November 19, 2017

Order of Worship

- 10:30 am

The 24th Sunday after Pentecost

For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance.

Whoever dos not have, even what he has will be taken from him. (Matthew 25:29)

God Gathers Us for Worship

Prelude

Welcome

Prayer of Preparation

* Call to Worship: based on Psalm 100

Leader:           Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth;

People:                          worship the Lord with gladness

                        It is he who made us, and we are his;

        we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

* Opening Hymn: Praise, My Soul the King of Heaven (# 571:1-3,5) 

* God’s Greeting

* Songs of Praise:                Jesus, Draw Me Ever Nearer (# 660)

                                                                Listen God Is Calling (# 753)

* Prayer of Invocation

Children’s Sermon

Children ages 3-7 are invited to Children’s Worship

as we sing Listen, God Is Calling  (# 753: refrain)

Listen, God is calling, through the Word inviting

Offering forgiveness, comfort and love (repeat).

Tanzanian traditional; tr. Howard S. Olson © 1979 Lutheran Theological College, Makumira, Tanzania. 

 All rights reserved. Reprinted under OneLicense.net # A-704874.

We Seek God’s Mercy

Call to Confession

Prayer of Lament and Confession

We lament the barriers that divide race from race:

        reconcile us, O Christ, by your cross.

We lament the barriers that divide rich from poor:

        reconcile us, O Christ, by your cross.

We lament the barriers that divide people of different cultures:

        reconcile us, O Christ, by your cross.

We lament the barriers that divide Christians:

        reconcile us, O Christ, by your cross.

We lament the barriers that divide men and women, young and old:

        reconcile us, O Christ, by your cross.

Confront us, O Christ, with the hidden prejudices and fears

that deny and betray our prayers.

Enable us to see the causes of strife.

Forgive us for contributing to the divisions

in the church and in society.

Remove from us all senses of superiority.

Teach us to grow in unity with all God’s children. Amen.

The Assurance of Pardon: from Ephesians 2:13-18

* The Passing of the Peace

                The peace of the Lord be with you.

                And also with you.

                (We greet each other with these same words.)

God’s Will for Our Lives: Philippians 4:4-7

Prayer of God’s People

We Hear God’s Word

Prayer for Right Hearing

Old Testament Reading: Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18 (pg. 665)

Psalm 90: O God, Our Help in Ages Past (# 405 with Psalm reading)

Epistle Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 (pg.837)

Gospel Reading: Matthew 25:14-30 (pg. 702)

The word of the Lord

Thanks be to God.

Message: Stewards of Grace

We Respond with Thanksgiving

* Hymn of Response: Lord, Speak to Me that I May Speak (# 754)

Offerings for the Ministry of Hessel Park Church

(please sign and pass friendship folders)

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

(prayer continued)

God Sends Us Out with His Blessing

* Parting Hymn: Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing (# 933)

* God’s Blessing

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

The God of peace, who brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus,

the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant,

make you complete in everything good so that you may do God’s will,

working among us that which is pleasing in God’s sight,

through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever!

Amen. Alleluia!

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