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Contributing to the Cause – 11.13.22

by | Nov 14, 2022 | Sermons


PRELUDE                                          The Solid Rock                                                – Bradbury / Berry

     Leader: Come, let us worship God and rejoice, for God is calling us today.
     People: As we hear God’s call in our lives, let us bring the gift of praise and thanksgiving
                   to God.
     Leader: God is able to use all of our varied gifts, so that all people may be embraced with God’s
     People: Let us use the blessings which God has given us to benefit others.
     Leader: May this time of worship inspire us to show our faithfulness in our words and actions.
     People: Come, let us celebrate God’s love for us, for all are welcome in this place.

*HYMN OF PRAISE                                  Let Us Build a House                                     Glory to God, #301

   God of care and compassionate, as we bow in Your presence, we confess that we do not
   always embrace Your way of generosity and grace.
        Because we seek to establish our own form of security, we are reluctant to give what You
        have first given to us.
             Although we say that we find our hope in You, we do not find our joy in Your service.
             Because we are often lured by the world’s influence, we attempt to acquire more
             and relinquish less.
   Forgive us, Lord, and renew us with Your Spirit.
        Enable us to rediscover the depth of love You have for us,
        so that we may be inspired to serve as witnesses who offer our gratitude to You
             and share Your love and grace with all people,
             through Jesus Christ our Lord, in whose name we pray.
ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS    (adapted from Ephesians 1:7-10)
     Leader: In Jesus Christ, we have redemption and the forgiveness of our trespasses according to
                 the riches of grace which He lavished upon us.
     People: The mystery of God’s will has been made known to us in Jesus Christ to unite all
                   things in Him, things in heaven and things on earth.
     Leader: Friends, believe the good news of the gospel:
People: Through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.

MUSICAL INTERLUDE                      Sing Praise to God, Whose Mighty Acts                                    Glory to God, #356
          [During the interlude, you are invited to reflect on where you might have missed God this week, or
           where you might have turned against another human being. You can also turn to this hymn that is
           based on Psalm 9, and read the textual notes about the hymn’s focus on God’s justice in the world.]

MINUTE FOR MISSION                                                                                                   AIIA Collection for Immigrants
                                                                                                                                             Faithful Innovation Team

SCRIPTURE                                                                                                                                             Psalm 127:1-5
   1 Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD guards
      the city, the guard keeps watch in vain.
   2 It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for God
      gives sleep to his beloved.
   3 Children are indeed a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward.
   4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth.
   5 Happy are those who have a quiver full of them. They shall not be put to shame when they
      speak with their enemies in the gate.

MUSICAL INTERLUDE                                When All Is Ended                             Glory to God, #376
          [During the interlude, you are invited to consider what God may be saying to you in these
           passages of Scripture. You are encouraged to turn to this hymn and read the textual notes
           which highlight that the tune for this hymn is named for Mahatma Gandhi’s guru.]

SCRIPTURE                                                                                                                 Mark 12:38-44
    38 As he taught, he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to
be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, 39 and to have the best seats in the synagogues and
places of honor at banquets! 40 They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say
long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”
    41 He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury.
Many rich people put in large sums. 42 A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins,
which are worth a penny. 43 Then he called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this
poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. 44 For all of
them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything
she had, all she had to live on.”

MEDITATION                                                                                       Contributing to the Cause

ANTHEM                           Come, Thou Fount Of Every Blessing                – Robinson / Keveren

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH                                                            from A Declaration of Faith, 9.3
   We believe Christ gives us and demands of us personal lives that are centered on God and
        open to God’s reality and rule.
   Christ teaches us to put obedience to God above interests of self, family, race or nation; and
        to joyously offer God our money, ability, and time.
   It is part of our discipline to observe a day of worship and rest, setting aside our own working
        to enjoy God’s work, and celebrating with sisters and brothers the Lord’s goodness.
   We need constantly to search out God’s way in Scripture, not expecting detailed directions
        for every decision, but relying on the Word to tell us who God is, to press God’s present
        claim on us, and to assure us of God’s grace and comfort.

     . . . Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy
     will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive
     us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us
     from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.


MUSICAL INTERLUDE                         How Very Good and Pleasant                    Glory to God, #398
          [During the interlude, recall two or three things that happened this week for which you are
          grateful.  Savor them, and then thank God for these gifts. You are also encouraged to read
          the helpful textual notes about this hymn based on Psalm 133 which is an eloquent
          affirmation of unity and solidarity.]


     We have “open” communion, and therefore all who desire a closer relationship with God and
     want to share in the love of Jesus Christ are invited to participate fully in the sacrament.
          Invitation to the Table
          Prayer of Thanksgiving
               Leader: The Lord be with you.
               People: And also with you.
               Leader: Lift up your hearts.
               People: We lift them up to the Lord.
               Leader: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
               People: It is right to give our thanks and praise.

          Words of Institution and Communion of the People
          Prayer after Communion

*HYMN                                 We Give Thee but Thine Own                            Glory to God, #708


*CHORAL RESPONSE              Surely, the Presence of the Lord                           – see screens

POSTLUDE                                              Kum Ba Yah                                              – Jazz Hymn

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