All Saints or Some Saints
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|PRAYER FOR PEACE
If there is righteousness in the heart,
there will be beauty in the character.
If there is beauty in the character,
there will be harmony in the home.
If there is harmony in the home,
there will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation,
there will be peace in the world.
So let it be. (Scottish Blessing)
PRELUDE | A Mighty Fortress | Johann Christian Bach
Hymnus | Wilbur Held
Hornpipe | Robin Dinda
INTROIT | 506 | Look Who Gathers at Christ's Table | Thomas H. Troeger & Michael Corzine
CALL TO CONTINUING WORSHIP
One: Praise the LORD!
Many: Let our whole being praise the LORD!
One: I will praise the LORD with all my life;
Many: We will sing praises to our God as long as we live.
One: God: the maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them,
Many: God: who is faithful forever, who gives justice to people who are oppressed, who gives bread to people who are starving!
One: The LORD: who frees prisoners.
Many: The LORD: who makes the blind see.
One: The LORD: who straightens up those who are bent low.
Many: The LORD: who loves the righteous.
All: The LORD: who protects immigrants, who helps orphans and widows, but who makes the way of the wicked twist and turn!
HYMN 81 | Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken | Austrian Hymn
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Eternal God, in every age you have raised up women and men to live and die in faith. We confess that we are indifferent to you will. You call us to proclaim your name and we whisper it at best. You call us to do what is just and we remain on the sidelines. You call us to live faithfully and too easily we live fearfully. In your mercy, forgive us. Give us courage to follow in your way, so that joined with those from ages past, who have served you in faith, hope and love, we may become citizens of your kingdom. 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 | 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 | Ruth 1:1-18 | p. 230 / 299 OT
ANTHEM | For Those Who Serve | Joseph M. Martin
SECOND SCRIPTURE READING | Mark 12:28-34 | p. 46 / 60 NT
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!
SERMON | All Saints or Some Saints? | Rev. Elvery
WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD
HYMN | 503 | Lord, We Have Come at Your Own Invitation | O Quanta Qualia
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.
PRAYER AND REMEMBRANCE OF THE SAINTS
OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS
OFFERTORY | Communion | John G. Barr
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
Take these gifts and use them in the original cloud, the cloud of witnesses. Help us to be a part of the faithful of all times and around this world. 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 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
Loving God who has fed us on manna as we crossed barren land and in the confines of the upper room and at this table whenever we gather here, we thank you for your nurturance. Let us be strengthened to stand in that long line of saints so the chain will not be broken. Amen.
WE GO IN GOD’S NAME
HYMN | 326 | For All the Saints | Sine Nomine
CHORAL RESPONSE | 543 | God, Be the Love to Search and Keep Me | Richard Bruxvoort Colligan
POSTLUDE | Toccata Festivo | Dennis Janzer
Rev. Dudley J. Elvery, Interim Pastor
Mr. Tim VanNasdale, Director of Music/Organist