I was a stranger and you welcomed me. --MATT. 25:35

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1 SERVICE FOR THE LORD S DAY December 2, st Sunday of Advent 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. I was a stranger and you welcomed me. --MATT. 25:35 1

2 WELCOME. We re glad to gather together as a community of faith today. No matter where you are on the journey of faith, you are welcome here, to join in worship and service. All are invited to a time of refreshment and conversation immediately following worship in St. Andrews Hall (down the steps outside the sanctuary, and to the left). If you are new to this community of faith, we rejoice in your presence with us. Remember, we re not strangers, but rather friends who journey together, following the Lord Jesus Christ. Please turn off all cellular phones and watch alarms during worship. Please refrain from using flash photography during the worship service. Leadership at Lewinsville Ruling Elders Clerk of Session: Tim Dokken Treasurer: Liz Stevens Lois Dokken Steve Becker Lori Mabus Jim Edmondson Elaine Guth Clay McConnell David Foster Rob Hunter Ryan Ramsey Bettie McElroy Harriet Neldon Jody Ransom Deacons/*Denotes Stephen Leader Diane Alden Andrew Borene Banafshe Aghvami Emily Foster (Moderator) Verna Chenault (Secretary) Carolyn Fisk Janet Kohlenberger Sharon Gamble Libby McConnell Dong Lee Janie Waldrop Sally McKeown Rick Neldon Pat Matheson* Wendy Maiwurm* Karen Siple* HEARING ASSISTANCE devices are available from the ushers or the audio/video console at the rear of the sanctuary. PILLOWS are available in the coat room, just outside the narthex, to help make the pew more comfortable during worship. Feel free to borrow a pillow and return it after worship. MISS A WORSHIP SERVICE? Sermons are posted every week on our website, DVD recordings of worship services are also archived in the Library. Feel free to check them out any time. INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT LEWINSVILLE CHURCH? Visit the web page or call the church office. NOTES FOR WORSHIP: GG Glory to God The Presbyterian Hymnal Renew! - Renew! Hymnal (grey) OT - Pew Bible Old Testament NT - Pew Bible New Testament 2

3 T HE LEWINSVILLE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH S ERVICE FOR THE L ORD S DAY December 2, 2018, 8:30 a.m. * If you are able, please stand Latecomers seated THE GATHERING WELCOME * SONG Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus GG 82 CONFESSION SILENCE ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS Friends, hear and believe the good news that comes from God. In Jesus Christ we are forgiven! * RESPONSE While We Are waiting, Come GG 92, VS. 1 While we are waiting, come; while we are waiting, come. Jesus, our Lord, Emmanuel, while we are waiting, come. THE WORD LIGHTING THE ADVENT CANDLE Prophets Isaiah 9:2,6 Reader: We first remember the prophets of old, who dared to speak of a child to come, who promised the coming of a Savior. The candle of prophecy reminds us of the faithfulness of God s promises, so that we can live in hope. People: We also give thanks for the prophets among us today, who bring us surprising visions of hope, who challenge us to think in new ways, and who show us a future that we would not otherwise have anticipated. Reader: On this first Sunday of Advent, we light this candle as a symbol of the prophets who renew our faith and remind us of what may be. People: Come, Lord Jesus! PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION SCRIPTURE Jeremiah 33:15-16 O.T. p. 738 Luke 21:25-36 N.T. p. 85 3

4 The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God! SERMON The Day is Surely Coming Rev. Scott Ramsey * AFFIRMATION OF FAITH Apostles Creed GG p. 35 PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE 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 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. OFFERING Wachet Auf, Ruft Uns Die Stimme J.S Bach/ Arr. Ferruccio Busoni * RESPONSE Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow GG 606 THE SACRAMENT OF THE LORD S SUPPER All who profess faith in Jesus Christ are invited to the table. The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. Prayer continues Communion will be served using intinction. Gluten-free crackers are available. MUSIC DURING COMMUNION Sleepers, Wake! A Voice Astounds Us GG 349 PRAYER AFTER THE SUPPER THE SENDING * SONG Savior of the Nations, Come GG 102 * THE PEACE The peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you. And also with you. 4

