The President's KingService - Nov 29, 2020
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November 29, 2020 Bulletin


Prelude       "Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates"

Arr. by David Paxton

Welcoming and Call to Worship


Hymn        "Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates"         UMH #213


1. Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates; behold, the King of glory waits;
    the King of kings is drawing near; the Savior of the world is here!


2. Fling wide the portals of your heart; make it a temple, set apart
    from earthly use for heaven's employ, adorned with prayer and love and joy.


3. Redeemer, come, with us abide; our hearts to thee we open wide;
    let us thy inner presence feel; thy grace and love in us reveal.


4. Thy Holy Spirit lead us on until our glorious goal is won;
    eternal praise, eternal fame be offered, Savior, to thy name!


Lighting the First Advent Candle – Isaiah 64:1-9


If only you would tear open the heavens and come down!
    Mountains would quake before you
2  like fire igniting brushwood or making water boil.
    If you would make your name known to your enemies,
    the nations would tremble in your presence.

3  When you accomplished wonders beyond all our expectations;
    when you came down, mountains quaked before you.
4  From ancient times,  no one has heard,
    no ear has perceived,  no eye has seen any god but you
    who acts on behalf of those who wait for him!
5  You look after those who gladly do right;  they will praise you for your ways.
    But you were angry when we sinned;  you hid yourself when we did wrong.
6  We have all become like the unclean;  all our righteous deeds are like a menstrual rag.
    All of us wither like a leaf; our sins, like the wind, carry us away.
7  No one calls on your name;  no one bothers to hold on to you,
    for you have hidden yourself from us, and have handed us over to our sin.

8  But now, Lord, you are our father.   We are the clay, and you are our potter.
    All of us are the work of your hand.
9  Don’t rage so fiercely, Lord;     don’t hold our sins against us forever,
    but gaze now on your people, all of us:



Musical Response:    W&S #3046 (v. 1)


Father, enthroned on high, holy, holy;                      

ancient eternal Light, hear our prayer.

Come, O Redeemer, come, grant us mercy.

Come, O Redeemer, come, grant us peace.


Pastoral Prayer & Lord's Prayer


Hymn               "Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus"         UMH #196

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.


Special Music           “Come, Come, Immanuel”            Tom Norager, Pearl Swanson, Steve & Cathy Grattan

By Jay Althouse


Scripture Readings

2 Samuel 7:11b-16


11 when I appointed leaders over my people Israel. And I will give you rest from all your enemies.

And the Lord declares to you that the Lord will make a dynasty for you. 12 When the time comes for you to die and you lie down with your ancestors, I will raise up your descendant—one of your very own children—to succeed you, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He will build a temple for my name, and I will establish his royal throne forever. 14 I will be a father to him, and he will be a son to me. Whenever he does wrong, I will discipline him with a human rod, with blows from human beings. 15 But I will never take my faithful love away from him like I took it away from Saul, whom I set aside in favor of you. 16 Your dynasty and your kingdom will be secured forever before me.  Your throne will be established forever.


Luke 1:26-38


 26 When Elizabeth was six months pregnant, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a city in Galilee, 27 to a virgin who was engaged to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David’s house. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 When the angel came to her, he said, “Rejoice, favored one! The Lord is with you!” 29 She was confused by these words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 The angel said, “Don’t be afraid, Mary. God is honoring you. 31 Look! You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 He will be great and he will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of David his father. 33 He will rule over Jacob’s house forever, and there will be no end to his kingdom.”

34 Then Mary said to the angel, “How will this happen since I haven’t had sexual relations with a man?”

35 The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come over you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, the one who is to be born will be holy. He will be called God’s Son. 36 Look, even in her old age, your relative Elizabeth has conceived a son. This woman who was labeled ‘unable to conceive’ is now six months pregnant. 37 Nothing is impossible for God.”

38 Then Mary said, “I am the Lord’s servant. Let it be with me just as you have said.” Then the angel left her.


Carol            "What Child Is This"        UMH #219

1.  What child is this who, laid to rest, on Mary's lap is sleeping?
     Whom angels greet with anthems sweet, while shepherds watch are keeping?


   This, this is Christ the King, whom shepherds guard and angels sing;
   haste, haste to bring him laud, the babe, the son of Mary.

2.   Why lies he in such mean estate where ox and ass are feeding?
      Good Christians, fear, for sinners here the silent Word is pleading.

3.  So bring him incense, gold, and myrrh, come, peasant, king, to own him;
     the King of kings salvation brings, let loving hearts enthrone him.

Message           “The President's King”


Invitation to Give and Offertory         “Come, Emmanuel”              Tom Norager, Pearl Swanson, Steve & Cathy Grattan

By Don Besig


Musical Act of Praise:     W&S #3057 (v. 1)


          Glory in the highest and peace on the earth!

          Glory in the highest and peace on the earth!

          Sing out the glad tidings of our Savior's birth!

          Sing out the glad tidings of our Savior's birth!

Carol        "Angels From the Realms of Glory"     UMH #220


1.  Angels from the realms of glory, wing your flight o'er all the earth;
     ye who sang creation's story now proclaim Messiah's birth:

     Come and worship, come and worship, worship Christ, the newborn king.

2.  Shepherds, in the field abiding, watching o'er your flocks by night,
     God with us is now residing; yonder shines the infant light: [Refrain]

3.  Sages, leave your contemplations, brighter visions beam afar;
     seek the great Desire of nations; ye have seen his natal star: [Refrain]

4.  Saints, before the altar bending, watching long in hope and fear;
     suddenly the Lord, descending, in his temple shall appear:






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