Sunday, November 12, 2017

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost/Healing Prayers and Recognition of Veterans

Morning Worship at 11:00 a.m.

Joshua said, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” ― Joshua 24:15b

*Please Stand, As You Are Able

Prelude –

Words of Welcome and Announcements Lay Leader, John Strawbridge

* Choral Introit –Come, Let Us Gather (trad., arr. BSM)                                                    Choir

Come, let us gather now to sing, praises and thanks to God, the King.  God’s love surpasses everything.

* Call to Worship Psalm 4 (with musical response where there is an “R”) Hymnal 741

Response (Easter and General): There is a balm in Gilead, to make the wounded whole.

L: (1)     Answer me when I call, O God of my right!

ALL:     You have given me room when I was in distress.

ALL:     Be gracious to me, and hear my prayer.

L: (2)     How long, O people, shall my honor suffer shame?

ALL:     How long will you love vain words, and seek after lies?

L: (3)     But know that the Lord has set apart the righteous as God’s

L:     Own;

ALL:     The Lord hears when I call.

Response (Easter and General): There is a balm in Gilead, to make the wounded whole.

L: (4)     Be angry, but do not sin;

ALL:     Commune with your own hearts in your beds, and be

ALL:     Silent.

L: (5)     Offer right sacrifices,

ALL:     And put in your trust in the Lord.

L: (6)     There are many who say, “O that we might see some good!

ALL:     Lift up the light of your countenance upon us, O Lord!”

L: (7)     You have put more joy in my heart

L:     Than they have when their grain and wine abound.

ALL:     (8)     In peace I will both lie down and sleep;

ALL:     For you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety.

* Song – There is A Balm in Gilead Hymnal 375

1. There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole; there is a balm in Gilead to heal the sin-sick soul. Sometimes I feel discouraged, and think my work’s in vain. But then the Holy Spirit revives my soul again.

2. There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole; there is a balm in Gilead to heal the sin-sick soul. Don’t ever feel discouraged, for Jesus is your friend, and if you look for knowledge he’ll ne’er refuse to lend.

3. There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole; there is a balm in Gilead to heal the sin-sick soul. If you can’t preach like Peter, if you can’t pray like Paul, just tell the love of Jesus, and say he died for all.


O God, the giver of health and salvation, we give thanks to you for the gift of oil

as your holy apostles anointed many who were sick and healed them,
so pour out your Holy Spirit on us and on this gift of oil,
that those who in faith and repentance receive this anointing may be made whole;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Please be in an attitude of prayer during anointing—when all have been anointed we will sing:

Prayer Song – It is Well with My Soul (Verses 1 and 2) Hymnal 377

1. When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll; whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say, It is well, it well with my soul. It is well (It is well) with my soul, (with my soul,) it is well, it is well with my soul.

2. Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come, let this blest assurance control, that Christ has regarded my helpless estate, and hath shed his own blood for my soul. It is well (It is well) with my soul, (with my soul,) it is well, it is well with my soul.

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer(You may pray either version printed below or another that you know.)

Methodist Version
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.

or thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.  Amen.
Modern Ecumenical Version
Our God in heaven:
your holy name be honored,
your kin-dom come, your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from the evil one.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory
are yours now and always.  Amen.

Prayer Song – It is Well with My Soul (Verses 3 and 4) Hymnal 377

3. My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought! My sin, not in part but the whole, is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more, praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul! It is well (It is well) with my soul, (with my soul,) it is well, it is well with my soul.

4. And, Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight, the clouds be rolled back as a scroll; the trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend, even so, it is well with my soul. It is well (It is well) with my soul, (with my soul,) it is well, it is well with my soul.

Pastor’s Time with Young Disciples Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring

Special Music Proclamation of Service (Joseph Martin)                                                Choir

As for those in this house, we will serve the Lord
We will give our allegiance unto God.
With one voice we will offer up our song,
Give our praise with voices strong
live our lives for God alone

As for those in this house, we will serve Lord,
This we pledge with our hearts in one accord.
Let the lies we bring, give honor to the King.
As for those in this house we will serve the Lord.

Founded on the Word of God, we have built this place.
Nurtured by the love of God, we proclaim his grace.
Challenged by the truth of God, we break forth in praise-Alleluia!  We will serve the Lord for all our days.

