Ordination

PRAYER FOR PEACE
Lead us from death to life, from falsehood to truth.
Lead us from despair to hope, from fear to trust.
Lead us from hate to love, from war to peace.
Let peace fill our hearts, our world, our universe.
Let us dream together, pray together, work together,
To build one world of peace and justice for all. Amen.

       

PRELUDE | Joyful Praise | Hal H. Hopson

INTROIT 192 | Shine, Jesus, Shine|Graham Kendrick

*CALL TO WORSHIP | Based on Ps 36:5-9
One: Your loyal love, Lord, extends to the skies;
Many: your faithfulness reaches the clouds.
One: Your righteousness is like the strongest mountains;
Many: your justice is like the deepest sea.
All: Lord, you save both humans and animals.
One: Your faithful love is priceless, God!
Many: Humanity finds refuge in the shadow of your wings.
One: They feast on the bounty of your house;
Many: you let them drink from your river of pure joy.
One: Within you is the spring of life.
All: In your light, we see light.

*HYMN 263 | All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name!|Coronation

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Mighty and merciful God, you have called us for the service of Jesus Christs. We confess that we have not lived up to our calling. We have been timid and frightened disciples, forgetful of your powerful presence and the strength of your Spirit among us.

*SILENT PRAYER OF CONFESSION

*CONTINUING CONFESSION
O God, forgive our foolish and sinful ways. Since you have chosen us and claimed us in our baptism, strengthen us anew to choose Christ’s way in this world. Give us you Holy Spirit so that each one in ministry may be provided with all the gifts of grace needed to fulfill our common calling; through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.

*DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting. I declare to you, in the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven. Friends, believe the good news of the gospel:
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Thanks be to God!

*THE GLORIA  | Glory Be to the Father | Gloria Patri (Greatorex)

*PASSING OF THE PEACE
The peace of Christ be with you
And also with you.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  | 398 | How Very Good and Pleasant
How Very Good

WELCOME AND CHURCH COMMUNICATIONS
(Use this time to sign the Friendship Pad in your pew; pass it down and then return it to the center aisle.)

MOMENT WITH OUR CHILDREN | Rev. Elvery

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

FIRST SCRIPTURE READING   Isaiah 62:1-5 p. 651 / 847 OT

ANTHEM We Will Praise You  arr. Douglas E. Wagner

SECOND SCRIPTURE READING  |   1 Corinthians 12 p. 163 / 211 NT
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!

SERMON Gifted Rev. Elvery

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

*HYMN 697 | Take My Life Hendon

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

THE LORD'S PRAYER
…Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

SERVICE OF INSTALLATION AND COMMISSIONING
There are different gifts,
But it is the same Spirit who gives them.
There are different ways of serving God,
But it is the same Lord who is served.
God works through different people in different ways,
But it is the same God whose will is brought about through them all.
Each one is given a gift by the Spirit,
To use it for the common good.
Together we are the body of Christ.
And individually members of it.
Pastor: We are all called into the church of Jesus Christ by baptism, and marked as Christ’s own by the Holy Spirit. This is our common calling, to be disciples and servants of our servant Lord. Within the community of the church, some are called to particular service as trustees. Others are called to service as deacons, as ruling elders, and as teaching elders. Ordination is Christ’s gift to the church, assuring that his ministry continues among us, providing for ministries of stewardship of property, caring and compassion in the world, ordering the governance of the church, and preaching the Word and administering the sacraments.

Ruling Elder: Jim Foster, Nancy Beaudoin, Vern Moore, Ron Shropshire and Eleanor Steiner have been elected to serve as Trustees of the church. We wish to recognize the responsibility they have accepted.

Pastor: Friends, God has given you special gifts for service, and we have chosen you for a special work. By your energy, honesty, and diligence you will demonstrate Christian faith to those you deal with on our behalf.

QUESTIONS TO TRUSTEE CANDIDATES
Are you willing to be installed as a Trustee? I am.

