October 20, 2019 – 11 am
L: May God Be With You
P: And Also With You
WELCOMING AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
If you are a visitor, we are pleased to have you with us today.
May our worship together be meaningful to us all!
(Life and Work of the Church) (Birthdays and Anniversaries)
Join us for Coffee and Conversation in the Auditorium downstairs immediately following the service.
CALL TO WORSHIP:
L: As the rains pour from heaven, soaking the earth that it may produce good things….
P: So God pours love upon us, that we, too, may produce goodness and peace.
L: We have been blessed with many gifts and talents.
P: God desires that we use these gifts and talents for healing, peace, and hope.
L: Come, let us worship and celebrate the mighty love and power of God.
P: Praise be to God who has blessed us in so many ways. Amen!
HYMN: VU # 509 I the Lord of Sea and Sky
OPENING PRAYER (Unison)
Lord, everywhere we look we see the imprint of your creative love. The wondrous works of nature show your majesty. As we gather today to celebrate your love and creation, keep us mindful that we are part of that created order, meant to be stewards and not destroyers. Prepare us to work for you in ministries of peace and justice. AMEN.
HYMN: VU #664 What A Friend We Have in Jesus
Prayer of Confession (Unison)
We can get caught up in selfish pursuits and completely over look the wonders of your creation, O God. All around us are majestic reminders of the beauty you offer to us. But we are weak and easily trapped into attitudes of indifference or destructive behavior. You have not given this world to us that we should destroy it, but rather that we should cherish it and make sure that all receive from its bounty. Forgive our overwhelming greed and selfishness. Help us to let go of the petty desires for wealth, position, and power, and bring us into a ministry which proclaims your love and justice for all your people. These things we pray in the name of the Master Servant, Jesus Christ, our Lord. AMEN.
Words of Assurance
God hears the cries of our hearts, sees our actions, knows our attitudes. In the midst of our sinfulness, God reaches out to heal and forgive us. Receive the forgiveness which God has offered to you. Live in God’s love.
Thanks be to God.
WE LISTEN TO GOD’S WORD
SCRIPTURE READINGS … Heber McGurk
Hebrew Scripture: Jeremiah 31: 27-34
Epistle Reading: 2 Timothy 3: 14– 4:5
Responsive Reading: Psalm 119: 97-104
Gospel Reading: Luke 18: 1-8 … Minister
Response: Praise be to Christ. The living Word.
MEDITATION: “Consistency and God’s Love.” … Rev Simba
ANTHEM … Choir
MINUTE FOR MISSIONS … Christine Noel
OFFERING HYMN: VU #560 O Master, Let Me Walk With You
OFFERTORY PRAYER (Unison)
Ever-present God, with this offering, we present also ourselves: all that we have been, all that we are, and all that we shall become, and our resolve to walk in your way. Accept us and our offering we pray; for Jesus’ sake. Amen.
CLOSING HYMN: VU # 506 Take My Life and Let It Be
We go forth, for the love of God is ours to share, the peace of Christ is ours to extend, and the power of the Holy Spirit is ours to offer. Amen!
You have been called to serve the Lord with gladness. Go from this place knowing that God’s blessings have been poured on you so that you may be a blessing to others. Be at peace and bring the good news of God’s love and peace to all whom you meet. AMEN.