Sunday, December 5

Second Sunday of Advent
 
Greeting and Announcements
 
Trinity Chimes
 
Prelude                               “My Jesus, I Love Thee” (with “Sleepers Wake”)          arr. Linda McKechnie
Kathy Ferguson, piano and Janet Tolman, organ
 
Call to Worship

One: Listen, can you hear it?
All: The voice of one crying out “prepare the way”.
One: From church pews to street corners, wild places to city centers,
the cry echoes the words of old:
All: “Blessed be the Lord God, who fulfills our hope with the coming of Emmanuel!”
 
Hymn of Praise UMH #211             “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” (vs. 1 & 6)                 VENI EMMANUEL
 
     1. O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel
     That mourns in lonely exile here, until the Son of God appear
 
     Refrain:
     Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
 
     6. O come, thou dayspring, come and cheer, Our spirits by thy justice here
     Disperse the gloomy clouds of night, and death’s dark shadows put to flight
 
     (Refrain)
 
     Words: Public Domain Music: Public Domain
 
Reader 1: Our ancient hope has been fulfilled, the cry of God’s people was heard. Emmanuel, God with us, came into our world with a message for all:

Reader 2: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

Reader 1: In this season, suspended between ancient fulfillment and current hope, we hear the words of the past reminding us that God is always responding to us in ways beyond our imagining!

Reader 2: Let us cry out and proclaim, “Prepare the way of the Lord” for our salvation is at hand, our hope shall be fulfilled!

All: We gather together O God, as a people of hope waiting for the dawn from on high to break upon us, kindle our hope so that we might spread your light to all. Amen.
 
Candle Lighting Hymn TFWS #2236         Gather Us In (vs. 2)                    THE NATURE OF THE CHURCH
 
     1. We are the young – our lives are a myst’ry, we are the old – who yearn for your face
     We have been sung throughout all of hist’ry, called to be light to the whole human race.
     Gather us in – the rich and the haughty, gather us in – the proud and the strong;
     Give us a heart so meek and so lowly, give us the courage to enter the song.
 
     Words: Marty Haugen, (Matt. 5:13) 1982 Music: Marty Haugen, 1982
 
Children’s Moment
 
Scripture
Luke 1:67-80; 3:1-6 NRSV
 
One: The word of God for the People of God
All: Thanks be to God!
 
Music of Preparation                               “The Welcome Table”                                        arr. Joel Raney
The Chancel Choir
 
Message                                      Beyond Imagining: Beyond Our Past                                  Pastor Beth
 
Musical Response                              “Come, Thou Dear Redeemer”                                   Cesar Franck
John Neve, solo
 
Communion
 
Pastor: Blessed be the Lord our God,
All: For God has looked favorably upon us, and redeemed us!

Pastor: He has raised up a mighty savior for us
All: To give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet in the way of peace.
 
Eternal God, from your spark, your Divine Imagination, a Universe of Wonder, galaxies, stars, worlds, beings, all come into existence. You have placed each person in this world from generation to generation to offer hope and learn love so that we might turn toward each other with compassion and generosity. When our love fails, Your grace holds us tenaciously. Today we praise You for the wonders of your love and come to your table to feast with all creation on your sustaining Grace, and so we sing…

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
 
Holy are you, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ,
whom you sent in the fullness of time to be a light to the nations.
to give knowledge of salvation to all people and teach us forgiveness and grace. He was, and is Emmanuel, your presence with us.
 
On the night in which he gave himself up for us, he took bread,
gave thanks to you, broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said:
“Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.”
 
When the supper was over he took the cup,
gave thanks to you, gave it to his disciples, and said:
“Drink from this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant,
poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
 
And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ,
we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving
as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us,
as we proclaim the mystery of faith.
 
Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.
 
Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here,
and on these gifts of food and drink.
Make them be for us the grace and love of Christ,
that we may be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed.
 
By your Spirit make us one with Christ,
one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world,
until Christ comes in final victory, and we feast at his heavenly banquet.
Through your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church,
all honor and glory is yours, almighty God, now and forever.
 
Amen.
 
Communion Hymn UMH #488                    “Jesus, Remember Me” (x2)
(Please eat and drink in remembrance now)
 
     Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.
     Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.
 
