Worship November 14, 2021; the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Proper 28)

THE GATHERING

* Stand if willing and able

Gathering Music: Hymn #401 “Gather Us In”

Welcome and Announcements    

Prelude: “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need” arr. Mark Hayes

* Call to Worship 

God is faithful: Christ is coming,

to raise the poor from the dust.

God is faithful: Christ is coming,

to judge and rule the earth.

Let us pray together:

* Prayer of the Day    

Eternal God, as human kingdoms crumble and earthly temples turn to dust,you remain faithful: our rock and salvation. Build us up as the temple of your Spirit so that we may stand firm in hope and faith; through Jesus Christ, the cornerstone. Amen.

* Hymn of Praise #352 “My Lord! What a Morning”

* Invitation to Wholeness

Let us confess our sins to the one who sacrificed for us and waits in mercy to forgive.

* Prayer of Wholeness

Eternal God, we confessthat we have failed to seek your will. You warn us of what is to come,but we ignore the signs of the times. You promise us a new creation,but we cling to the ruins of this world.  Forgive us, God of grace.Wash away the stain of our sin and keep us faithful in love and in deed, while we await your coming in glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

            Please observe a moment of silent prayer, then sing as one voice:

* 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; the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!

And also with you!

Let us share signs of peace.

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

Celebrating Joys and Where We Have Seen God at Work

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

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

O Lord, you have the words of life. Speak to us by the power of your Holy. Spirit, that we might hear what you would say to us today.  Amen.

Hebrew Scripture: 1 Samuel 1:4-20 p. 336, 337

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

Optional Children’s Storytime:

Epistle Reading: Hebrews 10:11-14 (15-18) 19-25 pp. 304, 305

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

Gospel Reading: Mark 13:1-8 p. 69

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

Reflection:TL 11-14-2021 Quilting~ Pastor Scott Crane

Please spend several moments in silent reflection

RESPONSE TO THE WORD 

* Hymn of Response: #100 “My Soul Cries Out…”

* Affirmation of Faith: Adapted from the Confession of 1967, 9.22

New life in Christ takes shape in a community in which people know that God loves and accepts them in spite of what they are.  They therefore accept themselves and love others, knowing that no one has any ground on which to stand, except God’s grace.

Intercessory Prayers of the People

Call and response: “Lord in your mercy,” “Hear our prayers.”

Minute for Mission

Invitation to Present Our Offerings

People of God, the Lord has given us so much. Let us praise the Lord through our gifts for the uplift of God’s kingdom.

Offertory: “Canzonet” by Christian Gottlob Neefe          

* Doxology

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Praise Christ all creatures here below!

Praise Holy Spirit evermore!

Praise Triune God whom we adore!  Amen!

* Prayer of Dedication

Dear God, we offer these gifts back to you. Multiply them so that they might help build up your kingdom on earth. We pray this in the name of Jesus, who taught his disciples to pray, saying:

* The Lord’s Prayer (…debts…debtors…)

SENDING

* Closing Hymn #360 “Christ is Coming!”

* Charge

Beloved, be encouraged in the Lord, and do not be led astray. Stand firm in the witness of the gospel and do good deeds, all for the glory of God.

* Blessing

* Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth”

Lyrics found on the inside front cover of the hymnal.

Bathrooms and a diaper changing station are located in the Fellowship Hall.  Please join us across the way for refreshments and conversation following worship.

Questions for Reflection

  1. The Mark text has been referred to as the “Little Apocalypse.” How did this passage intrigue, disturb, challenge, comfort, encourage or inspire you?
  2. What inspires your imagination? When do you feel most creative?
  3. What patterns of creativity and adaptation do you notice in your church? What do you imagine these patterns growing into if you were to pay attention to them?
  4. The Hebrews text admonishes Christians to meet together. What difference do you notice in your life when we meet? Does it help you serve others in Christ’s name?
  5. How do we “provoke one another to love and good deeds?”
  6. Have you ever prayed like Hannah in the 1 Samuel passage? Was there an Eli present to hear and counsel you?
  7. Have you ever been in the presence of one who was deeply troubled? How did you respond?

Household Prayer: Morning

Dear God,

Empower me to encourage others for the glory of your name as I go throughout my day.  In Jesus’ name I ask it.  Amen.

 Household Prayer: Evening

Dear God,

Thank you for keeping me throughout the day.  Grant me a night of peaceful rest and put a song of praise in my heart when I wake in the morning.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

Announcements:

  1. Today or Monday at the latest the Christmas Shoe Box project is due at the Baptist Church
  2. Thanksgiving Food Basket contributions are due November 21st at the Baptist Church
  3. We will be holding our Heifer fundraiser Christmas Bazaar with the Community Holiday Bazaar on Saturday the 4th at the Grange. Time to create or come and purchase. Sign-up sheets will be available for shifts at our table, and if you want to make something.

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