Take my live and let it be, consecrated Lord, to thee.
Take my heart, it is thine own;
It shall be thy royal throne.

We will serve the Lord.

Scripture Lesson — From the Hebrew Scriptures                                     Joshua 24:1-3a,14-25

Then Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and summoned the elders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of Israel; and they presented themselves before God. And Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Long ago your ancestors—Terah and his sons Abraham and Nahor—lived beyond the Euphrates and served other gods. Then I took your father Abraham from beyond the River and led him through all the land of Canaan and made his offspring many. I gave him Isaac;

“Now therefore revere the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness; put away the gods that your ancestors served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

Then the people answered, “Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods; for it is the Lord our God who brought us and our ancestors up from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, and who did those great signs in our sight. He protected us along all the way that we went, and among all the peoples through whom we passed; and the Lord drove out before us all the peoples, the Amorites who lived in the land. Therefore we also will serve the Lord, for he is our God.”

But Joshua said to the people, “You cannot serve the Lord, for he is a holy God. He is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions or your sins. If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, then he will turn and do you harm, and consume you, after having done you good.” And the people said to Joshua, “No, we will serve the Lord!” Then Joshua said to the people, “You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen the Lord, to serve him.” And they said, “We are witnesses.” He said, “Then put away the foreign gods that are among you, and incline your hearts to the Lord, the God of Israel.” The people said to Joshua, “The Lord our God we will serve, and him we will obey.” So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and made statutes and ordinances for them at Shechem.

Reader:  This is the Word of God for the people of God.
People:  Thanks be to God.

Sermon – “Living as Witnesses for the Lord”                                 Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring

* Song – O Lord, May Church and Home Combine Hymnal 695

1. O Lord, may church and home combine to teach thy perfect way, with gentleness and love like thine, that none shall ever stray.

2. Let all unworthy aims depart, imbue us with thy grace; within the home let every heart become thy dwelling place.

3. Shine, Light divine; reveal thy face where darkness else might be. Grant, Love divine, in every place glad fellowship with thee.

4. May steadfast faith and earnest prayer keep sacred vows secure; build thou a hallowed dwelling where true joy and peace endure.

Glorifying God with our Gifts and Offerings

Invitation to Share in God’s Kingdom Work

Offertory – More Like You (Scott Wesley Brown)                                                         Choir

More like you, Jesus, more like you.  Fill my heart with your desire to make me more like you.
More like you, Jesus, more like you.  Touch my lips with holy fire, and make me more like you
Lord, you are my mercy; Lord, you are my grace.  All my deepest sins have forever been erased.
Draw me in your presence, lead me in your ways.  I long to bring you glory in righteous love and praise.

Prayer of Dedication –

Lord Jesus,

We offer these gifts as a sign of gratitude for all that you have done for us.
We ask that your Holy Spirit bless the gifts and bless the givers to serve as witnesses
for your transformative power at work in us and in our world.  Amen.

*   Song to presenting our gifts – Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow Hymnal 94

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise God, all creatures here below: Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise God, the source of all our gifts! Praise Jesus Christ, whose power uplifts! Praise the Spirit, Holy Spirit! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!


Veterans come forward and share their name and branch of service

Leader: Let us give thanks to God for our nation
and for those who served their country in its armed forces.

People:   We give you thanks, O God.

Leader:   Let us pray:

People:   Holy God,
We give thanks for these men and women who have served
and for those whom they represent,
for they did not serve alone but as part of a unified team.
Bless those serving in our armed forces here and everywhere,
that they may be agents of peace and justice ushering in your kin-dom,
where all may live in harmony and peace.
Bless those who on this day remember those who have died in the service of country and bring them your comfort and healing.
May you grant us and all who serve protection from harm,
and may we all work toward the day of peace and harmony worldwide.  Amen.

* SONG – Let There Be Peace on Earth Hymnal 431

Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me; let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be. [With God our creator, children all are we. Let us walk with each other in perfect harmony. Let peace begin with me; let this be the moment now].

With every step I take, let this be my solemn vow: to take each moment and live each moment in peace eternally. Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.

* WORDS FOR SENDING US INTO THE WORLD – The Apostolic Blessing Hymnal 669

L: The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,

L: And the love of God,

L: And the communion of the Holy Spirit

L: Be with you all.

ALL:     Amen.

* Choral Response – Amen (Donald Moore)                                                                        Choir


* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Postlude –

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