     Words: Luke 23:42; Music: Jacques Berthier and the Community of Taize, 1981
 
Lord’s Prayer
 
     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 trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Sending Hymn UMH #209                      “Blessed Be the God of Israel” (vs. 1 & 2)             MERLE’S TUNE
 
     1. Blessed be the God of Israel, who comes to set us free,
     who visits and redeems us, and grants us liberty.
     The prophets spoke of mercy, of freedom and release;
     God shall fulfill the promise to bring our people peace.
 
     2. Now from the house of David a child of grace is given;
     a Savior comes among us to raise us up to heaven.
     Before him goes the herald, forerunner in the way,
     the prophet of salvation, the harbinger of day.
 
Words: Michael Perry, 1973 (Lk. 1:68-79) Music: Hal H. Hopson, 1983
 
Benediction
Pastor Beth
 
     We are indeed a people suspended between past fulfillment and future hope, as a people who are being changed by God, let us go into a world hungry for good news to proclaim that freedom is at hand, all shall be saved. Amen.

Postlude                                               “Toccata on VENI EMMANUEL”                                James Denton


Sunday, November 28

First Sunday of Advent 
Greeting and Announcements
 
Trinity Chimes
 
Prelude                                                      “Partita on PICARDY”                                              Albert Zabel
                                                                  Janet Tolman, organ
 
Call to Worship

One: A time is surely coming when everything will change, when the signs of the times will proclaim the Day of the Lord is at hand!
 
All: Such has been the prayer since the first proclamation of Advent, the arrival of God among us.
 
One: Are we paying attention? Are we waiting? Or have we given up on wonder and mystery, replacing them with skeptical cynicism?
 
All: Awaken us O God to your Advent, your coming, among us! Teach us once more to look for your signs of peace, hope, love, and joy and tend to wonder and mystery as we wait for our long expected Jesus, amen.
 
Hymn of Praise UMH #196        “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus” (vs. 1 & 2)                        HYFRYDOL
 
1. Come, thou long expected Jesus, born to set thy people free;
from our fears and sins release us, let us find our rest in thee.
Israel’s strength and consolation, hope of all the earth thou art;
dear desire of every nation, joy of every longing heart.
 
2. Born thy people to deliver, born a child and yet a King,
born to reign in us forever, now thy gracious kingdom bring.
By thine own eternal spirit rule in all our hearts alone;
by thine all sufficient merit, raise us to thy glorious throne.
 
Words: Charles Wesley, 1744 Music: Rowland H. Prichard, 1830; harm. from The English Hymnal, 1906
 
Reader 1: From the prophetic words of prophets and priests, “by the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace!”

Reader 2: To the transforming word of Jesus, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” Peace has been God’s gift to a turbulent and troubled world.

Reader 1: Today we mark the entrance to this season of waiting and preparing for God’s coming into the world, with the light of peace.

Reader 2: What do we need to let go of to embrace God’s peace in our lives? What do we need to hold onto for God’s peace to thrive?

All: Gather us, O God, into your peace that surpasses all understanding. Amen.

Candle Lighting Hymn TFWS #2236          Gather Us In (vs. 1)                    THE NATURE OF THE CHURCH
 
1. 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.
 
Words: Marty Haugen, (Matt. 5:13) 1982 Music: Marty Haugen, 1982
 
Scripture
Luke 21:25-36, NRSV
 
One: The word of God for the People of God
All: Thanks be to God!
 
Music of Preparation                           “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”                        arr. Kyle Pederson
                                                                       The Chancel Choir
                                                                        Lichi Acosta, cello
 
Message
Beyond Imagining: Beyond the Edge of Tomorrow
Pastor Beth
 
Musical Response                                      “People, Look East”                               arr. Charles Callahan
                                                                  Janet Tolman, organ
 
Lord’s Prayer
     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 trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
 
Sending Hymn UMH #202                        “People, Look East” (vs. 1 & 4)                                 BESANCON
 
1. People, look east. The time is near of the crowning of the year.
Make your house fair as you are able, trim the hearth and set the table.
People, look east: Love, the Guest, is on the way.
 
4. Angels announce with shouts of mirth him who brings new life to earth.
Set every peak and valley humming with the word, the Lord is coming.
People, look east: Love, the Lord, is on the way.
 
Words: Eleanor Farjeon, 1928 Music: Trad. French carol; harm. by Martin Shaw, 1928
 
Benediction
Pastor Beth
 
Advent is here, as sure as breath and the rising of the sun, we are waiting, hoping, yearning for your coming O God, Amen.

