Sunday, November 17, 2019

23rd Sunday after Pentecost

Prelude Andante mesto (Carman)

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge, Lay Leader

Choral Introit We Praise You, O God (Barnby)

We praise You, O God; we acknowledge You to be the Lord. All the earth doth worship You,
the Father everlasting. Amen.

* Call to Worship

Leader: Let us test and examine our ways and return unto the Lord.
People: Let us lift up our hearts to God.
Leader:  With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high?
People:  God has showed you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

* HymnChrist, Whose Glory Fills the Skies UMH 173

1. Christ, whose glory fills the skies, Christ, the true, the only light, Sun of Righteousness, arise, triumph o’er the shades of night; Day-spring from on high, be near; Daystar, in my heart appear.

2. Dark and cheerless is the morn unaccompanied by thee; joyless is the day’s return, till thy mercy’s beams I see; till thy inward light impart, cheer my eyes and warm my heart.

3. Visit then this soul of mine; pierce the gloom of sin and grief; fill me, Radiancy divine, scatter all my unbelief; more and more thyself display, shining to the perfect day.

Prayer for the Day

O God, who through your prophets of old has foretold a day when armaments of war shall be beaten into implements of peace: Hasten, we ask you, the fulfillment of your most sure promise.  Still the tumult of the nations, and set at naught the peoples that delight in war, that we may be soon delivered from our present confusion into the order and righteousness of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Anthem Most Glorious Lord Of Life (William Harris)

Most glorious Lord of life, Who on each day
Dost make Thy triumph over death and sin,
And having harrowed Hell, dost bring away
Captivity thence captive, us to win:

This joyous day, dear Lord, with joy begin,
And grant that we for whom thou diddest die,
Being with thy dear Blood clean washed from sin,
May live for ever in felicity:

And that thy love we weighing worthily,
May likewise love thee for the same again;
And for thy sake, that all like dear didst buy,
With love may one another entertain;

So let us love, dear Love, as we ought;
Love is the lesson which the Lord us taught.
For in Rising and Ascending;
Love is the lesson which the Lord us taught.

A Time with Younger Disciples

A Reading from the Prophets – Isaiah 65:17-25   Jessika Williams, Liturgist
For I am about to create new heavens
and a new earth;
the former things shall not be remembered
or come to mind.
But be glad and rejoice forever
in what I am creating;
for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy,
and its people as a delight.
I will rejoice in Jerusalem,
and delight in my people;
no more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it,
or the cry of distress.
No more shall there be in it
an infant that lives but a few days,
or an old person who does not live out a lifetime;
for one who dies at a hundred years will be considered a youth,
and one who falls short of a hundred will be considered accursed.
They shall build houses and inhabit them;
they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
They shall not build and another inhabit;
they shall not plant and another eat;
for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be,
and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands.
They shall not labor in vain,
or bear children for calamity;
for they shall be offspring blessed by the Lord—
and their descendants as well.
Before they call I will answer,
while they are yet speaking I will hear.
The wolf and the lamb shall feed together,
the lion shall eat straw like the ox;
but the serpent—its food shall be dust!
They shall not hurt or destroy
on all my holy mountain,
says the Lord.

* Response to the ReadingO Day of Peace That Dimly Shines UMH 729

1. O day of peace that dimly shines through all our hopes and prayers and dreams, guide us to justice, truth, and love, delivered from our selfish schemes. May swords of hate fall from our hands, our hearts from envy find release, till by God’s grace our warring world shall see Christ’s promised reign of peace.

2. Then shall the wolf dwell with the lamb, nor shall the fierce devour the small; as beasts and cattle calmly graze, a little child shall lead them all. Then enemies shall learn to love, all creatures find their true accord; the hope of peace shall be fulfilled, for all the earth shall know the Lord.

A Reading from the Gospels – Luke 21:5-19

When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, he said, “As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down.”

They asked him, “Teacher, when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?” And he said, “Beware that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name and say, ‘I am he!’ and, ‘The time is near!’ Do not go after them.

“When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end will not follow immediately.” Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven.

“But before all this occurs, they will arrest you and persecute you; they will hand you over to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors because of my name. This will give you an opportunity to testify. So make up your minds not to prepare your defense in advance; for I will give you words and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, by relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name. But not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your souls.

Sermon – “Hard Times Knocking”   Dr. Emora T. Brannan

Morning and Pastoral Prayer (by the Minister)

The Lord’s Prayer UMH 895

The Offering of Gifts & Tithes

Offertory Anthem Lord, Make Me an Instrument of Thy Peace (Luigi Zaninelli)

Lord, make of me an instrument of Thy peace;
Let me sow love that burgeoning hate may cease.
Pardon I’d grow where bitterness grew before,
Faith in men’s hearts that doubt there shall thrive no more.

Let me raise hope where now there lies deep despair;
To minds in darkness, bring learning’s light so fair,
And, Lord, into lives which misery’s wall surround
With joy I’d break, Thy joy that in love abounds.

* 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.

* HymnLift Every Voice and Sing UMH 519

1. Lift every voice and sing, till earth and heaven ring, ring with the harmonies of liberty; let our rejoicing rise high as the listening skies, let it resound loud as the rolling sea. Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us; sing a song full of hope that the present has brought us; facing the rising sun of our new day begun, let us march on till victory is won.

2. Stony the road we trod, bitter the chastening rod, felt in the days when hope unborn had died; yet with a steady beat, have not our weary feet come to the place for which our fathers sighed? We have come over a way that with tears has been watered; we have come, treading our path thru the blood of the slaughtered, out from the gloomy past, till now we stand at last where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.

3. God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, thou who hast brought us thus far on the way; thou who hast by thy might led us into the light, keep us forever in the path, we pray. Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met thee; lest our hearts drunk with the wine of the world, we forget thee; shadowed beneath thy hand, may we forever stand, true to our God, true to our native land.

* Dismissal with Blessing

Leader: Go forth in peace, and be of good courage;
People: We will go forth, holding fast to what is good, and rejoicing in the Father and in the Son and in the Holy Spirit.
Minister: The Lord bless you and keep you: The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you: The Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon you, and give you peace.  Amen.

* Choral Response Bless The Lord, O My Soul (Moore)

Bless the Lord, O my soul; bless His holy name. Amen.

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Postlude Finale in G (Baker)

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