Welcome to DisciplesNet Church, an internet church with walls as wide as the world, doors that are always open, and always room at the table.

Worship #168 is a special worship, the first in the season of Advent, and includes a special time of lighting the first advent candle. Our worship today includes a message by Rev. Bob Shaw, "The Coming of Hope."
Also, as we do every week, we extend the invitation for you to join as we celebrate the Lord's Supper, also known as breaking of the bread, communion, and the Eucharist. We believe that it is Jesus Christ who invites God's children to the Table as a special, symbolic way of remembering him, so that all who would say "yes" to Christ's invitation may come in reverence and share in taking the bread and cup, either physically or in one's mind.

If you would like to share in communion physically, please have ready a piece of bread or similar food and some type of drink (we use grape juice, but other liquids including wine and water will work). These represent the broken body and the blood of Jesus Christ given on our behalf.

We hope that as you join us for worship you will feel a blessing from being part. Please help us spread the word about DisciplesNet Church, especially to those who are not able to attend a physical church.

May God bless you richly!

1. Opening background music
"Let Us Walk in the Light of our Lord," by Audrey Borschel; instrumental played by Audrey Borschel and Beverly Carmichael Heid
2. Welcome: Russ Smith
3. Let Us Walk in the Light of Our Lord, verse 1, DisciplesNet Singers
4. Advent Reading and Lighting of Advent Candle:
Prepare the Way,
Scripture: Isaiah 2:1-5, Amy Grogan
readings by Bob Shaw and Deb Phelps
5. Prayer: Susan McNeely; background, "One Candle is Lit," played by Dean Phelps
6. Prayer response: "Emmanuel," sung by Southport Christian Church
7. Scripture: Matthew 24:36-44 (NRSV), read by Amy Grogan
8. Hymn: "Come, O Long Expected Jesus"
9. Message: "The Coming of Hope," Bob Shaw
10. Communion: Anita Cobb
11. Instrumental Background: "O Little Town of Bethlehem," "O Come, All Ye Faithful," and "One Bread, One Body" played by Beverly Carmichael Heid
12. Sending Out

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