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Liturgy for Sunday November 27th
1st Sunday of Advent





One:  The Peace of Christ be with you.

ALL:  And also, with you.




PRELUDE                                Carol Medley                                    Traditional/Pollock

Karen Joseph & Martha Hefner


*CALL TO WORSHIP: Isaiah 2:3-5                                                                    Heather Nolte, Liturgist

One: Many peoples shall come and say,

All:  “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach

          us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.”   For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the

          word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

One: He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples;

All:   they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks;

         nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

One: O house of Jacob, come,

All:    let us walk in the light of the LORD!   Amen.


*HYMN                        “Star-Child”                                                         #223

Star-Child, earth-Child, go between of God, love Child,

Christ Child, heaven’s lightning rod:


Refrain:  This year, this year let the day arrive when Christmas comes for everyone, everyone alive!


Street child, beat child, no place left to go, hurt child,

used child no one wants to know; Refrain


Grown child, old child, memory full of years, sad child,

lost child, story told in tears; Refrain


Spared child, spoiled child, having, wanting more, wise child,

faith child knowing joy in store; Refrain


Hope for peace Child, God’s stupendous sign, down to

earth Child, Star of stars that shine;  Refrain



God of justice and peace, from the heavens you rain down mercy and kindness, that all on earth may stand in awe and wonder before your marvelous deeds.   Raise our heads in expectation, that we may yearn for the coming day of the Lord and stand without blame before your Son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns for ever and ever.   Amen.



*GLORIA PATRI                     Gloria Patri                   #734

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

                as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.  Amen.


LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT CANDLES –                                                       Matt, Missy, Fritz, and Molly Schlenker

Reader 1: O God, we light the first candle of Advent.

Reader 2: We kindle it with hope.   We long for you to come to our world, to break through and reign with compassion,

justice, and peace.

Reader 1: The prophet Isaiah also cried to God to tear open heaven and come down.   He called God’s people to do right.

Isaiah called them to be refashioned like clay by God, the potter.   This Advent, we call out to God.

All:  Mighty God, creator of the world, break through all that keeps us from you.   We ask for your mercy to

                   reform us in your image.   This Advent, visit us with your justice, love, and peace. Amen.

           All: (sing – to tune #232 “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”): Shine on us, O God of justice; Guide our path

                  through gloom of night; Bear within us Wisdom’s glory; Come to us, O Christ the Light


Choral Anthem                                    Thanks Be to God!                               Arr. Don Besig

                                                                       Karen Joseph, Director


CHILDREN’S MESSAGE                                                Mark Vaughn



Benevolence giving for November: St Vincent DePaul


*WE GIVE GLORY TO GOD      “Doxology”       #34      (Note the change of words)

Praise God from whom all blessings flow; praise God, all creatures here below.

Praise God above, ye heavenly host: praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.   Amen.



God of compassion, hope, and peace, you have revealed your Ways of Love through our brother Jesus of Nazareth.   We set our standards high because Jesus has shown us the true potential of humanity when we are in relationship with you, O God.   We rededicate our lives to your Will and the Way of your Son, Jesus Christ.   Bless these gifts and these your people we pray.   Amen.


New Testament:                                                                             Matthew 24: 36-44

36“But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.  37For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.  38For as in the days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, 39and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so, too, will be the coming of the Son of Man.  40Then two will be in the field; one will be taken, and one will be left.  41Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken, and one will be left.  42Keep awake, therefore, for you do not know on what day, your Lord is coming.  43But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into.  44Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.


SERMON                                  Yes, And…                                 Rev. Mark Bishop





SACRAMENT of BAPTISM:                                                                               INSERT

Hazel Jo Laing, Born May 31, 2019

Parents: Tessa and E.J. Laing

Jenelle and Jon Laing – E.J.’s Parents

Dawn and Jeff Davis (Tessa’s Parents)

Karen and Alan Joseph – Great Grandparents




*HYMN            “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus”                     #153

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.


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.



Let us go forth into the world in peace.  Be of good courage; hold fast to that which is good.  Render to no one evil for evil.  Strengthen the faint hearted; support the weak; help the afflicted.  Honor all people.  Love and serve the Lord, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit. 




*BENEDICTION RESPONSE:                 “Emmanuel, Emmanuel”                                   #178

Emmanuel, Emmanuel, his name is called Emmanuel.   God with us, revealed in us, his name is called Emmanuel.


POSTLUDE                      Good Christian Friends, Rejoice and Sing                         Arr. by Gilbert Martin





The sacrament of baptism is an outward and visible sign of the grace of God. Inasmuch as the promise of the gospel is not only to us but also to our children, baptism with water and the Holy Spirit is the mark of their acceptance into the care of Christ’s church, the sign and seal of their participation in God’s forgiveness, and the beginning of their growth into full Christian faith and discipleship.


This is the water of baptism which we use to welcome this precious child of God.

Out of this water we rise with new life, forgiven of sin and one in Christ, members of Christ’s body.




Do you desire to have your child baptized into the faith and family of Jesus Christ?


We do.


addressing the parent(s) and sponsor(s)

Will you encourage this child

to renounce the powers of evil

and to receive the freedom of new life in Christ?


We will, with the help of God.


Will you teach this child that in time God’s child may come to profess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior?


