Sunday, November 7, 2021

Twenty-Fourth Sunday

After Pentecost

November 7, 2021

10:15AM

HOMECOMING

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

L: We are here to remember together the story we share – here to remind each other of who we are –

and to whom we belong.

P: We claim this rich heritage with thanksgiving and joy – acknowledging how who we’ve been,

has brought us to where we are, and affirming that it is knowing who we are that with excitement, we anticipate what God is yet to do.

L: Our memories serve to light the path ahead of us not in reduplicating the past, but in making real our trust in the faithfulness of our God for the future.

P: We are children of God who remembers each one of us and celebrates the passages in our lives.

L: Passages of moving on to new states of life, each presenting new possibilities.

P: We affirm that through every passage, into each new situation in life, our God goes with us.

ALL: So, let us prepare for the possibilities of tomorrow by worshipping God today! Amen!

 

Opening Hymn   “Jesus, Friend of Thronging Pilgrims”          Cwm Rhondda  Vs. 1, 3, & 4

This hymn was composed by W. Nantlais Williams for the Convocation on Urban Life in 1954.
It is copyrighted by the Hymn Society of America which has given us permission to use it as our theme hymn for Baltimore City Station.

1.Jesus, Friend of thronging pilgrims as of those who walk alone,

look upon our crowded cities with compassion from thy throne;

Loving Shepherd, Loving Shepherd,

move among us as thine own, move among us as thine own.

3. Send thy servants to the highways where are heard the doleful cries;

call again the hungry masses to the feast that satisfies,

for the supper, for the supper

now is spread before their eyes, now is spread before their eyes.

4. By thy power be streets transfigured, haunts of sin be purified;  rich and poor be found in concord Zion’s courts their hope and pride;

Lord of Cities, Lord of Cities,

here make healing peace abide, here make healing peace abide.

 

Old Testament Lesson   I Kings 17:8-16 NIV

8 Then the word of the Lord came to him: 9 “Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.” 10 So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?” 11 As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.” 12 “As surely as the Lord your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.” 13 Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. 14 For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’” 15 She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. 16 For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah.

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 12:38-44

38 As he taught, Jesus said, “Watch out for the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, 39 and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. 40 They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.” 41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. 43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”

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

 

Sermon    “All In”     John Strawbridge, Lay Leader

 

Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving

 

Offertory “Proclamation of Service” (Martin)

As for those in this house, we will serve the Lord.
We will give our allegiance unto God.
With one voice, we will offer up our song,
Give our praise with voices strong,
Live our lives for God alone.

As for those in this house, we will serve the Lord,
This we pledge with our hearts in one accord.
Let the lives we bring
Give honor to the King.
As for those in this house, we will serve the Lord.

Founded on the Word of God, we have built this place.
Nurtured by the love of God, we proclaim His grace.
Challenged by the Truth of God, we break forth in praise:
Alleluia!
We will serve the Lord for all our days.

Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my heart; it is Thine own.
It shall be Thy royal throne.
We will serve the Lord.

 

Offering Prayer (All)

God of rainbow promises, and of majestic forests; God of babbling brooks, and of fertile fields; God of grace-filled journeys, and hope-filled activities – You nudge us into a new awareness of your world, and encourage us to seek to be present for those who are our neighbors. Your call to us is clear, and so we give out of a need to respond to your call.

Accept these gifts, we pray, and may you bless us in our ongoing ministry in this community and beyond. May our vision not be limited by the limitations of these offerings, but may we always see new opportunity for service and commitment as your people. AMEN.

 

Closing Hymn   “Blest Be the Tie That Binds” UMH Vs. 1, 3 & 4

1. Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love;

the fellowship of kindred minds is like to that above.

3.We share our mutual 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: Help us to keep on moving forward — in our lives, in our faith, and in our hopes.

P: Keep us on the path, moving with forward momentum. Show us the way before us so that we can move with confidence and with faithfulness.

L: Gracious and generous God, you’ve given us the opportunity to be prophets leading our church beyond where we currently are.

P: Help us to be visionary leaders, help us to be prophetic followers, and help us to go where we need to be.

L: We ask these things in the name of the One who looked beyond the here and now, while at the same time holding the hands of those in need right next to him.

Amen and Amen!

 

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

 

Flowers

In honor of Dan and Diane’s wedding yesterday.

 

Lovely Lane traditionally celebrates this Sunday as Homecoming Sunday. It was on November 6, 1887 that our current building was dedicated

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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