November 7 Worship - Communion
Hello Union Church Presbyterians,
Worship this Sunday, November 7 will be in-person and streamed on YouTube to view at home. We will share prayers, songs, and reflections. We will be celebrating Communion this Sunday.
HOW TO VIEW ON YOUTUBE: YouTube broadcast will begin at 10:25 am.
For ALL devices: https://www.youtube.com/user/NewburghPresby
ORDER OF WORSHIP
Union Church, Newburgh NY
November 7, 2021 10:30 am
TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING Sunday, Nov 21 to elect 1 new Deacon and 1 new Elder.
POINSETTIA envelopes are available in the pews. Dedications due by Sunday, Nov 21.
DEACON Meeting Sunday, Nov 14 at 9:30 AM in the Parlor.
USHERS today are Sue Sloat and Donna Trafagander
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 is Outreach Committee.
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!
SUNDAY SCHOOL: Please complete a registration form and return to the office. For more info, call the office (845) 562-0954.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD is right around the corner. Packing Party Sunday, Nov 7. Information will be posted on the Union Facebook page. For more info, contact Yvette Pickard.
THANKSGIVING: Sunday, Nov 14 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 by Nov 19.
HANGING OF THE GREENS Sunday, Nov 21 after service. The Joshua Tree will also be in place for giving.
FOOD PANTRY: NEXT OPEN Monday, Nov 8 and Wednesday, Nov 10 from 9:30-11:30 am.
Big thank you to United Way of Dutchess and Orange for their Day of Sharing program, where local businesses contributed a variety of goods for free to local Food Pantries.
ORDER OF WORSHIP
**Kindly sand if you are able
PRELUDE “Chorale Prelude on EIN FESTE BURG” by Johann Nikolaus Hanff
CALL TO WORSHIP Adapted from Psalm 104
Leader: Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, you are very great. PEOPLE: You are clothed with honor and majesty ,wrapped in light as with a garment. You stretch out the heavens like a tent, Leader: You set the beams of your chambers on the waters ,you make the clouds your chariot, you ride on the wings of the wind, PEOPLE: You make the winds your messengers, fire and flame your ministers.
Leader: You set the earth on its foundations, so that it shall never be shaken. PEOPLE: You make springs gush forth in the valleys; they flow between the hills, Leader: By the streams the birds of the air have their nests; they sing among the branches.
PEOPLE: From your lofty abode you water the mountains; the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work.
God our Creator, we come together here in this company to give thanks for all that you have provided for us and to make known our devotion to you and all the universe that you oversee, from the time before time to that time in eternity, Amen.
MESSAGE FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES
**OPENING HYMN “Spirit of God Descend Upon My Heart” #290 RED
CALL TO CONFESSION
As humans, we are flawed and sinful creatures, and time and again we come to ask for forgiveness. Please join me in our shared prayer of confession
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Oh God, who appointed Christ our high priest, may he intercede for us as we confess our sin. We are lame when don’t walk by faith. We are blind when we don’t seek your truth. We crave self-fulfillment, rather than righteousness. Our sins keep us in bondage to ourselves. Through Jesus, release us from our captivity, and in him forgive us. (a moment for silent personal confession)
ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS
Remember that Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by God, the Father. We confess our sins with the assurance that Christ intercedes on our behalf as through him 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 “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” #43 RED
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
Gracious God, we do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from your mouth. Make us hungry for this heavenly food, that it may nourish us today in the ways of eternal life; through Jesus Christ, the bread of heaven. Amen.
OLD TESTAMENT Joel 2: 28-31 John Safran
NEW TESTAMENT Revelation 21: 1-6a
GOSPEL Mark 12: 38-44
SERMON Small Things and Big Things John Redman, CRE
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER
Creator God our Father, we come to you in prayer, sometimes too often, and more frequently not often enough as we ask you to watch over each of us in these challenging times of disease and destruction and to lend us some of your unending strength and undying love as we go along our own journeys of faith in your footsteps, even in those times when you lift and carry us along the path. And we ask for your special healing 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, as we join together in our most sacred of sacraments, your Holy Communion.
COMMUNION HYMN For the Bread Which You Have Broken #772 RED
Invitation to the Table
Responsive Communion Liturgy (See below)
Leader: Lift up your hearts.
PEOPLE: We lift them to the Lord.
Leader: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
PEOPLE: It is right to give thanks and praise.
Leader: It is right to praise you, Father, Lord of all creation; in your love you made us for yourself. When we turned away you did not reject us but came to meet us in your Son.
PEOPLE: You embraced us as your children and welcomed us to sit and eat with you.
Leader: In Christ you shared our life that we might live in him and he in us. He opened his arms of love upon the cross and made for all the perfect sacrifice for sin. On the night he was betrayed, at supper with his friends he took bread, and gave you thanks; he broke it and gave it to them, saying: Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me.
PEOPLE: Father, we do this in remembrance of him: his body is the bread of life.
Leader: At the end of supper, taking the cup of wine, he gave you thanks, and said: Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins; do this in remembrance of me.
PEOPLE: Father, we do this in remembrance of him: his blood is shed for all.
Leader: As we proclaim his death and celebrate his rising in glory, send your Holy Spirit that this bread and this wine may be to us the body and blood of your dear Son. As we eat and drink these holy gifts. With your whole Church throughout the world we offer you this sacrifice of praise and lift our voice to join the eternal song of heaven:
PEOPLE: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.
Leader: Let us come together in prayer as Jesus taught us:
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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
Words of Institution
Prayer after Communion
**PASSING OF THE PEACE
OFFERING OF TITHES AND GIFTS
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 “A Mighty Fortress is our God!” setting by Johann Kittel
PRAYER OF THANKS
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.
**POSTLUDE “Lord Bless You and Keep You” #845 RED
as a sung BENEDICTION
INVITATION TO FELLOWSHIP TIME
John Redman, CRE
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