Worship Service – Nov. 1, 2020
10:15am In-person & Facebook Live Stream
Lighting of the Candles
Prelude Sue Keasler
Opening Prayer: Blessed are you, God of our salvation. As we turn to you in prayer, be with us and reveal to us your ways From your self-revelation in Jesus teach us how to live in ways that honor you: by humbling ourselves; by being content with what we have rather than striving for more; by caring, and cooperating, rather than competing in unhealthy ways. Teach us, giver of all goodness, to be strong in your strength for the sake of the gospel. Help us honor your prodigal grace, by living as doers of peace in
this world you love. Amen
Passing of the Peace: (L)The Peace of Christ be with you
(P) And Also with you.
Opening Hymn: Crown Him with Many Crowns UMH #327
Call to Confession
Acts 3:19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord. So, let us draw near to God with sincerity and confidence.
Prayer of Confession: Holy God, we so often fail to remember how profoundly you love us. You bless us even when we are at our wit’s end. You created us, and you love us as we are, even as you inspire our desire to be better through your Holy Spirit. Forgive us when we fail to remember that we are the body of Christ, saints-in-process. Empower us to begin anew,
encouraged by the stories of those who live in your eternal presence. In the name of Jesus, and for the sake of the gospel, we pray. Amen
Words of Assurance: Beloved, we are the children of God. Don’t fear failure. It is endemic to our human nature. Learn from your mistakes, and cherish the forgiving grace of God. Give thanks for all you are, and go forward in faith, knowing that God is faithful.
Hymn of Illumination “Spirit Song” (1st Verse only) UMH #347
Offertory call (Liturgist, please call ushers forward at this time)
Remember the words Jesus said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive. Offertory Music Sue Keasler
Offertory Prayer: Holy God, thank you for the great cloud of witnesses that surrounds us as we worship. Their diversity reminds us of your infinite grace to all your creatures. Thank you for the vision of a world at peace: paradise restored, where no one hungers, no one thirsts, and no one
is wanting. You guide us to the source of living water and invite us to drink deeply of your love. Your magnificent generosity evokes our deepest thanks. And so receive these offerings, that we may join that great cloud of witnesses as we share our gifts with others. Amen.
Scripture Reading: 1 John 3:1-3
L: This is the word of the Lord.
P: Thanks be to God.
Song of Response As the Deer The Faith We Sing
Message The Best is Yet to Come by Pastor Ed “The Great Thanksgiving”
Closing Hymn Let there be Peace on Earth UMH #431