We welcome you to this celebration and invite you to consider our church if you are seeking a church home, to walk and grow in the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.


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PRELUDE          LIGHT OF CHRIST                     WELCOME


SHARING                                                                    PRAYER


ADVENT READING (sing UMH #211, v.1 when directed)



L: Stay awake, be alert, and pay attention!

P: God is doing a new thing, and we don’t want to miss it!

L: Wherever there is hurt, pain, brokenness, and injustice,

P: God is doing a new thing, and we don’t want to miss it!

L: Even though the days are short and the nights seem longer

     and longer,

P: God is doing a new thing, and we don’t want to miss it!

L: Like the flickering of a small flame in the middle of the


P: God is doing a new thing, and we don’t want to miss it!

    Let us worship God who hears our prayer and is doing a

    new thing! Amen.


*HYMN      “People, Look East”                               UMH# 202


SCRIPTURE READINGS                                       Isaiah 64:1-9

                                                                      Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19

Leader: The Word of God for the people of God.

All: Thanks be to God.




GLORY SIGHTINGS … where have you seen God at work?


All are invited to share your joys and concerns to the Lord. Following each, our response: Gracious Lord, hear our prayer.



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 tres-passes, 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.  Amen.


*HYMN        “O Mary, Don’t You Weep”                UMH# 134


*GOSPEL READING                                          Mark 13:24-37


MESSAGE     “Oh my! What a Mess!”                        Rev. Jena


OFFERING (If you are visiting with us today, you are not obligated to give.)


Generous and loving God, you give us everything we need. Surrounded and supported by your love, there is nothing we lack. As we share our offerings to you, may they support your work of peace and justice, and share hope in this world. As we bring our very selves to you, mold and shape us as you will, then send us forth to serve. Amen.


*HYMN  “Wounded World that Cries for Healing” TFWS# 2177



Stay awake, for God is coming. Prepare your heart, for God is near. In the darkness, a candle of hope burns brightly. In the quiet, God speaks to us. Go with joy, and remain aware and awake. Grace and peace to you, from God the creator, and from our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.


*HYMN          “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus” UMH# 196




Our mission … Connecting People with God, Each Other and

the World




Upcoming Meetings …





























Trinity United Methodist Church


1st Sunday of Advent

Sunday, November 29, 2020



Office: 838 N. 25th St. Fort Dodge, IA 50501

Phone: (515) 573-3519

E-mail: office@trinityumcfd.org


Pastor: Jena Finch-Manchester  (712) 840-1834

E-mail: revjena@trinityumcfd.org








We are glad you are here today. Thank you for

joining us in this celebration of God’s love for you.

We pray this time will uplift you in your spiritual

walk and you will feel God’s presence here today…

in this place. May you always find us to be a church

of “open hearts, open minds, and open doors.”