Do you promise to give the property affairs of this congregation your devoted attention, to encourage generosity, and, in all your dealings, work to further our service of Christ in the world? I do.

The Session also commissions those who have been previously ordained as deacons: Laura Dillman and Paul Gerrish to active service as Deacons.

QUESTIONS OF COMMISSIONED DEACONS

WILL YOU BE A FAITHFUL DEACON, teaching charity, urging concern, and directing the people’s help to the friendless and those in need, and in your ministry will you try to show the love and justice of Jesus Christ? I do.

 

Ruling Elder: Representing the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church, the Session of First Presbyterian Church installs to active service those who have been previously ordained as ruling elders Sylvia Tufts and ordains and installs Kathie Hazlet and Jayson Weber.

CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTIONS TO CANDIDATES FOR ORDINATION AS A RULING ELDER
(W-4.4004)
Pastor: God has called you by the voice of the church to serve Jesus Christ in a special way. You know who we are and what we believe, and you understand the work for which you have been chosen.

DO YOU TRUST in Jesus Christ, your Savior, acknowledge him Lord of all and Head of the Church, and through him believe in one God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit? I do.

DO YOU ACCEPT the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be, by the Holy Spirit, the unique and authoritative witness to Jesus Christ in the Church universal, and God’s word to you? I do.

DO YOU SINCERELY RECEIVE AND ADOPT the essential tenets of the Reformed faith as expressed in the confessions of our Church as authentic and reliable expositions of what Scripture leads us to believe and do, and will you be instructed and led by those Confessions as you lead the people of God?
I do and I will.

WILL YOU FULFILL your ministry in obedience to Jesus Christ, under the authority of Scripture and be continually guided by our confessions? I will.

WILL YOU BE GOVERNED by our Church’s polity, and will you abide by its discipline? Will you be a friend among your colleagues in ministry, working with them, subject to the ordering of God’s Word and Spirit? I will.

WILL YOU IN YOUR OWN LIFE WORK to follow the Lord Jesus Christ, love your neighbors, and work for the reconciliation of the world? I will.
DO YOU PROMISE to further the peace, unity, and purity of the church? I do.

WILL YOU PRAY FOR AND SEEK TO SERVE the people with energy, intelligence, imagination, and love? I will.

WILL YOU BE A FAITHFUL RULING ELDER, watching over the people, providing for their worship, nurture, and service? Will you share in government and discipline, serving in councils of the Church, and in your ministry will you try to show the love and justice of Jesus Christ? I will.

QUESTIONS OF THE CONGREGATION

Ruling Elder: DO WE, MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH, accept the persons before us, as ruling elders, deacons or trustees, chosen by God through the voice of this congregation, to lead us in the way of Jesus Christ? We do.

DO WE AGREE to pray for them, to encourage them, to respect their decisions, and to follow as they guide us, serving Jesus Christ, who alone is Head of the Church? We do.

LAYING ON OF HANDS

PRAYER OF INSTALLATION/COMMISSIONING
(All ordained ruling elders and teaching elders in the PC(USA) are invited to come forward to pray with our officers-elect.)

DECLARATION AND CHARGE
You are now ruling elders, deacons and trustees in the Church of Jesus Christ and for this congregation. Be faithful and true in your ministry so that your whole life will bear witness to the crucified and risen Christ. Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Amen.

THE GREETING

OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS

OFFERTORY| Lyric Piece| Gustav Adolph Merkel

*DOXOLOGY 606| Old Hundredth
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
You have given us many gifts, O God. See in these tangible offerings our commitment to use all our gifts for you, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

SEALING OF THE WORD

*HYMN |300| We Are One in the Spirit |They'll Know We Are Christians

WE GO IN GOD’S NAME

BENEDICTION

CHORAL RESPONSE| 564| Amen Sanctus (Haugen)

POSTLUDE| Coronation| Samuel Metzger



 

I Saw The Light

PRAYER FOR PEACE                                             From Saint Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. 
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.  For it is in giving that we receive, 
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Amen.

