Sunday, November 11, 2018

VETERANS DAY

Organ PreludeSiciliana (William Walond)

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge, Lay Leader

* Choral IntroitThe Lord Is In His Holy Temple (arr. Donald Moore)

The Lord is in His holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before Him. Amen.

* Call to Worship

L: We are gathered to give witness to the enduring realities of life.
P: We have come to affirm that life is a gift, that the gift is good, & that it comes from God.
L: We are gathered to renew our hope in Jesus Christ, as we travel life’s long journey.
P: We find God in the paths of our present and our past, but we also trust in God’s love in our future.
L: The same God guides us all the way, every day of our lives, and beyond life.
P: Let us praise God with our whole hearts, and entrust our lives to God’s hands. Amen.

* Opening HymnEternal Father Strong to Save TFWS 2191

Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bidd’st the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard
And hushed their raging at Thy word,
Who walked’st on the foaming deep,
And calm amidst its rage didst sleep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

Most Holy Spirit! Who didst brood
Upon the chaos dark and rude,
And bid its angry tumult cease,
And give, for wild confusion, peace;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

O Trinity of love and power!
Our brethren shield in danger’s hour;
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect them wheresoe’er they go;
Thus evermore shall rise to Thee
Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

Prayer of Invocation (All)

Most wonderful God, you are Holy & your name is Love. By your Spirit unite the many melodies & the discords of our separate lives into one holy harmony of worship. In this hour prepare us for all the other hours of this week, that every place & every task may be holy. Let your name be our inspiration & your glory our greatest joy. In the name of Christ Jesus.

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Children’s Moment

AnthemRejoice, O Christian, Sing His Praise (Michael McCabe)

Rejoice, O Christian, sing His praise
In faith, and dedicate
The whole of life to worship God.
Praise Him and celebrate!

Rejoice, O Christian, in your heart,
And praise Him with your voice.
Rejoice, O Christian, celebrate!
Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice!

Let music tell His mighty works
And lift His word divine,
Until each heart is filled with song
And lives match His design.

Speak, Lord to us through ancient psalm,
Through chant and modern hymn,
And let Your worthy praise resound,
The noise of strife to dim.

Extol His name, the Lord is good,
His love attends our ways:
Ingratitude for mercy shown,
We sing to Him our praise.

Litany for Veterans (Listen to the invitation & stand if it applies to you)      Cathy Dryden, Liturgist

L: God of love, peace and justice, it is your will for the world that we may live together in peace. You have promised through the prophet Isaiah that one day the swords will be beaten into ploughshares. Yet we live in a broken world, and there are times that war seems inevitable. Let us recognize with humility and sadness the tragic loss of life that comes in war. Even so, as we gather here free from persecution, we may give thanks for those that have served with courage and honor.
(Please Rise: Those that are in our presence that are either in active duty or reserve duty, and the fathers, mothers, siblings, spouses and grandparents of those that are currently serving.)
All: God, we praise you for those that are willing to serve. Let all Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen and Coast Guardsmen serve with honor, pride, and compassion. Do not let their hearts be hardened by the actions they must take. Strengthen their families. Keep them surrounded in your love and peace.
(Please Rise: Those that are in our presence that have served in the military in the past.
All: God, we praise you for those that have served in the military. We thank you for those that put the welfare of others ahead of their own safety. Let us all be inspired by their self-sacrifice in service to those who needed protection.
(Please Rise: Those that are in our presence who have lost a loved one in war.)
All: God, we praise you for those that have made the ultimate sacrifice. We ask that you comfort those that still feel the pain of their loss. Keep us mindful that you have promised to comfort those that mourn.
(Please Rise: Those who have gathered in your name in safety because of the sacrifices of others.)
All: God, we praise you for granting us these freedoms. Let us honor those who have served by working for peace. Let us never forget those that have served, and let us never let go of your promise of peace.

* HymnI Surrender All UMH 354

1. All to Jesus I surrender; all to him I freely give; I will ever love and trust him, in his presence daily live. I surrender all, (I surrender all), I surrender all, (I surrender all), all to thee, my blessed Savior, I surrender all.

2. All to Jesus I surrender; humbly at his feet I bow, worldly pleasures all forsaken; take me, Jesus, take me now. I surrender all, (I surrender all), I surrender all, (I surrender all), all to thee, my blessed Savior, I surrender all.

3. All to Jesus I surrender; make me, Savior, wholly thine; let me feel the Holy Spirit, truly know that thou art mine. I surrender all, (I surrender all), I surrender all, (I surrender all), all to thee, my blessed Savior, I surrender all.

4. All to Jesus I surrender; Lord, I give myself to thee; fill me with thy love and power; let thy blessing fall on me. I surrender all, (I surrender all), I surrender all, (I surrender all), all to thee, my blessed Savior, I surrender all.

5. All to Jesus I surrender; now I feel the sacred flame. O the joy of full salvation! Glory, glory to his name! I surrender all, (I surrender all), I surrender all, (I surrender all), all to thee, my blessed Savior, I surrender all.

A Reading from the Gospel – Mark 12:35-44

While Jesus was teaching in the temple, he said, “How can the scribes say that the Messiah is the son of David? David himself, by the Holy Spirit, declared,

‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at my right hand,
until I put your enemies under your feet.”’

David himself calls him Lord; so how can he be his son?” And the large crowd was listening to him with delight.

As he taught, he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets! They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”

He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. Then he called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

Sermon – “She Gave Everything”                                                                                         Rev. Debbie Scott

The Offering of Gifts & Tithes

OffertoryLord, We Pray Thee (J.V. Roberts)

Lord, we pray Thee that Thy grace may always prevent and follow us, and make us
continually to be given to all good works, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

* Presentation of Offering – Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow                                  UMH 95

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below;
praise him above, yet heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Offering Prayer (All)

Gracious God, receive and bless these gifts we pray. We offer them in response to the great gift of yourself, revealed in Jesus, and the precious gift of faith, carefully handed down, through the power of your Holy Spirit, from one generation to another. May this offering, and the offering of our lives, truly witness to our dedication to be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ, sharing & passing on our faith through word & deed. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

* Closing HymnThis Is My Song UMH 437

1. This is my song, O God of all the nations, a song of peace for lands afar and mine. This is my home, the country where my heart is; here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine; but other hearts in other lands are beating with hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.

2. My country’s skies are bluer than the ocean, and sunlight beams on cloverleaf and pine; but other lands have sunlight too, and clover, and skies are everywhere as blue as mine. O hear my song, thou God of all the nations, a song of peace for their land and for mine.

3. This is my prayer, O Lord of all earth’s kingdoms: Thy kingdom come; on earth thy will be done. Let Christ be lifted up till all shall serve him, and hearts united learn to live as one. O hear my prayer, thou God of all the nations; myself I give thee; let thy will be done.

* Benediction

L: Let us give thanks to God for the land of our birth with all its chartered liberties. For all the wonder of our country’s story:
P: We give you thanks, O God.
L: For leaders in nation and state, and for those who in days past and in these present times have labored for the commonwealth:
P: We give you thanks, O God.
L: For those who in all times and places have been true and brave, and in the world’s common ways have lived upright lives and ministered to their fellows:
P: We give you thanks, O God.
L: For those who served their country in its hour of need, and especially for those who gave even their lives in that service:
P: We give you thanks, O God.

* Choral Response – Shalom Chaverim (trad. Jewish)

Farewell, my friends. May peace be with you.

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Organ PostludeFinale in D (Thomson)

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