Call to Worship Here in this place new light is streaming, now is the darkness vanished away.See in this space our fears and our dreamings, brought here to you in the light of this day.Gather us in—the lost and forsaken. Gather us in—the blind and the lame.Call to us now, and we shall awaken.We shall arise at the sound of our name.
God of Grace and God of Glory 577 1. God of grace, and God of glory, on thy people pour thy power; By permission of Elinor Fosdick Downs 1. God of grace, and God of glory, on thy people pour thy power; By permission of Elinor Fosdick Downs God of Grace and God of Glory (Verse 1) WORDS: Harry Emerson Fosdick, 1930
crown thine ancient church’s story; bring her bud to glorious flower.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, for the facing of this hour, (of this hour) for the facing of this hour.
2. Lo! the hosts of evil round us scorn thy Christ, assail his ways! God of Grace and God of Glory (Verse 2)
Fear and doubts too long have bound us; free our hearts to work and praise.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, for the living of these days, (of these days) for the living of these days.
PRAYER O God, our Guide and Guardian, you have led us apart from the busy world into the quiet of your house. Grant us grace to worship you in Spirit and in truth, to the comfort of our soulsand the upbuilding of every good purpose and holy desire.Enable us to do more perfectly the work to which you have called us. Help us to worship you not with just our lips at this hour, but in word and deed all the days of our lives; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.
I raise my eyes to you, whose throne is in heaven. As a servant looks to the hand of his master, or a slave-girl to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes turn to Adonai our God, until he has mercy on us.
Have mercy on us, Adonai, have mercy; for we have had our fill of contempt, more than our fill of scorn from the complacent and contempt from the arrogant. The words of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God.
3. Cure thy children’s warring madness, bend our pride to thy control; God of Grace and God of Glory (Verse 3)
shame our wanton, selfish gladness, rich in things and poor in soul.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, lest we miss thy kingdom’s goal, (kingdom’s goal) lest we miss thy kingdom’s goal.
4. Save us from weak resignation to the evils we deplore; God of Grace and God of Glory (Verse 4)
let the search for thy salvation be our glory evermore.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, serving thee whom we adore, (we adore) serving thee whom we adore.
The Kingdom of Heaven is also like a man going off on an extended trip. He called his servants together and delegated responsibilities. To one he gave five thousand dollars, to another two thousand, to a third one thousand, depending on their abilities. Then he left. Right off, the first servant went to work and doubled his master’s investment. he second did the same. But the man with the single thousand dug a hole and carefully buried his master’s money.
After a long absence, the master of those three servants came back and settled up with them. The one given five thousand dollars showed him how he had doubled his investment. His master commended him: ‘Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.’ “The servant with the two thousand showed how he also had doubled his master’s investment. His master commended him: ‘Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.’
“The servant given one thousand said, ‘Master, I know you have high standards and hate careless ways, that you demand the best and make no allowances for error. I was afraid I might disappoint you, so I found a good hiding place and secured your money. Here it is, safe and sound down to the last cent.’ The master was furious.
If you knew I was after the best, why did you do less than the least?
The least you could have done would have been to invest the sum with the bankers, where at least I would have gotten a little interest.Take the thousand and give it to the one who risked the most. And get rid of this “play-it-safe” who won’t go out on a limb.Throw him out into utter darkness.’ The words of God for the people of God.Thanks be to God.
Sermon “Lurking Beneath the Radar” Pastor Geri Hamlen
November’s Mission of the Month is the Salvation Army
Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow 95 Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise him, all creatures here below; Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow (Old 100th) WORDS: Thomas Ken, 1674
praise him above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
Bless Thou the Gifts 587 Bless thou the gifts our hands have brought; bless thou the work our hearts have planned. Bless Thou the Gifts WORDS: Samuel Longfellow, ca. 1886
Ours is the faith, the will, the thought; the rest, O God, is in thy hand.
Stand Up and Bless the Lord 662 Stand Up and Bless the Lord (1) WORDS: James Montgomery (Neh. 9:5) 1. Stand up and bless the Lord, ye people of his choice; stand up and bless the Lord your God with heart and soul and voice.
2. Though high above all praise, above all blessing high, who would not fear his holy name, and laud and magnify? Stand Up and Bless the Lord (2)
3. O for the living flame from his own altar brought, to touch our lips, our minds inspire, and wing to heaven our thought! Stand Up and Bless the Lord (3)