Postlude                                                 “Toccata on PICARDY”                                              Albert Zabel
Janet Tolman, organ


Sunday, November 21

Eighth Sunday of Stewardship Season 
Greeting and Announcements
 
Trinity Chimes
 
Prelude                                                    “We Gather Together”                       arr. Catherine McMichael
Carole and Rudy Rostash, clarinets
 
Call to Worship
One: We started with God’s dream, the living Word, the wellspring of Creation
All: And from Generation to Generation we have remembered the parables of life and praise
One: Now we celebrate our call as stewards of God’s dream, serving as disciples of Jesus Christ
All: and commit ourselves once more to sharing the good news of God’s love and grace from generation to generation throughout all the world! Alleluia, Amen!
 
Hymn of Praise UMH #89             “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee” (vs. 1 & 3)                     HYMN TO JOY
 
     1. Joyful, joyful, we adore thee, God of glory, Lord of love;
     hearts unfold like flowers before thee, opening to the sun above.
     Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the dark of doubt away.
     Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day!
 
     3. Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blest,
     wellspring of the joy of living, ocean depth of happy rest!
     Thou our Father, Christ our brother, all who live in love are thine;
     teach us how to love each other, lift us to the joy divine.
 
Words: Henry Van Dyke, 1907; st. 4 alt. 1989 Music: Ludwig Van Beethoven, 1824; arr. by Edward Hodges, 1864
 
Scripture
John 4:5-15, 21-26, 28, 39 NRSV

One: The word of God for the People of God
All: Thanks be to God!

Music of Preparation                          “Praise to the Almighty”                                     CRAIG COURTNEY
The Chancel Choir
 
Message                   From Generation to Generation: All the World Gives Praise                Pastor Beth
 
Musical Response                        “For the Fruits of His Creation”                    arr. Catherine McMichael
Carole and Rudy Rostash, clarinets
 
Lord’s Prayer
 
     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 trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
 
Celebration of Stewardship
Pastor Beth & Leaders of the Church
 
     Pastor: The church exists because all of us participate through our prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness. God has given us all we have and in response, we offer our time, talents, and treasure back to God.
 
     All: Today as we conclude our Stewardship season, we lift up the pledges we have made here, and the commitments we have made in our hearts to continue the ministry of Christ Church United Methodist, from generation to generation.
 
     Leaders: We receive these pledges and honor the faith, commitment, and sacrifice they represent and promise, as representatives of the leadership of this congregation, to use the budget that these pledges will fund to do all the good we can in all the ways we can wherever we can as people caring for people through Christ’s church.
 
     All: God we give thanks for all you have given us, continue to use us to extend your grace and love to all we meet and bless us, these pledges, and our gifts, and offerings, so that we might be a blessing throughout the world. Amen.
 
Sending Hymn UMH #694     “Come, Ye Thankful People Come” (vs. 1 & 4)      ST. GEORGE’S WINDSOR
 
     1. Come, ye thankful people, come, raise the song of harvest home;
     all is safely gathered in, ere the winter storms begin.
     God our Maker doth provide for our wants to be supplied;
     come to God’s own temple, come, raise the song of harvest home.
 
     4. Even so, Lord, quickly come, bring thy final harvest home;
     gather thou thy people in, free from sorrow, free from sin,
     there, forever purified, in thy presence to abide;
     come, with all thine angels, come, raise the glorious harvest home.
 
Words: Henry Alford, 1844, alt. (Mk.4:26-29; Mt. 13:36-43) Music: George J. Elvey, 1858
 
Benediction
Pastor Beth

Postlude                                             “Now Thank We All Our God”                 arr. Catherine McMichael
Carole and Rudy Rostash, clarinets


Sunday, November 14

 
Seventh Sunday of Stewardship Season 
Greeting and Announcements
Michael Edwards

Our Stephen Ministers are participating through various ways in our service today.
They are: Michael Edwards, Shawne Sidles, Gretchen Lofgren, Carol Swango, Georgia Carmichael, Cat Reinke, Valerie Hammons, and Ellie Adams.
 
Trinity Chimes
 
Prelude                                                        “You Raise Me Up”                                                    J. RANEY
The Christ Church Ringers
Lichi Acosta, cello
 
Call to Worship
                                                                      Shawne Sidles

One: We rejoice in the One who leads us beside still waters,
All: And gives us refreshment of soul.
One: Christ our Shepherd shows us the way we should go,
All: So that the name of God will be glorified.
One: Though all manner of evil befall us, we will not be afraid,
All: For the Great Shepherd of our souls is with us.
One: We are never away from the love and mercy of the Lord,
All: And we shall be with him for ever and ever. Amen!
 