We will, with the help of God.


Do you promise, by the grace of God, to be Christ’s disciples,

to follow in the way of our Savior, to resist oppression and evil,

to show love and justice, and to witness to the work and word of Jesus Christ as best you are able?


We will, with the help of God.


Do you promise, according to the grace given you, to grow with this child in the Christian faith, to help this child to be a faithful member of the church of Jesus Christ, by celebrating Christ’s presence, by furthering Christ’s mission in all the world, and by offering the nurture of the Christian church?


We will, with the help of God.



By what name will your child be called?


NAME: Hazel Jo Laing



You are baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son,

and of the Holy Spirit.



We give you thanks, O Holy One, mother and father of all the faithful, for this your child and for the grace acknowledged here today in water and the Holy Spirit.

Embrace us all as sons and daughters in the one household of your love.

Grant us grace to receive, nurture, and befriend this new member of the body of Christ.


Hymn:                        “Borning Cry”                                    #680

I was there to hear your borning cry, I’ll be there when you are old.

I rejoiced the day you were baptized to see your life unfold.

I was there when you were but a child with a faith to suit you well;

in a blaze of light you wandered off to find where demons dwell.


When you heard the wonder of the Word I was there to cheer you on.

You were raised to praise the living Lord to whom you now belong.

If you find someone to share your time, and you join your hearts as one,

I’ll be there to make your verses rhyme from dusk till rising sun.


In the middle ages of your life, not too old, no longer young.

I’ll be there to guide you through the night, complete what I’ve begun.

When the evening gently closes in and you shut your weary eyes,

I’ll be there as I have always been with just one more surprise.





10:15AM         Worship Service w/Baptism Hazel Jo Laing


MONDAY, NOV 28, 2022

            6:00PM           Policy & Procedure Meeting


TUESDAY, NOV 29, 2022

          5-6:00PM        Take Out Tuesday Meals

6:30PM           Mission Committee Meeting




          3-5:30PM        FEAST

6:30PM           Bell Choir Practice

7:30PM           Chancel Choir Practice



          Hometown Holiday


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2022     

10:15AM         Worship Service w/Baptism Kellen Robert Stahl

5-8:00PM        Christmas with The Chosen

(Confirmation Class Attending)


         CHURCH NEWS – NOVEMBER 27, 2022

*Christmas Special*

Special Viewing of “Christmas with The Chosen”

Cookies, Cocoa, Popcorn, & Punch Provided

Sunday, December 4th – 5:30pm – 8pm

***If you would like to attend Please E-Mail Anthony, (anthony@stpaulucc.com),

to get on the notification list.

***Participation via ZOOM will be made available***


TAKE OUT TUESDAY – Take Out Tuesday Meals are going mobile.  We will now deliver meals to our members on Tuesday evenings. Call Tami Zwez for reservations and more information at 419-738-2215.


     GOD’S CREATION CALENDARS & NOTE PADS – The calendars and notepads are available in the church office.  The calendars are $8.00 each and the notepads are $2.00 each.


GUMBO SALE – We had some supplies left over after our shrimp boil, so we decided to make some Southern Gumbo!!! Cooked fresh then frozen. (Shrimp, Sausage, potato, rice) We are selling 1-Pint for $5.00 and 1-Quart for $10.00. Come enjoy this Louisiana Favorite!!  Call the church office at 419-738-2215 for pick-up during church hours, while supplies last.


OPERATING BUDGETS – It is that time of year again that we need to begin to think about operating budgets for your group-committee for the next 2023 church year. Budgets need to be submitted to Mark Vaughn no later than Monday, December 5th so these can be submitted for Council’s initial approval before being passed on to the congregation in January.


POINSETTIA ORDERS – We are once again taking orders for Christmas Poinsettias for display in our sanctuary at Christmas time.  Please find order forms in the back of the sanctuary.  Orders are due TODAY, Sunday, November 27, 2022. You can also just call the church office and they will take your order.


OFFERING ENVELOPES – Please find the new 2023 offering envelopes in the back of the sanctuary.  If you no longer wish to have them or do not find your please let Cindy in the church office know.  You may also just stop by the church office and pick them up.


We Support Our Church By Our Prayers

Wayna Assenheirmer

Susan Bishop

Betty Brookhart

Connie Claybaugh

Alicia Cummins

Helen Erb

Lewis Erb Sr.

Emil George

Pam Halfhill

Jim Hearn Jr

Doris Hibner

Deb Kaeck

Tim Kinstle

Lewis Knoch

Family of Tag Koenig

Kenda Kohler

Ron Kohler

Rex Lippincott

Gayle Marshall

Jade Miller

Kendra (Short) Norton

and family

Carol Presar

Billy Sergent

Mark Short

Janet Smith

Doris Sunderland

J J Truesdale

Eileen Werling

Janet Winkler

Members and friends serving in the U.S. military:

Alex Bowersock

Matthew Cox

Brady Erb

Aaron & Skyla Hibner

Amanda Preston Johnston

Jordon Jurosic

Haley Jean Kill

Valerie Orellana

Scott Presar

Nathan Quellhorst

Morgen Sindelar

Dave Sodders

Douglas Sodders

Daniel Turnbow

Jian Feng Zhao





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