Order of Worship
November 19, 2017
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We Open Ourselves to God and Each Other
Prelude “A Thanksgiving Trilogy” Valdone Affra, Piano Joe Wilkinson, Organ
Welcome and Announcements
Choral Introit “Gather Us In”
*Call to Worship
Liturgist: This is the Lord’s Day, the day of wonder and grace.
People: This is the day to worship the One who calls us here.
Liturgist: This is the Lord’s Day, the day we are given joy and peace.
People: This is the day promised to us, the day of healing and renewal.
Liturgist: This is the Lord’s Day, and it has come just in time!
People: This is the day we gather with hope, with faith, with love!
*Hymn #131 “We Gather Together”
Call to Reconciliation
When we remember all the mistakes we have made, all the careless words we have spoken, all the contempt we have given to those around us, we have trouble looking God in the eye. But God gazes at us with mercy and love, waiting to forgive us, even as we hesitate to speak of the brokenness of our hearts. Join me as we pray, saying,
Unison Prayer of Forgiveness
Again we must confess, Master of the Universe, our struggles to be faithful disciples. Entrusted with all your gifts, we become fearful once again of misusing them, missing the chance to be a blessing to others. Invited to dance in the light of your love, we stand against the wall once again, keeping company with our old friend, sin. Called to be emptied for those who struggle in life, we fill ourselves once again, with scorn for the poor choices they make.
Have mercy, Journeying God, have mercy on us. Once again, open our eyes to your kingdom in our midst, so we might discover that your day of hope and grace has already come in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
Silence is kept.
Assurance of Pardon
Pastor: This is the good news: God intends for us to find life, to embrace hope, to receive forgiveness through Jesus Christ, our Servant.
People: The end of our journey is not rejection and emptiness, but the fullness of grace and hope in our God.
Thanks be to God, we are forgiven. Amen.
*Passing the Peace
We invite the congregation to openly greet one another. Show a smile, shake a hand, give a hug. Let’s share God’s love with one another. During the singing of “Blest Be the Tie That Binds” please find your way back to your seat as we continue fellowship.
*Song of Response sung while on the way back to our seats
#557 “Blest Be the Tie That Binds”
Blest be the tie that binds
Our hearts in Christian love.
The fellowship of kindred minds
Is like to that above.
Moment as Children
We Listen Together for the Divine Word
Anthem “All Good Gifts”
Prayer of Illumination
Prepare our hearts, O God, to receive your Word.
Silence in us any distractions,
allow us to have clarity of mind,
that we may understand your will
and follow your way that leads to life,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
1st Scripture Reading Psalm 123, pew Bible p. 498
One: Here ends the reading
All: Thanks be to God.
2nd Scripture Reading Matthew 25:14-30, pew Bible p. 807
One: Here ends the reading
All: Thanks be to God.
Sermon “Empire Resistance” Rev. Charlene Hill
We Respond to God’s Call
*Hymn of Response “Count Your Blessings” insert
Invitation to the Offering
Offertory “Blessings” Valdone Affra, Piano Joe Wilkinson, Organ
*Doxology #95 “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow”
Sharing of Joys and Concerns
Congregants are invited to share requests for prayer.
After each the pastor will offer: “Come Holy Spirit…”
And the people respond: “Hear our prayer!”
The Lord’s Prayer unison
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 sins,
as we forgive those who sin 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 #102 “Now Thank We All Our God”
Benediction Rev. Charlene Hill
Pastor: Rev. Charlene Hill
Liturgist: Micah Gleason
Director of Music – Organist: Joe Wilkinson
Join us next Sunday as Devon Coachmen returns and will provide special music for the service. In addition to the spoken word the service will include lots of congregational singing of favorite praise music. It will be a service of inspiration, joy and Thanksgiving!
Our guest pianist today, Valdon Arffa, will present a piano recital on Saturday Dec. 2nd at 2:30 PM in Ganz Hall, Roosevelt University. She is completing a degree in piano performance. The congregation is invited.
Sunday, December 3rd marks the beginning of Advent when services will include sermons and music based round the themes of Hope, Love, Joy and Peace as we look ahead to the celebration of the birth of Christ.
Sunday December 24th, we will have our regular worship service at 10:30 and all are invited to return for a very special Candle Light Christmas Eve service at 7 PM. The service will include scripture, special music and carols. It is a wonderful way to bring in Christmas with family and invited friends.