Worship from Home 11-8-2020

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, or Proper 27

GATHERING

Gathering Music: “This Little Light of Mine” p.12 CFS ~ Pastor Scott

Welcome and Announcements    

Prelude: “Deep River with Shall We Gather at the River” arr. Lloyd Larson

Call to Worship 

People of God, listen: The Lord has done marvelous things!

Let us teach our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren all that God has done so that they may live in hope!

Let us pray together:

Prayer of the Day    

Eternal God, you are our hope and our salvation, for in Jesus Christ you have conquered death. Baptized in him, we are raised to new life. Increase in us our faith and keep us watchful, that we may welcome Christ with joy when he comes to set the whole world free.

Hymn of Praise #353 “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less”

Invitation to Healing

Our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus and his righteousness. Trusting in the mercy of God, let us pray and sing for the world, admitting our faults, seeking our renewal, and serving those in need:

Confessional Hymn: #345 “In an Age of Twisted Values”

Assurance of God’s Presence and Passing of the Peace

Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. Please share a sign of peace.

Sung Assurance: Hymn #346 “For the Healing of the Nations”

Celebrating Joys: Where we have seen God at work

Sung Response #340 “This Is My Song” 

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

Lord Jesus, your understanding of Scripture astonished and humbled all around you. Send your Spirit to illumine these words that our understanding and wisdom may be increased. Amen.

Hebrew Scripture: Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Psalm Reading: 78:1-7

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Gospel Reading: Matthew 25:1-13

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Meditation:Next Steps~ Rev. Dr. Scott T. Crane

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

Hymn #819 “Be Still, My Soul”

Affirmation of Faith: ~ Excerpts from A Brief Statement of Faith

In life and in death we belong to God. God loves us and makes us heirs with Christ of the covenant. Like a mother who will not forsake her nursing child, like a father who runs to welcome the prodigal home, God is faithful still.

Invitation to Present Our Offerings

Let us offer our gifts to you, O God; whether we have much or only a little, we can share our daily bread so that all will be fed. As we have received, so now we give.

Members, friends, and guests: Church expenses total roughly $1900 a month. Thank you for your commitment and your generosity. Please make checks out to First Presbyterian Church of Trout Lake, PO Box 210, Trout Lake, WA 98650.

An Offering of Thanksgiving with Poetry or Song

Intercessory Prayers of the People

God of Life, “Keep awake,” you tell us, urging us to watch with expectant hope as we wait for you to reveal yourself in our midst. But, Lord, we grow tired of looking for signs of your presence among us. We grow weary from a steady diet of distressing news and convince ourselves that you are still far off. Please, ignite us anew to fulfill the tasks you expect of us, and to open our ears, our eyes, and hearts to encounter you, even in places unexpected.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayers.

You created the world and called it good. You came to redeem the world and all within it, even all humankind.  Christ, you claimed us in the waters of Baptism – now Baptize this world to you.  Holy Spirit, you breathed upon all who awoke to your Presence – now awaken all of us anew.  Lord, in sure and certain hope, we pray for your world, that we may live into your coming reign of justice and peace.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayers.

For those who will govern us, grant them wisdom and a commitment to justice…

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayers.

For the planet Earth entrusted to our care, heal its wounds and make us better stewards of its wonders and gifts.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayers.

For those who suffer from anxieties and ills, give them relief. For those who endure the days and nights without food or shelter, feed and protect them.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayers.

For those who suffer in silence, comfort them. For those who carry any sorrows, and for all those who seek your face, Eternal God, help them lay their burdens down.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayers.

With thanks that you hear our prayers, spoken and unspoken, we entrust all of life to you, gracious God, our Alpha and Omega, our hope in life and in death.  We pray all this in the name of Jesus Christ, who taught his disciples to pray, saying:

The Lord’s Prayer

Page 35 (p.40, Español) Glory to God Hymnal; “…debts…debtors…”

SENDING

Closing Hymn #756 “O God of Every Nation”

Charge and Blessing

Beloved, let this mind be in you that was also in Christ Jesus: Love the Lord and serve others. Be gracious and kind to all, with both the gentle acceptance of a child and the wise maturity of a compassionate parent; in this, may God continue to bless and keep you, “May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the snow fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may you be held in the palm of God’s hand.”

Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth”

For Personal Reflection this Week:

How would it change your life if you were to wait expectantly for the return of Christ?  What does “The return of Christ mean to you?  How do you look for Christ in the everyday? Is there a “both, and” for differing views?

Morning Prayer: Creator of all, I awake to the day you have made with praise on my lips, for your Spirit gives me breath. May I live this day for the sake of Jesus, the light of the world, the apple of my eye, my beginning and my end.

Evening Prayer: Creator of all, you make the night for peace and rest. In the moon and stars we see the reflection of your eternal light, so whether we live or whether we die, we know that we belong to you. Keep watch over those who work through the night; give peace to those who cannot sleep. Let me surrender all anxiety and fear to your loving embrace that I may awake to serve you with joy. Amen.

Daily Reflections this Week (from Jill Duffield/Presbyterian Outlook)

Monday: How are you feeling this week? Are you able to sense God’s presence in this tumultuous time?

Tuesday: What is the oil you need to have in order to let your light shine?

Wednesday: What is it that we cannot borrow or share from others in a life of faith?

Thursday: What are your worries and fears right now? Where can you find encouragement and hope?

Friday: What does it mean to choose to serve God? How often must we make that choice?

Saturday: Look up the word “oil” in a Bible concordance. How do other biblical passages with the word oil inform your understanding of this parable?

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