Sunday Handout

November 29, 2020

"The Purpose of Suffering"

New Sermon Series

Today is the beginning of Advent. 

Next week we begin our new sermon series: A Church is Also Born.    


Here For You

Let our praise be Your welcome

Let our songs be a sign

We are here for You, we are here for You

Let Your breath come from heaven

Fill our hearts with Your life

We are here for You, we are here for You


To You our hearts are open

Nothing here is hidden

You are our one desire

You alone are holy

Only You are worthy

God, let Your fire fall down


Let our shout be Your anthem

Your renown fill the skies

We are here for You, we are here for You

Let Your Word move in power

Let what's dead come to life

We are here for You, we are here for You


We welcome You with praise

We welcome You with praise

Almighty God of love

Be welcomed in this place


We welcome You with praise

We welcome You with praise

Almighty God of love

Be welcomed in this place


Let every heart adore

Let every soul awake

Almighty God of love

Be welcomed in this place


We welcome You with praise

We welcome You with praise

Almighty God of love

Be welcomed in this place


Advent Call to Worship

Pastor:

Lift up your heads, O gates!  And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.   (Psalm 24:7)

 

Congregation:

Enter in, King Jesus, and bring us hope.

 

Pastor:

Who is this King of glory?  The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in battle!    (Psalm 24:8)

 

Congregation:

Enter in, King Jesus, and bring us love.

 

Pastor:

Lift up your heads, O gates!  And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.     (Psalm 24:9)

 

Congregation:

Enter in, King Jesus, and bring us joy.

 

Pastor:

Who is this King of glory?  The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory!    (Psalm 24:10)

 

Congregation:

Enter in, King Jesus, and bring us peace.


Lighting of the Advent Candle


O Come Let Us Adore Him

O come, let us adore him;

O come, let us adore him;

O come, let us adore him; Christ the Lord.

 

For he alone is worthy;

For he alone is worthy;

For he alone is worthy;

Christ the Lord.


How Great Thou Art

O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder,

Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made;

I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,

Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

 

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,

How great Thou art, How great Thou art.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,

How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

 

When through the woods, and forest glades I wander,

And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees.

When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur

And see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.

 

And when I think, that God, His Son not sparing;

Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;

That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing,

He bled and died to take away my sin.

 

When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation,

And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart.

Then I shall bow, in humble adoration,

And then proclaim: "My God, how great Thou art!"


The Doxology

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow.

Praise Him all creatures here below.

Praise Him above ye heavenly host.

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. 

Amen.


Announcements                           

*Register for events @ stanwichchurch.org/events                       

* Trust, Truth, and Trauma:

 Is Forgiveness Politically Possible?

In a time of deep national division, Christians are called to be ambassadors of reconciliation. Sometimes, we know that reconciliation requires forgiveness, which proves to be one of the hardest things to offer to our political opponents. Tomorrow night, November 30 at 7 PM, Pastor Nathan will interview Nancy R. Gibbs, Director of the Harvard Kennedy School's Shorenstein Center.  They will explore the timely question: Is forgiveness politically possible?  This event is a Zoom webinar. 


Partnership To End Human Trafficking (PEHT)

We are so excited that our mission partner, Partnership to End Human Trafficking (PEHT), is about to open its doors to women who are coming out of human trafficking.  The PEHT House will be a place of healing and restoration and we are eager to make it a welcoming place.  Please pray for the staff and the women they will serve. Stanwich has "adopted a room" in the house and we are looking for volunteers help make it special.  Volunteers can sign up for one of our scheduled workdays: to paint or to help set up with the furnishings. You can also donate furnishings on their Amazon Wish List.  Be sure to choose "PEHT Wish List" from the shipping address options at checkout.  For more information please see the Missions page on our website.


* Art & Advent: Waiting with Hope 

Everyone is invited to join us on the three Advent Wednesdays at 12 PM, as Pastor Heather Wright will lead a discussion via Zoom on Scripture and its related artwork.  Each week will examine a new artwork and the Bible passages related to them.  These will include a Renaissance and an abstract painting, and a classical music piece. This group will also meet on December 2, 9, 16 at 12 PM.


