Sunday, November 3, 2019

Homecoming / All Saints Day

Organ PreludeO vos in coelo (Medieval hymn)

Words of Welcome and Announcements Rev. Debbie Scott

* Choral IntroitWe 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

We gather, with the company of the faithful:
those who know the way to the kingdom
and those who are just beginning their pilgrimage.
We gather, remembering the ones we call saints:
those who made compassion their day job,
and those who have no day named after them.
We gather, praising God for all who have shaped our faith:
those who showed us the dance steps of heaven,
and those who taught us to play the instruments of 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)

Gracious God, you surround us with saints, even when we don’t recognize or much less appreciate them. Some live down the corner from us, while others are on the other side of the world; some run to catch the leaves spiraling to the ground, while others make a meal for a sick neighbor’s family. For all the saints of every age, especially our own, we give you our gratitude and praise. Amen.

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Children’s Moment

AnthemFor All the Saints (Vaughan Williams)

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!

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!

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!

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

And when the strife is fierce, the warfare long,
Steals on the ear the distant triumph song,
And hearts are brave again, and arms are strong.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast,
Through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,
Singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost:
Alleluia, Alleluia!

A Reading from the Old Testament – Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4   Carrie Harnick, Liturgist

The oracle that the prophet Habakkuk saw.

O Lord, how long shall I cry for help,
and you will not listen?
Or cry to you “Violence!”
and you will not save?
Why do you make me see wrongdoing
and look at trouble?
Destruction and violence are before me;
strife and contention arise.
So the law becomes slack
and justice never prevails.
The wicked surround the righteous—
therefore judgment comes forth perverted.

* 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 – Luke 19:1-10
He entered Jericho and was passing through it. A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way. When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.” So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him. All who saw it began to grumble and said, “He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.” Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.” Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.”

Homily – “The Day Jesus Came Home”   John Strawbridge, Lay Leader

The Offering of Gifts & Tithes

Offertory I Heard the Voice of Jesus (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.

* 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

May the God of all saints be with you.
May God bless you as well.
Children of God, offer your hearts to the One who loves you.
We will empty ourselves so we can be filled with grace.
People of God, sing your praises to the One who loves you.
We will offer the new songs taught to all creation.

You approached chaos, Troubled God,
with visions of all which could be good
and beautiful in your imagination.
You spoke a Word and
gazelles danced in fields,
elephants trumpeted their joy;
your Spirit stirred in the cosmos and
stars sang your praises,
winds whistled through canyons.
All these gifts were the inheritance
for your children created in your image,
but we dreamed that such power could be ours,
and listened to death’s lies uttered by sin.|
Minor and major, women and men,
you sent the prophets to us
to remind us of your hopes for us,
but we chose to cling to the temptations
which had enticed us away from you.
So you sent us the One who invited us
to receive the kingdom you offered to us,
Jesus, the Child of your heart.
With those we call martyrs because of their struggles,
with those we call saints because of their lives,
we join in offering our thanks to you:

Holy, holy, holy are you, God of saints and sinners.
New songs are sung to you by all creation.
Hosanna in the highest!

Blessed is the One who offers us your kingdom.
Hosanna in the highest.

We have heard of your holiness, God of Wonder,
from the One who came bearing the gifts
which you would offer to us in every moment.
Jesus came, to those who had forgotten you,
so we might remember your joy in us;
Jesus spoke, to those who heard only curses,
so we might hear the blessings your speak;
Jesus came, to those who hungered for hope,
to those who thirsted for justice,
so death might be destroyed
by the life he offered for us,
and the power of sin over us
might be broken forever.
As we remember the blessings he offered to the poor,
as we seek to offer the gifts with which we have been blessed,
we would sing of that mystery we call faith:

Christ died, loving those who had been his enemies;
Christ was raised, giving everyone resurrection life;
Christ will come again, so we might receive your kingdom.

Here at this Table, gathered with our sisters and brothers,
we pray you would pour out your Spirit
upon us as well as the bread and the cup.
It is the bread, in all its brokenness
which is our true inheritance,
the weakness which overwhelms all power,
the meekness which welcomes the weak and lonely.
It is the cup, with its grace overflowing,
which is your greatest blessings,
filling us with peace and reconciliation
so we might pour ourselves out for a broken world
even as did all those saints and sinners
who have gone on before us.
And when we are gathered at the end
of all time and history with our sisters and brothers
from every time and place, we will join
all creation in forever singing you praise,
God in Community, Holy in One. Amen.

The Invitation

Sharing the Bread and Cup

Reading the Names of the Saints as the Bell Tolls

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.

* Benediction

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 ResponseBless the Lord, O My Soul (Moore)

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

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Organ PostludeAllegro Festivo (Thomson)

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