within the veil,
a life of joy and peace.

6. When we've been there ten thousand years,
bright shining as the sun,
we've no less days to sing God's praise
than when we'd first begun.
Joy and Concerns
Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer
Scripture Reading (I): Psalm 25:1-10
1To You, Lord, I lift up my soul.
My God, in You I trust,
Do not let me be ashamed;
Do not let my enemies rejoice over me.
Indeed, none of those who wait for You will be ashamed;
Those who deal treacherously without cause will be ashamed.
Make me know Your ways, Lord;
Teach me Your paths.
Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
For You I wait all the day.
Remember, Lord, Your compassion and Your faithfulness,
For they have been from of old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth or my wrongdoings;
Remember me according to Your faithfulness,
For Your goodness’ sake, Lord.
The Lord is good and upright;
Therefore He instructs sinners in the way.
He leads the humble in justice,
And He teaches the humble His way.
10 All the paths of the Lord are faithfulness and truth
To those who comply with His covenant and His testimonies.
Prayer of Yearning (Jer 33, Luke 21)

Almighty God, your promises of old strengthen us
during these dark times.
We yearn to learn to read the signs of your coming:
in the sun, moon, and stars;
in the roaring of the seas and the waves;
and in the tumult of our world.
Yet, we have seen it all before
and nothing seems to change.
We long to live with courage
in an age where wars are fought for peace
and freedoms are stripped in the name of liberty.
Grant us the wisdom that comes from waiting,
and teach us the patience that leads to godliness
as our savior draws near. Amen.

Words of Assurance (Jer 33, Ps 25, Luke 21)
We worship a God of mercy,
who abounds in steadfast love.
The one who is God’s righteous branch
draws near to save us from our weakness,
and to seal us in God’s love.
HYMN – TFWS #2284 Joy in the Morning
1 There'll be joy in the morning on that day,
there'll be joy in the morning on that day,
for the daylight will dawn when the darkness is gone,
there'll be joy in the morning on that day.
2 There'll be peace and contentment evermore,
there'll be peace and contentment evermore,
every heart, every voice on that day will rejoice,
there'll be peace and contentment evermore.
3 There'll be love and forgiveness everywhere,
there'll be love and forgiveness everywhere,
and the way of the Lord will that day be restored,
there'll be love and forgiveness everywhere.
Offering Prayer (1 Thess 3)
How can we thank you enough, Blessed One,
for all you have given us.
May we increase and enrich in love,
even as you increase and enrich the gifts
we bring before you this day.
Send them forth into your world,
as signs of the bounty of Christ
coming into the world.
In your precious name, we pray. Amen.
Doxology (UMH# 95)
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him, all creatures here below;
Praise him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen
Scripture Reading (II): Jeremiah 33:14-16
14 ‘The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will fulfill the good promise I made to the people of Israel and Judah.’
15 ‘In those days and at that time
    I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line;
    he will do what is just and right in the land.
16 In those days Judah will be saved
    and Jerusalem will live in safety.
This is the name by which it will be called:
    The Lord Our Righteous Savior.’

Sermon – “Time to go Home”
Response Prayer
Affirmation of Faith (UMH 880)
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
     he came down from heaven,
     was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary
     and became truly human.
     For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
     he suffered death and was buried.
     On the third day he rose again
     in accordance with the Scriptures;
     he ascended into heaven
     and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
     He will come again in glory
     to judge the living and the dead,
     and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son
     is worshiped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic* and apostolic church.
We acknowledge one baptism
     for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
     and the life of the world to come. Amen.
HYMN – TFWS #2282 I’ll Fly Away
1.Some glad morning when this life is over,
I'll fly away
to a home on God's celestial shore,
I'll fly away
I'll fly away, oh glory,
I'll fly away.
When I die, Hallelujah, by and by,
I'll fly away.
 2 When the shadows of this life have gone,I’ll fly away;
like a bird from prison bars has flown,
I'll fly away.
I'll fly away, oh glory,
I'll fly away.
When I die, Hallelujah, by and by,
I'll fly away.

3.Just a few more weary days and then, I’ll fly away;
To a land where joys shall never end,
I'll fly away.
I'll fly away, oh glory,
I'll fly away.
When I die, Hallelujah, by and by,
I'll fly away.
Benediction (1 Thess 3)
May your love for one another abound,
just as Christ’s love abounds for you.
Go with God’s love in your hearts
and with the Spirit’s fierce tenderness
in your breast.
Go with God.
Are you interested in resuming Adult Sunday School?

Pat Gwaltney will be starting an Adult Sunday School class soon but needs to know how many people want to attend.  Please let her know if you are interested by sending her an e-mail with your name and phone number at or give her a call at 703.244.0252.

The Worship Committee will place a poinsettia plant in the sanctuary in honor or in memory of your loved one for a donation of $16.50 each. The deadline to order is December 5th. Remembrances will be published in the December 19th bulletin. Order forms are in the narthex and on the piano in the sanctuary.
Angel Tree 

The Angel Tree has been decorated and filled with angel tags! Please stop by the fellowship hall to pick an angel off the tree. Purchase what is on the tag and return your wrapped gift under the tree by December 15th. Your gift will given to a child (or adult) before Christmas. 

Thank you Lower Church for your continuing support of the Angel Tree!
Please pray for:
Ann Carneal
Anna Chapman
Bob Guthrie 
Callie Joe Revere
Charlotte Groves
Family of Bill Barber
Family of Joyce Blake
Family of Perry Lyons
Family of Paula Revere
Family of Gayle Wilkerson
Gail Keefe
Kathleen Kruse's Granddaughter Katie
Lillian Kues
Loretta Harrow
Mercedes Boone
Mindy Miller
Paul Pearce
Ron Sheffield
Sarah Paige Murray
Sue Beukenkamp
Vicki Hogge

Last week Attendance:   
Offering:     $1,650.00
 E-giving     $1,580.00
 Total           $3,230.00
Needed for weekly goal:
Our offerings to date:
Our 2021 YTD Goal:
If you are interested in making a stock donation to LUMC for 2021, complete the Gifts of Publicly Traded Stock Form from the below link:

The VAUMC Foundation provides this brokerage service free of charge, by accepting the stock, liquidating it upon receipt, and issuing a check to Lower United Methodist Church.

Please contact our Treasurer, Tom Noffsinger if you have any questions., 804-815-1423.
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