Sunday, November 13, 2016

Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Morning Worship at 11 o’Clock

God of all nations, Father of the human family, we give you thanks for the freedom we exercise and the many blessings of democracy we enjoy in these United States of America.  We ask for your protection and guidance for all who devote themselves to the common good, working for justice and peace at home and around the world.  We lift up all our duly elected leaders and public servants, those who will serve us as presidents, legislators, and judges, those in the military and law enforcement.  Heal us from our differences and unite us, O Lord, with a common purpose, dedication, and commitment to achieve liberty and justice in the years ahead for all people and especially those who are most vulnerable in our midst.  Amen.

-US conference of Catholic Bishops

The Church Gathers

Organ Prelude “When Soon the Rivers Freeze”          English trad.

Words of Welcome and Announcements (by the minister)

A Word from our Bishop

You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress;  my God, in whom I trust.” – Psalm 91: 1-2

Beloved:

It is the day after another election in our country, another opportunity for us to exercise our civic duty and elect the next President of our United States. We express ourselves through our vote, our intentions and hopes and dreams for our nation. Unfortunately, our process often creates an atmosphere of winners and losers. Perhaps this perception was exacerbated during this unusually partisan political season. But, we are the United States of America, hopefully all striving toward a common purpose of peace, prosperity, and justice for all.

I am aware that some within our nation have reacted strongly to the election’s outcome. This is true within our conference as well. I have had conversation with persons who are wrestling with what it means for our future, for their personal safety, or the safety of those whom they love. Whatever our particular political persuasion, I hope that we are gracious enough to allow for the feelings and reactions of others. If there is celebration, may we make room for that celebration. If there is concern, may we receive that concern with sincerity and compassion. Some of our brothers and sisters are genuinely afraid. As fellow Christ-followers, it is my prayer that their concern is met with pastoral care and nurture. We need to understand that is okay to say we are not okay. If appropriate for your community, you might consider having a prayer service or other gathering to open sacred space for prayer, listening, or just a holy presence.

As you have heard me say before, the eagle never flies higher than the cross. Our nation’s politics do not supersede the work of God or the Holy Spirit. Our grounding is found at the foot of the cross, and our hope is built on Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of our faith. We are united, even as we experience this election differently. We are united in our faith, our love of God, and our love for one another. Amen and amen.

May Peace Be Yours, Bishop LaTrelle Easterling

† Choral Introit “This Is the House of the Lord” Donald Moore

This is the house of the Lord. Come before His presence with thanksgiving.

† Call to Worship

There are wars and rumors of war.
We trust Jesus.
There are signs of destruction to come, signs of terrorism and nuclear war, signs of environmental disaster.
We trust Jesus.
There are a thousand things we can do today: Sports, shopping, movies, texting, games, fun with friends, and things we may be tempted to enjoy but not want some others to know.
We trust Jesus.
Jesus sends us into this world, with its wars, its fears, it troubles, its distractions, its diversions, and its temptations.
We trust Jesus, and we follow him into this world, not out of it!
Listen to his voice. Rely on the Spirit’s strength.
Trust the love of the one he called Father.
We are sent to speak and live with one another
and our neighbors as living signs of God’s Truth.

† Hymn “I’ll Fly Away” No. 2282

Some glad morning when this life is o’er, I’ll fly away;
To a home on God’s celestial shore, I’ll fly away (I’ll fly away)
Chorus: I’ll fly away, Oh Glory I’ll fly away; (in the morning)
When I die, Hallelujah, by and by, I’ll fly away (I’ll fly away).

When the shadows of this life have gone, I’ll fly away;
Like a bird from prison bars has flown, I’ll fly away (I’ll fly away) Chorus

Just a few more weary days and then, I’ll fly away;
To a land where joy shall never end, I’ll fly away (I’ll fly away) Chorus

Morning Prayer (unison)  -US conference of Catholic Bishops

God of all nations, Father of the human family, we give you thanks for the freedom we exercise and the many blessings of democracy we enjoy in these United States of America.  We ask for your protection and guidance for all who devote themselves to the common good, working for justice and peace at home and around the world.  We lift up all our duly elected leaders and public servants, those who will serve us as presidents, legislators, and judges, those in the military and law enforcement.  Heal us from our differences and unite us, O Lord, with a common purpose, dedication, and commitment to achieve liberty and justice in the years ahead for all people and especially those who are most vulnerable in our midst.  Amen.