Hymn of Praise UMH #75           “All People that On Earth do Dwell” (vs. 1, 2 & 3)                   OLD 100th
 
     1. All people that on earth do dwell, sing to the Lord with cheerful voice.
     Him serve with mirth, his praise forth tell; come ye before him and rejoice.
 
     2. Know that the Lord is God indeed; without our aid he did us make;
     we are his folk, he doth us feed, and for his sheep he doth us take.
 
     3. O enter then his gates with praise; approach with joy his courts unto;
     praise, laud, and bless his name always, for it is seemly so to do.
 
Words: Attr. To William Kethe, 1561 (Ps. 100) Music: Attr. to Louis Bourgeois, 1551
 
Scripture
Psalm 23; 1 Samuel 3:1-10 NRSV
 
One: The word of God for the People of God
All: Thanks be to God!
 
Music of Preparation                               “It Is Well With My Soul”                                      C. MOKLEBUST
The Christ Church Ringers
Christine Harper, flute
 
Message                                                      Called to Serve                                          Gretchen Lofgren
 
Stewardship Moment
Michael Edwards
 
Lord’s Prayer
Shawne Sidles
 
     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 trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, 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 Response                        “The Lord’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want”                           WILBUR HELD
 
Sending Hymn UMH #419                   “I Am Thine, O Lord” (vs. 1 & 2)                                       I AM THINE
 
     1. I am thine, O Lord, I have heard thy voice, and it told thy love to me;
     but I long to rise in the arms of faith and be closer drawn to thee.
 
     Refrain:
     Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed Lord,
     to the cross where thou hast died.
     Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer, blessed Lord,
     to thy precious, bleeding side.
 
     2. Consecrate me now to thy service, Lord, by the power of grace divine;
     let my soul look up with a steadfast hope, and my will be lost in thine.
 
     (Refrain)
 
Words: Fanny J. Crosby, 1875 (Heb.10:22) Music: William H. Doane, 1875
 
Benediction
Gretchen Lofgren

Postlude                                “Nun Danket” (“Now Thank We All Our God”)                              BACH/FOX
 


Sunday, November 7

Sixth Sunday of Stewardship Season 
*Please stand as you are comfortable
 
Greeting and Announcements
 
Trinity Chimes
 
Words of Gathering
Pastor Beth

Dying, Christ destroyed our death.
Rising, Christ restored our life.
We are here because Christ has proven nothing will ever separate us from the love of God,
so let us worship and praise together!
 
Prelude                                               “Draw Us In the Spirit’s Tether”                        CHARLES CALLAHAN
David Horr, guest organist
 
*Call to Worship

Pastor: Jesus Said, I am the resurrection and I am life.
One: Those who believe in me, even though they die, yet shall they live,
All: and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die!
Pastor: I am Alpha and Omega
One: the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
All: I died, and behold I am alive for evermore!
One: Because God has conquered death in Jesus Christ,
All: We shall live!
 
*Hymn of Praise UMH #711                          “For All Saints” (vs. 1 & 4)                                  SINE NOMINE
 
1. For all the saints, who from their labors rest,
who thee by faith before the world confessed,
thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest.
 
Refrain:
Alleluia, Alleluia!
 
4. O blest communion, fellowship divine!
We feebly struggle, they in glory shine;
yet all are one in thee, for all are thine.
 
(Refrain)
 
Words: William W. How, 1864 (Heb. 12:1) Music: Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1906
 
Scripture
John 11:17-44 NRSV
 
One: The word of God for the People of God
All: Thanks be to God!
 
Music of Preparation                     “O, That I Had a Thousand Voices”                              JAY ALTHOUSE
The Chancel Choir
 
Message                                                       The Parable of Life                                             Pastor Beth
 
Stewardship Reflection Generation to Generation: The Communion of Saints
 
Musical Response                               “What God Ordains Is Right”                                     J.G. WALTHER
David Horr, guest artist
 
Communion
Pastor: The Lord be with you.
All: And also with you.
Pastor: Lift up your hearts.
All: We lift them up to the Lord.
Pastor: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
All: It is right to give our thanks and praise.
Pastor: It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, God Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. You formed us in your image and breathed into us the breath of life. In all places, at all times, in every way you reach out to us declaring your love, offering your grace from generation to generation and so, with your people on Earth and all the company of heaven we praise your name and join their unending hymn:
 
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, hosanna in the highest!
 
