We invite you to join us for DisciplesNet Worship #113, where we observe the first Sunday in Advent. This is a time in the church year when we think about the people of Israel long ago who looked for the coming of the Messiah. As we look forward to the baby Jesus, born in a manger in Bethlehem, Rev. Bob Shaw looks at Christ's coming in three ways: History, Mystery, and Majesty. We also light the first advent candle this week.
Our worship includes a time of communion (breaking of the bread)--for which we extend the invitation given by Jesus Christ to all who would come. If you would like to share with us in this time at the table that passes all boundaries of place, time, and walls, then we ask that you prepare a wafer, cracker, or bread and a drink, and we ask that our blessing will extend to where you are. If you are unable to eat or drink, use a symbolic gesture or mental symbols of joining with us.
We hope you will join us for this short time of worship (32 minutes), and will be blessed by participating. Please tell friends, family, and others you know about our online church that is here with doors that never close, walls as wide as the world, and always room at the table.
If you would like to chat with one of our pastors, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Invitation to Giving:
DisciplesNet is growing and has much in the works! We extend the invitation for you to be part of this ministry by giving an offering, or regular tithe. We are sustained and extending our nets now because of the generous gifts of people around the world. These gifts, like the mustard seed, are already growing in amazing ways.
We have a giving page on our website, disciplesnet.org. Our physical address for donations is:
PO Box 17935
Indianapolis, IN 46217
And emailing address is: email@example.com
God bless you, and thank you for joining us!
ORDER OF WORSHIP:
1. Background music: O Little Town of Bethlehem, played by Bev Heid.
2. Hymn: "Come, O Long Expected Jesus," Chalice Hymnal #125
3. Lighting the Advent Candle, video intern team: Kate, Francisco, Jeziel
4. One Candle Is Lit," CH #128, v 1, Rev. Dean Phelps
5. Scripture: Luke 21: 25-28, 32-33 (NRSV), Rev. Dr. Audrey Borschel
6. Pastoral Prayer, Rev. Dr. Audrey Borschel
7. Message: History, Mystery, Majesty, Rev. Bob Shaw
8. Hymn: "Because He Lives,"CH #562,
9. Moment for Sharing, Rev. Russ Smith
10.Communion: Revs. Anita Cobb, Deb Phelps
11. "Eat This Bread," CH #414,
12. Benediction, Rev. Bob Shaw
Video editing by Deb Phelps, Susan McNeely, Russ Smith
Background instrumental: "O Little Town of Bethlehem," music by Lewis H. Redner, played by Beverly Carmichael Heid
"Come, O Long Expected Jesus," Chalice Hymnal #125 by Charles Wesley and Roland H. Prichard; instrumental by Dean Phelps, singing by Southport Christian Church congregation
"One Candle Is Lit," CH #128, Music: William J, Kirkpatrick, words by Mary Anne Parrott; sung by Dean Phelps
"Because He Lives," CH #562, Gloria and William Gaither, sung by Southport Christian Church (Indianapolis) congregation: Sue Dykes organist
"Eat This Bread," CH #414, by Robert Bastastini and Taize community, Jacques Berthier