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First Sunday of Advent
November 29, 2020
Welcome and Announcements
Rev. Ginny Hege Tobiassen
Choral Introit – Hosanna
Edward W. Leinbach, Salem Composer
Lighting of the Advent Candle
Kitty Rominger and Kae Roberts
Liturgy: Advent, pg.49
At the place indicated in the liturgy, the congregation will sing
the Hosanna. The worship team will sing the first part,
and the congregation at home will sing the second.
Psalm 80: 1-7
Hear, O Shepherd of Israel, you that led Joseph like a flock. Shine forth, you that are enthroned upon the cherubim, before Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh.
Stir up your mighty strength and come to our salvation. Turn us again, O God; show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.
O Lord God of hosts, how long will you be angry at your people’s prayer? You feed them with the bread of tears; you give them abundance of tears to drink.
You have made us the derision of our neighbors, and our enemies laugh us to scorn. Turn us again, O God of hosts; show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.
Hymn 274 – O Come, O Come, Immanuel
Scripture Lesson: I Corinthians 1:1-9
Rev. Andrew Heil
Sermon – The Roses and Lilies
Hymn 273 – Once He Came in Blessing
Reflection on giving
The offertory provides an opportunity to reflect on the many ways that we can express our gratitude in response to God: with time, treasure, talents, and testimony.
For financial giving online:
Anthem - Morning Star in Darkest Night
George Friedrich von Hellström (1825-1912)
Prayers for the Church and the World
Hymn 344 – Prepare the Royal Highway
Postlude - Prepare the Way, O Zion!
Setting by G. Winston
The flowers are placed in the Sanctuary today in loving memory of the Rev. Paul Couch and Mr. Fred Couch by the family, and in loving memory of Sid Disher and Richard Disher by Juanita and Jennie Disher.
Congratulations and best wishes to William B. Rogers and Shelby Guy, who were united in marriage on November 7.
Learning opportunities are available following worship this morning
After morning worship, there is a continuation of children’s programming:
- 11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.: HMC Carolers’ Children’s Choir and Celebration Singers Youth Choir, Advent
- 11:45 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.: Upper Elementary Advent, Constructing an Advent Wreath Tweens Sunday School breakout session with Kernersville Moravian
- Youth Fellowship gathering begins at 2:00 pm; please contact Margaret Norris (firstname.lastname@example.org) for zoom link and other information
- Bible Discussion: Do you see what I see: a star, a star?
- Scripture Encore: Watchfulness, exploring HMC’s worship service scriptures
- Faith Journeys: Advent Lectio Divina
Join via Zoom
To join by phone, call 1 (929) 205-6099 (Meeting ID: 7460335693; Password: 34568983).
Christian Formation at Home
For Sunday School information listing for children, youth, adults, see worship bulletin information listed directly above this section.
SUNDAY, November 29
- 9:10 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.: HMC Music Makers’ Children’s Choir, K-2nd grade Advent
- 9:30 a.m. - 9:55 a.m.: Advent, Constructing an Advent Wreath Collaborative Godly Play and Sunday School for all ages through elementary with Estamos Unidos Moravian Ministry.
For further information on children and youth programming, contact Margaret Norris (email@example.com) for zoom links and other information.
Tuesday, December 1:
Prayers for the Day, 8:00 am
Wednesday, December 2:
Wednesday Night Fellowship, HMC Night at Candle Tea gather at 6:30p; program from 6:45p-7:45p
Thursday, December 3:
Prayers for the Night, 8:00 pm
To join by video, https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7460335693?pwd=NOs4Yk5yQktwbW9HM2xNUk5KYi9SQT09. To join by phone, call 1 (929) 205-6099 (Meeting ID: 7460335693; Passcode: 34568983).
The Stewardship Committee would like to thank our members for their financial commitment to support our church’s ministries and programs. We are happy to report that as of November 22nd, 233 commitments totaling $631,445 have been made for 2021. Home Church is blessed by the generosity of its members. Your pledge allows the Board of Trustees to create, with integrity, a budget for the new year. Thank you!
Wednesday Night Fellowship Programs, December-January
- 6:30pm-6:45pm Meet and Greet among participants
- 6:45pm-7:45pm Program
Via zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7460335693?pwd=NOs4Yk5yQktwbW9HM2xNUk5KYi9SQT09.
To join by phone, call 1 (929) 205-6099 (Meeting ID: 7460335693; Passcode: 34568983).
9 Church Family Christmas Party
13 The Enneagram: Chris Copeland
The Enneagram & Spirituality
In its recent rise in popularity for those interested in personality types, the Enneagram has been identified as a tool to help people understand themselves and others, particularly the motivations behind habits of thought, feeling, and behavior.
