Clinton UMC Worship November 27, 2022 9:00 A.M.  Hanging of the Greens Service

Watch Word “But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” (Matthew 24:36)

Prelude – “Emmanuel Comes” – Anita Gifford, piano


*Call to Worship

We may not know when,
but you are coming to us, grace overflowing from your heart, O God.
We may not know who,
but your hope will be shared by the least likely people, Friend of the poor.
We may not know how,
but your peace will transform our angry words into warm welcomes, our bitterness into cups of love, Spirit of Joy. (Lectionary Liturgies)

HYMN – UMH #102 – “Now Thank We All Our God”

Prayer in Unison

Heavenly Father, we rejoice that we can come into Your house today and worship You with those who love You, too. Thank You for inspiring and leading Your people to establish Your house here in this place. We pray that all who worship here might experience Your love, grace, mercy, and forgiveness. We pray for Your people all the world over, and we pray that they might prosper along with us as we serve You and others. May everyone who trusts in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior find and experience peace with God, others, and themselves. Through Your only begotten Son, Jesus, we pray. Amen

Scripture Text Matthew 24:36-44


The Meaning of the Service

TFWS 2088 Lord, I Lift Your Name on High (2x through)

Christmas In America

UMH 211 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (First & Last Verse)

[Hang the wreaths on the door]

Lessons of Christmas

UMH 240 Hark! the Herald Angels Sing! (First & Last Verse)

The Christmas Poinsettia

Special Music: “The Holly and the Ivy” – Anita, piano

[Poinsettia place in sanctuary during song]

The Nativity (Children moments)

UMH 230 O Little Town of Bethlehem (First & Last Verse)

[Nativity Scene is set in place]

Children’s Change Offering for Missions

UMH 219 “What Child is This”

The Sanctuary Evergreens

UMH 251 Go, Tell It on the Mountain

[Hang greens around sanctuary]

The Christmas Tree

Song –“I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”

[Chrismons/Ornaments are hung]

The Advent Candles

[Lighting of the 1st advent candle while first verse of Advent Candle song is beings sung.] 

Advent Candle Song – verse 1

Pastoral Prayer/The Lord’s Prayer

Blessing of Tithe and Offering – Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Romans 12:1

Offertory – “Offertory” – CUMC Choir with Tristan Woods, cajon



Closing Song – UMH #204 – “Emmanuel, Emmanuel” – 2x

Sending: Go into the world awake to the signs of God’s invitations to new life. Know that the reign of Christ draws nearer with each right action we choose. Amen.

(Sending Song) – Make us one, Lord.  Make us one.  Holy Spirit make us one. Let your love flow so the world will know we are one in You.