NOVEMBER 12, 2017
(* Indicates when to stand, if you are able.)
CALL TO WORSHIP
The time for harvest is close at hand. What have you done with the gifts God has given you?
We have brought our gifts to the house of the Lord.
Praise God for the gifts and opportunities to work in His service.
We praise God for all the ways in which our lives have been blessed.
Generous God, accept our gifts and our lives this day.
Loving God, accept our praise and gratitude. AMEN.
* INTROIT 213 “Rejoice the Lord is King”
Awesome God, You created the world and all that is in it. You blessed each element of creation with Your love. You called us from slavery into witness and service. Be with us this day as we gather to worship. Clear our minds of all the distractions which would draw us away from You. Open our hearts and spirits and let your healing and empowering love flow in. Prepare us to be witnesses to Your power and love as we use the gifts with which You have blessed us in Your service. For we offer this prayer in the name of Your Son our Lord Jesus Christ. AMEN.
* OPENING HYMN #427 “To Show By Touch and Word”
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
Guide us, O God, by Your Word, and Holy Spirit, that in Your light we may see light, in Your truth find freedom, and in Your will discover peace; through Christ our Lord, Amen.
SCRIPTURES: 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28
Leader: This is the word of the Lord
ALL: Thanks Be to God.
SERMON Christian Instruction 101
* OFFERING HYMN # 537 “Your Work, O God, Needs Many Hands”
Gracious Father, we pray that You accept these offerings; bless them so that they are used to do Your work in this world. May they serve to bring praise and glory to Your Holy Name. AMEN.
Go in peace; love and care for one another in Christ’s name. May God bless you with every gift needed for His work, may the Spirit grant you the willingness to risk yourself completely for the sake of the gospel, and may the love and compassion and the hope and the faith of Jesus dwell within you till the time of His coming, now and forever. AMEN.
* CLOSING HYMN “Put Peace into Each Other’s Hands”