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We Gather as God’s People When it is empty we long for activity. “Who knows?

mpty we long for activity. “Who knows? Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for just
such a time as this.”
God, in our Advent waiting,

HYMN O Come, O Come, Emmanuel UMH 211, v.1 help us to view time as the gift that it is.
 Then Esther said in reply to Mordecai, “Go, gather all the Jews to be
May we find ways to sit with you,
 found in Susa, and hold a fast on my behalf, and neither eat nor drink
CALL TO WORSHIP to acknowledge you present with us.
 for three days, night or day. I and my maids will also fast as you do.
After that I will go to the king, though it is against the law; and if I
God’s call is to all to bring hope and change When days seem endless and lonely

perish, I perish.” Mordecai then went away and did everything as
when all around despair and chaos reign. and when hours seem to race by,

Esther had ordered him.
God’s call is to speak, God’s call is to act,
 help us to carve out space

to check in with you as time rushes on.

God’s call is to us.

And, as we recognize you in every moment,

We worship and serve.
For such a time as this,
may we take time to reveal your presence to others. We Respond to God’s Word
God’s call is to all! God of time and eternity, you have time to wait with us.
 REFLECTION For Just Such a Time as This
May we make time to wait with you. Amen.
For such a time as this,
God’s call is to speak out! HYMN Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silent UMH 626
HEBREW SCRIPTURE Esther 4:1-17 (on insert)
For such a time as this, When Mordecai learned all that had been done, Mordecai tore his
God’s call is to do justice and love mercy! PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER
clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes, and went through the city,
For such a time as this, wailing with a loud and bitter cry; he went up to the entrance of the
king’s gate, for no one might enter the king’s gate clothed with PRAYER FOR THE WEEK
God’s call is to bring change! For such a time as this, God give us courage.
sackcloth. In every province, wherever the king’s command and his
For such a time as this For such a time as this, God give us vision.
decree came, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting
God’s call is to me! and weeping and lamenting, and most of them lay in sackcloth and For such a time as this, God give us hope.
ashes. For such a time as this, God give us joy.
HYMN People Look East UMH 202
When Esther’s maids and her eunuchs came and told her, the queen For such a time as this, God give us the assurance

was deeply distressed; she sent garments to clothe Mordecai, so that of Jesus born among us enabling us to serve you in the world.
PASSING THE PEACE
he might take off his sackcloth; but he would not accept them. Then
Esther called for Hathach, one of the king’s eunuchs, who had been
YOUNG PEOPLE’S MESSAGE OFFERING AND DOXOLOGY
appointed to attend her, and ordered him to go to Mordecai to learn
what was happening and why. Hathach went out to Mordecai in the
LIGHTING THE FIRST ADVENT CANDLE open square of the city in front of the king’s gate, and Mordecai told PRAYER OF DEDICATION
him all that had happened to him, and the exact sum of money that God, as Esther quietly lived out her faith

BAPTISM OF BELLA ROCHEFORT Haman had promised to pay into the king’s treasuries for the and, in your time, brought salvation to her people,
destruction of the Jews. Mordecai also gave him a copy of the written may we be faithful in loving and serving you,

RECEPTION OF NEW MEMBERS decree issued in Susa for their destruction, that he might show it to
Esther, explain it to her, and charge her to go to the king to make so that when the time is right, we can step up
Dorothy Baah Sarah Kepchar Tracy Jones
Donna Paffrath Krista Rochefort Liz Rochefort supplication to him and entreat him for her people. as witnesses to the God of heaven, present on earth. Amen.
Hathach went and told Esther what Mordecai had said. Then Esther
TAIZÉ Wait for the Lord W&S 3049 spoke to Hathach and gave him a message for Mordecai, saying, “All THE LORD’S SUPPER
the king’s servants and the people of the king’s provinces know that if
OPENING TO GOD any man or woman goes to the king inside the inner court without
God of time and eternity, you have time to wait with us.