5 T HE LEWINSVILLE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH S ERVICE FOR THE L ORD S DAY December 2, 2018, 11:00 a.m. * If you are able, please stand Latecomers seated G ATHERING WELCOME PRELUDE E en so, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come Paul Manz * CALL TO WORSHIP Watch! Wait! The day of God is at hand! Like the bud on a tree, God s possibilities may burst forth at any moment! Stay awake! The reign of God is very near. We are here, watching and waiting with expectant hope. May God bring justice to all people this very day. Let us worship God! * HYMN Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus GG 82 CALL TO CONFESSION HYFRYDOL PRAYER OF CONFESSION Silence. We confess, O God of Advent Hope, that our sense of anticipation has been dulled. We have ceased to expect any new wonders from your hand. We do not notice your marvels around us, in the people and events that we view as commonplace or mundane. We are not sensitive to your presence or your action on our behalf. Wake us up, God, lest we sleepwalk through our lives. Forgive us, redeem us, and send your light upon us, so that it may shine through us into your broken world. In Jesus name, we pray. Amen. 5

6 CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE While We Are Waiting, Come GG 92, VS. 1 While we are waiting, come; while we are waiting, come. Jesus, our Lord, Emmanuel, while we are waiting, come. ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS Friends, hear and believe the good news that comes from God. In Jesus Christ we are forgiven! * THE PEACE The peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you. And also with you. Greet those around you, saying Peace be with you or The Peace of Christ If you prefer not to shake hands in greeting while passing the Peace of Christ, you may choose to make eye contact and greet others in another personal way. THE WORD T HE W ORD LIGHTING THE ADVENT CANDLE Prophets Isaiah 9:2,6 Reader: We first remember the prophets of old, who dared to speak of a child to come, who promised the coming of a Savior. The candle of prophecy reminds us of the faithfulness of God s promises, so that we can live in hope. People: We also give thanks for the prophets among us today, who bring us surprising visions of hope, who challenge us to think in new ways, and who show us a future that we would not otherwise have anticipated. Reader: On this first Sunday of Advent, we light this candle as a symbol of the prophets who renew our faith and remind us of what may be. People: Come, Lord Jesus! CHILDREN S MEDITATION There are no sermon stories today. Sermon stories will resume December 9. PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION 6

7 SCRIPTURE Jeremiah 33:15-16 O.T. p. 738 Luke 21:25-36 N.T. p. 85 The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God! SERMON The Day is Surely Coming Rev. Scott Ramsey T HANKSGIVING THE SHARING OF OUR LIVES THROUGH OUR GIFTS OFFERTORY Thee We Adore ADORO TE DEVOTE Arr. M. R. Tucker * PRESENTATION OF OUR TITHES AND GIFTS * CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow GG 606 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. THE INVITATION SACRAMENT OF THE LORD S SUPPER All who profess faith in Jesus Christ are invited to the table. THE GREAT THANKSGIVING The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. (Prayer is offered.) and with all the faithful of every time and place, who forever sing to the glory of your name: 7

8 RESPONSE Holy is the Lord Renew! 203 Holy, holy, holy, holy is the Lord. Holy, holy, holy, holy is the Lord. Holy is the Father, Holy is the Son, Holy is the Spirit: blessed Three in One. Prayer continues. 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 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. THE BREAKING OF BREAD AND THE POURING OF THE CUP The gifts of God for the people of God. Alleluia! Amen. RESPONSE O Christ, the Lamb of God Renew! 216 O Christ, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, have mercy on us. O Christ, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, have mercy on us. O Christ, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, grant us your peace. During the Lord s Supper, you are invited to serve the bread and wine to one another in the pews. You can use the words, The Body of Christ or The Bread of Life for the bread and The Blood of Christ or The Cup of the New Covenant for the wine, or another appropriate greeting. The elements being served during our communion service include wine in the outer ring and grape juice in the inner rings. Gluten-free crackers are available. Please let the server know of your need for gluten free. MUSIC DURING COMMUNION O Taste and See M.R. Tucker Eat This Bread, Drink this Cup M. R. Tucker 8

