Order of Worship
Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost/Sacrament of Holy Communion/All Saints Sunday
November 1, 2020 10:00 a.m.
One: Beloved of God, let us gather in worship.
All: Beloved are all who worship and give thanks.
One: Beloved – all who have hungered and who thirst, in body or spirit, let us gather in worship.
All: Beloved – all who grieve and mourn, and strive for healing of the soul, let us gather in worship.
One: Beloved – all who feel meek, who struggle for power and strength in this overwhelming world, let us gather in worship.
All: Beloved – you who have shown mercy, who seek peace, and who stand up for justice, let us gather in worship.
One: Beloved are you who follow Jesus’ way.
All: In our worship, let us hear this invitation to be known and seen by God.
One: Come, let us gather and hear again the affirmations of Jesus as we worship.
In a world full of pain and confusion,
we come seeking your healing and clarity.
In a world overwhelmed with information and ideas,
we come seeking guidance about which to choose and listen to.
In a world of diversity and confusion,
we come wanting to celebrate your exuberance,
yet needing your wisdom to understand each other fully.
In a world where creation itself moans for new life,
we come hoping to be guided toward renewal.
Like the multitudes who gathered to listen to Jesus,
we gather to listen to you, Loving God.
Like the thousands hungry for salvation and wholeness,
we hunger for meaning and purpose as well.
Like lost sheep in need of direction,
we have come to worship for your guiding love.
Show us the way, we pray. Amen.
Prayer of confession
It’s not “right” in this world to be poor.
It’s not considered “good” to be weak or vulnerable.
We get the message everywhere that success is measured by wealth, power, and privilege,
yet we want you to know, Great Creator, that we hear you speaking clearly about what the “right” road is.
We hear you inviting us to understand that in our poverty we can find great wealth;
in our weakness, we can find surprising strength;
and that in our lost-ness, we are found by you.
We confess, Shepherding Lamb, that we struggle to accept these truths,
but we are here to be forgiven, healed, and guided again on right paths.
Lead us, we pray. Amen.
Words of affirmation
There were multitudes hearing it from Jesus… There will be multitudes gathered hearing it in the new heaven… And wherever we are, as one or many, we are offered the same words of healing and renewal: Blessed are you. Beloved are you.
Storytelling – “Teaching on the Mountain”
Message in Music “Nocturn” Jackie Oakes and Elijah Lacombe – Cello
Reading of Scripture Matthew 5:1–12
Message “On the Right Road” Rev. Laura McLeod
Sacrament of Holy Communion
Remembering the Saints
Dedication of Offering
Because you have loved us, we dedicate ourselves to loving others.
Because you have forgiven us, we dedicate ourselves to forgiving others.
Because you have blessed us, we dedicate ourselves to being blessings to others.
Take these gifts, receive this worship, and know our gratitude and devotion, today and always. Amen.
Preparation for Prayer
Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer
We have not always recognized ourselves in Jesus’ words, Merciful God.
We do not always know how to receive your blessings.
Yet, we hear that we are beloved, and our hardened hearts are melted by the kindness and generosity in these words.
We do hunger, Holy One, and we know others hunger, too.
We thirst, and we mourn;
we grieve, and we seek peace;
we strive to be merciful and just, and we know we are not perfect.
In your loving grace, help us to hear your blessings,
and be empowered by them,
to stand tall in our faith and renewed in spirit,
as we journey as your people seeking a new world order.
And when our peace has meant hunger or thirst, suffering or pain for others,
please forgive us and show us a new way.
When our leaders have tromped on the peace of others;
when our governments have made decisions that cause brokenness in our world;
when the privileged of this planet do not see the diminishment to others that makes their comfort possible,
help us to see and understand, and then to act.
We pray for renewal.
We pray that the reversals we now understand will make way for dignity and wholeness to be experienced by all,
and for a new way to be paved.
We pray for justice to prevail, so that peace may be manifest for all.
And we offer ourselves, your children, your multitudes, your beloved, to the work of your blessings and renewal.
Help us to awaken to your presence and your grace.
We pray in Christ’s name, who taught us to pray together saying, Our Father…Amen.
Beloved of God, rejoice and be glad, for yours is the realm of God.
Go in peace, inviting all to know their belovedness in God’s light.
Scripture Reading Matthew 5:1-12 NRSV
When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Storytelling – “Teaching on the Mountain”
Based on Matthew 5:1–12
Jesus’ days were busy. He walked all over Galilee, teaching in synagogues and healing the sick. He taught the good news of God’s plan for everyone. People told their friends, and crowds of people came when they heard he was heading their way.
When Jesus saw the crowd of people, he went up the mountain. The disciples, Jesus’ closest friends, went with him. When they came to a small flat area, Jesus sat down. This was a signal for the others to sit down, too, because Jesus was going to teach them. The crowd of people was nearby, so they could hear Jesus’ words, too.
After time to rest, Jesus began to teach the disciples, saying,
“Blessed are people who feel hopeless, for they will again know that God is with them.
Blessed are the people who see the deep hurts in the world, for they will see that God is with them.
Blessed are the people who wait for God’s ways to cover Earth, for they will see the greatness of God.
Blessed are the people who look for justice and fairness, for everyone for they will see the mercy of God.
Blessed are the people who show kindness to others, for they will know the forgiveness of God.
Blessed are the people who seek to follow God’s way, for they will know themselves to be in the presence of God.
Blessed are the people who work for peace, for they will know that they are children of God.
Blessed are the people who are shamed or punished, for following God’s way for they will be with God forever.
Blessed are you when people call you names because you love God. Be full of joy for God will not forget you.”