To wait with us as we worry and fret,

being called, there is but one law—all alike are to be put to death.
Only if the king holds out the golden scepter to someone, may that We Are Sent Into God’s World
to wait with us as we dawdle and dither, person live. I myself have not been called to come in to the king for
thirty days.” ANNOUNCEMENTS
to wait with us as we waken up

to your precious gift of time, given to us. When they told Mordecai what Esther had said, Mordecai told them BENEDICTION
to reply to Esther, “Do not think that in the king’s palace you will
We confess that often we do not honor time as it deserves.
escape any more than all the other Jews. For if you keep silence at RESPONSE Rejoice! Rejoice! UMH 211
When it drags, we become impatient.
 such a time as this, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from
When it races, we become anxious.
 Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel
another quarter, but you and your father’s family will perish.
When it is full we long for space.
Calendar Here are people, places, & concerns folk have recently lifted
up. Please keep them in your prayers at home.
Please call or email the church office to add to the prayer list.
All Tuesdays: Pastor Is In @ Nest Coffee Shop 10 am - noon
Church Office noon- 2 pm
Ongoing Prayers, cont
Queen Esther:
Ongoing Prayers
For Just Such
Mt Mansfield Bible Study 2 pm
Arlitha Lenore

a Time as This
All Thursdays: Church Office noon- 2:00 pm Callie Michael Parker
Grace Naylor Keenan
z Anne Kennison
Gloria McKeen Lifted Up Last Sunday
Mon, 3 Dec: Questions of Faith Session 6- A Passion for Christ: Mary Willard Joanne - Cole struggling with radiation
Paul, in the Parlor, 7:00 pm. Norma Strickland treatment
Judy & Diezela Marilyn - family of cousin Kenny, who
Tue, 4 Dec: No Mt Mansfield Bible Study due to concert passed away
Matthew C.
Elissa & Leif Judy - brother, painful kidney stone
Wed, 5 Dec: Advent Meditation Service 7 pm. See details in insert!
Greg Elissa - thankful for congregation that
Thu, 6 Dec: Champlain Affordable Housing conversation at Paula DeMichele welcomes children
First Congreg. Church, 2:00 pm Don Strickland Barb - thankful for so much new life in
Pastor-Parish Relations Team 7:00 pm Ellie Uckele our midst
Cole Judy M - thankful brother is now in
Annual Church Conference! Make a space in
Harley better place in his life
your week for this important meeting! 7 pm.
Gordon Mitchinson Kathryn - gift of family, travelling
Mon, 10 Dec: Monday Companions, Final Discussion of Canoeing Susan mercies this holiday season
the Mountains at Eve’s, 7:00 pm. (Unless Pastor Mitch Tim Morse family, Betsy more cancer
gets jury duty . . .)

Wed, 12 Dec: Advent Meditation Service 7 pm. Details in insert!

Thu, 13 Dec: Food Shelf Set Up, GSLC 6:30 pm


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Sat, 15 Dec: Food shelf Distribution, GSLC 9:00 am

Holiday Basket, details to follow

Sanctuary Decorating, details to follow Essex Center United Methodist Church


essex_umc@comcast.net tel. 878-8304
Wed, 19 Dec: Advent Meditation Service 7 pm. Details in insert! www.essexumc.com
Ministers: the entire congregation Lay Leader: Joshua Knox
Sun, 23 Dec: Children’s Christmas Pageant, 10 am Equipping Pastor: Rev. V. Mitchell Hay

Essex Center
cell tel. 881-3268 (feel free to call) mitchellhay@comcast.net
Office Manager: Heidi Evans
Mon, 24 Dec: Family Christmas Eve Service, 4:30 pm
Organ: Kathryn Parker Piano: June Packard
Traditional Lesson & Carols, 8:00 pm
Song Leader: Dana Thomas Projection: Sam Evans
Greeter - Sally Jablonski United Methodist Church
Ushers - Jeremy LeClair, Chuck LeClair, Dawn Hill-Fleury
Sun, 30 Dec: Celtic Prayer Service, 10 am 2 December 2018 First Sunday of Advent
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Essex Eats Out Schedule Essex Eats Out Schedule Essex Eats Out Schedule
Dec 7 - 1st Congreg. Dec 14 - Holy Family Dec 7 - 1st Congreg. Dec 14 - Holy Family Dec 7 - 1st Congreg. Dec 14 - Holy Family
Dec 21 - St James Dec 28 - EUMC Dec 21 - St James Dec 28 - EUMC Dec 21 - St James Dec 28 - EUMC

Announcements Announcements Announcements


We’ll be locking the doors to the fellowship hall when the We’ll be locking the doors to the fellowship hall when the We’ll be locking the doors to the fellowship hall when the
children go to Sunday School. Please arrive by 10 am if you need children go to Sunday School. Please arrive by 10 am if you need children go to Sunday School. Please arrive by 10 am if you need
the elevator as entry will be via the front door after that time. the elevator as entry will be via the front door after that time. the elevator as entry will be via the front door after that time.

