Sunday, November 4, 2018

ALL SAINTS DAY / HOMECOMING

Organ PreludeVoluntary in E Minor (William Walond)

Words of Welcome and Announcements Rev. Debbie Scott

* 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 remember, O God……
P: The countless saints of history who have blazed a trail of courage through time,
L: We remember, O God……
P: The tender touch of loved ones, the example of heroes, the healing words of comforters, the remarkable acts of fearless ones.
L: We remember, O God……
P: The gentle strength of grandmothers, the loyalty of friends, the kindness of strangers, the joy of children, the sacrifice of parents.
L: We remember, O God……
P: The supreme love of Jesus, the blessing of his Spirit, the reminder of his words, the sharing of his suffering, the glory of his resurrection: shown forth in the lives of his disciples, young and old, dead and living, articulate and silent, strange and familiar, brilliant and ordinary.
L: We remember in every time and place the saints of God who have shown us the Lord.
P: Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses… Let us worship God with joy!

* Opening HymnFor All the Saints (Vs. 1-4) UMH 711

1. For all the saints, who from their labors rest, who thee by faith before the world confessed, thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest. Alleluia, Alleluia!

2. Thou wast their rock, their fortress, and their might; thou Lord, their captain in the well-fought fight; thou in the darkness drear, their one true light. Alleluia, Alleluia!

3. O may thy soldiers, faithful, true, and bold, fight as the saints who nobly fought of old, and win with them the victor’s crown of gold. Alleluia, Alleluia!

4. O blest communion, fellowship divine! We feebly struggle, they in glory shine; yet all are one in thee, for all are thine.

Prayer of Invocation (All)

God of our mothers and fathers and of all who have gone before us, we thank You for their lives of faith that show us how to live. We thank You for all those people who have helped us to grow to become who we are – those whose words have challenged us -those whose lives have inspired us – those whose love has upheld us May we with them know Your forgiveness and love, and our eternal life together; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Children’s Moment

AnthemProclamation of Service (Joseph Martin)

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 the Lord,
This we pledge with our hearts in one accord.
Let the lives 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 life 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.

A Reading from the Old Testament – Ruth 1:1-18     Jessika Burton Williams, Liturgist

In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land, and a certain man of Bethlehem in Judah went to live in the country of Moab, he and his wife and two sons. The name of the man was Elimelech and the name of his wife Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion; they were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in Judah. They went into the country of Moab and remained there. But Elimelech, the husband of Naomi, died, and she was left with her two sons. These took Moabite wives; the name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth. When they had lived there about ten years, both Mahlon and Chilion also died, so that the woman was left without her two sons and her husband.

Then she started to return with her daughters-in-law from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the country of Moab that the Lord had considered his people and given them food. So she set out from the place where she had been living, she and her two daughters-in-law, and they went on their way to go back to the land of Judah. But Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go back each of you to your mother’s house. May the Lord deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me. The Lord grant that you may find security, each of you in the house of your husband.” Then she kissed them, and they wept aloud. They said to her, “No, we will return with you to your people.” But Naomi said, “Turn back, my daughters, why will you go with me? Do I still have sons in my womb that they may become your husbands? Turn back, my daughters, go your way, for I am too old to have a husband. Even if I thought there was hope for me, even if I should have a husband tonight and bear sons, would you then wait until they were grown? Would you then refrain from marrying? No, my daughters, it has been far more bitter for me than for you, because the hand of the Lord has turned against me.” Then they wept aloud again. Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.

So she said, “See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.” But Ruth said,

“Do not press me to leave you
or to turn back from following you!
Where you go, I will go;
where you lodge, I will lodge;
your people shall be my people,
and your God my God.
Where you die, I will die—
there will I be buried.
May the Lord do thus and so to me,
and more as well,
if even death parts me from you!”

When Naomi saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more to her.

* HymnSing with All the Saints in Glory UMH 702

1. Sing with all the saints in glory, sing the resurrection song! Death and sorrow, earth’s dark story, to the former days belong. All around the clouds are breaking, soon the storms of time shall cease; in God’s likeness we, awaking, know the everlasting peace.

