FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT
NOVEMBER 30, 2014
PRELUDE – “Psalm 23” Joshua Mazur, Organist
RINGING OF THE BELL
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Minister: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and
the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
People: And also with you.
Minister: Let us offer each other the peace of Christ.
People: (Please greet your neighbor saying: “The peace of the Lord
be with you.”)
LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT CANDLE OF HOPE
Liturgist: We light this candle as a sign of the light of Christ. Advent
Means coming. We are preparing ourselves for the day when the
nations will beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears
into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation,
nor will they train for war anymore. —-Isaiah 2:4
ALL: Let us walk in the light of our Lord.
HYMN NO. 147 – “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”
CONFESSION OF SIN
O my God, I am sorry for my sins because I have offended you. I know I should love you above all things. Through the power of the Holy Spirit help me to do better and to avoid anything that might lead me to sin. Amen.
DECLARATION OF PARDON
GLORIA PATRI NO. 546
SPECIAL MUSIC – “Lamentations of Jeremiah, Part 1”
RESPONSIVE READING NO. 18, Psalm 84, Page 487
HYMN NO. 149 – “Watchman, Tell Us of the Night”
GOSPEL LESSON – Mark 13:24-37 p.826
Minister: The Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.
SERMON – “Living With The Aches And Alleluias” Dr. Don McGarity
Let us confess the faith of our baptism, as we say:
I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of 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.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
OFFERTORY – “Offertorium #6”
OFFERTORY PRAYER (Unison) Lord, may we always give our gifts to you as a thanks offering for the magnificent gift of Jesus that you so generously gave to us. Amen.
HYMN NO. 151 – “Come, Thou Long-expected Jesus”
Minister: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
Minister: May Almighty God bless you the Father, the Son and the Holy
Minister: Go in peace.
People: Thanks be to God.
CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE -Threefold Amen No.563
Amen, Amen, A—men
POSTLUDE – “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”
Assisting in Worship – Liturgist – Jane Gay
*ALL WHO ARE ABLE MAY STAND
Pastor- Dr. Don McGarity (352-374-8633)
Clerk – Shana Albert
Treasurer – Win Armstrong
Ministers – The Congregation
Organist – Joshua Mazur
Nursery Care-Janice Baldwin
A nursery is provided for infants through kindergartners during worship.
Office Manager- Win Armstrong
ANNOUNCEMENTS:for Week 11/30/14 904-964-7937
God’s mission through First Presbyterian Church of Starke, Florida, is to serve the needs of the community through faith in God’s grace and mercy.
TODAY: 9:45-10:30 Sunday Church School; Worship
MONDAY 6, Weight-Watcher
TUESDAY 6:30-8:30pm Karate School @ Stump Hall
FRIDAY 6:30-8:30pm Karate School @ Stump Hall
SATURDAY 5pm Christmas Parade
Next Sunday: 9:45-10:30 Sunday Church School; Worship.
NOTE: WE NEED YOUR VOICE! We will be having a short choir practice after worship today and the next few Sundays to prepare something for Christmas. Please help us.
NOTE: SUNDAY BIBLE CLASS – “Preparing for Advent” Luke Chapter One 9:45 Fellowship Hall – Dr. McGarity
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: 30 Milton M
02 Daniel B
05 Joe B
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: 28 Phil and Marilyn V (’68)
02 John and Judy O (’81)
*Adult Class meets at 9:45 each Sunday in the Session room
in the Educational Bldg.
*The Young people continue the Awesome Adventures in the Middle School Room
*Middle and High School meets each Sunday at 5pm. Contact Kristi Wells and Melissa Srivibul for details
*Women’s Bible Study and Men’s Fellowship meet at 11AM second Tuesday of each month. Come and be a part of the groups
Please check out the great photos and information posted at www.starkepresbyterian.org
THE ADVENT WREATH & CANDLES
It is not known when the first Advent Wreath was created. Pagan rituals often included lighting candles in a wreath to signify hope for the return of the sun in the midst of winter. In the Middle Ages, Christians borrowed this ancient custom and incorporated it into the celebration of Christmas. The Catholic and Lutheran religions were among the first to formally adopt the Advent Wreath. Today also every Protestant denomination uses the Advent Wreath with its 5 candles to point up the meaning of this season of the Church Year. Advent means “looking forward.” So, our Advent candles are looking forward to the celebration of the birth of the Promised Messiah.
The Advent wreath is made of evergreen boughs, symbolizing everlasting life. The circle represents the continuous love of God, with no beginning and no end, as well as the soul’s immortality.
Candle Color Each of the four colored candles in the Advent wreath represents a week leading to Christmas. Traditionally, three of the candles are purple, and one is pink. The final candle is white and is located in the center of the wreath. It is lit on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
Origin of the Pink Candle
It was once a tradition for the pope to give someone a rose on the fourth Sunday of Lent before Easter to “liven up” the somber tone of the season. Before the mass commercialization of Christmas, Advent was also a solemn time, as people fasted to prepare for the holiday. The rose custom became part of the third Sunday of Advent, which is called Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete means “rejoice” in Latin, and is the main call to action for that Sunday: “Rejoice! … the Lord is near,” which is based on Philippians 4:4. So eventually, the third candle turned pink to represent the joy of the 3rd Sunday in Advent.
The candles are traditionally lit in the following order: purple, (representing royalty as well penitence and preparation), purple, pink, purple, white (representing purity.) The first is called the “Candle of Hope.” It symbolizes faith in God keeping his promises to humanity. The second is called the “Candle of Preparation,” reminding Christians to “get ready” to receive God. The third candle is the “Candle of Joy.” It recalls the angels joyfully singing about the birth of Christ. The fourth candle, the “Candle of Love,” reminds Christians that God loves them enough to send his only Son to Earth. The “Christ Candle,” the white candle in the center, stands for Jesus Christ himself.
In all traditions, the symbolism is steeped in the Christian Faith.
Let us make this Advent Season a time of joyous anticipation of the birthday of our Lord as well as a time of sincere repentance and preparation.
WELCOME JOSHUA L. MAZUR!!
We are grateful to have as our new organist/choir director, Joshua L. Mazur. He is a Graduate student of Voice and Choral Conducting at the University of Florida. In addition to his academic pursuits, he enjoys a budding career as a singer, conductor, composer, and pianist.
After several years singing professionally as a baritone, in the spring of 2014 he officially made his debut as a tenor in Schütz’s Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross with the Gainesville Civic Chorus Master Chorale and Orchestra. Future performances include the tenor solos in Handel’s Messiah, also with the Gainesville Civic Chorus.
He won the TBNATS “Most Promising Male Singer” award three consecutive years and was the district winner of the NATS Artist Award. As a conductor Joshua made his debut in a performance of Amahl and the Night Visitors while serving as assistant conductor for the Lakeland Opera Theater in 2008.
Choir Practice after Church Today. Come meet our new Organist/Choir Director, Joshua Mazur after worship in the Choir Room. We had an enthusiastic group for choir practice last Sunday and welcome any others who would like to help us with our Christmas Music. We will be presenting our Christmas Music, Sunday morning December 14.