Order of Worship
November 22, 2020 10:00 A.M.
Welcome and Opening Words
Call to Worship (Psalm 100 read responsively, adapted from Psalms for Praying) One: Sing a joyful noise to the Beloved all peoples of the earth!
All: Serve Love with a glad heart! Join hands in the great Dance of Life.
One: Know that the Beloved of your heart is the Divine Presence! Love created us, and we belong to the Most High.
All: We are born to be loving, human expressions of God’s loving heart.
One: Open the gates of your heart with gratitude and enter Love’s court with praise!
All: Give thanks to the Beloved, bless Love’s holy Name!
One: For Love is of God, and lives in your heart forever:
All: With faith, truth, and joy, now — and in all that is to come. Alleluia! Amen!
We come to you this morning O Holy Spirit, open-hearted and eager to receive your wisdom and guidance. We yearn for calm, we yearn for peace, we yearn for healing. Thank you for your great mercies which sustain us from day to day. Thank you for your graces, large and small, which get us through. O God, our Faithful Companion, we thank you for church, and pray that you will bless each of us and this service of worship this morning. Amen.
Storytelling: “The Most Necessary Words”
Message in Music: “Meditation from Thais” Jackie Oakes, Cello Peter Gutenberger, Piano Gary McWithey, Organ
Reading of Scripture Luke 17: 11-19
Message: “The Gratitude that Makes Sacrifice Possible” Rev. Holly Whitcomb
Dedication of Offering
Abundant and Generous God, thank you that we have all this to give! Help us be your hands and feet in the world as we support this church and its mission. We pray that you will transform these gifts into food, drink, welcome, clothing, and companionship for all in need. Amen.
Preparation for Prayer
Silent Prayer Pastoral
Prayer and Lord’s Prayer
Scripture Reading ~ Luke 17: 11-19 On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten people with leprosy approached. Keeping their distance, they called out, saying, “Jesus, Teacher, have mercy on us!” And seeing them, Jesus said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean. Then one of them, seeing that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. Now that one was a Samaritan. Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then Jesus said to him, “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.”