The food shelf needs our help for the December distributions. The food shelf needs our help for the December distributions. The food shelf needs our help for the December distributions.
The need around the holidays is always larger than normal. All The need around the holidays is always larger than normal. All The need around the holidays is always larger than normal. All
the churches in this ministry in Essex-Underhill & Jericho are the churches in this ministry in Essex-Underhill & Jericho are the churches in this ministry in Essex-Underhill & Jericho are
asked to help. There are lots of different jobs assisting the clients asked to help. There are lots of different jobs assisting the clients asked to help. There are lots of different jobs assisting the clients
as they choose their groceries, move around the tables & carry as they choose their groceries, move around the tables & carry as they choose their groceries, move around the tables & carry
things out to their vehicles. Saturday, 15 December from 9 am, things out to their vehicles. Saturday, 15 December from 9 am, at things out to their vehicles. Saturday, 15 December from 9 am, at
at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, rte 15, Jericho. Park across Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, rte 15, Jericho. Park across the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, rte 15, Jericho. Park across the
the street at Clark’s Truck Center. street at Clark’s Truck Center. street at Clark’s Truck Center.

Parking: Our parking lot can get quite busy, please consider Parking: Our parking lot can get quite busy, please consider Parking: Our parking lot can get quite busy, please consider
parking across the street for Sunday Service, this will allow those parking across the street for Sunday Service, this will allow those parking across the street for Sunday Service, this will allow those
with small children and those that can’t walk as far to park close with small children and those that can’t walk as far to park close with small children and those that can’t walk as far to park close
by the church. by the church. by the church.

Boxes and Donations for Heifer are due Sunday, Dec 16th. Boxes and Donations for Heifer are due Sunday, Dec 16th. Boxes and Donations for Heifer are due Sunday, Dec 16th.

Poinsettias: If you would like to purchase a poinsettia to help Poinsettias: If you would like to purchase a poinsettia to help Poinsettias: If you would like to purchase a poinsettia to help
decorate our church for Christmas the flyers are inside the decorate our church for Christmas the flyers are inside the decorate our church for Christmas the flyers are inside the
bulletin. Please order by putting the flyer and the money in the bulletin. Please order by putting the flyer and the money in the bulletin. Please order by putting the flyer and the money in the
offering plate or on Heidi’s desk by Sunday, December 9. You offering plate or on Heidi’s desk by Sunday, December 9. You are offering plate or on Heidi’s desk by Sunday, December 9. You are
are encouraged to take your poinsettia home after Christmas. encouraged to take your poinsettia home after Christmas. encouraged to take your poinsettia home after Christmas.

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Wednesday Advent Meditation Services Wednesday Advent Meditation Services Wednesday Advent Meditation Services
One antidote to the craziness of the season is to take some One antidote to the craziness of the season is to take some One antidote to the craziness of the season is to take some
time to sloooow down. An ancient and effective tool for quieting time to sloooow down. An ancient and effective tool for quieting time to sloooow down. An ancient and effective tool for quieting
the chaos is Prayer and Meditation. Julia Davenport and Pastor the chaos is Prayer and Meditation. Julia Davenport and Pastor the chaos is Prayer and Meditation. Julia Davenport and Pastor
Mitch invite you to four Wednesdays of worship and meditation Mitch invite you to four Wednesdays of worship and meditation Mitch invite you to four Wednesdays of worship and meditation
for Advent and Christmas. We will bring together Eastern and for Advent and Christmas. We will bring together Eastern and for Advent and Christmas. We will bring together Eastern and
Western spiritual practices: Buddhist meditation, Taizé chant, Western spiritual practices: Buddhist meditation, Taizé chant, Western spiritual practices: Buddhist meditation, Taizé chant,
Ignatian Lectio Divina, Guided Meditation, Benedictine liturgy, Ignatian Lectio Divina, Guided Meditation, Benedictine liturgy, Ignatian Lectio Divina, Guided Meditation, Benedictine liturgy,
and more to help bring a sense of peace as we await the Prince of and more to help bring a sense of peace as we await the Prince of and more to help bring a sense of peace as we await the Prince of
Peace. Come join us! Peace. Come join us! Peace. Come join us!
Wednesday Advent Meditation Services Wednesday Advent Meditation Services Wednesday Advent Meditation Services
7:00 pm on December 5, 12, 19, 26 7:00 pm on December 5, 12, 19, 26 7:00 pm on December 5, 12, 19, 26