Holy are you, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ. We remember as we gather around this table that you came among us in Jesus Christ, whose life, death, and resurrection prove nothing can separate us from your love…(Pastor shares words).. And so we remember and offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living offering in union with Christ as we proclaim the mystery of faith:
 
Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again!
 
Pour out your holy spirit on us gathered at this table of mystery, and on these gifts of food and drink, make them be for us the grace and love of Christ so that we might live as the body of Christ extending love to the world. By your Spirit make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in communion with all the saints who have gone before us but are remembered here, around this table. Let us all feast together now, reminded that there will come a day when all the world will feast together face to face in you, O God.
 
Amen.
 
Pastor: Friends let us eat and drink together as one in the body of Christ, as people forgiven and redeemed by God’s love and grace, amen.
 
*Communion Hymn (please eat and drink in remembrance now)
UMH #623 “Here, O My Lord, I See Thee” (vs.1) MORECAMBE
 
1. Here, O my Lord, I see thee face to face; here would I touch and handle things unseen;
here grasp with firmer hand eternal grace, and all my weariness upon thee lean.
 
Words: Horatius Bonar, 1857 (Rev. 19:6-9) Music: Edward Dearle, 1874
 
23rd Psalm
 
All: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
 
*Sending Hymn UMH #702    “Sing with All the Saints in Glory” (vs. 1 & 4)                       HYMN TO JOY
 
1. Sing with all the saints in glory, sing the resurrection song!
Death and sorrow, earth’s dark story, to the former days belong.
All around the clouds are breaking, soon the storms of time shall cease;
in God’s likeness we, awaking, know the everlasting peace.

4. Life eternal! O what wonders crowd on faith; what joy unknown,
when, amidst earth’s closing thunders, saints shall stand before the throne!
O to enter that bright portal, see that glowing firmament;
know, with thee, O God Immortal, “Jesus Christ whom thou has sent!”
 
Words: William J. Irons, 1873 (1 Cor. 15:20) Music: Ludwig van Beethoven, 1824; arr. by Edward Hodges, 1864
 
Benediction
 
All: For we are convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen
 
Postlude                                                     “Fugue in G Minor”                                  DIETRICH BUXTEHUDE
David Horr, guest artist


Sunday, October 31

Fifth Sunday of Stewardship Season 
*Please stand as you are comfortable

 
Greeting and Announcements
 
Trinity Chimes
 
Prelude                                                   “Count Your Blessings”                                            DAN MILLER
 
*Call to Worship
by Rev. Anna George Traynham of Shallowford Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Georgia

One: The winds of the Spirit are starting to move!
All: The dry bones are beginning to rattle!
One: Be ready to be amazed and astonished,
All: for God’s presence will fill this house of worship.
One: The Spirit is here, speaking to us and through us,
All: drawing us into God’s praise.
 
*Hymn of Praise UMH #539                   “O Spirit of the Living God” (vs. 1 & 2)                 FOREST GREEN
 
     1. O Spirit of the living God, thou light and fire divine,
     descend upon thy church once more, and make it truly thine.
     Fill it with love and joy and power, with righteousness and peace;
     till Christ shall dwell in human hearts, and sin and sorrow cease.
 
     2. Blow, wind of God! With wisdom blow until our minds are free
     from mists of error, clouds of doubt, which blind our eyes to thee.
     Burn, winged fire! Inspire our lips with flaming love and zeal,
     to preach to all thy great good news, God’s glorious commonweal.
 
Words: Henry H. Tweedy, 1935 (Acts 2)
Music: Trad. English melody; arr. by Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1906
 
Scripture
Ezekiel 37:1-14 NRSV
 
One: The word of God for the People of God
All: Thanks be to God!
 
Music of Preparation                                   “There, Will I Be”                                        CRAIG COURTNEY                                                                      The Chancel Choir
 
Message                                                   Can These Bones Live?                                           Pastor Beth
 
*Musical Response UMH #420      “Breathe on Me, Breath of God” (vs. 1, 2 & 3)                    TRENTHAM
 
     1. Breathe on me, Breath of God, fill me with life anew,
     that I may love what thou dost love, and do what thou wouldst do.
 
