November 10 , 2019
“We are a diverse, Christ-centered people, learning together
and reaching out to serve the community in faith, hope, and love.
*Please stand as you are able
We Open Ourselves to God and Each Other
Prelude “Jubilee Suite” Young
Welcome Rev. Hill
Choral Introit “Ye Servants of God”
*Call to Worship
One: The God who is greater than we will ever understand,
All: is humbled to become one of us.
One: The God who is more loving that our hearts dare imagine,
All: gives us more grace than we ever realize.
One: The God who is wiser than we will ever know,
All: teaches us all we need to become God’s children.
*Hymn “O Worship the King” vs: 1, 3 & 5 #73
Call to Reconciliation
One: We often think God is ‘out there’ somewhere, distant and uncaring. But God hears our hearts, God shares our struggles, God walks with us as we try to be faithful disciples. Let us come to the One who is as close as the very breath we take in this moment to confess the brokenness of our lives. Please join me as we pray,
Prayer of Confession (unison)
We are so easily confused by what the world tells us, Watching God, that we forget the stories of faith we heard as children. We are so fearful of tomorrow, we are not aware of your Spirit with us today. We are so busy wondering ‘what if?’ or ‘suppose?’ – we cannot hear the promises you whisper to us.
So once again, Gracious God, have mercy on us. You know our hearts so well – touch them with your grace. You see our deepest fears – heal them with your peace. You hear our secret longings – speak to them of your hope. This we pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
Silence is kept
Assurance of Pardon
One: The One who searches our broken hearts has found the way to mend them and make us new people. The good news is that everything God has done in Christ is for us, that we might be made whole.
All: With kindness and with justice, God makes us new people. We will sing our thanks through all eternity. Great is God and greatly to be praised! Amen.
*Passing of 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 on the way back to our seats)
“Blest Be the Tie That Binds” 1 Verse # 557
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 “Now Let Us All Praise God and Sing” Young
Prayer of Illumination
Gracious God, as we turn to your Word for us, may the Spirit of God rest upon us. Help us to be steadfast in our hearing, in our speaking, in our believing, and in our living. Amen.
1st Scripture Reading Psalm 98, pew Bible p. 480
One: Here ends the reading
All: Thanks be to God.
2nd Scripture Reading II Thessalonians 2: 1-5, pew Bible pp. 961, 962
One: Here ends the reading
All: Thanks be to God.
Sermon “Say Something Positive” Rev. Hill
We Respond to God’s Call
*Hymn “Many Gifts, One Spirit” #144
Invitation to the Offering
Offertory “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” Carter
“Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow” # 95
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise God, all creatures here below;
Praise God above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen
Sharing Joys and Concerns
You 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.
*Closing Hymn “Whom Shall I Send?” #582
Benediction Rev. Hill
In Worship Today
Pastor: Rev. Charlene Hill
Director of Music – Organist: Joe Wilkinson
Liturgist: Maxine Yokley
1st Scripture Reading, Psalm 98 (pew Bible p. 480)
1 O sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done marvelous things.
His right hand and his holy arm
have gotten him victory.
2 The LORD has made known his victory;
he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations.
3 He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness
to the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the victory of our God.
4 Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth;
break forth into joyous song and sing praises.
5 Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre,
with the lyre and the sound of melody.
6 With trumpets and the sound of the horn
make a joyful noise before the King, the LORD.
7 Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
the world and those who live in it.
8 Let the floods clap their hands;
let the hills sing together for joy
9 at the presence of the LORD, for he is coming
to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
and the peoples with equity.
2nd Scripture Reading, II Thessalonians 2: 1-5 (pew Bible pp. 961, 962)
The Man of Lawlessness
2 As to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we beg you, brothers and sisters,[a] 2 not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as though from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord is already here. 3 Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day will not come unless the rebellion comes first and the lawless one[b] is revealed, the one destined for destruction.[c] 4 He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, declaring himself to be God. 5 Do you not remember that I told you these things when I was still with you?