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1st Sunday in Advent

NOVEMBER 28, 2021 | 8:30 & 11:00

Each bulletin during Advent will feature a unique creche, created or owned by members, or gifted to the church. From Jim and Flora Speed: Hand-carved olive wood, brought back from the Holy Land, a trip which was a special gift from a member of our congregation soon after Dr. Speed became our pastor, in the late 70s. The creche was specifically from Hebron and gifted to our church by the Speeds.


Blue is the color that marks the season of Advent at First Presbyterian Church. Communion Sundays are always marked with white, but those Sundays leading up to Christmas when communion is not celebrated, notice the blue of the communion table, pulpit, and pastors’ stoles. While the world mostly celebrates this season with busyness and shopping, during Advent the Church anticipates the newness and renewal that comes to us in the birth of Jesus. In the words of Old Testament Scholar Dr. Walter Brueggemann, “The whole tenor of Advent is that God may act in us, through us, beyond us, more than we imagined, because newness is on its way among us.”


This church welcomes you no matter who you are or from where you come. We are Christ’s people, and this is Christ’s place with its doors open wide. If you are passing through, Godspeed; if you are looking for a home, stay here; if you need instruction, we can learn together. We invite you to return often.


The Angel Gabriel Came | Mockelbust

*LIGHTING THE CANDLE OF HOPE Hear God’s promise of hope from Jeremiah 33:14-16: “The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: ‘The LORD is our righteousness.’” We light this candle as a symbol of the hope we have in the promise of the Lord’s coming. For the Lord will fulfill his promise. The days are surely coming, When justice and righteousness will fill the land and all will live in peace and safety. Into the shadow of our despair, The light is coming, and he will cast out every shadow. Let us pray: Faithful God, out of death you bring life. Renew us in hope, that we may be alert to the To the signs of Christ’s advent among us. God of promise, God of hope, into our darkness come. Note: Leaders: regular font | People: bold font | *Those who are able, please stand.


O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

PRAYER OF CONFESSION We sing: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, But we are not ready for your coming. We live in sin, as though there were no justice. We live in fear, as though there were no grace. We are slow to change, as though you were not showing us another way. Forgive us, Lord. Show us justice. Reveal your grace. Lead us in your truth and teach us your paths, For you are the God of our salvation. ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS The Lord is our righteousness. In Christ, we are forgiven. *RESPONSE TO THE ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS Gloria in excelsis Deo; Gloria in excelsis Deo! *GREETING ONE ANOTHER WITH THE PEACE OF CHRIST The peace of Christ be with you. | And also with you. 11:00am


11:00am THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM Alannah Christina Grant, daughter of Clyde & Adrean Grant MUSICAL OFFERING

Still, Still, Still | Mockelbust


Creator of the Stars of Night

CHANCEL FLOWERS The flowers today, November 28th, are given to the glory of God by Beverly Kelly, and in thanks for our ministers and staff for their dedication during the past 18 months, and the faithful giving of the congregation.

THE 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. CHORAL RESPONSE

Keep Your Lamps | Thomas

GOD SPEAKS TO HIS PEOPLE PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION SCRIPTURE READINGS (NRSV) Psalm 25:1-10 Jeremiah 33:14-16 The Word of the Lord | Thanks be to God! SERMON

Hope | Rev. Joe Evans

WE RESPOND TO GOD *AFFIRMATION OF FAITH The Apostle’s Creed I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead and buried; he descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy catholic church, The communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, The resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. If you would like to give online go to, or scan the QR code.


Now Thank We All Our God | Smith

*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, amen. *PRAYER OF DEDICATION


Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus


Wachtet Auf | Bach Worship Leaders

Rev. Joe Evans, Senior Pastor Rev. Cassie Waits, Associate Pastor | Rev. Dr. Paul Sherwood, Parish Associate Rev. Michael Sanchez, Director of Youth | Louise Pardue, Beadle 8:30am Candle Lighters: Paul & Janice Phillips | 11:00am Candle Lighters: The Brogan Family Natalie Foster, Director of Children’s Ministry | Dr. Jeffrey Meeks, Director of Music & Fine Arts Chohee Kim, Organist | The Chancel Choir | Julie Galt, Bells | Joel Schroter, Percussion

Next Sunday, December 5

Worship: 8:30am in the Sanctuary | 11:00am in the Great Hall Children & Youth Sunday School 9:45-10:45am 3yr Preschool - 1st Grade (Room 113) | Grades 2-5 (Track 25) | Grades 6-12 (Room 213) Adult Sunday School 9:45-10:45am 30s-50s Gathering (Room 053) Faith Builders (Room 057) Explorers (Room 049) Journey (4-6pm) and High School Youth (6-8pm) Visit




Sunday, December 12 | 4:00-6:00pm A tableau of the manger scene with live animals to pet, including a camel! Join us for hot chocolate, snacks, and games!