The Enneagram is also informed by and rooted in spirituality, an awareness of something that is greater than ourselves and beyond our comprehension. At its core, the Enneagram beckons us into spiritual transformation, inviting us to shift our automatic patterns so that we can be more awake, fully alive, and deeply present to life. It helps us recognize the profound connection we have to ourselves, to one another, and to God.
In this class, we will discuss the spiritual foundations and perspectives of the Enneagram and engage in practices that provide a sense of that deep connection to Mystery.
20 Racial Equity panel
Share the Light!
Join us from your home for a Church family Advent Wreath lighting each Sunday in Advent
Every Sunday in Advent, our church family is invited to gather online to light our Advent candles together.
On the first, second, and third Sundays, this will be a standalone event. To join by video, use this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7460335693?pwd=N0s4Yk5yQktwbW9HM2xNUk5KYi9SQT09
To join by phone, call 1 (929) 205-6099 (Meeting ID: 7460335693; Password: 34568983).
On the fourth Sunday, our congregation will gather online at 5 pm for lovefeast. The lovefeast will begin with the lighting of the Advent wreath, so your family can again join in by lighting your wreath at home as you worship with us online (homemoravian.org).
Virtually the Best Christmas Party Ever!
Wednesday, December 9, 6:30 PM
“He hadn’t stopped Christmas from coming… it came! Somehow or other, it came just the same!
--Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas
It’s coming, and NOTHING can stop it! Not shutdown, not separation, not a virus, not even the Grinch could stop Christmas from coming to our Church Family! On Wednesday, December 9, at 6:30 PM, you and your loved ones are invited to let Christmas zoom from house to house and heart to heart as the Home Church Family gathers virtually for a time of GREAT JOY!
This online soirée will feature a fellowship time and a (video) Christmas talent show!
Fellowship Time will allow us to break into “zoom rooms” where you and a small group of other members can enjoy holiday conversation. You may wish to show off your Christmas tree, share favorite recipes, or answer questions like “favorite Christmas memory,” “funniest lovefeast story,” or “Who among us has thrown up on Christmas morning?” (okay, maybe not that one).
Christmas Talent Show: Can you play an instrument, sing a song, share a poem, dance a dance? Maybe your family would even like to perform a silly Christmas skit. Use your cell phone to video your best Christmas-themed act, and send it to the church office (firstname.lastname@example.org). We’ll compile the acts into a single, fabulous Home Church Christmas Talent Show that will air the night of the party!
So mark your calendars for Wednesday, December 9 at 6:30! No reservation required… a Zoom link will be available to all church members.
Christmas is coming, Beloved. So come, all ye faithful, virtual and triumphant! Come and celebrate at the virtual Church Family Christmas Party on December 9!
WHAT’S YOUR HOLIDAY TALENT?
The deadline draws near to submit your Christmas-themed talent video for the Home Church Virtual Christmas Party!
Can you play, sing, rap, or dance to a Christmas carol?
Do you know a good Christmas knock-knock joke?
Can you perform a non-Christmas talent act while wearing Christmas pajamas?
Just put yourself on cell phone video (hold your phone sideways, with the button to the right) and send it to the church office. If you have trouble sending it, contact Mark Wright at email@example.com and he’ll find a way to help you!
Deadline is November 30! Party is December 9! Hurry, Christmas, don’t be late!
Christmas Eve 2020
Christmas Eve is one of Home Church’s great ongoing ministries. For many of our visitors, their presence in a Christmas Eve lovefeast might well be their only church experience of the year. It is a privilege to be make Christ’s love visible in those lovefeast services. From well before sunup to way past sundown on Christmas Eve, the Home Church congregation is in mission to the community.
The Board of Elders has been thinking hard about how to keep that mission going this year. Our congregation’s commitment to our Christmas Eve mission has inspired some creative and exciting plans. Here is what you can expect for Christmas Eve 2020:
Sanctuary decorating will not happen in the usual way this year, but we will use a combination of our traditional decorations and some beautiful new work by Home Church member Jennifer Brannon (Green Bee Floral Designs)! We still plan to use the star, the lighted nativity picture, the candles in the front windows, and the poinsettias on the flower stands. We will not have the garlands this year, but Jennifer will be decorating the choir rail and surrounding area with abundant greenery and accents. Those of you who have seen Jennifer’s work at Home Church weddings know that she will do a marvelous job for our Christmas setting.
FOR THE WHOLE COMMUNITY:
On Christmas Eve, from 10 am to 1 pm, the drive around the square will be repeated for the wider community. In contrast to our congregational drive-around on the 20th, this one will be broadly publicized in newspapers and on the internet. Once again we’ll offer buns, candles, and odes, but with powdered coffee mix instead of the quarts of prepared coffee.
Lovefeast services (prerecorded) will be available for community viewing on our website at 2:30 (children’s lovefeast), 5:00, and 7 PM.
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