View Online | Sunday Worship Service with guest preacher, Alexandra Miller-Knaack

Sun, Nov 29, 2020, 8:00 am to 9:00 am
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Office of Religious Life

Join us for worship on Sunday, November 29, 2020 with Alexandra Miller-Knaack, Chapel Intern, Princeton Theological Seminary. This is the first Sunday of Advent. The service will have magnificent music provided by Penna Rose, Director of Chapel Music and by Eric Plutz, University Organist. The soloist is Chloe Horner ’22.

The recorded service is available at 8am here Chapel Sunday Service and join us for Bible Study at 10am with Alex Miller-Knaack, Chapel Seminary Intern. Email Alex Miller-Knaack, at with questions and information to connect to the Bible Study. Bring your coffee, your questions, and yourself. We’ll gather together for an hour to wrestle with what Scripture has for us today.

This service will remain archived after the premiere (along with concerts and other amazing programs), and we encourage you to return to them whenever you might find that to be helpful. The bulletin for this service is below.

Bulletin for Sunday, November 29, 2020 – First Sunday of Advent

Invitatory: "Veni, veni, Emmanuel" – Arranged by Margaret Sandresky (b. 1921)

Welcome and Announcements: Dean Boden

Call to Worship: We have lit a candle as a sign of the coming light of Christ. Advent means coming.

We are preparing ourselves for the days when the nations 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.

O come, O come Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel, yhat mourns in lonely exile here, until the Child of God appear. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel!

Confession: Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

Have mercy on us, most merciful Creator; in your compassion forgive us our sins, known and unknown, things done and left undone; and so uphold us by your Spirit that we may serve you in newness of life,to the honor and glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon

Reading: Isaiah 64:1-9

O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence--as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil-- to make your name known to your adversaries, so that the nations might tremble at your presence! When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence. From ages past no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who works for those who wait. You meet those who gladly do right, those who remember you in your ways. But you were angry, and we sinned; because you hid yourself we transgressed. We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. There is no one who calls on your name, or attempts to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from

us, and have delivered us into the hand of our iniquity. Yet, O God, you are our Creator; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. Do not be exceedingly angry, O Lord, and do not remember iniquity forever. Now consider, we are all your people.

Anthem: Spaséniye sodélal (Kievan Chant) by Pavel Chesnokov (1877-1944)

Reading: Matthew 18:15-20

‘If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax-collector. Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by God in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.’

Sermon: “The Present Trap” by Alexandra Miller-Knaack

Hymn: Wake, My Soul (Haydn)

Lyrics:Wake, my soul, with all things living, thanks be giving to the Source of life and day. Sunlight comes and gone confusion, night’s illusion, like the starlight, fades away.

All your hopeful plans confessing, ask for blessing on that good which you would do; but if you should need correction, ask direction, pray for purpose, clear and new.

After one last night of weeping, one last sleeping, you shall wake to pure delight. You at last shall know perfection, pure affection, bathed in God’s own morning light.

Pastoral Prayer: Dean Thames

Lord’s 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 trespasses, 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, for ever and ever. Amen.

Prayer for Princeton: O Eternal God, the source of life and light for all peoples, we pray you would endow this University with your grace and wisdom: give inspiration and understanding to those who teach and to those who learn; grant vision to its trustees and administrators; to all who work here and to all who bear her name give your guiding Spirit of sacrificial courage and loving service. Amen.

Solo: Awake! Awake, and Greet the New Morn (Rejoice, Rejoice) withChloe Horner ’22, soloist


Voluntary: Toccata on “Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland” by Paul Manz (1919-2009)

University Chapel Staff: The Rev. Alison L. Boden, Ph.D., Dean of Religious Life and of the Chapel; The Rev. Dr. Theresa S. Thames, Associate Dean of Religious Life and of the Chapel; Penna Rose, Director of Chapel Music; Eric Plutz, University Organist; Elizabeth Powers, Chapel Administrator; Alexandra Miller-Knaack, Seminarian Intern; Edgar Gomez, Sexton; Lisa McGurr, Sexton

The University Chapel is a welcoming community of faith. We gather to sing God's praises, to hear God's living Word, to seek justice, and to proclaim God's love for all people.

Calendar: Sunday, December 6, 2020 - University Chapel Service. The preacher will be Dean Thames.

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