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NOVEMBER 1, 2020
ALL SAINTS DAY/ HOMECOMING
11:00A.M.

Organ Prelude

 

Welcome and Announcements                                                            John Strawbridge

 

Choral Introit “Rejoice In God’s Saints (Croft)”

Rejoice in God’s saints, today and all days!
A world without saints forgets how to praise.
Their faith in acquiring the habit of prayer,
Their depth of adoring, Lord, help us to share.

 

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.

 

Opening Hymn For All The Saints                                                  Vs. 1, 2 & 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!
4. O blest communion, fellowship divine,
we feebly struggle, they in glory shine;
yet all are one in thee, for all are thine.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

 

A Moment in Honor of Homecoming                                                John Strawbridge

 

A LITANY FOR THE NATIONAL ELECTION (from the Vicars’ Crossing Podcast)

Lord, let us be a people who truly provide liberty and justice for all
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer
May we value every citizen
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer
Help us strive to be a people who agree on basic human values
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer
Lord, let us stand tall in the world without arrogance
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer
Help us be a people that provides for the poor, the weak and the hungry
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer
Make us a people who condemn white supremacy and who speak out against domestic terrorism
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer
Help us heal our divisions, seek unity and have civil and productive discourse about our differences.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer
Let us be a people who revere all nature and who live in harmony with every living creature
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer
Let us love and cherish Mother Earth, as she has loved us
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer
We pray for strong, intelligent, honest and steadfast leaders
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer
Let us be a people who seek and promote peace among all peoples
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. Amen.

 

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

 

Choral Response Cares Chorus                                                           TFWS 2215

I cast all my cares upon You
I lay all of my burdens down at Your feet
And any time I don’t know just what to do,
I will cast all my cares upon You.

 

Gospel Lesson Matthew 5:1-12  NIV

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them.
He said:
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
The Word of God for the people of God….Thanks Be To God

 

Sermon “Blessed Are They”     *** See below for list of names                  Rev. Debbie Scott

 

Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving

 

Offertory “Soldiers of Christ, Arise” (Wesley/Elvey)

Soldiers of Christ, arise,
And put your armor on,
Strong in the strength which God supplies,
Through His eternal Son;
Strong in the Lord of Hosts,
And in His mighty power,
Who in the strength of Jesus trusts
Is more than conqueror.

Stand then in His great might,
With all His strength endued;
And take, to arm you for the fight,
The panoply of God,
From strength to strength go on,
Wrestle and fight an pray;
Tread all the powers of darkness down,
And win the well-gought day.

Leave no unguarded place,
No weakness of the soul,
Take every virtue, every grace,
And fortify the whole.
That having all things done
And all your conflicts past,
Ye may o’ercome through Christ alone
And stand complete at last.

 

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

 

Closing Hymn Hymn of Promise UMH 707

1. In the bulb there is a flower;
in the seed, an apple tree;
in cocoons, a hidden promise:
butterflies will soon be free!
In the cold and snow of winter
there’s a spring that waits to be,
unrevealed until its season,
something God alone can see.
2. There’s a song in every silence,
seeking word and melody;
there’s a dawn in every darkness
bringing hope to you and me.
From the past will come the future;
what it holds, a mystery,
unrevealed until its season,
something God alone can see.
3. In our end is our beginning;
in our time, infinity;
in our doubt there is believing;
in our life, eternity.
In our death, a resurrection;
at the last, a victory,
unrevealed until its season,
something God alone can see.

 

Benediction   A blessing from “A Black Rock Prayer Book”

The world now is too dangerous and too beautiful for anything but love.
May your eyes be so blessed you see God in everyone.
Your ears, so you hear the cry of the poor.
May your hands be so blessed that everything you touch is a sacrament.
Your lips, so you speak nothing but the truth with love.
May your feet be so blessed you run to those who need you.
And may your heart be so opened, so set on fire, that your love changes everything.
And may the blessing of the God who created you, loves you,
and sustains you, be with you now and always.
May it be so. AMEN

 

Choral Benediction “For All The Saints” (Trad.)

For all the saints who’ve shown your love
In how they live and where they move,
For mindful women, caring men,
Accept our gratitude again.

Bless all whose will or name or love
Reflects the grace of heave above.
Though unacclaimed by earthly powers,
Your life through theirs has hallowed ours.

 

Ringing the Bicentennial Bell

 

Organ Postlude

 

Saints We Are Lifting Up Today

Allenback, Susan’s mother

Bohannan, Robin – friend of Eleanor’s

Cassarino, Paul – Dan’s father-in-law and Sasha’s grandfather

Conklin, Don David

Copenhaver, Ray  – Strawbridge Shrine Board

Gamble, Laura’s friend’s brother

Kathleen – Friend of Jeanni

Krug, Dorothy

Mitzel, Rev. Robert  – Associate Pastor in 1949

Morrin, Bob – friend of Rev. Deb

Mueller, Mary Jane – Jennifer Dudley’s mother; relative of Dolores

Mulrooney, James – Husband of Ricey Clapp

Murphy, Bill’s  coworker who died from Covid-19

Narcisse, Rick  – Shanna’s cousin

Orr, Donald – Brent’s Dad

Peightel, John M.

Poynter, Kay – Widow of former Associate Pastor

Poynter, Rev. R. Bruce – former Associate Pastor

Price, Tom  – Husband of Becky Price

Rock, Frank J.

Shaw, Dolores

Simmer, Keith’s stepfather

Smart – Carol’s friend wife of Presbyterian plaster of St. Andrew’s Fellowship

Wilder, Juanita  – Wife of retired UM pastor in South GA Conference— of Covid-19

Williams,Raj  – Friend of Linda

 

Due to Police Violence:

Arbery, Ahmound

Brooks, Rayshard

Floyd, George

Johnson, Dion

Lewis, Julian Edward Roosevelt

Prude, Daniel

Taylor, Breonna

Wallace, Walter

 

Notables:

Bryant, Kobe

Caldwell, Rev. Gil

Ginsberg, Justice Ruth Bader

Guillen, Vanessa

Halen, Eddie Van

Lewis, Representative John

Lowery, Rev. Joseph

Thompson, John

Yambasu, Bishop

And last, but not least, 229,000 US deaths and 1.18M deaths worldwide due to Covid-19

 

Please click on the link below to watch Bishop LaTrelle Easterling’s video message about voting:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKVgQYwsKJ8&feature=youtu.be

 

 

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