     2. Breathe on me, Breath of God, until my heart is pure,
     until with thee I will one will, to do and to endure.
 
     3. Breathe on me, Breath of God, till I am wholly thine,
     till all this earthly part of me glows with thy fire divine.
 
Words: Edwin Hatch, 1878 (Jn. 20:22)
Music: Robert Jackson, 1888
 
Stewardship Moment
Trustees
 
Lord’s Prayer
     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 trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
 
*Sending Hymn UMH #383           “This is a Day of New Beginnings” (vs. 1, 3 & 4)              BEGINNINGS
 
     1. This is a day of new beginnings, time to remember and move on,
     time to believe what love is bringing, laying to rest the pain that’s gone.
 
     3. Then let us, with the Spirit’s daring, step from the past and leave behind
     our disappointment, guilt, and grieving, seeking new paths, and sure to find.
 
     4. Christ is alive, and goes before us to show and share what love can do.
     This is a day of new beginnings; our God is making all things new.
 
Words: Brian Wren, 1978; alt. 1987 (Rev. 21:5)
Music: Carlton R. Young, 1984
 
Benediction                                                                                                                              Pastor Beth
 
Postlude                                                     “Toccata in D Minor”                                                J. S. BACH


Sunday, October 24

Fourth Sunday of Stewardship Season

Greeting and Announcements
 
Trinity Chimes
 
Prelude                                “Just When I Need Him Most/I Need Thee Every Hour”                  WILLIAMS
Grant Lange, vocal and flugelhorn
 
Call to Worship
One: God, life is filled with divergent paths
All: Show us the way, lead us each day.
One: When the road seems impossible and the choice is not clear
All: Abide with us and calm our fear.
One: For where we go, you go with us,
All: You are our God, and we are your people.
 
Hymn of Praise UMH #61                     “Come, Thou Almighty King” (vs. 1 & 4)                  ITALIAN HYMN
 
1. Come, thou almighty King, help us thy name to sing, help us to praise!
Father all glorious, o’er all victorious, come and reign over us, Ancient of Days!
 
4. To thee, great One in Three, eternal praises be, hence, evermore.
Thy sovereign majesty may we in glory see, and to eternity love and adore!
 
Words: Anonymous
Music: Felice de Giardini, 1769
 
Scripture
Ruth 1:1-18 
 
One: The word of God for the People of God
All: Thanks be to God!
 
Music of Preparation                           “One Faith, One Hope, One Lord”                     CRAIG COURTNEY
                                                                        The Sanctuary Choir
 
Message                                                     The Parable of the Choices                                  Pastor Beth
 
Musical Response                                           “I Thank You, Lord”                                       Janet Tolman
 
Stewardship Moment                                                                                                          Missions Team
 
Lord’s Prayer
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 trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
 
Reception of New Members                            Cora Harkins
 
Sending Hymn UMH #2130                           “The Summons” (vs. 1 & 5)                              KELVINGROVE
 
1. Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don’t know and never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown? Will you let my name be known,
will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?
 
5. Lord your summons echoes true when you but call my name.
Let me turn and follow you and never be the same.
In Your company I’ll go where Your love and footsteps show.
Thus I’ll move and live and grow in you and you in me.
 
Words: 1987 WGRG, Iona Community, Glasgow, Scotland, G2 3DH (Admin. by Wild Goose Resource Group)
Music: David Peacock – The Jubilate Group (Admin. by Hope Publishing Company)
 
Benediction                                                                                                                               Pastor Beth
 
Postlude                                           “When the Roll is Called Up Yonder”                             JOSEPH LINN
                                                                      Grant Lange, trumpet

Fourth Sunday of Stewardship Season

Greeting and Announcements
 
Trinity Chimes
 
Prelude                                “Just When I Need Him Most/I Need Thee Every Hour”                  WILLIAMS
Grant Lange, vocal and flugelhorn
 
Call to Worship
One: God, life is filled with divergent paths
All: Show us the way, lead us each day.
One: When the road seems impossible and the choice is not clear
All: Abide with us and calm our fear.
One: For where we go, you go with us,
All: You are our God, and we are your people.
 
Hymn of Praise UMH #61                     “Come, Thou Almighty King” (vs. 1 & 4)                  ITALIAN HYMN
 
1. Come, thou almighty King, help us thy name to sing, help us to praise!
Father all glorious, o’er all victorious, come and reign over us, Ancient of Days!
 
