Order of Worship for Sunday, November 4, 2018

Posted November 2nd, 2018

HAITI WATER PROJECT

Haitians speak a creole language that is absolutely unique.

No other country in the world shares their language.

NATIONAL JUNIOR HIGH SUNDAY

“Abundant Life in Jesus,” based on John 10:10

Gathering Music    National Youth Conference Songs

Sharing Time    — Maggy Adolph, Ada Prose

….a time of greeting and sharing those things which inform who we are as a community of faith and how God is moving among us. You are invited to welcome visitors, share joys, prayer requests, and announcements.

Focusing Music    — Lucy Bowman, Ada Prose, Ashlyn Shugart

*Call to Worship    — Zoey Furgason

One:  When the world longs to rob us of life, Jesus says,

All:  I have come that you may have life and have it to the fullest.

One:  When what we see and hear on our screens make us feel less than, Jesus says,

All:  I have come that you may have life and have it to the fullest.

One:  When hatred and violence weigh us down and make the next step impossible, Jesus says,

All:  I have come that you may have life and have it to the fullest.

One:  When we wonder if we have value and a place in this world, Jesus says,

All:  I have come that you may have life and have it to the fullest.

One:  And when we question whether God even cares anymore, Jesus promises,

All:  I have come that you may have life and have it to the fullest.  Amen.

*Opening Song    “Come, Let Us All Unite to Sing”    #12

Invitation to Give   — Delfino Magnall

Giving Music

Giving Prayer

Children’s Time    — Aidan Wheaton, Noah Wilgers

Following story:  Childcare provided – infant thru K-garten – Education Building

Prayer Song    “Spirit of the Living God”(sing twice)    #349

Scripture Jam based on John 10:10    — Middle School Youth

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.

Oh boy, here comes Jesus with another one of his riddles.

How do you tell the difference between a shepherd and a thief?

Easy, a shepherd carries a staff and wears a long flowing robe.

But what if it’s a thief dressed up like a shepherd?

After all, we’re talking about a sheep thief. The lamb-burglar.

Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate

but climbs in another way… Is a thief? Bingo. Back-up. What’s a sheepfold?

A pen. Where shepherds kept their sheep at night for safekeeping.

Hey, what do you call a lamb doing origami? What? A sheepfold!

If you enter by climbing in the side…

You’re a thief! But the one who enters by the gate is the shepherd. Got it.

Wait. Back to the sheepfold. What now?

If multiple shepherds put their flocks in the same pen at night, how did they

sort out all of those sheep the next morning?

Maybe they put numbers on them?

But we all know what happens when you try to count sheep. It puts you right to sleep!

The gatekeeper opens the gate for the shepherd, and the sheep hear his voice.

The sheep spend all day, every day with the shepherd. They know his voice by heart.

He calls his own sheep by their names and leads them out.

Aw that’s kind of sweet. The sheep all know their names?

When the shepherd has brought out all his own,

he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him.

Because they know his voice. Because he calls their cute little sheep names.

And they won’t follow a stranger? No, they’ll run from him because

they don’t recognize the voice. What a great lesson in shepherding! Thanks!

You don’t get it, do you? Get what? The metaphor! The deeper message.

What could be deeper than learning that sheep know their own names?

Let me put it this way. Great, I smell another metaphor.

I am the gate for the sheep. Not the shepherd? Well, yes. But in this metaphor,

I’m the gate.

Posts and splinters and all? I am the gate. Those who came before…

Climbing over the side? Thieves. Bandits…..

But the sheep did not listen to them. Because the sheep didn’t recognize their voices.

Because the thieves didn’t know the sheep’s names. Right. And me?

and You’re the gate. Yes!

Whoever enters by me… The gate. Whoever enters by the gate.. Which is you.

Whoever enters by me, the gate, will be saved. What does it mean to be saved?

To come in, and to go out, and to find pasture. That sounds pretty great,

if you’re a sheep.

It’s pretty great no matter who you are. Grazing on sweet, delicious grass…

Frolicking in fields…

Life, in abundance… and … What could be better? Nothing.

Unlike the thief. Who climbs over the side…To steal… and kill…

and… and… and destroy.

I come… As the gate…To offer life… and Abundant Life

Special Music    “Let the Life I’ve Lived”    — arr. Andy Davis

Middle School Youth

Let the life I’ve lived speak for me.

When I come to the end of this road, and I lay down my heavy load

Let the life I’ve lived speak for me.

(friends I’ve made; work I’ve done; love I’ve shared)

Message    “Our Stories of Service”    Middle School Youth

*Sending Song    “Go Now in Peace”  (sing twice)    #429

Brethren Voluntary Service (BVS) Commissioning – Cameron Clark

*Sending Words    — Alex Hundley

*Sending Music    “Move in Our Midst”    – Mutual Kumquat

 

*All who are able are invited to stand.

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