2. O what glory, far exceeding all that eye has yet perceived! Holiest hearts, for ages pleading, never that full joy conceived. God has promised, Christ prepares it, there on high our welcome waits. Every humble spirit shares it; Christ has passed th’eternal gates.

3. Life eternal! heaven rejoices; Jesus lives, who once was dead. Join we now the deathless voices; child of God, lift up your head! Patriarchs from the distant ages, saints all longing for their heaven, prophets, psalmists, seers, and sages, all await the glory given.

4. Life eternal! O what wonders crowd on faith; what joy unknown, when, amidst earth’s closing thunders, saints shall stand before the throne! O to enter that bright portal, see that glowing firmament; know, with thee, O God Immortal, “Jesus Christ whom thou has sent!”

A Reading from the Gospel – Mark 12:28-34
One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Then the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that ‘he is one, and besides him there is no other’; and ‘to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength,’ and ‘to love one’s neighbor as oneself,’—this is much more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” After that no one dared to ask him any question.

Sermon – “Happily Ever After”                                                                      John Strawbridge, Lay Leader

The Offering of Gifts & Tithes

OffertoryLove Divine, All Loves Excelling (Ned Rorem)

Love divine, all loves excelling,
Joy of heav’n, to earth come down,
Fix in us Thy humble dwelling;
All Thy faithful mercies crown.
Jesus, Thou art all compassion;
Pure, unbounded love Thou art;
Visit us with Thy salvation;
Enter ev’ry trembling heart.
Breathe, O breathe Thy loving Spirit
Into ev’ry troubled breast!
Let us all in Thee inherit;
Let us find the promised rest.
Take away the love of sinning;
Alpha and Omega be;
End of faith, as its beginning,
Set our hearts at liberty.

(Charles Wesley)

* 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)

As God wipes away our tears, we are called to be tissue-bearers to the world. When there is pain and suffering, the church has a healing mission. Where there is doubt and despair, we offer hope’s embrace. Much of this ministry we offer personally, but our outreach is extended by the material offerings we give. Bless these gifts, O Lord. Amen.

The Lord’s Supper

The Great Thanksgiving
The Invitation
Sharing the Bread and Cup
Reading the Names of the Saints
Prayer After Receiving
We remember with thanksgiving and praise, O Lord, all of your faithful servants who throughout the long centuries have witnessed to your Name: the mighty and the lowly, great leaders and humble men and women, those who have served you amid prosperity
and those who in the day of trouble have not failed, those in foreign places and those in
this land. Father of us all, Amen.

* Closing HymnBlest Be the Tie That Binds UMH 557

1. Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love; the fellowship of kindred minds is like to that above.

2. Before our Father’s throne we pour our ardent prayers; our fears, our hopes, our aims are one, our comforts and our cares.

3. We share each other’s woes, our mutual burdens bear; and often for each other flows the sympathizing tear.

4. When we asunder part, it gives us inward pain; but we shall still be joined in heart, and hope to meet again.

* Dismissal with Blessing

L: For the immense crowd of saints who live in our midst today and who pull us and push us on the path to heaven through their example and their teaching;
P:Blessed be you, O God, throughout eternity.
L: Down through the years & centuries those who love God sing together an anthem of faith.
P: Countless people gone before us leave a melody of love and grace – a heritage of hope.
L: The invitation comes to us to listen, to hear this song soaring over all, and then…
P: To add our voices to this melody,
L: To join in harmony for ourselves and for those who cannot sing,
P: To keep on singing beyond our earthly days and prayers. Amen.

* Choral ResponseThe Lord Bless and Keep You (Peter Lutkin)

The Lord bless and keep you; the Lord lift His Countenance upon you,
and give you peace. The Lord make His face to shine upon you, and
be gracious unto you. Amen.

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Organ PostludeAllegro Molto (Barnes)

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