4. To thee, great One in Three, eternal praises be, hence, evermore.
Thy sovereign majesty may we in glory see, and to eternity love and adore!
 
Words: Anonymous
Music: Felice de Giardini, 1769
 
Scripture
Ruth 1:1-18 
 
One: The word of God for the People of God
All: Thanks be to God!
 
Music of Preparation                           “One Faith, One Hope, One Lord”                     CRAIG COURTNEY
                                                                        The Sanctuary Choir
 
Message                                                     The Parable of the Choices                                  Pastor Beth
 
Musical Response                                           “I Thank You, Lord”                                       Janet Tolman
 
Stewardship Moment                                                                                                          Missions Team
 
Lord’s Prayer
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 trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
 
Reception of New Members                            Cora Harkins
 
Sending Hymn UMH #2130                           “The Summons” (vs. 1 & 5)                              KELVINGROVE
 
1. Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don’t know and never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown? Will you let my name be known,
will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?
 
5. Lord your summons echoes true when you but call my name.
Let me turn and follow you and never be the same.
In Your company I’ll go where Your love and footsteps show.
Thus I’ll move and live and grow in you and you in me.
 
Words: 1987 WGRG, Iona Community, Glasgow, Scotland, G2 3DH (Admin. by Wild Goose Resource Group)
Music: David Peacock – The Jubilate Group (Admin. by Hope Publishing Company)
 
Benediction                                                                                                                               Pastor Beth
 
Postlude                                           “When the Roll is Called Up Yonder”                             JOSEPH LINN
                                                                      Grant Lange, trumpet

Fourth Sunday of Stewardship Season

Greeting and Announcements
 
Trinity Chimes
 
Prelude                                “Just When I Need Him Most/I Need Thee Every Hour”                  WILLIAMS
Grant Lange, vocal and flugelhorn
 
Call to Worship
One: God, life is filled with divergent paths
All: Show us the way, lead us each day.
One: When the road seems impossible and the choice is not clear
All: Abide with us and calm our fear.
One: For where we go, you go with us,
All: You are our God, and we are your people.
 
Hymn of Praise UMH #61                     “Come, Thou Almighty King” (vs. 1 & 4)                  ITALIAN HYMN
 
1. Come, thou almighty King, help us thy name to sing, help us to praise!
Father all glorious, o’er all victorious, come and reign over us, Ancient of Days!
 
4. To thee, great One in Three, eternal praises be, hence, evermore.
Thy sovereign majesty may we in glory see, and to eternity love and adore!
 
Words: Anonymous
Music: Felice de Giardini, 1769
 
Scripture
Ruth 1:1-18 
 
One: The word of God for the People of God
All: Thanks be to God!
 
Music of Preparation                           “One Faith, One Hope, One Lord”                     CRAIG COURTNEY
                                                                        The Sanctuary Choir
 
Message                                                     The Parable of the Choices                                  Pastor Beth
 
Musical Response                                           “I Thank You, Lord”                                       Janet Tolman
 
Stewardship Moment                                                                                                          Missions Team
 
Lord’s Prayer
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 trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
 
Reception of New Members                            Cora Harkins
 
Sending Hymn UMH #2130                           “The Summons” (vs. 1 & 5)                              KELVINGROVE
 
1. Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don’t know and never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown? Will you let my name be known,
will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?
 
5. Lord your summons echoes true when you but call my name.
Let me turn and follow you and never be the same.
In Your company I’ll go where Your love and footsteps show.
Thus I’ll move and live and grow in you and you in me.
 
Words: 1987 WGRG, Iona Community, Glasgow, Scotland, G2 3DH (Admin. by Wild Goose Resource Group)
Music: David Peacock – The Jubilate Group (Admin. by Hope Publishing Company)
 
Benediction                                                                                                                               Pastor Beth
 
Postlude                                           “When the Roll is Called Up Yonder”                             JOSEPH LINN
                                                                      Grant Lange, trumpet


Sunday, October 17

Third Sunday of Stewardship Season 
 
Greeting and Announcements
 
Trinity Chimes
 
Prelude                                                  “It Is Well With My Soul”                                              BLISS/BECK
                                                                   David Horr, organ
 
Call to Worship
One: On the days when everything goes wrong, when it seems like the world is falling apart,
All: Blessed be the name of the Lord.
One: When our projects and ideas fail, when the news is only bad,
All: Blessed be the name of the Lord.
One: In our suffering and in our striving God is with us,
All: Holding and healing, blessed be God our protector and redeemer. Amen.
 