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An Advent Invitation from Joshua An Advent Invitation from Joshua An Advent Invitation from Joshua
Advent, the liturgical season we're about to enter, isn't "The Advent, the liturgical season we're about to enter, isn't "The Advent, the liturgical season we're about to enter, isn't "The
Christmas Season." It's the season in which we await the coming of Christmas Season." It's the season in which we await the coming of Christmas Season." It's the season in which we await the coming of
Christ in three ways: our celebration of his birth on December 25th; Christ in three ways: our celebration of his birth on December 25th; his Christ in three ways: our celebration of his birth on December 25th; his
his arrival into our hearts on a daily basis; and his ultimate return. arrival into our hearts on a daily basis; and his ultimate return. arrival into our hearts on a daily basis; and his ultimate return.
Nowadays our society has lost the original Advent spirit and prefers to Nowadays our society has lost the original Advent spirit and prefers to Nowadays our society has lost the original Advent spirit and prefers to
see the entire month between Thanksgiving and Christmas as a month- see the entire month between Thanksgiving and Christmas as a month- see the entire month between Thanksgiving and Christmas as a month-
long rush to buy the perfect gifts or indulge at 'holiday' parties. But we long rush to buy the perfect gifts or indulge at 'holiday' parties. But we long rush to buy the perfect gifts or indulge at 'holiday' parties. But we
have it in our power to reclaim the meaning of this month! Here's have it in our power to reclaim the meaning of this month! Here's what have it in our power to reclaim the meaning of this month! Here's what
what I will be doing: I will be doing: I will be doing:
In the spirit of solidarity with our persecuted brother- and sister- In the spirit of solidarity with our persecuted brother- and sister- In the spirit of solidarity with our persecuted brother- and sister-
Christians of the Middle East, I will be keeping the Oriental Christians of the Middle East, I will be keeping the Oriental Orthodox Christians of the Middle East, I will be keeping the Oriental Orthodox
Orthodox Fast on Wednesdays and Fridays (days on which they Fast on Wednesdays and Fridays (days on which they traditionally Fast on Wednesdays and Fridays (days on which they traditionally
traditionally fast). This doesn't mean I won't eat anything on those fast). This doesn't mean I won't eat anything on those days, but it does fast). This doesn't mean I won't eat anything on those days, but it does
days, but it does mean that I will follow a specific set of guidelines on mean that I will follow a specific set of guidelines on what I can eat. It's mean that I will follow a specific set of guidelines on what I can eat. It's
what I can eat. It's essentially the same as going vegan. Any money essentially the same as going vegan. Any money that I would have essentially the same as going vegan. Any money that I would have
that I would have otherwise spent on non-vegan food over the otherwise spent on non-vegan food over the course of the month otherwise spent on non-vegan food over the course of the month
course of the month will be donated. will be donated. will be donated.
I would love it if you could join me in this fast! Please watch this I would love it if you could join me in this fast! Please watch this I would love it if you could join me in this fast! Please watch this
space throughout Advent - starting next Sunday - for ways to keep this space throughout Advent - starting next Sunday - for ways to keep this space throughout Advent - starting next Sunday - for ways to keep this
fast and integrate it into your lives. This will include: fast and integrate it into your lives. This will include: fast and integrate it into your lives. This will include:
Vegan recipes Vegan recipes Vegan recipes
Scriptural passages & prayers for Wednesdays and Fridays Scriptural passages & prayers for Wednesdays and Fridays Scriptural passages & prayers for Wednesdays and Fridays
What to do with the money you've saved What to do with the money you've saved What to do with the money you've saved
Ways to share the fast on social media meaningfully Ways to share the fast on social media meaningfully Ways to share the fast on social media meaningfully
Have a blessed Advent! Have a blessed Advent! Have a blessed Advent!