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NOTE: Sunday's Service will be posted the afternoon of the 9th
January Sixth Scriptures and Sermon portion (23 minutes)  |January Sixth Complete Service (1:22) | Homework Assignment

PRELUDE |  O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright|  arr. Kenneth T. Kosche

INTROIT | 152 | What Star is This, with Beams So Bright | Charles Coffin & Michael Praetorius

*CALL TO WORSHIP | Psalm 72:1-4
One: Give the king your justice, O God,
Many: and your righteousness to a king’s son.
One: May he judge your people with righteousness,
Many: and your poor with justice.
One: May the mountains yield prosperity for the people,
Many: and the hills, in righteousness.
One: May he defend the cause of the poor of the people,
All: give deliverance to the needy, and crush the oppressor.

*HYMN 133 | O Come, All Ye Faithful Adeste Fideles

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
God of the past, present and future, we, like those astrologers of old look for signs of the future. In all honesty, we look at the stock market projection, the weather reports, the sales fliers and maybe the messages from our doctors. Somehow, we aren’t looking for you and your portents in many, if any, of these. Help us to look up, not to the heavens but to the higher, broader and greater things so we may see your guiding light. When we do look down and around us, help us to see you there too, standing with us. Amen.

*SILENT PRAYER OF CONFESSION

*DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
…Friends, believe the good news of the gospel:
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Thanks be to God!

*GLORIA 581 |Glory Be to the Father |Gloria Patri (Greatorex)

*PASSING OF THE PEACE
The peace of Christ be with you
And also with you.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE 398 |How Very Good and Pleasant |How Very Good

MOMENT WITH OUR CHILDREN Rev. Elvery
WELCOME AND CHURCH COMMUNICATIONS

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
FIRST SCRIPTURE READING| Isaiah 60:1-6| p. 649 / 844 OT
ANTHEM| Follow the Star| Carl J. Nygard, Jr.
SECOND SCRIPTURE READING Mathew 2:1-12 p. 1 / 2 NT
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!

SERMON| I Saw the Light| Rev. Elvery

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

*HYMN 265 | Jesus Shall Reign Where'er the Sun| Duke Street

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH | The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS
OFFERTORY | Prelude on a Chorale | by Thomas Tallis W.T. Best

*DOXOLOGY 606 | Old Hundredth
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
While we neither ride camels nor bring frankincense, gold nor myrrh, we do come in car or on foot bringing our gifts. As with those wise men of old, let our gifts honor your Son and further the many purposes of his kingdom. Amen.

SEALING OF THE WORD

INVITATION TO THE LORD’S TABLE
GREAT PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

THE LORD'S PRAYER
…Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

WORDS OF INSTITUTION
SHARING OF THE MEAL
(All who believe in Jesus Christ as Lord, regardless of age or denomination, are invited to partake in the Sacrament of Communion. Today we will serve Communion by intinction. Please come forward down the center aisle. Break off a piece of the bread and dip it into the cup and eat. Or you may take an individual cup from the tray and drink. We also have gluten free bread available. Return to your seat by the side aisle. If you are unable to come forward, please indicate this to the pastor and the sacrament will be brought to you.)

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION | From the Iona Community

Living God, in this sacrament we have shared in your eternal kingdom. May we who taste this mystery forever serve you in faith, hope and love. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

WE GO IN GOD’S NAME

*HYMN 151 | We Three Kings of Orient Are |Kings of Orient

*BENEDICTION

*CHORAL RESPONSE 152 | What Star is This, with Beams So Bright | Charles Coffin & Michael Praetorius


POSTLUDE | As with Gladness Men of Old | arr. Robert A. Hobby


Rev. Dudley J. Elvery II, Interim Pastor | Mr. Tim VanNasdale, Director of Music/Organist
Worship Liturgist: Joyce Anders
Ushers: Char Hansen, Bob James, Donna Moore, Eleanor Steiner



 

Cantata Advent Third Sunday

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CANTATA | Sing Joy to All the World  |  Lloyd Larson

