Bulletin November 19, 2023
ORDER OF WORSHIP
November 19, 2023 10:30 AM
TWENTY FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
If you have individual prayer requests, please write them on prayer cards in the pews and bring them up or give them to an usher during the prelude.
**Kindly stand if you are able
PRELUDE Organ Prelude Mary Lee Farris, Organ
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
CALL TO WORSHIP (Adapted from Psalm 90)
Leader: Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.
PEOPLE: Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.Leader: You turn us back to dust, and say, "Turn back, you mortals."PEOPLE: For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past, or like a watch in the night.Leader: You sweep them away; they are like a dream, like grass that is renewed in the morning;PEOPLE: in the morning it flourishes and is renewed; in the evening it fades and withers.Leader: For we are consumed by your anger; by your wrath we are overwhelmed.PEOPLE: You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your countenance.
Leader: For all our days pass away under your wrath; our years come to an end like a sigh.
O God of enduring compassion and mercy, your dominion is unending and your love envelopes us. We live by your grace, and we are in awe of your spirit who guides and sustains us. We gather with your presence to worship you, as we abide in your realm of creation. In this we pray, Amen.
**OPENING HYM “Open My Eyes that I May See” Red #557
CALL TO CONFESSION
Thanksgiving reminds us all of our good fortune and the blessings of our God. But we are shadowed by transgressions that we may not even be aware of. Let us come together. In prayer
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Lord, we are incomplete beings searching far and wide to be made whole. Though we try as hard as we might, we will never find completeness in the worldly things we acquire to fill the void. Fill our hearts with the peace that goes beyond all understanding. Call to us, that we may come to you with repentant hearts. Help all to see that your kingdom has come near and that it is You, and only You, whom we’ve been searching for all along.
(a moment for silent personal confession)
ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS
Hear the genuine Good News of the Gospels and know that through God’s infinite love we are always forgiven. In his name, Amen.
**APOSTLES CREED (Traditional)
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary, Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried. He descended into hell; The third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; The Holy catholic Church, the Communion of Saints; The Forgiveness of sins; The Resurrection of the body, And the Life everlasting. Amen.
**PASSING OF THE PEACE
**HYMN OF PRAISE “Praise My Soul the King of Heaven” Red #26
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
Dearest God, source of all light, by your Word you give light to the soul. Pour out on us the spirit of wisdom and understanding that our hearts and minds may be opened as we stand in the bright light of your grace and love. Amen.
OLD TESTAMENT READING Judges 4:1-7 Libby Szymanowicz
EPISTLE READING 1 Thessalonians 5: 1-11
GOSPEL READING MATTHEW 25: 14-30
SERMON MESSAGE Up Against the Will of the Lord? John Redman, CRE
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
And Lord we pray for those in our own hearts whose names you already know, for their own healing and comfort, in your name and that of our redeemer Jesus Christ, who taught to pray, saying:
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 debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen
OUR TITHES AND OFFERINGS
We give freely from the bounty we have been given by our Gracious God. May what we offer in these moments help to become the very blessing and hope that others need. This we pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
OFFERTORY “Come, Ye Thankful People Come”
PRAYER OF THANKS
Lord God, we thank you for these gifts. As we follow in faith, may we find ways to honor you by giving of our treasure, our time and our talents to glorify you and our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
**CLOSING HYMN: “Lord, Let us now Depart in Peace” Red # 842
POSTLUDE: “Sing to the Lord of Harvest” Mary Lee Farris, Piano
John Redman, CRE
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