9 * PRAYER AFTER THE SUPPER Eternal God, you taught us that the night is far spent and the day is at hand. Keep us awake and alert, watching for your Kingdom, and make us strong in faith, so that when Christ comes in glory to judge the earth, we may joyfully give him praise. In Christ s name we pray. Amen. S ENDING * HYMN Savior of the Nations, Come GG 102 NUN KOMM, DER HEIDEN HEILAND * CHARGE AND BENEDICTION * DISMISSAL Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Thanks be to God! POSTLUDE O Come, O Come, Emmanuel VENI EMMANUEL/arr. P. Thompson (You are invited to remain seated for the postlude. If you wish to leave, please do so quietly.) The pastor will be in the narthex to greet you following worship. 9

10 A NNOUNCEMENTS FOR THE W EEK OF D ECEMBER 2, 2018 ***WITHIN OUR PRAYERS*** The flowers in the Sanctuary this morning are given to the glory of God in loving memory of Lorraine s parents, David and Zakia Sayer, her brothers Alex and David, and her sister Marlene by Fauzy and Lorraine Ghareeb. Our loving sympathy and prayers are extended to John Baxley and family on the death of his father, Henry Baxley, who died in Marshall, VA on November 26. A funeral service is being held today. Help carry one another s burden, and in this way you will obey the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2 ALL NAMES ON THE PRAYER LIST HAVE BEEN REMOVED FOR PRIVACY REASONS. THE PRINTED ANNOUNCEMENTS INCLUDED IN THE BULLETIN ON SUNDAY MORNINGS CONTAINS THE COMPLETE LIST. The weekly prayer list includes those members and friends of the church family who are in a short-term temporarily serious or critical situation. Please remember in your prayers all those listed. Names placed on the weekly list will be removed after six weeks unless the church office is requested otherwise. We need your help to keep our prayer lists accurate and current. Please refer to the website, for further information on activities. SHARE MONTHLY FOOD CONTRIBUTIONS Remember to bring your canned and dry food donations to the Narthex TODAY. We deliver the contributions to SHARE. SHARE serves people in our area and there is a great need for non-perishable foods. Please no open or out-of-date products. DEACONS FUND - Following worship TODAY, the Deacons will receive contributions for the Deacons Fund in the Narthex as you leave the Sanctuary. The Deacons Fund is used to provide short-term assistance to those in our community who have emergency needs. EXTENDED SERVING OF THE COMMUNION OF THE CHURCH - TODAY our Elders and Deacons will bring communion to those who are unable to be with us in worship. This is an extension of the blessing and fellowship of the Lord s Table. If you know of someone who would like to receive communion, contact Pastor Stephany or speak with a member of the Extended Serving of Communion Task Force: Connie Church, Lois Dokken, Claire Grossi, Doug McGuire, Mary Ann Philipp, Betty Yurkewitch. 10

11 TAIZÉ CONTEMPLATIVE WORSHIP TONIGHTat 7:00pm in the Chapel - We will worship with prayers, singing and silence. An excellent way to begin the week. THE BEAUTIFUL 12-FOOT FRASER FIR TREE in the Narthex was generously donated by Sexton Christmas Trees. We hope you will thank them personally, if you are purchasing a tree from them in the Great Falls Village Center behind the Post Office. For their hours of operation and contact information: 11

12 THE NEWSLETTER DEADLINE - is December 9 for the January newsletter. Please plan to get your material to Sandy Albrecht, by Monday, December 10, so it can be included in the newsletter. ALTERNATIVE GIFTS OPPORTUNITY- As we celebrate the birth of God s greatest gift to us, the Mission and Service Ministry Group invites you to participate in the annual Alternative Gifts program. This is an opportunity to give a gift that honors someone and, at the same time, supports one or more LPC mission projects. Look for additional information at the Alternative Gifts table in St. Andrews Hall after each Sunday worship service during Advent. An Alternative Gift is a wonderful and easy way to honor loved ones, friends, teachers, neighbors, service providers, and others on your Christmas gift list and simultaneously provide a tax-deductible gift to support one or more Lewinsville mission projects. Make a list of the people you wish to honor in this meaningful way, identify the organization(s) you wish to support with your charitable contribution, obtain one of the beautiful Alternative Gift cards for each person you are honoring, and write one check (payable to Lewinsville Presbyterian Church) for your selections. 12

