Order of Worship

Advent 1 - Hope

November 29, 2020

Gathering Music

Testimonial: “I believe even when….”


Song: Dream God’s Dream

One: Holy One,
we thank you for the glimpses we catch
of your gift of untiring hope.
Even in the midst of fear,
of challenge, of struggle-
even when our view is obscured
by clouds of doubt,
ignite the flame of hope within us:
People: that we might glow with its brilliance from the inside out.
I believe even when,
I can’t see God’s dream
One: Help us face this bleak night of the soul
and embrace it as a womb of rebirth

[The Hope Candle is Lit]

Welcome                                                                                                                      Rev. Tina Walker-Morin

Opening Hymn: “Come, O Long Expected Jesus” by Charles Wesley and Rowland Prichard

Come O long expected Jesus

Born to set Your people free

From our fears and sins release us

Christ in whom our rest shall be

You, our strength and consolation

Come salvation to impart

Dear desire of many a nation

Joy of many a longing heart


Born your people to deliver

Born a Child and yet a King

Born to reign in us forever

Born Your gracious realm to bring

By your own eternal Spirit

Rule in all our hearts alone

By your all sufficient merit

Raise us to your glorious throne


Scripture: Isaiah 40:1-11 & Mark 1:1-15 (The Message Translation)

Message for All Ages                                                                                                     Rev. Jennie Valentine

Meditation                                                                                                                    Rev. Tina Walker-Morin

Song: “Go Light Your World” by Chris Rice

There is a candle in ev’ry soul, some brightly burning some dark and cold
There is a Spirit who brings a fire, Ignites a candle and makes His home


So carry your candle run to the darkness

Seek out the hopeless confused and torn
Hold out your candle for all to see it
Take your candle and go light your world(x2)

Frustrated brother see how he's tried to, light his own candle some other way
See now your sister she's been robbed and lied to, still holds a candle without a flame


We are a fam'ly whose hearts are blazing, so let's raise our candles and light up the sky
Praying to our Father in the name of Jesus, make us a beacon in darkest times

Prayer of Light (please light up the night by turning on your headlights!)

      Lord’s Prayer: Our Father, who art in heaven hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen

Benediction: (to the tune of “Give Thanks” please join us in singing)

Believe, with a hopeful heart!
Believe, and shine your light!
Believe, because the song we sing is sung for all!
And now let the weak say, “I am strong;”
let the poor say, “I am rich because of what our God has done for us;"

Sending Forth Music

 First Church Sandwich, UCC

 136 Main St.

 PO Box 810

 Sandwich, MA 02563


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