Welcome to Worship Connection 2020!

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Newton, Kansas

Rev. Scott McGinnis, Pastor

 November 29, 2020

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Faithfulness

PRELUDE     “Rondeau on "Royal Oak”  ~ Helen Wild, Organist

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LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT CANDLE  ~ Tricia Brothers

Lighting a candle is a simple yet profound act. It is a testimony to the power of light over darkness. Even the light of one candle can reveal our faces as we stand near the candle. As we light the candle, we begin our journey to Christmas, a day of joy and celebration. The first candle on the Advent wreath is called the Prophecy candle, it opens the period that anticipates Christmas and remembers those who first spoke the promise of the coming Christ child. One candle, burning bright, Chasing away the darkness from light. One candle, glowing light, The blessing of God, giving new sight.

 

Dear God, on this first Sunday in Advent we begin a spiritual pilgrimage as we joyously anticipate Christmas day, a reminder of the birth of our Savior. As we come to this place of worship, we know that we are in your presence. Give us your peace that through us all may know the peace that Christ brings. In his name we pray. Amen.

CALL TO WORSHIP AND LORD’S PRAYER  

 

Almighty God, as we begin this season of Advent remind us again that in the midst of our darkness

you are bringing us peace, to calm our anxious spirits and hectic lives.

Turn our hearts again toward you.

Make us ready to receive your Son our Savior.

Slow our pace and give us the blessing of feeling your peace in our spirits.

For we ask this in Jesus’ precious Name.

AMEN.

The Lord’s Prayer  (Click link to listen then close song page to return)

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.

HYMN  "Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus”  PH #2  ~ Helen Wild, Organist 

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PRAYER OF CONFESSION & ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS

O Lord God, as we begin to prepare our hearts to receive the One whom you are sending,

forgive us for all the times we have missed seeing You in our midst,

for all the times we have doubted Your presence,

and for all the times we have failed to help others find their way.

Forgive us, in the name of Jesus, the One who is coming.

Amen.

CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE ~ Gloria Patri   Performed by Marie Engle, mezzo soprano, with Ken Rodgers, piano.

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, Amen, Amen!

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CHILDREN'S MESSAGE  - Mary McGehee, Children & Youth Director

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SPECIAL MUSIC  “Imagine”        Helen Wild, Soloist & Accompanist

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“Imagine”  by Kristyn Getty

Who hears?  Who hears the voice of the hungry, the thirsty?

Who sees? Who sees the tears of the suffering ones?

Imagine a King who would come through the darkness and walk where I walk, full of greatness,

And call me to His side, Just like a Father and child.

Who knows? Who knows the hopes that lie hidden, forgotten?

Who comes? Who comes to lead all the children home?

Imagine a King who would come through the darkness and walk where I walk, full of greatness,

And call me to His side, Just like a Father and child.

Imagine a King who would come through the darkness and walk where I walk, full of greatness,

And call me to His side, Just like a Father and child.

SCRIPTURE~    Isaiah 49:8-10, 13, 15-16   New International Version (NIV))

Restoration of Israel

8 This is what the Lord says:

“In the time of my favor I will answer you,
    and in the day of salvation I will help you;
I will keep you and will make you
    to be a covenant for the people,
to restore the land
    and to reassign its desolate inheritances,
9 to say to the captives, ‘Come out,’
    and to those in darkness, ‘Be free!’

“They will feed beside the roads
    and find pasture on every barren hill.
10 They will neither hunger nor thirst,
    nor will the desert heat or the sun beat down on them.
He who has compassion on them will guide them
    and lead them beside springs of water.

13 Shout for joy, you heavens;
    rejoice, you earth;
    burst into song, you mountains!
For the Lord comforts his people
    and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.

15 “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast
    and have no compassion on the child she has borne?
Though she may forget,
    I will not forget you!
16 See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;
    your walls are ever before me.

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Isaiah 49 (New International Version)

MESSAGE 

Christmas Unwrapped ~ Fatithfulness ~  Rev. Scott McGinnis

Pastor Scott's printed sermon is available

 HERE!

GOD’S TITHES AND OUR OFFERINGS

Please mail your offering to P.O. Box 249, Newton, KS  or if you would like to enroll in automatic withdraw, please send a voided check with the monthly amount to to care of Marsha Swander, FPC Teasurer.  Thank you for keeping your church in your thoughts and prayers.

 

DOXOLOGY  (Click link to listen then close song page to return)

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.

 

HYMN  "Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates”   PH #8  ~ Helen Wild, Organist 

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BENEDICTION

May the Lord bless you and keep you; 

May the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; 

May the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.  Amen.

POSTLUDE   "Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates"  -  Helen Wild Organist

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 Please share our service with your friends and neighbors!  God's blessings to everyone! 

 We are blessed with volunteers who can pick-up needed items,

transport you to appointments, etc. 

Please don't be afraid to ask for yourself, or someone you know.  Please call the church (316-283-0504),  Tricia's cell (316-282-2331) or Rojean's cell (316-772-8128) with any needs.

We are all God's children! 

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Please contact the FPC Church Office at 316-283-0504 should you have any questions.

God Bless you and your family!

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