November 28, 2021 Worship Service

November 28, 2021 Worship Service

November 28, 2021 Worship Service Liturgy

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Thank you for joining us today: November 28, 2021

First Sunday of Advent


“Be the Light”

Sermon by Pastor Liz Hounshell

Zebulon United Methodist Church

121 West Gannon Ave.

Zebulon, NC 27597

919-269-9408 ~


Welcome to Worship! Thank you for joining us.

Please sign in on the attendance sheet on the table in the Narthex or

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May you be blessed by the presence, power, and peace of God and the

encouragement of ZUMC!




Gathering Quote             "We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won't need to tell anybody it does.

                                            Lighthouses don't fire cannons to call attention to their shining- they just shine."

                                     Dwight L. Moody


Prelude                                                                       My Lord What a Morning                                                                  Kara Zaharin

                                                                                       Traditional Spiritual


Welcome and Announcements                                                                                                                 Darrell Jones

Call to Worship                                               Leader: Lift up your heads, O gates!                                                                Darrell Jones

                      People: and be lifted up, O ancient doors!

                          that the King of glory may come in.

      Psalm 24:7


Opening Prayer     Almighty God, as we begin this season of Advent, remind us once more                     Darrell Jones

   that in the midst of our darkness and depression you are bringing us peace

   to calm our anxious spirits and hectic lives. Turn our hearts again toward you.

   Make us ready to receive your Son, our true Savior. Slow us down and give

   us the blessing of the presence of your peace in our spirits. 

   We ask this in the precious name of Jesus.  Amen.


Hymn of Praise                                                      O Come, Thou Long – Expected Jesus                                                                ZUMC Choir

                                                                                      United Methodist Hymnal 196


Advent Wreath Lighting                                                                                                                                                       Jim and Donna Becker

                                                                                Advent Song                                                                                        Randy Gibson

                                                                                The Faith We Sing 2090


                                                                           Come, O Come, Emmanuel (in-person)                                                                     Kara Zaharin

 United Methodist Hymnal 211






Proclaiming the Word

Children’s Moment                                                                                                                                   Pastor Liz


Scripture Lesson                                                                      Isaiah 42:6-9                                                                                Darrell Jones

                                                                                                     The Message

6 "I am God. I have called you to live right and well. I have taken responsibility for you, kept you safe. I have set you among my people to bind them to me, and provided you as a lighthouse to the nations,

7 To make a start at bringing people into the open, into light: opening blind eyes, releasing prisoners from dungeons, emptying the dark prisons.

8 I am God. That's my name. I don't franchise my glory, don't endorse the no-god idols.

9 Take note: The earlier predictions of judgment have been fulfilled. I'm announcing the new salvation work. Before it bursts on the scene, I'm telling you all about it."


Featured Song                                                I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light                                                                    ZUMC Choir

                                                                                    United Methodist Hymnal 206


Sermon                                                                          “Be the Light”                                               Pastor Liz

                         Responding to the Word


Pastoral Prayer and The Lord’s Prayer                                                                                             Pastor Liz and
                                                                                                                                                         ZUMC Children

         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, forever. Amen.



Offering and Prayer of Dedication                                                                                                                      Darrell Jones                                         

Doxology (in person)                                                            Give Thanks                                                                                    Kara Zaharin

                                              The Faith We Sing 2036                                                                        

Give thanks with a grateful heart, give thanks to the Holy One,

give thanks because he's given Jesus Christ his Son. And now let the weak say, "I am strong"; let the poor say,

"I am rich because of what the Lord has done for us." Give thanks with a grateful heart, give thanks to the Holy One, give thanks because he's given Jesus Christ his Son.



Sending Forth


Hymn of Commitment                                                        Cry of My Heart                                                                               ZUMC Choir

                                                                                                The Faith We Sing 2165

Dismissal with Blessing
Pastor Liz


Postlude                                                                           Advent Song                                                                                   Kara Zaharin            

                                                                                             Mary Lu Walker


During the postlude, we invite you to remain seated and consider how you might shine the light of Christ wherever you go this week.


The beautiful Advent Wreath is given to the Glory of God by Ruth and Jimmy Joyner.


         Please contact Linda Chamblee at 919-632-4565 to reserve a date to provide flowers.

