Sunday, November 8, 2020

 

Joshua 24:15 Inspirational Image

NOVEMBER 8, 2020

23rd 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)

God of promise and presence, you have brought us here in your love. Help us feel your presence and become ready again to proclaim your healing mercy to all people. Challenge us and awaken our spirits to the awesome journey that lies ahead. In Christ’s Name, we pray. Amen.

 

Opening Hymn “This Is My Song”                     UMH 437

1. This is my song, O God of all the nations,
a song of peace for lands afar and mine;
this is my home, the country where my heart is;
here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine:
but other hearts in other lands are beating
with hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.

2. My country’s skies are bluer than the ocean,
and sunlight beams on cloverleaf and pine;
but other lands have sunlight too, and clover,
and skies are everywhere as blue as mine:
O hear my song, thou God of all the nations,
a song of peace for their land and for mine.

3. This is my prayer O Lord of all earth’s kingdoms
Thy kingdom come on earth Thy will be done
Let Christ be lifted up till all shall serve Him
And hearts united learn to live as one
O hear my prayer Thou God of all nations
Myself I give Thee let Thy will be done

 

Contemporary Word from The Book of Resolutions United Methodist Church 2016

“Taking an active stance in society is nothing new for followers of John Wesley. He set the example for us to combine personal and social piety. Ever since predecessor churches to United Methodism flourished in the United States, we have been known as a denomination involved with people’s lives, with political and social struggles, having local to international mission implications. Such involvement is an expression of the personal change we experience in our baptism and conversion.
The United Methodist Church believes God’s love for the world is an active and engaged love, a love seeking justice and liberty. We cannot just be observers. So we care enough about people’s lives to risk interpreting God’s love, to take a stand, to call each of us into a response, no matter how controversial or complex. The church helps us think and act out a faith perspective, not just responding to all the other ‘mind-makers-up’ that exist in our society.”

 

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                                                 Joshua 24:1-3, 14-25

1 Then Joshua assembled all the tribes of Israel at Shechem. He summoned the elders, leaders, judges and officials of Israel, and they presented themselves before God.
2 Joshua said to all the people, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Long ago your ancestors, including Terah the father of Abraham and Nahor, lived beyond the Euphrates River and worshiped other gods. 3 But I took your father Abraham from the land beyond the Euphrates and led him throughout Canaan and gave him many descendants. I gave him Isaac,
14 “Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
16 Then the people answered, “Far be it from us to forsake the Lord to serve other gods! 17 It was the Lord our God himself who brought us and our parents up out of Egypt, from that land of slavery, and performed those great signs before our eyes. He protected us on our entire journey and among all the nations through which we traveled. 18 And the Lord drove out before us all the nations, including the Amorites, who lived in the land. We too will serve the Lord, because he is our God.”
19 Joshua said to the people, “You are not able to serve the Lord. He is a holy God; he is a jealous God. He will not forgive your rebellion and your sins. 20 If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, he will turn and bring disaster on you and make an end of you, after he has been good to you.”
21 But the people said to Joshua, “No! We will serve the Lord.”
22 Then Joshua said, “You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen to serve the Lord.”
“Yes, we are witnesses,” they replied.
23 “Now then,” said Joshua, “throw away the foreign gods that are among you and yield your hearts to the Lord, the God of Israel.”
24 And the people said to Joshua, “We will serve the Lord our God and obey him.”
25 On that day Joshua made a covenant for the people, and there at Shechem he reaffirmed for them decrees and laws.
The Word of God for the people of God….Thanks Be To God

 

 

Sermon “Choices We Make”                             Rev. Debbie Scott

 

Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving

 

Offertory “I Hear the Voice of Jesus” (Larson)

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.

 

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 “Let There Be Peace on Earth”   UMH 431

Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me
Let There Be Peace on Earth
The peace that was meant to be.
With God as our Creator
Children all are we
Let us walk with each other
In perfect harmony.
Let peace begin with me
Let this be the moment now.
With ev’ry step I take
Let this be my solemn vow
To take each moment and live
Each moment in peace eternally
Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me.

 

Benediction

L: Let us give thanks to God for the land of our birth with all its chartered liberties. For all the wonder of our country’s story:
P: WE GIVE YOU THANKS, O GOD.
L: For leaders in nation and state, and for those who in days past and in these present times have labored for the commonwealth:
P: WE GIVE YOU THANKS, O GOD.
L: For those who in all times and places have been true and brave, and in the world’s common ways have lived upright lives and ministered to their fellows:
P: WE GIVE YOU THANKS, O GOD.
L: For those who served their country in its hour of need, and especially for those who gave even their lives in that service:
P: WE GIVE YOU THANKS, O GOD.

 

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

 

All are invited to participate in the Laity Session of the Annual Conference. It will take place on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 9 a.m. to noon. Click the link below to register:

https://www.bwcumc.org/events/2020-annual-conference/

 

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