* Service of Remembrance & Hope

This service honors those who have experienced a loss. Whether it is grief from a divorce, losing a job, or the death of a loved one; the loss can be particularly challenging at this time of year. Join us as we recall that God's gift of HOPE can lead to praise, even in a time of sadness.  This invitation is extended to your family and friends.  Please invite others you know who have experienced a loss this year.  We will host this event on December 2 at 7 PM in the Sanctuary and will also stream online.


Advent Meditations

Please join us in the Sanctuary for an hour of contemplative Advent-themed instrumental music as Sue Song plays the piano and Leon Reid plays the organ. You are invited to pray, read your Bible, and meditate while enjoying the music. Seating is limited; advance registration is required. This event will be held on December 3, 10, & 17 at 4 PM.


* Christmas Carol Hymn Sing

You are invited to our Christmas Carol Hymn Sing on December 6 just after the 11 AM morning service (around 11:15 AM) in the Sanctuary.  We will "sing to the Lord" (Psalm 95:1) with hymns that are in our church's hymnal and some of your Christmas favorites as well. 


Inspirica Online Wishes Program          

Inspirica Online Wishes: For families struggling to make ends meet, the holiday season can be difficult.  We are partnering with Inspirica's Holiday Wishes program to spread the holiday cheer to children in need across Fairfield County.  You can purchase gifts for these children from the Amazon Wish and the gifts will be delivered directly to Inspirica.  Consider donating one toy and one educational gift (such as a book, puzzle, or musical instrument) by Dec. 12.  Please join us in making these families' dreams of a joyful holiday season come true!


* Christmas Eve Service

There is no better place to celebrate Christmas than at Stanwich Church. This year we will have four services of lessons and carols. Two indoor services on December 23 at 5PM & 7PM and two outdoor services on December 24 at 5PM & 7PM. In addition, the 7PM service on Christmas Eve will be online for those who choose to stay home. The outdoor service will be slightly shorter to accommodate for weather. No need to bring a chair.  There is limited capacity for indoor services. Please ensure you register to attend all services.


* Alpha

Alpha Online is a series of group conversations that explore life, spirituality, and faith through a Christian lens. This is a non-judgmental and open environment where it’s easy for anyone who is atheist, skeptic, or just curious about faith to explore questions of life with new friends. If you want to know more we  invite you to try Session 1 of Alpha Online. It will be a fun evening where you can find out if Alpha is for you. We will start on January 4 at 7pm via Zoom

 

If you have any questions you can email Ted Deinard who will be leading the group.


The 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 sins as we forgive those who sin against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. 

Amen.


Scripture- Romans 8:28-30

28And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 29For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

Pastor: May God add His blessing to the reading of His holy word.

 

Congregation: Thanks be to God.


Preparation Song:

 O Come O Come Emmanuel

O come, O come, Emmanuel,

And ransom captive Israel,

That mourns in lonely exile here,

Until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, O Israel


Communion:

Prayer Of Confession

Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.  We have not loved you with our whole heart and mind and strength.  We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.  In your mercy forgive what we have been, help us amend what we are, and direct what we shall be, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Holy name.

Amen.


Pastor: Therefore we proclaim the mystery of the faith:


Congregation:

Christ has died.

Christ is risen.

Christ will come again.


Build My Life

Worthy of every song we could ever sing

Worthy of all the praise we could ever bring

Worthy of every breath we could ever breathe

We live for You

 

Jesus, the name above every other name

Jesus, the only one who could ever save

Worthy of every breath we could ever breathe

We live for You

 

Holy, there is no one like You

There is none beside You

Open up my eyes in wonder

Show me who You are

And fill me with Your heart

And lead me in Your love to those around me

 

I will build my life upon Your love

It is a firm foundation

I will put my trust in You alone

And I will not be shaken


Benediction

Pentecost

Come, Holy Spirit,

Make your dwelling here in us.

Fill us up with your great power

that we may go out with you

And stand for you,

speak your name,

touch and heal with signs and wonders

that all might know you came.


Need Prayer?

We would love to pray for you! Please reach out to Patricia at 203-661-4420 or email her at patricia@stanwichchurch.org.

Please indicate if you would like for your prayer request to be confidential or not.