I. Narrators | Tidings of Comfort and Joy! |  [0 - 3:13]
II. Narrators | A Light Shall Shine [3:13 - 7:36]
III. Narrators | Prepare the Way!  [7:37 - 11:38]
IV. Narrators | David's Royal City  [11:39 - 16:33]
V. Narrators | Glory in the Highest!  [16:37 - 21:06]
VI. Narrators | Joy of Every Longing Heart [21:14 - 26:11]
VII. Narrators | Worship Christ, the Newborn King [26:18 - 31:31]
VIII. Sing Joy to All the World!  [31:35 - 35:04]

Narrators: Pastor Dudley Elvery and Dee Delaney
Flutists: Tricia Hentschel and Deb Way
Cellist: David Keller

Bulleltin for the December 16 Service

PRAYER FOR PEACE
Prince of Peace, A world was prepared for your coming;
Prophets of old foretold you;
Spiritual seekers quietly awaited you.
In the fulfilment of time you came,
not with a fanfare of trumpets, not with legions of soldiers to protect you,
not with a treasury of gold to finance you, but in the earthiness of a stable,
in the vulnerable surroundings of a cradle,
with the crooning of a mother’s song for welcome.
So you began your journey from the cradle to the cross, costly vocation,
To redeem the world of sinners and to establish peace on earth.
Even so, Lord Jesus, quickly come.
~John Johansen-Berg, Shine on, Star of Bethlehem

PRELUDE | People, Look East, the Time Is Near | arr. Tammy Waldrop

INTROIT |   106 Prepare the Way, O Zion  |  Frans Mikael Franzen

*CALL TO CONTINUING WORSHIP AND LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT WREATH Emily Olson, Olivia and Grace
It is the third week of Advent, and we are still waiting, waiting for the coming of Jesus.
While we wait, questions fill our minds, anxiety rules our hearts:
We ask Who? What? Where? When? And Why???
Yet, our Maker says, Be still. Know that I am God.
We grow in grace as we wrestle with the questions and share our faith stories. …As we are waiting, may the Holy Spirit fill us with joy. Let us worship God!

*HYMN 93 Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates Truro

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
God of the Ages, we soon will be encouraged to rejoice with the voices of generations before us and our sisters and brothers around us, not only in this place but also around the world. For some of us that is an easy task, we have much to look forward to, the promise of time with those dear to us. For others, being joyful comes less easily. We have suffered or face loss, we’ve hit major bumps in our road. If we are joyful, help us to let it radiate from you through us into the dark corners of other lives. If we are joyless, help us to open the windows of our lives or at least peak through the curtains so the light of your presence may find its way to us. Amen.

*SILENT PRAYER OF CONFESSION

*DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
Friends, believe the good news of the gospel:
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Thanks be to God!

*GLORIA PATRI 583 Glory to God Gloria

*PASSING OF THE PEACE
The peace of Christ be with you
And also with you.
*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE 95 Prepare the Way of the Lord
(sung three times) Prepare The Way

MOMENT WITH OUR CHILDREN Rev. Elvery

WELCOME AND CHURCH COMMUNICATIONS
(Use this time to sign the Friendship Pad in your pew; pass it down and then return it to the center aisle.)

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

FIRST SCRIPTURE READING Zephaniah 3:14-20 p. 826 / 1073 OT

SECOND SCRIPTURE READING Luke 3:7-18 p. 56 / 73 NT
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!

CANTATA Sing Joy to All the World Lloyd Larson
I. Tidings of Comfort and Joy!
II. A Light Shall Shine
III. Prepare the Way!
IV. David's Royal City
V. Glory in the Highest!
VI. Joy of Every Longing Heart
VII. Worship Christ, the Newborn King
VIII. Sing Joy to All the World!

Narrators: Pastor Dudley Elvery and Dee Delaney
Flutists: Tricia Hentschel and Deb Way
Cellist: David Keller

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

*HYMN 123  | It Came Upon the Midnight Clear |  Carol

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER
…Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS

OFFERTORY Of the Father's Love Begotten arr. Wilbur Held

*DOXOLOGY 606  | Old Hundredth
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.


