Sunday, November 18, 2018

Stewardship/ Commitment Sunday

Organ PreludeTe lucem (Gregorian)

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge

* 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 WorshipCanticle of Thanksgiving (Response 2) UMH 74

Response 2: (General): Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice, give thanks, and sing.

L: Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.

ALL:  Serve the Lord with gladness;

ALL:  Come before his presence with singing.

L: Know ye that the Lord, he is God;

ALL:  It is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves;

ALL:  We are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

L: Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,

L:     And into his courts with praise;

ALL:  Be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

L: For the Lord is good;

ALL:  His mercy is everlasting;

ALL:  And his truth endureth to all generations.

Response 2: (General): Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice, give thanks, and sing.

* Opening HymnWe Gather Together UMH 131

1. We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing; he chastens and hastens his will to make known. The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing. Sing praises to his name; he forgets not his own.

2. Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining, ordaining, maintaining his kingdom divine; so from the beginning the fight we were winning; thou, Lord, wast at our side, all glory be thine!

3. We all do extol thee, thou leader triumphant, and pray that thou still our defender wilt be. Let thy congregation escape tribulation; thy name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!

Prayer of Invocation (All)

Our baskets are full, gracious God, with the bounty you have provided. Our hearts are full of thanksgiving and praise. We are eager to meet you here, to learn from you, to be changed by you, to become more fully the people you intend for us to be. Show us how to do the work you have planned for us. Equip us as your faithful stewards. Amen.

Sharing Joys and Concerns
Pastoral Prayer
Lord’s Prayer
Children’s Moment

AnthemI Heard The Voice of Jesus Say (Richard Shephard)

I heard the voice of Jesus say, “Come now and follow me.
Lay down your earthly cares,” he said, “and I will set you free.”
I came to Jesus as I was; I had no gifts to bring.
He took my stubborn will, my pride, and taught my heart to sing.

I heard the voice of Jesus say, “Behold, I freely give
The living water; thirsty one, come now and drink, and live.”
I came to Jesus, and I drank of that life-giving stream;
My thirst was quenched, my soul revived, and now I live for Him.

I heard the voice of Jesus say, “I am this dark world’s light;
Look unto me, your morn shall rise, and all your day be bright.”
I looked to Jesus, and I found in Him my star, my sun;
And in that light of life I’ll walk till traveling days are done.

Call to Confession (Leader) Walter Williams

We wonder what’s for lunch, we worry about work tomorrow, we fret about the test that is coming up. So much worry, so much time waster over things we cannot control. The One who showers earth with rain, who places the stars in the autumn sky, is the same One who wraps mercy tight around you, who feeds us on healing and hope. Let us confess how our worries keep us from trusting the God who hears us and restores us to new life. Please join me as we pray,

Prayer of Confession (All)

Because we live in this modern, tech-driven, twittering age, we often forget what you have done for us, God of every blessing. We pat ourselves on the back for our ability to learn new computer skills, but have forgotten that life is more than a machine. We have more than we could ever use yet, like squirrels, store up more and more. Our faith is often pushed to the back of the closet, to make room for all the fears we wear so easily.
Forgive us, Restorer of life. As you clothe us with your grace and mercy, may we share with those who have so little. As our hearts overflow with your love and wonder, may we offer them as gifts to everyone we meet. As you feed us with your joy and hope, may we welcome to the Table all those who lives are filled with tears and pain. As we gather with family and friends during this season, may we continue to give thanks for the gift of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

Assurance of Pardon Walter Williams

This is the good news: as God dresses creation in wonder, so you will be clothed in grace; as God pours out abundance upon the earth, so you will be blessed with peace and joy.
We don’t say it often enough, but thanks be to God for healing, for life, for wonder, for mercy. We are blessed, for we are forgiven. Amen.

* HymnCome, Ye Thankful People, Come UMH 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.

A Reading from the Gospel – Matthew 6:25-33
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Sermon – “Thanks Living”                                                                                                        Rev. Debbie Scott

Presentation of Pledge Cards on the Altar

L: We give because we need to give—to express in tangible, material ways what our priorities are; to express that all we are and all we have come from God; to give witness to the importance of God’s justice & love for all people. This morning, in particular, we give witness to the significance of God’s work through the ministry of this congregation as we bring forward our pledge cards for the coming year & commit our financial stewardship to God.
(You will be invited to bring pledge cards forward to the altar by the right aisle and return by the left aisle–ushers will be glad to bring cards forward for you if you prefer.)

Presentation HymnMy Tribute Jessika Burton Williams

Stewardship Covenant (All)

I recognize that all I have or ever hope to have is mine in trust only.
I will manage the resources entrusted to me in ways that advance God’s kingdom of love & goodness.
I have gifts that have been given and which I have nurtured, gifts I will share in ways that show the presence of Christ to those around me.
I seek the opportunity to be a significant part of the family of God around the world through prayers, participation, service, witness, and gifts of money.
I covenant to grow and to fulfill my Christian stewardship in response to God’s graciousness. In God’s strength I will earnestly endeavor to fulfill this covenant. Amen.

The Offering of Gifts & Tithes

OffertoryA Gaelic Blessing (John Rutter)

Deep peace of the running wave to you.
Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
Deep peace of the gentle night to you.
Moon and stars pour their healing light on you.
Deep peace of Christ,
of Christ the light of the world to you.
Deep peace of Christ to you.

* Presentation of OfferingPraise 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)

On this day of plenty and abundance, we are led to share out of our wealth. Receive these gifts and use them that others may receive from the abundance of this congregation. For home, for family, for friends, for all those blessings by which life becomes more meaningful and time more precious, we thank you Lord. Amen.

* Closing HymnNow Thank We All Our God UMH 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.

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.

* Benediction

Before we fill ourselves from groaning tables,
let us go forth to feed those whose hunger is all too real.
Before we gather with friends and family in warm, safe homes,
let us go forth to shelter those who have no place to sleep.
Before we rush to the stores to buy more than we really need,
let us go to offer our hearts and lives to all whose lives are empty.

* Choral Response – Shalom Chaverim (trad. Jewish)

Farewell, my friends. May peace be with you.

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Organ PostludeAllegro con slancio (Brook)

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