Sunday, December 19 | 9:45-10:45am | Great Hall with Dr. Brennan Breed


Thursday, December 23 | 7:00pm | Sanctuary A more subdued and reflective worship service, especially for those who struggle during the holidays.


Friday, December 24 12:00pm Communion Service 4:00pm Family Service Children ages PreK 4-Grade 5 take part in telling of the Christmas story (no rehearsal needed). Baby gift items will be collected for the Georgia Division of Family and Children’s Services 7:00pm Candlelight Service A nursery is provided only at the 7pm Service.

11:00pm Candlelight/Communion Service


Poinsettias will decorate the church this season. Consider donating one or more in memory of a loved one or to honor a special person at Christmastime. Those who have donated may pick up a poinsettia after Christmas. Forms are available online at or in the Gathering Space.

AVAILABLE THROUGH ADVENT Advent Family Devotionals Family Advent To-Go Kits are available in the Gathering Space. They include weekly devotionals, an advent calendar, crafts and supplies, and hot chocolate. Please pick up a kit for your family or loved ones. One per family please. A Different Kind of Christmas Gift options for New American Pathways and DFACS Secret Santa for Foster/Adoptive Children. Purchase directly from their wish lists on Amazon. Go to

Children in Worship The nursery is available for infants through 4-yr-olds at any time during the service. Children’s Worship Folders are located at the rear of the Sanctuary and Great Hall. Following the Children’s Time during the 11:00 service, children in 4yr Pre-K through 1st grade may go to Children’s Church. On Communion Sundays, children remain in Worship with their families. Join us New members are received each month in worship. If you are interested in joining, please contact Matt Burnham at Thornwell Special Offering Thornwell Emphasis Month represents a long-standing tradition of faithful friends who so generously advocate for Thornwell and bring awareness to the needs that exist within our communities. The need is great, but together we are transforming communities one family at a time. Envelopes can be found at the Front Desk or you can give online at 2022 Commitment Sunday, November 14, was not only a celebration of the Scottish roots of the Presbyterian Church, it was also Commitment Sunday. Many thanks to all of you who you have turned in your pledge card estimating your financial giving for 2022! If you’ve not done so already, please go to commitment-card/ WEEKLY AT FPC Journey Sundays | 4-6pm | Children Grades PreK 4s-5 | Youth Grades 6-8 Journey is a comprehensive program with a goal to foster spiritual formation for whole family. Children and youth grades (PreK 4s-8) will participate in mission, music enrichment, fellowship, and worship. Parents will join in men’s and women’s group studies led by the pastors. Learn more at upcoming-events FPC Youth (Grades 6-12) Middle School Youth 4-6pm | High School Youth 6-8pm Email FPC Food Bank Volunteers are needed for the Food Bank each Monday. Donations of diapers, pull ups, and feminine products are welcome. Volunteer at Thursday Bible Study Thursdays | 12-1pm | Lunch $5/plate Contact for more information. FPC Note Cards Brighten someone’s day with a hand-written notecard featuring a photo of FPC! Beginning this Sunday, Presbyterian Women (PW) is selling notecards for $10/10 pack. Pick yours up in the Gathering Space and support the work of PW!

