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Sunday, November 30, 2014 Worship
First Sunday of Advent

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Prelude O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright Various
Gathering Songs Let's Worship and Adore Him # 247
Emmanuel # 243
Opening Hymn Of the Father's Love Begotten # 240
Children's Choir Anthem Shine, Jesus, Shine Kendrick
Offertory O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright Cherwien
Special Music Dan MacDonald, Violin
Scripture Reading

15Then he uttered his oracle:

“The oracle of Balaam son of Beor,

the oracle of one whose eye sees clearly,

16the oracle of one who hears the words of God,

who has knowledge from the Most High,

who sees a vision from the Almighty,

who falls prostrate, and whose eyes are opened:

17“I see him, but not now;

I behold him, but not near.

A star will come out of Jacob;

a scepter will rise out of Israel.


1After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”

3When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ£ was to be born. 5“In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:

6“‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,

are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;

for out of you will come a ruler

who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.’”

7Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”

9After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.

Numbers 24:15-17b
Matthew 2:1-10
Sermon Star Vision Numbers 24:17ab
Closing Hymn O Come, O Come, Emmanuel # 245
Postlude O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright Wold

Hymnals: The Celebration Hymnal, unless otherwise noted as: SF=Sing the Faith; HLC=Hymns for the Living Church; HFG=Hymns for the Family of God

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