Sunday, November 14, 2021

Twenty-fifth Sunday
After Pentecost
November 14, 2021
10:15am

 

Organ Prelude

 

Welcome and Announcements                     John Strawbridge

 

Choral Introit “O Come Let us Worship” (Anon.)

O come, let us worship and bow down;
Let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker.

 

Call to Worship

Come, let us give thanks to God!

We gather together to praise the One who strengthens the weak,

and hears the prayers of the forgotten.

Come, let us give thanks to Christ!

We gather together to sing of the One who calls us to serve those

who are hungry and alone at this time of year.

Come, let us give thanks to the Spirit!

We gather together to exalt the One who provokes us to love

not only our family and friends, but the guest among us.

 

Opening Hymn   “Abide with Me” UMH 700 Vs. 1, 3, & 4

1. Abide with me: fast falls the eventide;

the darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide.

When other helpers fail and comforts flee,

Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

 

3. I need thy presence every passing hour.

What but thy grace can foil the tempter’s power?

Who like thyself my guide and stay can be?

Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.

 

4. I fear no foe with thee at hand to bless,

ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.

Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory?

I triumph still, if thou abide with me.

 

Old Testament   1 Samuel 2:1-10     The Message

2 Hannah prayed:

I’m bursting with God-news!

I’m walking on air.

I’m laughing at my rivals.

I’m dancing my salvation.

2-5 Nothing and no one is holy like God,

no rock mountain like our God.

Don’t dare talk pretentiously—

not a word of boasting, ever!

For God knows what’s going on.

He takes the measure of everything that happens.

The weapons of the strong are smashed to pieces,

while the weak are infused with fresh strength.

The well-fed are out begging in the streets for crusts,

while the hungry are getting second helpings.

The barren woman has a houseful of children,

while the mother of many is bereft.

6-10 God brings death and God brings life,

brings down to the grave and raises up.

God brings poverty and God brings wealth;

he lowers, he also lifts up.

He puts poor people on their feet again;

he rekindles burned-out lives with fresh hope,

Restoring dignity and respect to their lives—

a place in the sun!

For the very structures of earth are God’s;

he has laid out his operations on a firm foundation.

He protectively cares for his faithful friends, step by step,

but leaves the wicked to stumble in the dark.

No one makes it in this life by sheer muscle!

God’s enemies will be blasted out of the sky,

crashed in a heap and burned.

God will set things right all over the earth,

he’ll give strength to his king,

he’ll set his anointed on top of the world!

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   1 Samuel 1:4-20  NIV

4 Whenever the day came for Elkanah to sacrifice, he would give portions of the meat to his wife Peninnah and to all her sons and daughters. 5 But to Hannah he gave a double portion because he loved her, and the Lord had closed her womb. 6 Because the Lord had closed Hannah’s womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her. 7 This went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the Lord, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat. 8 Her husband Elkanah would say to her, “Hannah, why are you weeping? Why don’t you eat? Why are you downhearted? Don’t I mean more to you than ten sons?” 9 Once when they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh, Hannah stood up. Now Eli the priest was sitting on his chair by the doorpost of the Lord’s house. 10 In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly. 11 And she made a vow, saying, “Lord Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.” 12 As she kept on praying to the Lord, Eli observed her mouth. 13 Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk 14 and said to her, “How long are you going to stay drunk? Put away your wine.” 15 “Not so, my lord,” Hannah replied, “I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the Lord. 16 Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.” 17 Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.” 18 She said, “May your servant find favor in your eyes.” Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast. 19 Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the Lord and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah made love to his wife Hannah, and the Lord remembered her. 20 So in the course of time Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, “Because I asked the Lord for him.”

The Word of God for the people of God…..THANKS BE TO GOD

 

Sermon    “Don’t Give Up”   Rev. Debbie Scott

 

Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving

 

Offertory “Come Into His Presence” (Ballinger)

Come into His presence with thanksgiving,
Come into His courts with a song of praise.
Give Him all the glory, for He’s worthy;
He’s the Great I AM, the Ancient of Days.

For He has made us, and not we ourselves.
And He has saved us from the gates of Hell.

 

Offering Prayer (All)

We who are full can now give bread to others.  We who are well-off can reach out to raise up the poor.  We who have everything can offer a seat of honor to those who have nothing.  We who are blessed by you, Exalted God, can be blessings to others.  And so we pray that the gifts we have may give hope to the despairing, give strength to the weak, and justice to the oppressed.  Amen.

 

Closing Hymn “There Is a Balm in Gilead”   UMH 375 Vs. 1 & 3

Refrain:

There is a balm in Gilead

to make the wounded whole,

there is a balm in Gilead

to heal the sin-sick soul.

 

1. Sometimes I feel discouraged

and think my work’s in vain,

but then the Holy Spirit

revives my soul again. Refrain

 

3. If you can’t preach like Peter,

if you can’t pray like Paul,

you can tell the love of Jesus

and say, “He died for all.” Refrain

 

Benediction

Go forth now as God’s people.

We will go to offer joy to those in misery,

to remember all who have been forgotten.

Go forth now as sisters and brothers of Jesus.

We will go to offer the best rooms of our hearts to the lonely,

to pick up all those we have knocked down.

Go forth now as hearts of the Spirit.

We will go to share a double portion of grace with the empty,

to invite others to walk the paths of faith with us.

 

Choral Benediction “Lord, Let Us Now Depart In Peace” (Whelpton)

Lord, let us now depart in peace, who in your name have gathered.

Disclose the brightness of Your Face, and be ever near. Amen.

 

Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

 

Postlude

 

 

We are grateful that you have come to be with us this morning.  It is our hope that you experience the love of Christ this morning and his presence during our worship. Please find our contact information below if you would like to reach out to us:

 

Church Office Number: 410-889-1512
Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, & Saturday

8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Email: Lovely.Lane.BCS@gmail.com

Pastor: Rev. Deb Scott

Phone Number: 301-641-4601

Email: revdeb8@aol.com

 

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