Sunday, November 15, 2020

 

NOVEMBER 15, 2020
24th Sunday After Pentecost
11:00A.M.

 

Organ Prelude

 

 

Welcome and Announcements                                                           John Strawbridge

 

 

Choral Introit O Worship The Lord (McCutchan)

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness;
Serve Him with gladness, all the earth. Amen.

 

Prayer of Invocation (All)

O God, you have been our help in ages past. You’ve reminded us what was possible and pushed us beyond our fears. You’ve raised our eyes to higher ground and made our hearts soar with the hope of years to come. Be our guard while these troubles last and dare us to dream in this new day. Surprise us, O God, with good trouble in our worship this day. Amen.

 

Opening Hymn “O God, Our Help In Ages Past”                             UMH 117 VS. 1,2,4 & 6

1. Our God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
our shelter from the stormy blast,
and our eternal home:
2. Under the shadow of your throne
your saints have dwelt secure;
sufficient is your arm alone,
and our defense is sure.
4. A thousand ages in your sight
are like an evening gone;
short as the watch that ends the night
before the rising sun.
6. Our God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come:
O be our guide while life shall last,
and our eternal home.

 

Psalter Reading                                                              Psalm 123:1-4 The Message

1-4 I look to you, heaven-dwelling God,
look up to you for help.
Like servants, alert to their master’s commands,
like a maiden attending her lady,
We’re watching and waiting, holding our breath,
awaiting your word of mercy.
Mercy, God, mercy!
We’ve been kicked around long enough,
Kicked in the teeth by complacent rich men,
kicked when we’re down by arrogant brutes.
The Word of God….Thanks Be To God

 

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 25:14-30 NIV

14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag,[a] each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.
19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’
21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
22 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’
23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’
26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.
28 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. 29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
The Word of God for the people of God….Thanks Be To God

 

 

Sermon “Entrusted With God’s Gifts”                                              Rev. Debbie Scott

 

Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving

 

Offertory (Lord, My God – Mendelssohn)                                         Psalm 13

Lord, my God, behold and hear me,
While I draw this fleeting breath;
On mine eyes shed light and healing,
Lest I sleep the sleep of death,
Lest my foe should triumph, saying
“I against him have prevailed;”
Lest he, in my fall exulting,
See me by despair assailed.

 

Offering Prayer (All)

Generous God, we have been entrusted with proclaiming the good news of the greatest gift of all – Jesus Christ. We offer these gifts and the service of our lives in response to your generosity and grace. We pray that our lives may reveal these same qualities in abundance. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen

 

Closing Hymn “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms”                            UMH 133

1.What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms!
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms!
Refrain: Leaning, leaning,
Safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning,
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.
2. O how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way,
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms!
O how bright the path grows from day to day,
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms!
Refrain
3. What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms!
I have peace complete with my Lord so near,
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms!
Refrain

 

Benediction

Go with God into the world.
We will journey with our friends and neighbors,
with our families and strangers.
Go with Jesus to serve faithfully.
We will seek to confront injustice;
we will bring healing to those who are broken.
Go with the Spirit to share peace.
We will embrace those forgotten by the world;
we will share our gifts with everyone we meet.

 

Choral Benediction “God Be With You Till We Meet Again” (Vaughan Williams)

God be with you till we meet again;
By His counsels guide, uphold you,
With His sheep securely fold you;
God be with you till we meet again.

 

Ringing the Bicentennial Bell

 

 

Organ Postlude

 

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