*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Just as the musicians have offered the beauty of music to you, see in our offerings our commitment to taking our gifts and using them to your glory and for your kingdom. Amen.

WE GO IN GOD’S NAME

*HYMN 136 Go, Tell It on the Mountain Go Tell It

*BENEDICTION

*CHORAL RESPONSE 601 Amen Danish Amen

POSTLUDE Postlude on "Gloria" Jason D. Payne

Some people choose to be seated to listen to the postlude. If you need to leave,
the pastor and worship leader are glad to greet you at the entrance of the sanctuary.
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord! Thanks be to God!

 

Rev. Dudley J. Elvery II, Interim Pastor
Mr. Tim VanNasdale, Director of Music/Organist

 

Worship Liturgist: Char Hansen
Greeter: Dee Delaney
Ushers: Dee Delaney, Phil Dillman, Emily Rozak

Wishing or Hoping?

December Second Scriptures and Sermon portion (23 minutes) | December Second Complete Service (1:22) | Homework Assignment


PRELUDE  |   Let Us Break Bread Together  |  Douglas E. Wagner

ADVENT PRAYER FOR PEACE
Prince of Peace, A world was prepared for your coming;
Prophets of old foretold you;
Spiritual seekers quietly awaited you.
In the fulfilment of time you came,
not with a fanfare of trumpets, not with legions of soldiers to protect you,
not with a treasury of gold to finance you, but in the earthiness of a stable,
in the vulnerable surroundings of a cradle,
with the crooning of a mother’s song for welcome.
So you began your journey from the cradle to the cross, costly vocation,
To redeem the world of sinners and to establish peace on earth.
Even so, Lord Jesus, quickly come.
~John Johansen-Berg, Shine on, Star of Bethlehem

INTROIT  |   92  |   While We Are Waiting, Come  |  Claire Cloninger & Don Cason

CALL TO CONTINUING WORSHIP AND LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT WREATH  |  Darlene Giesbrecht, Jack and Alex Correa
The season of Advent is a time of waiting, waiting for the coming of Jesus.
While we wait, questions stalk our minds, anxiety rules our hearts:
We ask Who? What? Where? When? And Why?
Yet, our Maker says, Be still. Know that I am God.
We grow in grace as we wrestle with the questions and share our faith stories....
As we are waiting, may the Holy Spirit fill us with hope. Let us worship God!

*HYMN 88  |  O Come, O Come, Emmanuel  |  Veni Emmanuel

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
God of Promise, God of Hope, help us not to lose your promises in the midst of all the noise that surrounds us. In our rush to be ready for Christmas, help us obey the speed limits that encourage us to slow down. When we go through school zones, help us to become students again sitting not in a classroom but at your feet. When we see a pedestrian crossing, help us to remember to watch for those who seek to cross into places of health and warmth. When we see signs warning about workers ahead, help us to remember not only those who work to keep us safe and to smooth out our paths, but also those who seek work and find none. God, help us to admit our hurriedness and hand it over to you so we may find again your little gifts along our way. Amen.

*SILENT PRAYER OF CONFESSION

*DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
…Friends, believe the good news of the gospel:
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Thanks be to God!

*GLORIA PATRI 583 |   Glory to God  |   Gloria


*PASSING OF THE PEACE
The peace of Christ be with you
And also with you.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE 95   |  Prepare the Way of the Lord (sung three times)  |   Prepare The Way
MOMENT WITH OUR CHILDREN  |   Rev. Elvery
WELCOME AND CHURCH COMMUNICATIONS
(Use this time to sign the Friendship Pad in your pew; pass it down and then return it to the center aisle.)

MOMENT FOR MINISTRY   |   Paul Gerrish

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
FIRST SCRIPTURE READING Jeremiah 33:14-16 p. 694 / 903 OT
ANTHEM   |   An Advent Alleluia  |   Berta Poorman & Sonja Poorman
SECOND SCRIPTURE READING  |   Luke 21:25-36 p. 80 / 104 NT
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!