                                                Thank you to all who give flowers to enhance our Chancel Area.


                       A Nursery is available each Sunday morning during the worship service. Please see a Greeter for assistance.



Our offerings and tithes to God are a blessing to ZUMC!

You are encouraged to give to the Lord's work through our church in the following ways:

~by mailing your offering to ZUMC at 121 W. Gannon Ave., Zebulon, NC 27597.

~by placing your offering in the mail slot on the back door of the church office.

~by giving online at with our online giving option.

~by giving in person at our Sunday 10 AM Services! An offering box is available in the Wesley Fellowship Room outside the Sanctuary before and after the service.


Announcement from our SPRC

We are approaching the holiday season quickly and everyone starts getting busy. But please take a moment to show some appreciation to our church staff for all of the hard work they have done in a very difficult time. We can do this by making a contribution to the Staff Love Offering that will be collected starting November 28th through December 19th. This is a time of celebration of the greatest gift God can give us, the birth of our Lord and Savior. Let us share our joy with the folks that help us to worship together each week. Thank you for all you do for Zebulon United Methodist Church.


We welcome all guests to ZUMC and ask you to please sign in on the attendance sheet on the table in the Narthex or online at In addition, we would love for you to fill out a Communication Card so that we can connect with you and find out if you have any questions about ZUMC. These cards are located on the table in the Narthex and can be placed in the offering box in the Wesley Fellowship Room at the back of the Sanctuary,


Attendance Totals for November 21, 2021               

In-person- 61 (signed in on attendance form in the Narthex or on our online attendance with Google Form).
Facebook- 65
YouTube- 26
Total- 152


Opportunities to Grow:

Advent Devotionals are available today in the Narthex.Pick up a Devotional from the Society of St. Andrew entitled “Signs of the Sacred. In additional, a ZUMC weekly devotional is available. Enjoy your Advent!


Fall Bible Study Update:

Our Fall study is on the book God Unbound by Dr. Elaine Heath. This book gives us insight into how to navigate times of change as a church. Dr. Heath refers to the New Testament book of Galatians as a basis for her teaching. This Fall, there will be TWO opportunities for you to join a small group to explore this fascinating book with others!

~A day time study is being held on Tuesday afternoons from 1:00-2:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Here are the remaining dates: November 30, December 7 and 14. Sue Kiryluk and Dianna Leya are co-leading this study. If you are interested, please contact Sue at 919-612-8176 or Dianne at 919-524-7575.

~An evening study is being held on Thursdays from 6:30-8 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Here are the remaining dates: December 2 and 16. Terry Matias and Pastor Liz are co-leading this study. Please contact the church office at 919-269-9408 if you are interested. (Please note: Books are $10.00.)


Opportunities to Serve:

TODAY - November 28th - The United Methodist Student Day Special Offering will be received on Sunday, November 28. Please plan to give to support United Methodist students as they pursue their educational dreams. Checks can be made to ZUMC with "UM Student Day Offering" on the memo line. Thanks so much for helping to answer these students' prayers!


The ZUMW are sponsoring our Bow Tree.

Please support our efforts to provide a love offering to a local family or families. For $1.00 per name, you can remember or honor a loved one with a white or red bow on the Christmas tree in the narthex during this most holy Christmas season. Please pick up your form from the table in the Narthex and place the form in the offering plate or drop it by the office. Make checks to ZUMW. (see attached form)


The Mission Team is putting together gift bags for the residents at Coventry House. We are asking the congregation to provide lap blankets. The delivery to Coventry House will be December 17th. Please bring the blankets to church on Sunday mornings and leave in the Narthex or drop off at the office any time prior to the 17th. We need at least 22 and if we get extras, we will find a place for them to go. Thank you!


Please remember to like and share the ZUMC Facebook page and the posts we put up so that our services (Thursday and Sunday) and events will be shared with all your family, friends, community and beyond. Let’s spread the word of God while we are thriving here at ZUMC!


December 24th - Everyone is welcome to our Christmas Eve Service in our beautiful Sanctuary at 5 pm. It's not too early to mark your calendars and plan to join us for this amazing service of Communion and Light. Please bring your cell phone (if possible). We will be using cell phone lights to shine the Light of Christ! A special offering will be received for the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund and Project AGAPE Armenia. Check out ( for more information.