Worship November 15, 2020

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time or Proper 28, Nov. 15, 2020

THE GATHERING

Gathering Music: “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing” ~ Pastor Scott

Welcome and Announcements:

1. Make your Home Advent Wreath (starts in 2 weeks!)
2. Extending Food for the School families over the holidays.

Prelude: “Brethren, We Have Met to Worship” arr. John Purifoy

Call to Worship 

Clothe yourselves with faith and love;                        1 Thess. 5:8

be confident in your salvation in Christ Jesus.

The Lord is with us!

Let us worship God:

Prayer of the Day    

God of righteousness, you overcome those who abuse their power and lift up those who suffer. Even now, when evil seems to hold sway, we know that you will have the last word. Keep us faithful as we wait and watch for your coming realm, when you will welcome all your children into your kingdom of justice, peace, and love. Amen.

Hymn of Praise: #612 “We Praise You, O God”

Invitation to Healing

God has proven, over time, to be slow to anger and abounding in love. Confident in God’s mercy, let us offer ourselves for healing, that we might become more whole, able to carry out your designs for us and through us.

Prayer for Wholeness

Lord, you have made us stewards of your creation and commissioned us to carry out your work to the best of our ability. Yet we don’t often pour all of our energy, intelligence, imagination, and love into this great work. We withhold our gifts and live in fear. Have mercy upon us, we pray. Make us bold to use our talents for the sake of your kingdom, until you come in glory. Amen.    

Please continue in silent prayer

Kyrie #437 “You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy

Assurance of Pardon 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.

You are invited to share God’s Peace with those with whom you are worshiping.

Sung Response #591 “Halle, Halle, …(chorus twice)

Celebrating Joys: Where we have seen God at work

Hymn #628: “Praise, I Will Praise You, Lord”

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

Shine your light on your Word, O Lord; by your Spirit let us see your wonder. For your justice outruns our sense of fairness; your love overwhelms our deepest affections. Open our eyes, unstop our ears, and show us your most excellent way; for Jesus’ sake.

Amen.

Hebrew Scripture: Psalm 123:1-4

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

Epistle Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

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

Gospel Reading: Matthew 25:14-30

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

Reflection: Bible from the Underside Part II ~ Pastor Scott Crane

Please spend several moments in silent reflection

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

Hymn of Response: #97 “Watchman, Tell Us of the Night”

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

“In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit, we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks and to live holy and joyful lives, even as we watch for God’s new heaven and new earth, praying, ‘Come, Lord Jesus!’”

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.

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; while we wait, let us pray for the needs of the world saying “Lord in your Mercy,” “Hear our prayer.”

Great Creator, We acknowledge that we gather as First Presbyterian Church of Trout Lake on the original lands of the Yakama, Klickitat, and other First Nations people.  For those of us in Portland and Salem, we acknowledge that we gather on the original lands of the Chinook and Kalapuya peoples. We are grateful for their generations of stewardship and give thanks for the opportunity to work, learn, and worship on their traditional homeland. For their descendants still in surrounding lands, Lord in your mercy, “Hear our prayer.”

Holy God, you welcome us into your joy and entrust us with your gospel. In hope for the world to come and with love for the world you made, we offer our prayers for your church, your earth, and your people. Help us to be the caretakers you intend. Lord in your mercy, “Hear our prayer.”

We pray for your church, in these communities we represent and around the world, that your good news may be proclaimed to all.  We pray for oppressors, that they might know justice, and those oppressed that they might know peace. Lord in your mercy, “Hear our prayer.”

We pray for the young, that they might be nurtured in love.  We pray for the old, that they might be secure in your care.  We pray for those who fight the demons of addiction, that they might find relief.  We pray for those who face an early death and those they leave behind, that they might be comforted. We pray for all who care for the suffering and those in their charge, that they would be freed from pain and fear. Lord in your mercy, “Hear our prayer.”

We pray for all whom we have lifted up today aloud or in the silences of our hearts…

Lord in your mercy, “Hear our prayer.”

All this we pray with gratitude for your eternal love and extravagant grace; through Christ who taught his disciples to pray, saying:

The Lord’s Prayer “…debts…debtors…” Hymnal p. 35

SENDING

Closing Hymn #707 “Take Thou Our Minds, Dear Lord”

Blessing and Charge

Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth”

Question for Reflection

If we believe in the kingdom to come, we need not fear, in life or in death. How does that change the way we live?

Household Prayer: Morning

Good morning, Lord. I welcome the new day, for it is a gift from you. My petty fears are nothing in the face of your love; in the warmth of your wisdom my anxieties melt away. Make me more faithful than I could be on my own, and use me to reflect your light, for there are so many who need to know of your grace.  Walk with me, and show me your way, for I would follow you. Amen.

Household Prayer: Evening

Good evening, Lord. Thank you for bringing me through this day, its trials and its joys. You surprise me with wonder and overwhelm me with love.  Keep me in your embrace tonight; inhabit my dreams.  If you choose to grant me another day of life, awaken me as one who is eager to serve you well. Amen.

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