November 27, 2022: Advent-ure #1 – Get Ready!

First Sunday of Advent


Scripture: Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122; Romans 13:11-14

  • “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence,” traditional French carol, adapted by Mark Hayes and Marvin Gaspard; Pauline Olsen, organ; Donna Grubbs, piano
  • Advent Processional, “Come, O Rose,” by Daniel Greig; Trinity Singers
  • Candle Lighting, Responsive Litany: Hazel Blake and Audrey Gift
  • “Christ, Be Our Light,” by Bernadette Farrell; Trinity Singers
  • Hymn 211: “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” from Latin
  • Hymn 206: “I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light,” by Kathleen Thomerson
  • Special Music: “Is Your Heart Prepared for a King,” by Robert Lau; Trinity Singers
  • Readings from Scripture: Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122; Romans 13:11-14; Becky Morgan
  • Reading from Gospel: Matthew 24:36-44
  • Sermon: “Advent-ure #1 – Get Ready!” Deacon Kathleen Charters
  • Hymn 720: “Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying,” by Catherine Winkworth
  • Benediction Song 204: “Emmanuel, Emmanuel,” by Bob McGee
  • “Trumpet Tune,” by Michael A. Johnson; Pauline Olsen, organ

Advent-ure #1 Get Ready

Sermon Outline, November 27, 2022

Key Scriptures

Many peoples shall come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. (Isaiah 2:3)

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD!”. (Psalm 122:1)

Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; (Romans 13:11)

Therefore, you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour. (Matthew 24:44)

I. The Future House of God

In Isaiah, God promises the ______________ of the Lord will come from Jerusalem.

The Lord will ________ us his ways, that we may ________ in his path.”

II. Song of Praise and Prayer for Jerusalem

Emotion expressed in Psalm 122: ______________

III. An Urgent Appeal

God is coming to dwell among us, so we need to ____________________________

IV. The Necessity for Watchfulness

What is the day or the hour of the coming of the Son of Man? ____________________________

V. Is Advent about preparing for baby Jesus or about preparing for our savior?

A new order, the ______________ of God, has drawn near in Jesus.

VI. Practicing Advent

In All the Good: A Wesleyan Way of Christmas, John Wesley gives examples of practicing the means of grace as a way of cultivating lives of holiness, remembering and participating in God’s love and grace.

We do this individually and in community, through works of piety and works of mercy. Give an example of each:

Individual work of piety: ________________________________________________________

Individual work of mercy: ________________________________________________________

Communal work of piety: ________________________________________________________

Communal work of mercy: ________________________________________________________