Liturgy for Worship

First Sunday of Advent


REMINDER: For the health and safety of all participants, it is imperative that you stay in your car. Thank you for doing your part to keep all of us safe.


Music and Gathering


Welcome and Announcements


L: We begin in the name of the + Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

A: Amen.


L: Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

A: Amen


L: Let us confess our sins in the presence of God and one another.


Silence for reflection


L: Most merciful God,

A: We confess that we are in bondage to sin, and cannot free ourselves. 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; we have not loved our neighbor as ourselves. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Holy name.


L: In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for us, and for his sake God forgives us all our sins. As a called and ordained minister of the church of Christ, and by his authority, I therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

A: Amen.

L: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

A: And also with you.


L: We join our hearts in prayer. Lord Christ,

A: stir up your power and come. By your merciful protection awaken us to the threatening dangers of our sins, and keep us blameless until the coming of your new day, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


Lighting the Advent Wreath

Children’s Message


FIRST READING – 1 Corinthians 1:3-9

3Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

  4I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, 5for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind—6just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you—7so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. 8He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

L: The word of the Lord

A: Thanks be to God.


GOSPEL READING – Mark 13:24-37

L: The Holy Gospel, according to Matthew.

A: Glory to you, O Lord.

[Jesus said:] 24“In those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, 25and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 26Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with great power and glory. 27Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.

  28“From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. 29So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 30Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. 31Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

  32“But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. 34It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. 35Therefore, keep awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, 36or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. 37And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.”

L: The Gospel of our Lord.

A: Praise to you, O Christ.


SERMON Pastor James



I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again;

he ascended into heaven,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen.





With the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, let us pray for the church, those in need, and all of God’s creation.

After each petition:

L: Lord, in your mercy,

A: Hear our prayer.

L: Into your hands, gracious God, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy; through Jesus Christ, our Savior.

A: Amen.



L:The Lord be with you.

A: And also with you.

L: Lift up your hearts.

A: We lift them to the Lord

L: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

A: It is right to give our thanks and praise.


L: It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God, through our Savior Jesus Christ. Fulfilling the promise of the resurrection, you pour out the fire of your Spirit, uniting in one body people of every nation and tongue. And so, with Mary Magdalene and Peter and all the witnesses of the resurrection, with earth and sea and all their creatures, and with angels and archangels, cherubim and seraphim, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:


L: In the night in which he was betrayed,

our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;

broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:

Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.

Do this for the remembrance of me.

Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks,

and gave it for all to drink, saying:

This cup is the new covenant in my blood,

shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.

Do this for the remembrance of me.



L: Gathered into one by the Holy Spirit, let us pray as Jesus taught us.

A: 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 trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass 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 and ever. Amen.


L: The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord’s face shine on you with grace and mercy.

The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace.

A: Amen.


L: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

A: Thanks be to God!



Thanks for being with us today! We hope you are staying safe and well.



Ministry ideas that connect us with each other and our community

  1. Drive-in movie
  2. Driveway delivery of a gift/goodies as a “thinking of you”
  3. Manna house food drive
  4. Invite-a-friend Sunday
  5. Birthday parade group – celebrate birthdays for all members above/below a certain age
  6. Blessing of the healthcare workers (special service? Sunday morning?)
  7. Collecting books for literacy council
  8. Make Summer Memorial mugs or shirts for people
  9. Visits blitz – quick, socially distanced, and masked driveway visits to every member
  10. Prayer partners
  11. Mentorship program for confirmation students
  12. Families adopt a senior or shut-in
  13. Secret buddies for youth
  14. Flamingo people’s yards for a charity
  15. Socktober – collect HUGS for people in need (Hats, underwear, gloves, socks)
  16. Car parade for shut-ins and people who live alone
  17. Collect, compile, and share favorite memories of Summer Memorial
  18. Interview our golden-age members, collecting stories, favorite hymns bible verses, etc.
  19. Sponsor/adopt a school classroom at Newberry Elementary or Boundary Elementary
  20. Deliver devotional booklets
  21. Make signs to post along road outside of church
  22. Random act of kindness bingo (for youth to play, get them to post pictures on social media and turn in their cards for a prize)
  23. Mask-making group to give masks away to people
  24. Surprise small businesses or first responders with coffee or gift courtesy of Summer Memorial
  25. Technology teaching – helping people use Facetime, Zoom, or other technology so they can connect with family
  26. Make Summer Memorial postcards and send out with hand-written notes.
  27. Scavenger hunt – tasks to complete or items to find around town or in people’s yards
  28. Letter writing team – write letters to people in the congregation
  29. Favorite pictures – people submit a picture with a story of a Summer Memorial memory for our social media page
  30. Scrapbooking group to capture what we have done/are doing now to keep in the church library
  31. Put together books of images of our stained-glass windows for people and/or to place in pews to explain the symbols around us in our church.


Got a different idea? Great! All ideas should:

  1. Follow all guidelines and best practices around maintaining distance and wearing masks
  2. Not be dependent on groups using indoor church space


Take the bulletin home, read the list, and pray. If you feel called to lead or help with any ideas, give Pastor James a call and we will make it happen.



Due to current conditions, we will not have poinsettias this year for Christmas. We offer a suggestion of making a contribution to the Children’s Offering to help with their yearly Christmas gift to purchase animals. This can be done by using your offering envelope, putting Children’s Offering by Other with the amount in the blank.


The Backpacks are Back!

With the beginning of the school year, our backpack ministry providing meals for students to take home on the weekends continues! Summer Memorial has committed to matching last year’s commitment of 10 backpacks. While we have some supplies to carry us over from last year to get us started, new donations for this year are needed so we can match our commitment. Thank you for your prayerful consideration.


Christmas Cards

Instead of our table this year, we have a volunteer who has offered to collect and sort any Christmas cards you’d like to drop off at the church. We’ll have a box you can put them in starting December 6 on your way out of the parking lot.





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