13 The Mission and Service Ministry Group is highlighting the following organizations for your special support: Friends of the Lewinsville (meal subsidy program), Homestretch, United Orphanage and Academy (Moi s Bridge, Kenya), Falls Church Homeless Shelter, Second Story, and S.H.A.R.E. You may also support any of the other organizations/projects listed in the LPC Mission Handbook. To learn more about these organizations and reference the Mission Handbook, visit the Alternative Gifts table in St. Andrews Hall each Sunday during Advent. SAVE THE DATE, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9 Bring your checkbooks, credit cards, and cash to church on Sunday, December 9, because our annual Fair Trade Sale is that day, between worship services and after the second service. This year, after a hiatus of several years, Ten Thousand Villages will again be our vendor. This is an all-fair-trade store in Alexandria with beautiful, affordable products crafted by artisans from around the world. Come prepared to shop for stocking stuffers, even larger Chritmas gifts or treats for yourself! The sale each year is sponsored by the Mission and Service Ministry Group. SINGLE SENIORS - are warmly invited to our next monthly fellowship lunch in the Chapel Friday, December 14 at 11:30 am. Our program will focus on Christmas music, including singing carols led by our Director of Music John Nothaft, with help from one of our own, Jim Scopeletis. Bring $5 for a simple lunch. For further information and to RSVP, contact Lois Dokken / ) or Wendy Maiwurm / ). PARENT S DAY OUT IS BACK! - On December 15 from 9am-12pm, the LPC Youth Ministry is sponsoring Parent s Day Out, an intergenerational event where children from the community can spend time with LPC youth while their parents prepare for the holidays. We will spend time watching Christmas movies, making crafts, decorating Christmas cookies, and playing games. If you know a child or parent interested in attending this event, they can sign up on the Church website or contact Rev. Annamarie Groenenboom. We can t wait for this merry event! FAIRFAX INTERFAITH COALITION FOR HABITAT - The next workday for the Fairfax Inter-faith Coalition for Habitat (FICH) with Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia will be Saturday, December 15, 8:45-3:00. We will be rehabbing an existing single family home in the Alexandria portion of Fairfax County. Volunteers supply their own lunch and Habitat supplies water and tools. To join volunteers from other local congregations contact Mary Frase, the Lewinsville representative to FICH, at or (703) THE ANNUAL BAKE SALE - will take place Sunday, December 23 between the worship services (and continuing after the 11:00 service if goodies are still are available). This is a great opportunity to pick up a last minute Christmas gift or something to have on hand for unexpected 13

14 holiday visitors! All proceeds will benefit the Winter/Summer Mission Project Fund. Thank you for your generosity. SERVICE & PARTNERSHIP IN PUERTO RICO! Come and join the National Capital Presbytery s Disaster Relief Assistance Network s adult volunteer rebuild tripi and partnership with Presbyterian churches and their communities in Puerto Rico. Who: Adults (18 years and older). What: Volunteer work trip to rebuild and build partnerships. Where: La Posada de Ángeles; Añasco, Puerto Rico. When: Monday, Dec. 31, 2018 Wed. Jan. 9, 2019 (dates flexible on the back end of trip) Cost: $ (Room/Board, Meals and Rental Van costs) This does not Include Airfare. 14

15 CHRISTMAS DECORATION FUND You may contribute to our Christmas Decoration Fund this year by filling out the form below and returning it to the church office or by depositing it in the offering plate. All who have given in memory of loved ones will be listed in our Christmas Eve bulletins. Any money remaining will be used for our Flower Fund throughout the year. The Flower Committee will purchase only enough flowers and greens to decorate the Sanctuary and not for each contributor. We suggest that your contribution be $60. Checks should be made payable to Lewinsville Presbyterian Church and annotated Christmas Decoration Fund. Forms and checks must be returned no later than Sunday, December 16. NAME PHONE IN MEMORY OF (Please print or type) 15