To Hear the Word

† From the Hebrew Scripture Isaiah 12 (responsive)

Caleb Knoll is the Liturgist.
I will give thanks to you, O Lord, for though you were angry with me,
your anger turned away, and you comforted me.
Surely God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid,
for the Lord God is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation.
With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
And you will say in that day: Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known his deeds among the nations;
proclaim that his name is exalted.
Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously;
let this be known in all the earth.
Shout aloud and sing for joy, O royal Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.

Anthem “I Will Lift Mine Eyes” Leo Sowerby

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
He will not suffer thy foot to be moved; He that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is thy keeper; thy shade upon thy right hand.
The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil. He shall preserve thy soul.
The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even forever more. Amen.

From the Hebrew Scripture Isaiah 65:17-25

For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating; for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy, and its people as a delight. I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and delight in my people; no more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it, or the cry of distress. No more shall there be in it an infant that lives but a few days, or an old person who does not live out a lifetime; for one who dies at a hundred years will be considered a youth, and one who falls short of a hundred will be considered accursed. They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat; for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be, and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labor in vain, or bear children for calamity; for they shall be offspring blessed by the Lord— and their descendants as well. Before they call I will answer, while they are yet speaking I will hear. The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox; but the serpent—its food shall be dust! They shall not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain, says the Lord.

Sermon “By your endurance you shall gain your souls” Rev. Travis Knoll

Luke 21:5-19: When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, he said, “As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down.” They asked him, “Teacher, when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?” And he said, “Beware that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name and say, ‘I am he!’ and, ‘The time is near!’ Do not go after them. “When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end will not follow immediately.” Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven. “But before all this occurs, they will arrest you and persecute you; they will hand you over to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors because of my name. This will give you an opportunity to testify. So make up your minds not to prepare your defense in advance; for I will give you words and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, by relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name. But not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your souls.

To Respond in Faith

† Hymn “Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life” No. 427

Where cross the crowded ways of life,
where sound the cries of race and clan,
above the noise of selfish strife,
we hear your voice, O Son of man.

In haunts of wretchedness and need,
on shadowed thresholds dark with fears,
from paths where hide the lures of greed,
we catch the vision of your tears.

From tender childhood’s helplessness,
from woman’s grief, man’s burdened toil,
from famished souls, from sorrow’s stress,
your heart has never known recoil.

The cup of water given for you still
holds the freshness of your grace;
yet long these multitudes to view
the sweet compassion of your face.

O Master, from the mountainside
make haste to heal these hearts of pain;
among these restless throngs abide;
O tread the city’s streets again.

Till all the world shall learn your love
and follow where your feet have trod,
till, glorious from your heaven above,
shall come the city of our God!

The Collection of Tithes and Offerings

Offertory “Two Dwellings” Jane Marshall

Lord! thou hast told us that there be
Two dwellings that belong to Thee;
And those two – that’s the wonder -
Are far asunder.

The one the highest heaven is,
The mansions of eternal bliss;
The other’s the contrite
And humble spirit.

Though heaven be high, the gate is low,
And he that comes in there must bow;
The lofty looks shall ne’er
Have entrance there.

O God! since Thou delight’st to rest
Within the humble, contrite breast,
First make me so to be;
Then dwell with me.

† Presentation of Tithes and Offerings (unison) No. 99

To God be the glory, to God be the glory, to God be the glory for the things he hath done.
With his blood he has saved me; with his power he has raised me; to God be the glory for the things he hath done.

Pastoral Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer (unison)

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, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

And Scatters to Be the Church in the World

† Hymn “Marching to Zion” No. 733

Come, we that love the Lord, and let our joys be known;
join in a song with sweet accord, join in a song with sweet accord
and thus surround the throne, and thus surround the throne.
Refrain: We’re marching to Zion, beautiful, beautiful Zion;
we’re marching upward to Zion, the beautiful city of God.

Let those refuse to sing who never knew our God;
but children of the heavenly King, but children of the heavenly King
may speak their joys abroad, may speak their joys abroad. (Refrain)

The hill of Zion yields a thousand sacred sweets
before we reach the heavenly fields, before we reach the heavenly fields,
or walk the golden streets, or walk the golden streets. (Refrain)

Then let our songs abound, and every tear be dry;
we’re marching through Emmanuel’s ground, we’re marching through Emmanuel’s ground,
to fairer worlds on high, to fairer worlds on high.  (Refrain)

† Dismissal with Blessing

Go, and when the way is hard, endure in faith
We go now, to be God’s people.

† Choral Response “Amen” Anon.

Amen.

† Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

† Organ Postlude “Postlude No.4 in D” Blake

 

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