November 12, 2023 Bulletin
ORDER OF WORSHIP
November 12, 2023 10:30 AM
TWENTY FOURTH 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 The Wisdom of Solomon, Chapter 6)
Leader: Wisdom is radiant and unfading, and she is easily discerned by those who love her, and is found by those who seek her.
PEOPLE: She hastens to make herself known to those who desire her.
Leader: One who rises early to seek her will have no difficulty, for she will be found sitting at the gate.
PEOPLE: To fix one’s thought on her is perfect understanding, and one who is vigilant on her account will soon be free from care.
Leader: The beginning of wisdom is the most sincere desire for instruction, and concern for
instruction is love of her,
PEOPLE: and love of her is the keeping of her laws, and giving heed to her laws is
assurance of immortality,
Leader: and immortality brings one near to God;
PEOPLE: so the desire for wisdom leads to a kingdom.
God of all, we come before you today to worship your message of love and grace to all creation. We ask you to open our hearts and minds to your word, and to be mindful of those who are not here today but are with us in spirit as we pray in the name of our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
**OPENING HYMN: “Spirit of the Living God” Red #297
CALL TO CONFESSION
We struggle in our lives, in our thoughts, and in our hearts. Let us come to God to relieve
ourselves of our doubts, and our failings as we reach a new closer understanding of the
awesome power and love our Creator. Let us pray together.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Gracious Lord, we come to you as your children knowing that we follow a broken pathway.
Show us the true path of faith that we can walk with you in this life and all of our lives to come. We thank you for the blessings we receive from you, as manna was given to those
who wandered in the wilderness, and we are grateful for the message of your unfailing love through Jesus. Amen
(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.
**AFFIRMATION OF FAITH (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.
**PASSING OF THE PEACE
**HYMN OF PRAISE “Take My Life and Let it Be” Red #568
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
Lord, open our hearts and minds by the power of your Holy Spirit, that as the Scriptures are
read and your Word is proclaimed, we may hear with joy what you say to us today and carry it home with us in our hearts. Amen.
OLD TESTAMENT READING Joshua 24: 14-25 Dan Olson
EPISTLE READING 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18
GOSPEL READING Matthew 24: 15-24
SERMON MESSAGE Prophecies, Horrors, & False Messiahs 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 “God of Mercy Grant us Blessing”
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 “Go with Us, Lord” Blue #535
Leader: God sends us into the world,
People: so we may see Jesus at work in all the desolate places.
Leader: As one with compassion, Jesus calls,
People: so we may follow him to those who live on the fringe of life.
Leader: The Spirit opens our ears and our hearts,
People: so we may hear the cries looking for hope.
POSTLUDE “Sing to the Lord of Harvest” Mary Lee Farris, Piano
John Redman, CRE
Mobile: (914) 474-0722
44 Balmville Rd, Newburgh NY 12550
Phone: (845) 562-0954 Fax: (845) 562-0955