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  • John T. Redman, CRE

November 14 Worship - Commitment Sunday

Hello Union Church Presbyterians,

Worship this Sunday, November 14 will be in-person and streamed on YouTube to view at home. We will share prayers, songs, and reflections.

HOW TO VIEW ON YOUTUBE: YouTube broadcast will begin at 10:25 am.


Union Church, Newburgh NY

November 14, 2021 10:30 am



CONGREGATIONAL MEETING NEXT Sunday, Nov 21 to amend by-laws and elect Deacons and Elders for the class of 2024. Text of by-laws amendment at the back of sanctuary.

POINSETTIA envelopes are available in the pews. Orders and dedications due NEXT Sunday, Nov 21. Floral prices have skyrocketed during the pandemic, including Christmas poinsettias. After years of holding the price at $15, we are forced to raise the price to $18 each.

USHERS today are Dave & Sue Young

Thank you to all the volunteer ushers who signed up for November and December. Ushers still needed for Christmas service. If you would like to usher, contact Dan and Karen Olson.

FELLOWSHIP TIME HOSTS today are Jim & Kitty Alber

Hosting can be simple. Host with a friend! Signup chart in the Fellowship Hall.

REMINDER: PER CAPITA is $38.83 for each member. Union Church greatly appreciates the support of each member paying their per capita. Thank you!

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD is right around the corner and needs children gift items. Drop off donations in the box in the entryway. Join us for packing more boxes THIS Sunday, Nov 14. If you are filling your own box, they are due Sunday, Nov 21. Please drop off completed boxes in Fellowship Hall.

THANKSGIVING SERVICE TODAY at 4pm. the Greater Newburgh Interfaith Council will hold a Thanksgiving service at Union.

DEACONS and THANKSGIVING: The Deacons are working with Loaves and Fishes this year to provide both monetary and food support for Thanksgiving—and asking the congregation for assistance. Last year, Loaves and Fishes helped 700 local families celebrate and fed over 3,000 people. It costs about $50 per feast. If you want to donate a check, please make it out to “Union Church,” write “Loaves and Fishes” in the memo and leave it in the tray at the back of the church. If you want to donate food, they need gravy, mashed potato mix, cranberry sauce, rice, and stuffing mix. Dry goods can be left with the Food Pantry, make sure to mark it for Loaves and Fishes. Donations due THIS Friday, Nov 19.

HANGING OF THE GREENS NEXT Sunday, Nov 21 after service. The Joshua Tree will also be in place for giving.

FOOD PANTRY: NEXT OPEN Monday, Nov 22 and Wednesday, Nov 24 from 9:30-11:30 am.


**Kindly stand if you are able

PRELUDE “We Gather Together to Ask the Lord's Blessing” arr. Wilbur Held

CALL TO WORSHIP (Adapted from Psalm 16)

Leader: Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.

PEOPLE: I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.”

Leader: As for the holy ones in the land, they are the noble, in whom is all my delight.

PEOPLE: The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.

Leader: I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also, my heart instructs me.

PEOPLE: Therefore, my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; my body also rests secure.

ALL: You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.


O God, we are mindful of the wonders, you work among us – wonder of your forgiveness, being anxious to reconcile; the wonder of your patience, being slow to anger; the wonder of your mercy, being abundant in love; the wonder of your faithfulness, being loathe to forsake; Arise, O God, as we behold your glory. Amen.


**OPENING HYMN “All Things Bright and Beautiful” BLUE #267


We stumble about blindly in the dark. Bring us light to show our pathways, dear God. Please join me in our prayer of confession.


Merciful God of compassion and justice, take pity on us as we confess our sin. We are not the stewards Christ calls us to be. Riches possess us while others go hungry. We abuse your creation with pollution and strife. Your goodness is betrayed by out lust for power. Help us hear once again Christ’s call to be faithful, and through him forgive us as we repent. Amen.

(a moment for silent personal confession)


The forgiveness of our sins is as vast and deep as God’s love for us. By the Grace of Jesus, we are forgiven. Amen.



**APOSTLES CREED (Adapted by John Redman)

I Believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth,

And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Messiah, who was born of a young peasant woman, trained as a carpenter, and baptized by His cousin John. He taught many, He healed many, and He angered many. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried. He defeated death and offers us grace and love in the name of God the Father Almighty; from that time through all time to come. I believe in the power of the Holy Spirit; the universal Church of Christ; the Communion of sharing our gifts with others; the forgiveness of our sins; the Grace of God’s love, and that each soul may have life everlasting. Amen.

HYMN OF PRAISE “For the Fruit Of All Creation” BLUE #553


Prepare our hearts, O God, to accept your Word. Silence in us any voices but your own, so that we may hear your Word and also live it, through Christ our Lord. Amen.


OLD TESTAMENT Daniel 12:1-3 Libby Szymanowicz

EPISTLE Hebrews 10: 11-20

GOSPEL Mark 13: 1-13

SERMON Piecing the Puzzle John Redman, CRE


Dearest Lord we come to you in awe and admiration of everything we know, and in no telling of how much we still don’t know. We ask that we can grasp the enormity of our responsibilities to our fellow humans, and they to us, as well. Guide us in understanding how we can follow the journey of faith set before us by the example of Jesus. And we ask for the special touch of your healing hand on those we name here:

Gracious God, keep in our hearts all those whose names you already know and who ask for healing in their own quiet ways, and let us join to pray as Jesus taught us, 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.


Let us all consider what we have been blessed with and how we can best share it with those in greater need, even as we gift our church for its greater work to the Glory of God and the undying love of Jesus.

OFFERTORY “Voluntary in F” Eric H. Thiman



Gracious God, accept our gifts in tribute, they be put to good and purposeful use in assisting those in greater need even as we seek to serve you and our community and the greater world. This we gratefully pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.

HYMN OF PARTING “What A Friend We Have in Jesus” BLUE #403


The Lord Bless you and Keep you.

The Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you.

The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. Amen

CLOSING VOLUNTARY “God Bless our Native land”



John Redman, CRE

Mobile: (914) 474-0722

Union Church

44 Balmville Rd, Newburgh NY 12550

Phone: (845) 562-0954 Fax: (845) 562-0955

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