West Chelmsford United Methodist Church
Sunday, December 08, 2019

Weekly Church Bulletin

December 1, 2019                                                   1st Sunday of Advent

9:30 AM            Hanging of the Greens, United Methodist Student Day


  Greeting                                                                            Holly Cerullo

  Prelude – “Come, O Savior of the World”                              Medlock

*Opening Hymn –“I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light”

                                                                                                 UMH  206

*Call to Worship

What are we waiting for?


Who are we waiting for?


Why are we waiting?

Because God promised!

  Choral Introit – “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”                 arr. Honoré

  Opening Prayer

God of blessing and love, when the time was right you sent your Son into the world.  Please open our hearts and make them ready to receive the gift of Jesus.  Teach us the art of patience.  Open our hands that we may offer our gifts with thought, thanksgiving, and praise.  Merciful and gracious God, please be with us as we herald in the birth of the Christ.  Amen.

  Reading – Tradition of the Advent Wreath

  Advent Wreath Lighting

Dear God, help us get ready for your coming into our community like you did so long ago in Bethlehem.  In the midst of the busyness of Christmas preparations, give us silence that we may hear you speak.  Give us clear sight to see your guiding star among all the Christmas lights and decorations.  But most of all, God, give us hearts able to receive the gift of Jesus, in the midst of all the gifts of Christmas, that we may be changed into generous lovers of the world you created.  Amen

  Response - “Light the Advent Candle” v 1                          FWS  2090

  Sharing of Joys and Concerns

  Silent Prayer


  Call to Prayer

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us continue to pray.

  Pastoral Prayer/Lord’s Prayer

  Anthem – “Isaiah the Prophet”                                                Lovelace

  Children’s Message

  Offertory  – “Rejoice, Rejoice”                                      arr. Moklebust

*Presentation of Gifts with Doxology                                    UMH  95

  Reading – Symbolism of Evergreens and Wreaths

*Hymn – “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus”                      UMH  196

  Reading – The Candles

  Old Testament Reading – Isaiah 2: 1-5  ** (page 594)

  Gospel Reading – Matthew 24: 36-44  **  (page 26)

  Sermon – “Hope for Those Who Wait”

*Closing Hymn – “People Look East”                                  UMH  202



  Benediction Response – “Until Jesus Comes”                        McIntyre

  Postlude – “Postlude on "Truro"”                                                 Smith


*Those who are able please stand.


**After each scripture reading please respond, “Thanks be to God”



We extend a warm greeting to all who worship here today. We especially greet those persons who are visitors.


The Flowers on the altar this morning is given to the Glory of God by Elsie and Dave Wilson in memory of Dotty Estelle in appreciation of the flower ministry and serving others that she and Larry did for many years for the church.




Today – Celebration Ringers & Singers and Carol Choir

   Lay Reader – Tom Buretta

   Server – Troy Gregoire

   Minister of Music – Karen Leonard

   Pastor – Reverend Mack Hagins


UMH refers to The United Methodist Hymnal (blue book)

FWS refers to The Faith We Sing (black book)

WS refers to Worship and Song (green book)





Sunday, December 1st – 1st Sunday of Advent, Hanging of the Greens

   9:30am – Worship Service, Nursery Care

   10:30am – Coffee Hour    11:00am – Celebration Ringers

   12:00pm – Celebration Singers   3:00pm – Boy Scouts Annual Tree

   Pickup   4:30pm – Boy Scout Leadership   6:30pm – Sr. MYF

Monday – 4:00pm – Girl Scout Troop #85000   Girl Scout Troop #70530

   7:00pm – Christian Ed Committee   7:30pm – Evangelism Committee

   7:30pm – AA   7:30pm – Boy Scouts

Tuesday – 7:30pm – Missions Committee

Wednesday – 7:30pm – Festival Ringers

Thursday – 5:00pm – Fair Set-up   6:30pm – Carol Choir

   7:30 – Sr. Choir

Friday – 9:00am – Fair Set-up   7:00pm – Bear Den 4 Mtg.

   7:00pm – Wolf Den Mtg.

Saturday – 9:00am – Holiday Fair



Sunday, December 8th – 2nd Sunday of Advent, Communion

   9:30am – Worship Service, Nursery Care, Sunday School


Ongoing Prayer Requests:

Victims of violence of all kinds

Victims of racism, sexism, homophobia, religious intolerance


Altar Visuals:  Isaiah wrote that the Messiah would be born as a descendant of Jesse, the father of King David.  The Jesse Tree reminds us of all the people throughout Biblical history that have been a part of Jesus' legacy.  Each of these people and their stories, tell us that although Jesus is the ultimate deliverer of God's Grace, God showed grace and love many, many times throughout the Bible, in both Old and New Testaments.  This year's Advent theme is a Jesse Tree.  Each week you will see 5-7 symbols, added to the sprout on the back curtain, that represent the stories of God's love. 


