1st Sunday in Advent

Community in Christ Lutheran Church

November 27, 2022

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Confession & Forgiveness


Hymn                             “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus"                                                                                                           ELW 254 




Canticle of Praise                                                                                                                                                                           


Prayer of the Day

Song                                 "Light One Candle to Watch for Messiah"                                                                                       ELW 240 (v. 1)



First Reading: Isaiah 2:1-5

1The word that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. 2In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it. 3Many 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. 4He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. 5O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord! The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God. 

Psalm 122

1I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”
2Now our feet are standing within your gates, O Jerusalem.
3Jerusalem is built as a city that is at unity with itself;
4to which the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, the assembly of Israel, to praise the name of the Lord. 
5For there are the thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David.
6Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you.
7Peace be within your walls and quietness within your towers.
8For the sake of my kindred and companions, I pray for your prosperity.
9Because of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek to do you good.” 

Second Reading: Romans 13:11-14

11Besides 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; 12the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; 13let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God. 

Children's Message 

Gospel Acclamation                                                                                                                                                                      


Gospel - Matthew 24:36-44

The Holy Gospel according to Matthew, the 24th chapter.

Glory to you, O Lord.


[Jesus said to the disciples,] 36“About that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, 39and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of the Son of Man. 40Then two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. 41Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken and one will be left. 42Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 43But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. 44Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.” The Gospel of our Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.


Hymn of the Day                   “My Lord, What a Morning”                                                                                                             ELW 438

Apostles' Creed


Prayers of Intercession

Sharing of the Peace

Offering & Special Music      "Lift Up Your Heads"                                                                                                                    Adult Choir

Offertory                                "As the Grains of Wheat"                                                                                                                   ELW 465


Offertory Prayer 

Holy Communion    

Lord’s Prayer     (Sung)

Distribution of Communion & Communion Hymns

                                                "O Come to Us, Messiah"                                                                                                                                                                                    "Blessed Be the God of Israel"                                                                                                          ELW 250

Post Communion Blessing & Prayer 

Sending Hymn                        “Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates”                                                                                                                                                                                                       



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Tuesday Bible Study: Meets weekly at 10:30 a.m. in the Narthex. 

Usher and A/V Teams: Are you interested in learning more about being a worship usher or about what role you could play on the A/V team? Both groups are looking for more volunteers to add to the rotation. If you would like to learn more contact Pastor Michael at 


Worship and Communion Assistants: Would you like to help lead worship or distribute communion?  If so, please let Pastor Michael or Pastor Lisa know at your earliest convenience.  Training and instruction will be provided!  

Altar Guild: Volunteers are needed! Contact the church office if you are interested in volunteering.

Time & Talent Forms: If you have not had an opportunity to fill out a Time and Talents form yet, hard copies are available

in the narthex or you can access the digital version through this QR code.  

November Grocery Cart: During the month of November we will  be collecting items for Angels & Sparrows Christmas Holiday Food Boxes. Let’s help make our neighbors Christmas a little brighter. The items  needed for the holiday boxes that we will be collecting are:

Canned Veggies:  Corn, Green Beans, Mixed Veggies; Mashed Potatoes (dehydrated),  Gravy (poultry, envelopes or cans preferred) Au Gratin Potatoes (boxed), Canned Yams, Canned Pineapple, Jellied Cranberry Sauce, Biscuit Mix, Rice (uncooked),  Dry black beans, Cake Mix, Frosting, Shelf Stable Pie Shells, Pie Filling 

Property Team Meeting: The Property Team is starting back up again this month! Join us on Tuesday, November 29th, at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. These meetings are working meetings as well as discussion of upcoming maintenance and events the property team helps with. Bring basic tools if you have them—the church has limited tools. Contact Stephanie Wheeler, 704-892-0120 or swheeler@communityinchrist.net with any questions about  the property team.

WELCA: All women of the congregation are members of WELCA.  Interest and attendance have been dwindling hence we will temporarily suspend our Monthly meetings effective November 1st. A survey will be forthcoming for ideas and suggestion for the Women’s ministry. If there is interest in going out dinner in December either the 5th or the 12th, please text Laverne at 704-576-8675.

Angel Tree: The recipients of our Angel tree gifts will again be The East Lincoln Christian Ministry. The Angels will be available on Sunday, November 6th. There will be GIFT and HOME MEAL ANGELS again this year. The gifts should be returned to the church no later than Sunday, November 27th. Additional information will be available with the Angel Tree.

Prayer Shawl Ministry: We will continue to meet in person in the CIC Spirit Center on Wednesday afternoons from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Plan to join us if you can for some fellowship, idea-sharing, and fun!  If you are interested in coming to the in-person meetings, please contact Kathy Dutton at mamabissy@gmail.com and she will send you the necessary information.  Of course, you can also participate in this important ministry at home by crafting items, and bringing them to CIC.  

Card Ministry: Keep watch for December meeting dates. Participants are asked to enter through the doors nearest the Spirit Center. Need more information? Contact: Kathy Shugarman at shugs02@gmail.com or 940-300-2290.

Quilting Ministry: This is a new ministry! Keep watch for December meeting dates. We meet in Classroom #1. Questions? Contact Barbara Eaker at 704-483-2060.

CIC Women's Retreat - March 10-12, 2023: Join us for a weekend of refreshment, reflection, and friendship as we

discover together how women can build one another up, be each other's allies and supporters and encouragers in the

world. Register on-line using this link (Event registration) or pick-up a green paper registration form at the counter in

the narthex. Payment instructions are included in the form. Questions? Contact Shari Gomilla (srgomilla@bellsouth.net)

or Susan Kullstam (skulls01.me.com). 

Men's Group: The Men’s Group will be gathering on December 13th at 7 p.m. Ron Gomilla has graciously volunteered to host at his home – We will enjoy fellowship time together and begin planning for future events. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Interested? Please contact Paul Miller for information and directions (614-679-2640) or email at p.k.miller1@gmail.com.

The Director of Music job posting is now active. If you are interested in sharing it within music communities you are involved, please direct people to the CIC website.  

Wednesday, November 30 – Midweek Advent Worship Begins: 6 p.m. – Free-will Offering Soup Supper in the Fellowship Hall

7 p.m. – Holden Evening Prayer Worship. Please join us for dinner on Wednesday nights during Advent! The light meal of soups and sandwiches will be catered in from Harris Teeter! While we won’t be looking for home-preparation of food, we will need volunteers each week to be the leaders of set and clean up. If you're interested, contact Stephanie in the church office at swheeler@communityinchrist.net.



Nov 27— 9 a.m. Worship (Sanctuary & Live Streamed); 10 a.m. Coffee Cart (Breezeway), Singing with Sandy (Sanctuary);

11 a.m. Worship (Sanctuary)

Nov 29 —10:30 a.m. Bible Study (Narthex)

Nov 30—1:30 p.m. Prayer Shawl Ministry (Spirit Center); 6 p.m. Soup Supper (Fellowship Hall); 7 p.m. Worship (Sanctuary)

Dec 1—6 p.m. Carillion Bell Choir (Spirit Center); 7 p.m. Agape Bell Choir (Spirit Center); 7 p.m. Adult Choir (Sanctuary)

Dec 4—9 a.m. Worship (Sanctuary & Live Streamed); 10 a.m. Coffee Cart (Breezeway), Children’s Sunday School (Begins in the Sanctuary) 11 a.m. Worship (Sanctuary); 6 p.m. Confirmation Class

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