Worship Participants

Order of Worship for Sunday, November 26, 2017

Gathering Music

“Now Thank We All Our God”    – Crüger/Smith

“Come, Ye thankful People, Come”    – arr. Babcock and Voss

Sharing Time                                                                                                              

. . . 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    “Ave Maria”

*Unison Invitation to Worship – based on Psalm 100

We gather to celebrate and joyfully sing to God!

Together, let us share our praises and thankfulness.

Let us enter into this sacred space with praise.

Let us enter into this sacred space with thanks.

O God, we are your children, created by and with your love.

We enter into this sacred space with joy and delight. Amen.

© 2011 Joan Stott – “The Timeless Psalms” RCL Psalm Year A, used with permission (adapted)

*Opening Song    “Sing to the Lord of Harvest”    #98

Invitation to Give                                                                                                      

Giving Music    “Children’s Medley and Doxology”    – arr. Chuck Marohnic

Prayer for Giving

Children’s Time                                                                                                                  

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

Prayer Song    “Shepherd Me, O God”    #519

God is my shepherd, so nothing shall I want, I rest in the meadows of faithfulness and

love, I walk by the quiet waters of peace.

Gently you raise me and heal my weary soul, you lead me by pathways of

righteousness and truth; my spirit shall sing the music of your name.

Though I should wander the valley of death, I fear no evil, for you are at my side, your

rod and your staff, my comfort and my hope.

You have set me a banquet of love in the face of hatred, crowning me with love

beyond my power to hold.

Surely your kindness and mercy follow me all the days of my life; I will dwell in the

house of my God forevermore.

Unison Prayer of the People

Holy One, to You – who created the heavens and earth, the pheasant and deer, the milkweed and chrysanthemum, the boxelder bugs and kittens and the heirloom tomatoes and kites, the waving wheat and all the hues of the color blue, for these – we are grateful.

Grateful that we have any sense of your mysterious presence.  Grateful that you give us life and ask simply; that we live abundantly and fully into your calling – to be your love in this world.  Even so, we know that instead of loving recklessly and wastefully, we live hedging our bets, and on the safe side.

But we care, O God, we do care. And so we pray, for those who suffer, for those are sick, for those who are lost, for your dear earth, that gasps for health, for your dear innocents who are targets of random violence, war, and neglect.

Help us remember: that we are your beloved children, that we live in your beloved world, and that we are alive and can experience life.  Bring your healing and love into the corners and streets – and spaces in which we live and move and have our being.  We pray in the name of our Maker, and our Friend. Amen.    written by rev karla (adapted)

Special Music    “We Gather Together”    – arr. Kilpack

Scripture Focus    Ezekiel 34: 11-16, 20-24

“…they shall lie down in good grazing land, and they shall feed on rich pasture … I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak … and, I will be their God.”

Message    “The Good Shepherd…”    Jerry Bowen

*Sending Song    “All Things Bright and Beautiful”    #156

*Sending Words

*Sending Music    “We Plow the Fields”    – arr. Joseph Prentiss