SERMON   |   Wishing or Hoping?   |   Rev. Elvery

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

*HYMN 463  |   How Firm a Foundation   |   Foundation

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH The Apostles’ Creed


I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS

OFFERTORY   |   Trio on "Hyfrydol"   |   arr. Wayne Leupold

*DOXOLOGY 606 Old Hundredth
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
God, who calls us to be good stewards, see in our gifts the depth of our commitment to your work and our trust in your promises. Amen.

SEALING OF THE WORD

INVITATION TO THE LORD’S TABLE

GREAT PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

THE LORD'S PRAYER

…Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

WORDS OF INSTITUTION
SHARING OF THE MEAL
Intinction Instructions:
(All who put their trust in Jesus Christ as Lord, regardless of age or denomination, are invited to partake in the Sacrament of Communion. Today we will serve Communion by intinction. Please come forward down the center aisle. Break off a piece of the bread and dip it into the cup and eat. Or you may take an individual cup from the tray and drink. Return to your seat by the side aisle. If you are unable to come forward, please indicate this to the pastor and the sacrament will be brought to you.)

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Again we have gathered at your table, O Lord. Again we have been nourished by you. Again we have been bound anew to you and to each other. As we scatter from this sacred time, let us be nourished to feed those who hunger and to reach out to those are alone. Amen.

WE GO IN GOD’S NAME

*HYMN 516  |   For the Bread Which You Have Broken  |   Kingdom
*BENEDICTION

*CHORAL RESPONSE 601  |   Amen  |   Danish Amen

POSTLUDE   |   O Come, O Come, Emmanuel   |   arr. Mark Hayes

Rev. Dudley J. Elvery, Interim Pastor
Mr. Tim VanNasdale, Director of Music/Organist

Worship Liturgist: Kathie Darman
Greeters: Paul & Sylvia Tufts
Ushers: Marge Errant, Debbie Maxwell, Ron Shropshire

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING – The Session is calling a congregational meeting today immediately after worship to hear the report of the nominating committee and elect officers for the class of 2021.

Please join us for a time of fellowship at Heavenly Perks, hosted today by the Women’s Association Board, downstairs in Westminster Hall immediately following worship. Everyone is invited!

 

The Details

To hear the Scriptures and Sermon portion of the November 11 Service click here |  Scripture and Sermon from  November 4 Service click here

PRAYER FOR PEACE
You are the peace of all things calm
You are the place to hide from harm
You are the light that shines in dark
You are the heart's eternal spark
You are the door that's open wide
You are the guest who waits inside
You are the stranger at the door
You are the calling of the poor
You are my Lord and with me still
You are my love, keep me from ill
You are the light, the truth, the way
You are my Saviour this very day.
(celtic oral tradition - 1st millennium)

PRELUDE |  Amazing Grace  |  arr. Mark Hayes

Shall We Gather at the River/Near to the Heart of God |  arr. Mark Hayes

INTROIT  |  He Has Made Me Glad |  Leona Von Brethorst

*CALL TO CONTINUING WORSHIP  |  (based on Psalm 127 from The Message)
One: If God doesn’t build the house,
Many: the builders only build shacks.
One: If God doesn’t guard the city,
Many: the night watchman might as well nap.
One: It’s useless to rise early and go to bed late,
Many: and work your worried fingers to the bone.
All: Don’t you know he enjoys giving rest to those he loves?

*HYMN 65 | Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah|  CWM Rhondda

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Loving God, we’ve all heard that “the devil’s in the details”. Help us to see you in the details too. Too easily we wait for the “big moment” and your little, rich, pregnant moments pass us by unnoticed. Too often we get wrapped up in the detail of our lives, either together or individually, they become a swarm of buzzing flies that cloud our vision, they become a background noise that blocks out your gentle voice tenderly calling. Help us to see the little things of life differently, help us to look for your hand and voice in them. Help us to trust that you value little things and can take them and plant them to grow. Amen.

