Sunday, November 19, 2017

Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost/
Thanksgiving Sunday

Morning Worship at 11:00 a.m.

Remember the Lord your God!  God is the one who gives you strength to be prosperous.
― Deuteronomy 8:18

*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.

*             Opening Prayer

We come, O God, thankful for all that you have given
and pray that our hearts would be tuned by your Holy Spirit
to offer up abundant praise for your gracious generosity.
Reveal yourself to us through the Word and prayer and feast,
and make our hearts responsive with joy, and praise, and song.
May our time together make us ever more the body of Christ.  Amen.

*             Call to Thankful CelebrationPsalm 65 (with musical response) Hymnal 789

Response (Thanksgiving and General): Now thank we all our God with heart and hands and voices.

L: (1)     Praise is due to you,

L:     O God, in Zion;

ALL:     And to you shall vows be performed.

L: (2)     To you who hear prayer

L:     All flesh shall come because of their sins.

ALL:     (3)     When our transgressions prevail over us,

ALL:     You forgive them.

L: (4)     Blessed are those whom you choose and bring near,

L:     To dwell in your courts!

ALL:     We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house,

ALL:     Your holy temple!

Response (Thanksgiving and General): Now thank we all our God with heart and hands and voices.

L: (5)     By dread deeds you answer us with deliverance,

L:     O God of our salvation,

ALL:     Who is the hope of all the ends of the earth,

ALL:     And the farthest seas;

ALL:     (6)     Who by your strength established the mountains,

ALL:     Being girded with might;

L: (7)     Who stills the roaring of the seas,

L:     The roaring of their waves,

L:     The tumult of the peoples;

L:     (8)     So that those who dwell at earth’s farthest bounds

L:     Are afraid at your signs;

ALL:     You make the morning and the evening

ALL:     Resound with joy.

Response (Thanksgiving and General): Now thank we all our God with heart and hands and voices.

L: (9)     You visit the earth and water it,

L:     You greatly enrich it;

ALL:     The river of God is full of water;

ALL:     You provide its grain,

ALL:     For so you have prepared it.

L: (10)     You water its furrows abundantly,

L:     Settling its ridges,

L:     Softening it with showers,

L:     And blessing its growth.

ALL:     (11)     You crown the year with your bounty;

ALL:     The tracks of your chariot drip with fatness.

L: (12)     The pastures of the wilderness drip,

L:     The hills gird themselves with joy,

ALL:     (13)     The meadows clothe themselves with flocks,

ALL:     The valleys deck themselves with grain,

ALL:     They shout and sing together for joy.

Response (Thanksgiving and General): Now thank we all our God with heart and hands and voices.

Time of Morning Prayer

Prayer Song – Now Thank We All our God (Verses 1 and 2) Hymnal 102

1. Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices, who wondrous things has done, in whom this world rejoices; who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way with countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.

2. O may this bounteous God through all our life be near us, with ever joyful hearts and blessed peace to cheer us; and keep us still in grace, and guide us when perplexed; and free us from all ills, in this world and the next.

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.
For 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 – Now Thank We All our God (Verse 3) Hymnal 102

3. All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given; the Son, and him who reigns with them in highest heaven; the one eternal God, whom earth and heaven adore; for thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.

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

Special Music Great Is the Lord (Michael and Deborah Smith) Choir

Great is the Lord; He is holy and just.
By his power, we trust in his love.
Great is the Lord: He is faithful & true. By his mercy he proves he is love.
Great is the Lord, & worthy of glory!
Great is the Lord, & worthy of praise.
Great is the Lord; now lift up your voice;
Great is the Lord!
 

Great are you, Lord, & worthy of glory!
Great are you, Lord, & worthy of praise.
Great are you, Lord! I lift up my voice.
Great are you, Lord!

Scripture Lesson — From the New Testament     2 Corinthians 9:6-15

The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. As it is written,

“He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor;
his righteousness endures forever.”

He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us; for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God. Through the testing of this ministry you glorify God by your obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ and by the generosity of your sharing with them and with all others, while they long for you and pray for you because of the surpassing grace of God that he has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

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

Sermon – “A Gratitude Attitude”              Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring

*             Song – Come Ye Thankful People Come Hymnal 694

1. Come, ye thankful people, come, raise the song of harvest home; all is safely gathered in, ere the winter storms begin. God our Maker doth provide for our wants to be supplied; come to God’s own temple, come, raise the song of harvest home.

2. All the world is God’s own field, fruit as praise to God we yield; wheat and tares together sown are to joy or sorrow grown; first the blade and then the ear, then the full corn shall appear; Lord of harvest, grant that we wholesome grain and pure may be.

3. For the Lord our God shall come, and shall take the harvest home; from the field shall in that day all offenses purge away, giving angels charge at last in the fire the tares to cast; but the fruitful ears to store in the garner evermore.

4. Even so, Lord, quickly come, bring thy final harvest home; gather thou thy people in, free from sorrow, free from sin, there, forever purified, in thy presence to abide; come, with all thine angels, come, raise the glorious harvest home.

Glorifying God with our Gifts and Offerings

Invitation to Share in God’s Kingdom Work

Offertory – Thanks (Geoffrey O’Hara)    Solo

For spreading plain and peak and towers,
we give thee thanks.
For sun and rain and food and flowers,
we give thee thanks.
For courage and the will to do,
for strength and hope and faith anew,
for love and friendship strong and true,
we give thee thanks.
For pain that serves to purge the soul,
we give thee thanks.
For cares that raise us toward the goal,
we give thee thanks.
For bits of rest that intervene,
for tears and sighs with smiles between,
for all, O gracious Nazarene,
we give thee thanks.

Prayer of Dedication –

O God most merciful and gracious,
of whose bounty we have all received,
accept this offering of your people.
Remember in your love those who have brought it
and bless the work of the church that receives it
that it will be a blessing for the sharing of the Good News of Christ.  Amen.

*      Song to present our gifts – Sent Forth by God’s Blessing Hymnal 664

1. Sent forth by God’s blessing, our true faith confessing, the people of God from this dwelling take leave. The service is ended, O now be extended the fruits of our worship in all who believe. The seed of the teaching, receptive souls reaching, shall blossom in action for God and for all. God’s grace did invite us, and love shall unite us to work for God’s kingdom and answer the call.

2. With praise and thanksgiving to God ever living, the tasks of our everyday life we will face. Our faith ever sharing, in love ever caring, embracing God’s children of each tribe and race. With your grace you feed us, with your light now lead us; unite us as one in this life that we share. Then may all the living with praise and thanksgiving give honor to Christ and that name which we bear.

*             Words for Sending Us into the World – A Thanksgiving Blessing

Pastor   May the Lord of all creation

People: shower his blessings and favor upon us.

Leader: May the Lord of the harvest

People:                grace our Thanksgiving tables with divine presence

Pastor   May the Prince of Peace

People:                fill us and our loved ones with peace.

Leader: May the Lord of salvation guide us all our days

People:                until we come into the joys of Christ’s eternal kingdom.

ALL:        And may almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

bless US All now and forever.   Amen

* Choral Response – Amen (Donald Moore)           Choir

*             Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

*             Postlude

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