NEC Sunday Worship – 4 PM on 2020-11-29


Perhaps a moment of music as we begin? CELLO AND PIANO – Paul & Connie West


We’ll spotlight video for those participating in today’s worship: Bill, Laura, Marilyn, Sheri, Steve L. plus Marie and all NEC residents in the Theater Room worshiping today, including: Garnet, Bev, Bob, Betty, Janet, Lisa, Fern H., Anne, Betsy, Mike, …


MARILYN reads   Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19
Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock! You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth

before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh. Stir up your might, and come to save us!

Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved.

O LORD God of hosts, how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers?

You have fed them with the bread of tears, and given them tears to drink in full measure.

You make us the scorn of our neighbors; our enemies laugh among themselves.

Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.

But let your hand be upon the one at your right hand, the one whom you made strong for yourself.

Then we will never turn back from you; give us life, and we will call on your name.

Restore us, O LORD God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.


SHERI – leads us in a Prayer of Adoration


O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

O come, O come, Em-man-u-el                     And ransom captive Is—rael

That mourns in lonely ex–ile here                 Un-til the Son of God a-ppear

Re-joice! Re-joice! Em-man-u-el                    Shall come to thee, O Is–ra-el.

O come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer   Our spirits by Thine ad-vent here

Disperse the gloomy clouds of night                And death’s dark shadows put to flight.

Re-joice! Re-joice! Em-man-u-el                    Shall come to thee, O Is–ra-el.

O come, Thou Wisdom from on high           And order all things, far and nigh

To us the path of knowledge show               And cause us in her ways to go                  

Re-joice! Re-joice! Em-man-u-el                    Shall come to thee, O Is–ra-el.

O come, Thou Key of David, come,             And open wide our heavenly home;

Make safe the way that leads on high,         And close the path to mi–sery.

Re-joice! Re-joice! Em-man-u-el                    Shall come to thee, O Is–ra-el.


LAURA READS Isaiah 64:1-9
O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence–

as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil– to make your name known to your adversaries, so that the nations might tremble at your presence!

When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.

From ages past no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who works for those who wait for him.

You meet those who gladly do right, those who remember you in your ways. But you were angry, and we sinned; because you hid yourself we transgressed.

We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.

There is no one who calls on your name, or attempts to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us, and have delivered us into the hand of our iniquity.

Yet, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.

Do not be exceedingly angry, O LORD, and do not remember iniquity forever. Now consider, we are all your people.


LAURA – shares a Prayer of Confession


Go Tell It On the Mountain – Page AE

Go, tell it on the mountain,

over the hills and everywhere;

Go, tell it on the mountain,

that Jesus Christ is born.

 

While shepherds kept their watching

o’er silent flocks by night,
behold throughout the heavens

there shone a holy light.

 

Go, tell it on the mountain,

over the hills and everywhere;

Go, tell it on the mountain,

that Jesus Christ is born.

 

The shepherds feared and trembled,

when lo! above the earth,

rang out the angel chorus

that hailed the Savior’s birth.

 

Go, tell it on the mountain,

over the hills and everywhere;

Go, tell it on the mountain,

that Jesus Christ is born.

 

Down in a lowly manger

the humble Christ was born,
and God sent us salvation

that blessed Christmas morn.

 

Go, tell it on the mountain,

over the hills and everywhere;

Go, tell it on the mountain,

that Jesus Christ is born.



BILL reads – Mark 13:24-37
“But in those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light,

and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.

Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with great power and glory.

Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.

“From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near.

So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates.

Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place.

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

“But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come.

It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch.

Therefore, keep awake–for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn,

or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly.

And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.”


STEVE LEADS: Any reflections we want to share based on these scripture readings, songs and prayers?


STEVE LEADS: Sharing of Joys & Concerns

  • Confluence of pandemics (COVID-19, racial injustice, income inequality, climate);
  • CONCERNS:
    • Garnet – update on Joe?
    • OTHER UPDATES?
    • OTHER CONCERNS?
  • JOYS:
    • Thanksgiving happens even in a pandemic
    • OTHER JOYS?

 

Prayer – concluding with The Lord’s Prayer


Silent Night – Page AF

Silent night, Holy night,         All is calm, all is bright, 

‘round yon Virgin Mother and Child,    

Holy Infant so tender and mild, 

Sleep in heavenly peace,        sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, Holy night,          shepherds quake at the sight, 

glories stream from heaven afar,

Heav’nly hosts sing Alleluia; 

Christ the Savior is born, Christ the Savior is born.

Silent night, Holy night,         Son of God, love’s pure light.  

Radiant beams from Thy holy face, 

with the dawn of redeeming grace,

Jesus, Lord at Thy birth, Jesus, Lord at Thy birth.


STEVE – AS WE CLOSE… (in unison:) 

Friends,

Life is short

and there is precious little time

to gladden the hearts of those who travel with us…

So make haste to be kind,

and be swift to love,

because in every act of love and kindness, the God who first formed us,

reforms and transforms us

again and again.

And certainly for these blessings,

all of God’s people say. 

AMEN!