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11/25/22 Friday Flash

Hamburg United Methodist Church

116 Union St

Hamburg, New York, 14075

(716) 649-8080

Worship Sundays at 10 am


Our little pantry at Sparks of Hope is nearly empty, and our shelves are bare. Members of our recovery community rely on your generosity to see them through the hard times. Please drop off nonperishable groceries when Sparks is open or just leave them inside the pantry.



Book Club News

Book Club will meet on Nov 28th at 10:30 in the church library, we will be discussing The Book Woman's Daughter by Kim Michele Richardson.

In December we will be meeting a week earlier on Monday December 19th at 10:30 in the church library, and we will be discussing The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict.


The Church office is glad to announce that services going forward will be streamed via YouTube Live, in addition to the current Facebook Live services. You can access the Youtube live stream on our Youtube Channel, or directly on our church website homepage.

Please make sure to "Like" and "Subscribe"


If you are interested in joining a Bible study our church has 4 of them available for you to attend now. Just show up no appointment is needed.

  • Sunday in the Parlor at 9:00 am John Meader Leader

  • Monday at Sparks of Hope at 10:30 AM Bob Shaw leader.

  • Wednesday in the Parlor at 7:00 pm Dave Rood Leader

  • Thursday at 10:00 AM Carlos Ortiz leads in the Library

Any further information is available through the church office.


Coffee Hour Schedule

November- Trustees/ Columbarium

December- Sarah Circle

Groups are to provide goodies/ snacks

each Sunday of the month they are scheduled.

Please Contact Sue Gagne or Joyce Spencer with any questions.


We will be looking for additional readers for the service on Sunday 11/27/22

Please see Pastor David before the service if you are able to help.

Please consider staying after the service to finish the decorating the church

See Deb Brodie or Rose Caldwell


Order of Worship Sunday, November 27 , 2022 Hanging of the Greens | United Methodist Student Day Livestream: Google Meet Dial-In: 617-675-4444 PIN: 301 463 603 6721#


How shall we prepare this house for the coming of the King?

With branches of cedar the house of royalty.

How shall we prepare this house for the coming of the eternal Christ?

With garlands of pine and fir, whose leaves are ever living, evergreen.

How shall we prepare this house for the coming of our Savior?

With wreaths of holly and ivy,

Telling of his passion, death and resurrection.

How shall we prepare our hearts for the coming of the Son of God? By hearing again the words of the prophets,

Who foretold the saving work of God.

For God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, But that the world through him might be saved.

Glory to God in the highest!


In ancient times the cedar was revered as the tree of royalty.

It also signified immortality and was used for purification. We place this cedar branch as a sign of Christ,

Who reign as King for ever,

And whose coming, in just and righteousness, will purify our hearts.

HYMN “Lift up your Heads Ye Mighty Gates” #213 UMH


Because the needles of pine and fires appear not to die each season,

The ancients saw them as signs of things that last for ever.

Isaiah tells us that there will be no end to the reign of the Messiah.

Therefore, we hang this wreath of evergreens shaped in a circle,

Which itself has no end,

To signify thee eternal reign of Jesus, the Christ.

THE FOURTH SERVANT SONG Philippians 2:5-11

Jesus saved us from our sins by his death on the cross,

And by his resurrection from the dead.

In ancient times,

Holly and ivy were considered sign of Christ’s passion.

Their prickly leaves suggested the crown of thorns,

And the red berries thee blood of the Savior,

And the bitter bark the drink offered to Jesus on the cross.

As we hang the holly and Ivy,

Let us rejoice in the coming of Jesus our Savior.

HYMN: “ Hail to the Lord Anointed” # 203

SCRIPTURE READING: Romans 13:11-14 Read by Jon Sentz

Matthew 24:36-44

SERMON: “The Unexpected Hour” Rev David Nicol

CHOIR ANTHEM: “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”


Holy Lord, we come with joy to celebrate the birth of your Son,

Who rescued us from the darkness of sin

By making thee cross a tree of life and light.

May this tree, arrayed in splendor,

Remind us of the life-giving cross of Christ,

That we may always rejoice in the new life that shines in our hearts.

We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen




DOXOLOGY “Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow” #94


Christ came to bring us salvation and has promised to come again.

Let us pray that we may always be ready to welcome him

Come, Lord Jesus.

That the keeping of Advent may open our hearts to God’s love.

Come, Lord Jesus.

That the light of Christ may penetrate the darkness of sin,

Come, Lord Jesus.

That this wreath may constantly remind us

To prepare for the coming of Christ.

Come, Lord Jesus.

That the Christmas season may fill us with peace and joy

As we strive to follow the example of Jesus.

Come, Lord Jesus.

Loving God your church joyfully awaits the coming of its Savior,

Who enlightens our hearts

And dispels the darkness of ignorance and sin.

Pour forth your blessing upon us as we light the candles of this wreath.

May their light reflect the splendor of Christ,

Who is Lord, for ever and ever. Amen


The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts. We lift them up to the Lord. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.

...And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven

we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,

Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

...And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ,

we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving

as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ's offering for us,

as we proclaim the mystery of faith.

Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.

...Through your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church,

all honor and glory is yours, almighty Father (God ), now and for ever. Amen.



CLOSING HYMN: “Come thou Long Expected Jesus” #196 UMH


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