• John T. Redman, CRE

November 21 Worship

Hello Union Church Presbyterians,

Worship this Sunday, November 21 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.

For ALL devices:


Union Church, Newburgh NY

November 21, 2021 10:30 am



BRIEF CONGREGATIONAL MEETING TODAY right after service 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 TODAY. 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.

OFFICE CLOSED THIS week: Thursday, Nov 25 and Friday, Nov 26.

USHERS today are Jim Alber and Dave 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 Theresa Cotanche and Gerri McDonald

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. Boxes due TODAY. Please drop off completed boxes in Fellowship Hall.

HANGING OF THE GREENS TODAY after Fellowship. JOSHUA TREE this year will once again provide Food Pantry recipients with personal items that will free up cash for them to buy gifts for their families. There will be 88 ornaments! Ornaments gifts will include, dish soap, liquid hand soap, toothpaste, laundry detergent, bags of candy and boxes of cookies. Please return the ornament with the donation so the Deacons can keep track of ornaments left to be returned.

FOOD PANTRY: NEXT OPEN Monday, Nov 22 and Wednesday, Nov 24 from 9:30-11:30 am. Serving LOTS of people! If you would like to help, contact Kathy or Debby.


**Kindly stand if you are able

ORGAN PRELUDE All Glory Be to God on High Johann Gottfried Walther

CALL TO WORSHIP (Adapted from Psalm 93)

Leader: The LORD is king, he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed, he is girded with strength. He has established the world; it shall never be moved; PEOPLE: your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting. Leader: The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their roaring. PEOPLE: More majestic than the thunders of mighty waters, more majestic than the waves of the sea, majestic on high is the LORD! ALL: Your decrees are very sure; holiness befits your house, O LORD, forevermore.


O God of enduring compassion and mercy, your dominion is unending and your judgment forthright. We live by your grace, assured by your love 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.


**OPENING HYMN All Glory Be to God on High Blue #133


As we approach the Day of Thanksgiving this week, along with our thanks let us remember that although we sin, we are always forgiven. Let us confess our sins together.

Creator of us all, you give us life and love and all of creation, yet we waste ourselves and our resources through selfishness and greed. You bring us light, yet we hide in the shadows of our own sins. Forgive us dearest Lord, as you shine the light of your grace on our pathways through the love of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

(a moment for silent personal confession)


Jesus came, not to be a king of the earth, or a king of humans, but he shares his throne with Almighty God as the king of all creation. And by his grace, we are forgiven. 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.

**HYMN OF PRAISE Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor Blue #154


Almighty God, in you are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Open our eyes that we may see the wonders of your Word; and give us grace that we may clearly understand and freely choose the way of your wisdom; through Christ our Lord, Amen.


OLD TESTAMENT Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 Paul and Debby Hill

NEW TESTAMENT Revelation 1:4b-8

GOSPEL John 18:33-38

SERMON Washed in the Blood? John Redman, CRE


Heavenly Creator we come before you with thanks and adoration for the many treasures you have blessed upon us, with the most excellent treasure being the gift of your son Jesus Christ to show us the simplicity of love and grace amidst the turmoil of his time, even as we struggle with our own turmoil in our time. We know that you continue to watch over us as we navigate the strange and new ways that this pandemic has taught us. And we ask for your special healing touch for 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 “Meditation on DIADEMATA” Charles Callahan



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 Crown Him with Many Crowns Blue 151


May the road rise up to meet you and the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields; and until we meet again may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

CLOSING VOLUNTARY Fugue on “Crown Him with Many Crowns” Charles Callahan



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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