*SILENT PRAYER OF CONFESSION

*DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
Friends, believe the good news of the gospel:
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Thanks be to God!

*THE GLORIA  |  582 Glory to God, Whose Goodness Shines on Me | Glory to God
*PASSING OF THE PEACE
The peace of Christ be with you
And also with you.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE |  669 |  Let’s Sing unto the Lord | Cantemos Al Señor

MOMENT WITH OUR CHILDREN|  Rev. Elvery

WELCOME AND CHURCH COMMUNICATIONS
(Use this time to sign the Friendship Pad in your pew; pass it down and then return it to the center aisle.)

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
FIRST SCRIPTURE READING
| Mark 12:38-44 p. 46 / 60 NT
ANTHEM Great Is Thy Faithfulness |  arr. Mark Hayes
SECOND SCRIPTURE READING Ruth 3:1-5 & 4:13-17 |   (The Message)

3: 1-2 One day her mother-in-law Naomi said to Ruth, “My dear daughter, isn’t it about time I arranged a good home for you so you can have a happy life? And isn’t Boaz our close relative, the one with whose young women you’ve been working? Maybe it’s time to make our move. Tonight is the night of Boaz’s barley harvest at the threshing floor. 3-4 “Take a bath. Put on some perfume. Get all dressed up and go to the threshing floor. But don’t let him know you’re there until the party is well under way and he’s had plenty of food and drink. When you see him slipping off to sleep, watch where he lies down and then go there. Lie at his feet to let him know that you are available to him for marriage. Then wait and see what he says. He’ll tell you what to do.” 5 Ruth said, “If you say so, I’ll do it, just as you’ve told me.”

4:1-3 Boaz married Ruth. She became his wife. Boaz slept with her. By God’s gracious gift she conceived and had a son. 14-15 The town women said to Naomi, “Blessed be God! He didn’t leave you without family to carry on your life. May this baby grow up to be famous in Israel! He’ll make you young again! He’ll take care of you in old age. And this daughter-in-law who has brought him into the world and loves you so much, why, she’s worth more to you than seven sons!” 16 Naomi took the baby and held him in her arms, cuddling him, cooing over him, waiting on him hand and foot. 17 The neighborhood women started calling him “Naomi’s baby boy!” But his real name was Obed. Obed was the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David.
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!

SERMON | The Details  |  Rev. Elvery

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

*HYMN|  708 | We Give Thee but Thine Own | Schumann

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH From the Confession of 1967
9.21 The reconciling work of Jesus was the supreme crisis in the life of mankind. His cross and resurrection become personal crisis and present hope for men when the gospel is proclaimed and believed. In this experience the Spirit brings God’s forgiveness to men, moves them to respond in faith, repentance, and obedience, and initiates the new life in Christ. 9.22 The new life takes shape in a community in which men know that God loves and accepts them in spite of what they are. They therefore accept themselves and love others, knowing that no man has any ground on which to stand, except God’s grace. 9.23 The new life does not release a man from conflict with unbelief, pride, lust, fear. He still has to struggle with disheartening difficulties and problems. Nevertheless, as he matures in love and faithfulness in his life with Christ, he lives in freedom and good cheer, bearing witness on good days and evil days, confident that the new life is pleasing to God and helpful to others.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER
…Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS

OFFERTORY  |   Gavotte Samuel Wesley

*DOXOLOGY   606 Old Hundredth
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Sometimes you have given us much and other times, not so much. Yet you always give us enough. See in our gifts, that we, like that widow of yore, have given all we can from what we have. Amen.

WE GO IN GOD’S NAME

*HYMN |   697 |   Take My Life  | Hendon
*BENEDICTION
*CHORAL RESPONSE 543 God, Be the Love to Search and Keep Me Richard Bruxvoort Colligan

POSTLUDE Once to Every Man and Nation arr. Mark Hayes

Rev. Dudley J. Elvery, Interim Pastor
Mr. Tim VanNasdale, Director of Music/Organist


 

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