16 CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 2, 2018 SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2 8:30am Service of Worship Sanctuary Rev. Scott Ramsey preaching 9:45am Church School/Adult Education The Journey: Led by Dan Thomas - Library Reclaiming Jesus: A Confession of Faith in a Time of Crisis Led by Scott Ramsey, Linton Brooks, David Morrison, and Cathy Saunders Church School/Youth High School/Middle School Sunday school Youth Center Church School Bible in a Box (ages 2 and 3) Angel Breakfast, Fellowship Hall Godly Play (ages 4 and 5) Angel Breakfast, Fellowship Hall Workshop Rotation (grades 1-6) (Lower Level room 1) 11:00am Service of Worship Sanctuary Rev. Scott Ramsey preaching 12:15pm Confirmation Lunch Chapel 12:15pm Foundation meeting - Library 4:00pm Chancel/ Westminster/Genesis Choir Amahl rehearsals Fellowship Hall/Music room/room 25A 6:15pm Youth Fellowship Youth Center 6:15pm Jubilate Ringers dinner 7:00pm Jubilate Ringers rehearsal music room 7:00pm Taizé Service of Worship - Chapel MONDAY, DECEMBER 3 9:00am Senior Exercise Group Fellowship Hall 10:00am Prayer Shawl Ministry - Chapel 7:00pm Stephen Ministry training room 104 TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4 1:30pm Program Staff meeting Library 7:00pm Finance Committee meeting Staff Conference Room 7:30pm Deacons meeting - Chapel WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5 11:30am Bible Study Chapel 16

17 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6 9:00am Senior Exercise Clas Fellowship Hall 10:00am Interim Clergy Group meeting Chapel 12:30pm Committee on Ministry Congregational Transitions Commission Chapel 7:30pm Chancel Choir rehearsal Music Room FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7 5:00pm Amahl rehearsal SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8 7:30am Men s Square Bethany Room 12:00pm Amahl rehearsal (Chancel Choir) Sanctuary 1:00pm Amahl rehearsal (orchestra) Sanctuary Amahl rehearsal (All choirs) Sanctuary SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9 8:30am 9:45am 11:00am 6:00pm Service of Worship Sanctuary Rev. Scott Ramsey preaching Church School/Adult Education The Journey: Led by Dan Thomas - Library Reclaiming Jesus: A Confession of Faith in a Time of Crisis Led by Scott Ramsey, Linton Brooks, David Morrison, and Cathy Saunders Church School/Youth High School/Middle School Sunday school Youth Center Church School Bible in a Box (ages 2 and 3) (Lower Level room 8)/Joyful Noise (lower level room 6)/ Godly Play (ages 4 and 5) (lower level room 2)/Workshop Rotation (grades 1-6) (Lower Level room 1) Service of Worship Sanctuary Rev. Scott Ramsey preaching Amahl and the Night Visitors - Sanctuary 17

18 MINISTERS PASTOR STATED SUPPLY PASTOR DIRECTOR OF MUSIC MINISTRIES DIRECTOR OF HANDBELLS ASSISTANT MUSICIAN DIRECTOR OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION STATED SUPPLY PASTOR FOR CHRISTIAN FORMATION The Entire Congregation of Lewinsville Church The Reverend Scott Ramsey The Reverend Stephany Crosby John Nothaft Laura Hinton Laura Marchisotto Allison Lineberger The Reverend Annamarie Groenenboom ACTIVE IN TODAY S SERVICE: MUSIC MINISTRY 8:30 Laura Marchisotto 11:00 Chancel Choir; Alleluia Ringers LAY READERS 8:30 Carol Kaffenberger 11:00 Sally McKeown GREETERS 11:00 John and Ruth Thomas DUTY ELDER DUTY DEACON Jim Edmondson Verna Chenault CLERK OF SESSION TREASURER Tim Dokken Liz Stevens MISSION CO-WORKERS Brian and Helen Chapaitis, Papua New Guinea Andrew and Ellen Collins, Thailand Frank and Nancy Dimmock, Louisville, KY CHURCH STAFF CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR FINANCIAL MANAGER CHURCH OFFICE MANAGER FACILITIES MANAGER PASTOR EMERITUS PARISH ASSOCIATE Bob Clark Jeanne Melone Sandy Albrecht Steven Kirkland The Reverend Gary G. Pinder The Reverend Dr. Susan Kendall LEWINSVILLE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 1724 Chain Bridge Road ~ McLean, Virginia ~~ FAX ~~ INFO LINE Donate now or text