Dove - Creation:  Each plant and animal on Earth were given, by God, their own special place and all the things needed to survive.  It was the beginning of God's love.

Tree - Adam & Eve:  They were given the responsibility of caring for everything on Earth, according to God's instructions.  They disobeyed God, but God showed them mercy and hope.

Rainbow - Noah:  God keeps giving humankind, chance after chance, to obey God's laws and love each other.  God finally sends a flood to destroy mankind but saves one family out of love.  The rainbow represents God's promise.

Starry Night - Abraham & Sarah:  After waiting for many years for God's promise of descendants to be fulfilled, Abram and Sarai finally have a son.  This is the blessing for all families on Earth.

Ram - Abraham & Isaac:  Even though God did not actually let Abraham go through with sacrificing Isaac, God was pleased with Abraham's willingness to obey and trust in God's plan.

Ladder - Jacob:  God continues God's plan with Isaac's son Jacob.  Jacob has a dream while traveling alone in which he sees a ladder with angels going up and down.  Through this, Jacob realizes that God does not stay at home with Jacob's parents, but travels everywhere with him.

Watch Tower - Habakkuk:  To the prophet Habakkuk, it appears that God is not hearing the cries of the people.  However, he builds a watchtower and attentively waits for God's answer.


Christmas Poinsettias have been preordered.  Choose red or white.  7” pot - $11.  Sign-up sheet is in the entryway next to flower calendar.  If you have any questions, please contact Diana Bard at 978-692-7668.


The new Flower Calendar for 2020 is on the wall in the entryway.  Please select a favorite date and write your name and phone number.  The flower arrangement each Sunday is $30.  Make your check payable to the church with a notation that it is for the altar flowers.  Any questions call Diana Bard at 978-692-7668.


The Missions Committee is again collecting gifts for Lowell area needy children for Christmas.  The program, formerly known as the “Giving Tree”, is now called the “Angel Tree” and run by the Salvation Army in Lowell.  Last year we were able to give over fifty children both clothes and toys.  Gifts need to be returned unwrapped with tags attached by December 4th.  Collection boxes will be in the hallway leading up to the Education Wing.  Any packaged re-gifts you might like to donate will happily be accepted also.  There will be a separate marked box for these.  Please contact Robin Orford with any questions.  978-455-7071, orfrobin@gmail.com.  Thank you!  The Missions Committee


Items for the church bulletin insert are due in the church office by Wednesday morning.  January 2020 Newsletter articles are due on Monday, December 16th





The WCUMC Annual Holiday Fair

Saturday, December 7th 9:00am to 3:00pm

Please come and shop in a stress free atmosphere!  Thank you for making our fair a success!  Don’t forget to bring the kids to the Christian Ed sponsored Kids Room.  Kids can have fun doing crafts and playing games – all while you shop!!


·       Our Professional craft vendors will be offering a great selection of gifts this year!   We will have beautiful hand-made gifts, jewelry and much more!

·       Stop by our breakfast bistro for a hot cup of gourmet coffee & homemade treats.

·       Take a break at our luncheon featuring hot, homemade lunch. 

·       As always, we’ll have handmade Candies, Breads & Treats, Crafts and White Elephant bargains!


We need your help! Please join us!

Set-up will be split over 2 days to allow more people to participate! 

1st setup is Thursday evening Dec 5th from 5-7 pm (Upstairs). 2nd set-up is Friday morning Dec 6th from 9am – 12 (Downstairs).

Sales help – Throughout the day on Saturday from 9 am until 2 pm.

Vendor help/Clean up – We especially need a few helpers early Saturday from 8-9 am to help the vendors unload in the morning. We also need help at the end of the day from 3-4 pm to help vendors load up. Also to clean up the hall and put away tables/chairs. 

Craft Donations – To make the Craft Table attractive, we need variety!

Many of you make things to decorate your home, and useful items to make life easier. What can YOU create for our fair? If 10 people make just one or two “things”, it would be great. Please put a price on your donation – only you know what it cost to make. Of course, your time is priceless. Questions – please call Elsie, 692-8939. Thanks

Plant Donations – We need help filling the plant table.  Please donate live

plants! Please contact Heidi Vaughan if you have plants to drop off.

Food Donations – Donations for the food table can be delivered to the

church the week of the fair.  The church will be open on Wed December 4th 9-1pm or 7:30-9pm, Thurs Dec 5th 5:00-8:30pm, Friday Dec 6th 9:00am-1:00pm or Saturday Dec. 7th between 8 and 9 am. 


Candy Donations Please make your favorite candy recipe and deliver it to the church by Thursday, December 5th.   We need as many candy makers as possible! Thank you!