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November 17, 2013

Celebration  of  Worship

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time                                November 17, 2013


* * * Entering Into God’s Presence * * *


 (Please refrain from conversation during the Prelude as we quietly prepare to worship God)


Welcome and Announcements                  (Please Sign and Pass Fellowship Pads)


Sharing Our Joys and Concerns


* Call to Worship    adapted from Isaiah, Chapter 12


* Affirmation of Faith        “The Apostle’s 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 of Invocation


* Hymn of Adoration      “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing”         Red Book # 21


Invitation to Confession


Admitting Our Sin to God

O God, You gave us a Garden of Eden and we chose to wander in deserts of our own making. You gave us the Light of the World and we chose to do our night crawling. Forgive us our squandering, our wandering, our lack of commitment. Forget not Your covenant with us, O God, and choose us still to tell Your Good News, to give all that we have that all might be one in Your Kingdom. In Jesus' name we pray.    (silent, personal confession)  AMEN


Assurance of Pardon     

    Leader    . . . Friends, believe the Good News of the Gospel!

    ALL:       In Jesus Christ we are forgiven


* Responding with Praise               “Gloria Patri”                            Blue Book #579

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning; is now and ever shall be. World without end, Amen! Amen!


Time with Young Disciples


Prayers of the People and Lord’s Prayer


* * * Responding to God’s Grace * * *


Bringing Our Tithes and Offerings    (Offertory)   


* Singing Our Praise and Gratitude     “The Doxology”                Blue Book   #592

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   


* Hymn of Preparation                     “Be Still My Soul”                   Red Book # 712


* * * Listening to God’s Word * * *


OLD TESTAMENT LESSON               Isaiah 65:17-25                   pew Bible pg. 624


NEW TESTAMENT LESSON        2 Thessalonians 3:6-15           pew Bible pg. 990


* MESSAGE TEXT                                 Luke 21:5-19                   pew Bible pg. 880


MESSAGE                    “A Time to Bear Witness”                 Pastor Raymond M. Tear


* Hymn of Closing           “Stand Up. Stand Up for Jesus”              Red Book # 730


* Receiving the Blessing

* Choral Response                   “Three-fold Amen”                         Blue Book # 586


* Postlude                      


* Please stand (if able) when prompted by the worship leader.


WHETHER you’re investigating the Gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ, looking for a church home, or have been with us for a long time – welcome! God is real, God is present, and we hope you sense and experience the grandeur of God today in this morning’s worship. Please remember to sign the blue attendance pad.


TODAY - Immediately following worship, we will have our annual Thanksgiving dinner. Please join us in this special time of fellowship and thanksgiving for God’s bounty. All are welcome!


POINSETTIAS – If you would like to sponsor a poinsettia for the chancel in loving memory or in honor of a loved one, there is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board by the drinking fountain in the Narthex. Cost: $13.50/Poinsettia.


FLOWERS – If you would like to sponsor flowers for the chancel in loving memory or honor of a loved one or in honor of a special occasion, there is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board by the drinking fountain in the Narthex. Cost: $24/Sunday.


LITURGISTS NEEDED – Please use the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the hall by the water fountain to volunteer for one or more weeks. See sheet for details.


ADVENT CANDLE LIGHTERS – Please use the sign up sheet in the hall by the water fountain to volunteer to read a short devotional and light the candle(s) for a worship service during Advent. Two people are needed for each candle lighting.

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