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Joy in the Midst of Incomplete Hope

*Call to Worship/Lighting of Wreath Speaking as hope, though incomplete, began to feel tangible… the prophet speaks. Speaking into the time when the people were no longer exiled… but the struggles were still real. Isaiah outlines God’s vision for God’s

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“Return!”

*Call to Worship/Lighting of Wreath (Peace) Long ago, when the people had turned to idols and demagogues for answers… God sent a prophet. “Return!” calls the Lord. When evil and sin ruled the day, when the people had forgotten God’s covenant

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Hopeful Commitment

An Offering Invitation: Beginning our story of faith anew, we look toward love incarnate. The human Jesus will feel all the same feelings that we feel, that is, of course what incarnation means. The baby Jesus, felt hunger crying out

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Worshiping in Hope

*Call to Worship/Litany for Lighting the Advent Candle of Hope In a time when hope was veiled beneath laws prohibiting prayer… Daniel worshiped the God of extravagant love. In a time when the price of hope was to be thrown

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Messengers Before Us

Litany of Confession, Grace, & Journey to the Star-Child (Advent 4) Out of the distant past, the people petition creation and its angels: Praise God, all of you who are his messengers! Praise God, all of you who comprise his

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Out of Trying Times

Litany of Confession, Grace, & Journey to the Star-Child (Advent 3) The times were trying. The world was dangerous. Into those times Isaiah, son of Amoz speaks. The world is a place filled with violence and evil. Isaiah speaks God’s

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Yearning for the Star-Child

Litany of Confession, Grace, & Journey to the Star-Child (Advent 2) Our earth is in trouble, ice caps are melting, storms are growing more intense. Where is God? Why have you left us in this hellish exile? Our politics lack

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An Advent Invocation & Response

Invocation Scripture & Response Luke 1:1-4 CEB Many people have already applied themselves to the task of compiling an account of the events that have been fulfilled among us. They used what the original eyewitnesses and servants of the word

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Open Hearts & Minds

Litany of Confession, Grace, & Journey to the Star-Child (Advent 1) Open your hearts. We confess that we allow greed or hurt or fears to prevent our hearts from being the home of divine love and hope. Open your minds.

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