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES Presbyterian Women 2nd Monday of every month (September - May) | 10am | Holland Hall Monthly Bible studies and regular missions and fellowship. Presbyterian Women seeks to build inclusive, caring community of women that strengthens the church and witnesses to the promise of God’s kingdom. Contact Writers Support Group (WSG) Want to write? We can help. Already experienced? You can help! Contact Chick Freund at 770-880-8766 or Dinner/Wine Groups If you are interested in learning more about joining a wine tasting group, please contact Bob Sloop at 770-335-1356 or For information on dinner groups, reach out to Chick Freund at 770-880-8766 or Club 3:30 Snacks Club 3:30 provides snacks for 24 children each afternoon after school. Donations of individually-wrapped snacks are appreciated and can be left at the Front Desk marked “Club 3:30.” Thank you for supporting Club 3:30! Volunteers Club 3:30 is an afterschool program for kids from a local elementary school. We need volunteers to provide a nurturing environment for these kids while helping them with homework. Contact Alesia Jones at Wednesday meals Because Wednesday Night Supper has not resumed, the Mission Council and Club 3:30 would like to invite members of the congregation to assist in a meal for the 24 students enrolled in Club 3:30 on Wednesday afternoons at 5pm. Sign up at My Handy Friend The purpose of this ministry is to provide a service to our members with limited ability such as age, physical, or economic ability, who need some assistance. If you are in need of assistance or would like to volunteer your time and skills, please fill out the form at and someone will be in touch with you. Questions? Contact Paul Sherwood at 770-427-0293 or Ken Miner at 315-263-0827.


FPC Marietta

FPC Marietta

189 Church Street | Marietta, Georgia 30060 | 770-427-0293 |

Children’s Worship Leaflets—Hope

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Congregational Guide


See Hope

God of hope, open our eyes that we may see the surprises of hope all around us. Help us to wonder each day where we have seen you, and give thanks. Amen.

WAYS TO PR AC TICE SEEING HOPE AT HOME Signs of hope can be seen if we pay attention. Make an anagram of the word HOPE. Write each letter down the side of a piece of paper in large bubble or outline letters, then write words or phrases that begin with each letter that can remind you of hope in God. Color the letters and decorate the page as you choose. Hang the picture somewhere you will see hope each day. See hope in acts of kindness that others do for you and you can do for others. Wonder together how one act of kindness creates a ripple effect to others. Do an internet image search for “random acts of kindness kids” or “random acts of kindness kids Christmas.” Choose an image or two and make a poster of actions you would like to take so that others may see hope. Hope is often seen in the planting of seeds. Wonder together why seeds are a symbol of hope. Go to /FMSeedIdeas for ten creative ways to start seeds. Plant some seeds and see what happens! Advent is a time of waiting, expectation, and hope as we prepare for the coming of Jesus. Look around your home, church, and neighborhood for signs of hope during the Advent season. This might be banners, Advent wreaths, Advent calendars, and so forth. Talk together about how waiting and hope go hand in hand.



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Congregational Guide

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Follow Me—Hope

Based on Luke 1:26–57 Hello, my name is Abe. I am a donkey, but not just any donkey. I am Mary’s donkey. “Who is Mary?” you ask. She is one of my most favorite people in the whole world. She is often the one who brushes me, and sometimes she brings a treat of something to eat. Sometimes she puts a rope around my neck and a pack on my back and we go traveling. I wanted to tell you the most amazing story that has ever happened to me. One day, Mary was brushing me when suddenly a very bright light appeared. There seemed to be someone standing in this light who spoke to Mary, saying, “Greetings, favored one, the Lord is with you.” I’m sure Mary was just as surprised as I was. Nothing like this had ever happened to either of us! The person in the light must have seen that Mary was afraid, as was I. They said, “Don’t be afraid, you are going to have a baby from God.” (OK, they were talking to Mary, not to me!) They continued, “You will name the baby Jesus. He will be great and be called the Son of God. He will rule over the people like David, the king, except Jesus’ kingdom will never end.” (Now I’m thinking this person is an angel, a messenger sent from God.) Mary was confused, as well she should be, because she wasn’t even married yet, even though she was engaged to Joseph. She asked the angel just how this was supposed to happen, and the angel told her that nothing was impossible with God! The angel said that her cousin, Elizabeth, was also going to have a baby, and Mary should go spend time with her. Then the angel went away. Mary went into the house and packed a bag. She got the rope down from where it was hanging, tied it around my neck, and we went to Elizabeth’s house. Elizabeth saw Mary and made a funny little happy sound. She said that it felt like her baby did a somersault in her tummy as Mary approached. Elizabeth said, “Blessed are you, Mary, and blessed is the baby you will have.” Mary was so happy that she sang a song of praise to God and about the baby she would be caring for. I remember this song because she sang of all the hope God would bring into the world through this baby Jesus.