Sermon November 27, 2022 First Sunday of Advent and Announcements

Sermon November 27, 2022 First Sunday of Advent


A:   Now is the time of watching and waiting. The time of expectation and wonder.
C:   Now is the season of unfolding. The season when hope is waiting to be born.

God’s blessings and peace to you this First Sunday in the Advent season. A special welcome to guests visiting with us, in person or on-line. It is wonderful to worship together.

*Our theme for Advent Worship is “The Bright Star of Bethlehem.” You can read more about it in your bulletin and in the December/January newsletter. This week we consider “The Star of Creation.” In the church lobby you will find Advent-ure kits – one for each household. They hold a devotional, a “Bright Star of Bethlehem” bookmark and a prayer cube. If you haven’t already, picked up one for your household, please do so worship. If you prefer a large print devotional, we have a few available. Please ask an usher. We ask our God’s help to keep our Lord in our heart and days during the upcoming busy month.

*It’s time to gather food for Christmas Food Baskets!! Each basket provides needed food for some of our Fountaindale children and their families for the holiday. Take a tag or two from the giving tree in the narthex and bring the food back to Haven by December 18 th . We will keep putting up tags until all the needed food is collected. More information in the December/January newsletter.

*Seminarian Justin Holoviak will continue his presentation on “Women in the Bible.” Pick up your refreshments at the coffee fellowship and at 11 am come fellowship around God’s Word in the Adult Sunday School class. All are welcome!

*We were in error last week. TODAY is actually the final day to order poinsettias for Christmas Eve. Sorry for any confusion. There are order envelopes in the church lobby or you can send an email to the church office to place your order TODAY.

*Hear ye, hear ye, Team chairpersons and staff — Reports for the next Annual Congregation Report is due mid-January. Why not give yourself a gift and get it off your plate and out of your hair before the year’s end? Yeah, well it was only a thought. Don’t forget they are due by mid-January.

This week’s concerns and joys:
*Melita Kaplan’s repaired ankle is still healing. This week she got a new cast and she got to choose the color — Baltimore Raven’s purple. Keep Melita, Pastor Kaplan and her caregivers in prayer.

*Best wishes to Ann Conrad, Owen Schupp, Jack Dickinson, Joan Schupp, Jaclyn Muse, Lauren Harden, and JoAnn Shankle who have birthdays this week. Congratulations to JoAnn and Will Seilhamer who celebrate their wedding anniversary this Monday.

A: Now is the time of watching and waiting for love enfleshed,
C: Now is the time of watching and waiting for the Savior of the world, for the Bright Star of Bethlehem.