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The First Sunday of Advent

The season of Advent, a season of waiting,

is designed to cultivate our awareness of God’s actions

— past, present, and future.


In Advent,

we hear the prophecies of the Messiah’s coming

as addressed to us — people who wait for the second coming.

In Advent,

we heighten our anticipation for the ultimate
fulfillment of all Old Testament promises,

when the wolf will lie down with the lamb,

death will be swallowed up,

and every tear will be wiped away.

Advent highlights for us the larger story of God’s redemptive plan.

From The Worship Sourcebook

 

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// Sundays, 9:30 am

 

Welcome & Preparation for Worship

Lord God Almighty,
King of glory and love eternal,
you are worthy at all times to receive adoration, praise, and blessing;
we praise you now for sending your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ,
for whom our hearts wait, and to whom,
with you and the Holy Spirit, one God,
be honor and dominion, now and forever. Amen.

 
Image by Waldemar Brandt

Advent Candle Lighting

Jesus said, “I am

the light of the world;
the one who follows me will not walk in darkness

but have the light of life.”
We light this candle as a sign of

the coming light of Christ.

"The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who lived in a land of deep darkness —
on them light has shined."
Isaiah 9:2 (NRSV)

 

First Reading

Jeremiah 33:14-16 (NIV)

“‘The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will fulfill the good promise I made to the people of Israel and Judah.

“‘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.
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.’

 

The Psalm

Psalm 25:1-10 (The Message)

My head is high, God, held high;
I’m looking to you, God;
No hangdog skulking for me.


I’ve thrown in my lot with you;
You won’t embarrass me, will you?
Or let my enemies get the best of me?


Don’t embarrass any of us
Who went out on a limb for you.
It’s the traitors who should be humiliated.


Show me how you work, God;
School me in your ways.


Take me by the hand;
Lead me down the path of truth.
You are my Savior, aren’t you?


Mark the milestones of your mercy and love, God;
Rebuild the ancient landmarks!


Forget that I sowed wild oats;
Mark me with your sign of love.
Plan only the best for me, God!


God is fair and just;
He corrects the misdirected,
Sends them in the right direction.


He gives the rejects his hand,
And leads them step-by-step.


From now on every road you travel
Will take you to God.
Follow the Covenant signs;
Read the charted directions.

 
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Generosity & Giving

The tithes and donations you make to DreamHouse Church make a difference to our church, our community, the people of Newport News, and world missions. There are various ways you can donate. We pass a collection plate during services and electronic giving is available for 24/7 donations. “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops” (Proverbs 3:9).

 

The Epistle Reading

1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 (NRSV)

How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we feel before our God because of you? Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you face to face and restore whatever is lacking in your faith.


Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you. And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you. And may he so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.

 

The Gospel Reading

Luke 21:25-36 (NIV)

“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”


He told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near. “Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

“Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”

 

The Sermon

Come, Holy Spirit:
Inspire our lives with your light and fire.
Come, Holy Spirit:
Anoint us with your bounteous spiritual gifts.
Come, Holy Spirit:
Speak to us through your timeless Word today.
We pray in the name of Jesus, our Lord. Amen.

 
Image by James Coleman
 

Profession of Faith

Let us express our unity with the church of all ages
by professing our faith in the words of the Apostle's Creed

 

The Apostle's Creed

We believe in God, the Father Almighty,
       Creator of heaven and earth,

We believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
       He was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
           and born of the Virgin Mary.
       He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
           was crucified, died, and was buried.
       He descended to the dead.
       On the third day he rose again.
       He ascended into heaven,
           and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
       He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,
       the universal Church,
       the communion of saints,
       the forgiveness of sins,
       the resurrection of the body,
       and the life everlasting.

Amen.

 

The Lord's Supper // Communion

The Lord’s Supper is also a
celebration and proclamation of
Jesus’ real, spiritual presence with
us, of the forgiveness offered to us
through Christ’s work on the cross,
and of the ongoing spiritual nourishment he provides us.


It is also a celebration of the unity of Christ’s body,

the church, as well as a meal
of hope, of anticipating the heavenly
feast of Christ’s coming kingdom.
The Lord’s Supper is linked to nearly
every aspect of the gospel!

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Hear the words of the institution of the Holy
Supper of our Lord Jesus Christ:


The Lord Jesus, on the night of his arrest, took
bread, and after giving thanks to God, he
broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying,


“Take, eat. This is my body, given for you. Do
this in remembrance of me.”


In the same way he took the cup, saying, “This
cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood, shed
for you for the forgiveness of sins. When ever you
drink it, do this in remembrance of me.”


Every time you eat this bread and drink this
cup, you proclaim the saving death of the risen
Lord until he comes.


With thanksgiving, let us offer God our grateful praise.


—based on 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

[as the bread is shared]
The body of Christ, given for you.
Thanks be to God.


[as the cup is shared]
The blood of Christ, shed for you.
Thanks be to God.

 

A Call to Service and Benediction // The Sending & the Blessing

Worship does not end when we leave a worship service.

As you leave this place this day,
may God’s love sustain you,
and may you love those who surround you.
May God’s Spirit empower you,
and may you empower all those you meet.
May God’s joy fill your hearts,
and may this joy overflow
to the ends of the earth for God’s glory,
now and forever. Amen.