Hymn of Praise UMH #57                  “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing” (vs. 1, 2 & 3)            AZMON
 
     1. O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise,
     the glories of my God and King, the triumphs of his grace!
 
     2. My gracious Master and my God, assist me to proclaim,
     to spread through all the earth abroad the honors of thy name.
 
     3. Jesus! the name that charms our fears, that bids our sorrows cease;
     ’tis music in the sinner’s ears, ’tis life, and health, and peace.
 
Words: Charles Wesley, 1739
Music: Carl G. Glaser; arr. by Lowell Mason, 1839
 
Scripture
Job 1:13-22 and Luke 13:1-9 NRSV
 
One: The word of God for the People of God
All: Thanks be to God!

Music of Preparation                              “With a Voice of Singing”                                     MARTIN SHAW
                                                                   The Sanctuary Choir
 
Message                                           The Parable of the “Lost” Generation                            Pastor Beth
 
Musical Response                                     “Andante Tranquillo”                                FELIX MENDELSSOHN
 
Stewardship Moment                                                                                             CCUM Music Ministries
 
Prayers of the People                                                                                                               Pastor Beth
 
Lord’s Prayer
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 trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
 
Sending Hymn UMH #377                    “It Is Well With My Soul” (vs. 1 & 2)                       VILLE DU HAVRE
 
     1. When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll;
     whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say, It is well, it is well with my soul.
     
     Refrain:
     It is well with my soul,
     it is well, it is well with my soul.
 
     2. Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come, let this blest assurance control,
     that Christ has regarded my helpless estate, and hath shed his own blood for my soul.
 
     (Refrain)
 
Words: Horatio G. Spafford, 1873 Music: Philip P. Bliss, 1876.
 
Benediction                                                                                                                               Pastor Beth
 
Postlude                                                        “Festival Voluntary”                                         FLOR PEETERS


Sunday, October 10

 

Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost 
*Please stand as you are comfortable
 
Greeting and Announcements
 
Trinity Chimes
 
Prelude                                              “Great is Thy Faithfulness”                                                L. LARSON
The Christ Church Ringers & Susan Schild, piano
 
*Call to Worship
One: Listen! God is calling our name.
All: Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.
One: “See, I am about to do a new thing that will surprise and startle.”
 
*Hymn of Praise UMH #127            “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah” (vs. 1 & 2)          CWM RHONDDA
 
     1. Guide me, O thou great Jehovah, pilgrim through this barren land.
     I am weak, but thou art mighty; hold me with thy powerful hand.
     Bread of heaven, bread of heaven, feed me till I want no more; feed me till I want no more.
 
     2. Open now the crystal fountain, whence the healing stream doth flow;
     let the fire and cloudy pillar lead me all my journey through.
     Strong deliverer, strong deliverer, be thou still my strength and shield; be thou still my strength       and shield.
 
Words: William Williams, 1745; trans. from the Welsh by Peter Williams and the author, 1771
Music: John Hughes, 1907
 
Scripture
Luke 2:41-52 & 1 Samuel 3:1-19, NRSV
 
One: The word of God for the People of God
All: Thanks be to God!
 
Music of Preparation                          “Somebody’s Knocking at Your Door”                          M. ARNOLD
The Christ Church Ringers

Message                                           The Parable of the “Future” Generations                      Pastor Beth
 
Musical Response                                           “Consecration”                                         BECK/COURTNEY
                                                                      Paula Jameson, solo
 
Stewardship Moment
CCUM Music Ministries
 
Prayers of the People
Pastor Beth
 
Lord’s Prayer
     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 trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
 
Farewell to Members
Diane Wilkinson
 
*Sending Hymn UMH #3025                    “God is Speaking” (vs. 1, 2 & 3)                        FRERE JACQUES
 
     1. God is speaking, God is speaking. Do you hear? Do you hear?
     Trust and you will hear him. Trust and you will hear him.
     God is love. God is love.
   
     2. God is speaking, always speaking using needs, using joys,
     speaking in his wisdom, speaking in his mercy,
     calling hearts, changing lives.
 
     3. God is speaking, God is speaking. Do you hear, hear his heart?
     Trust and you will hear him if you want to hear him.
     God is love, always love.
 
Words: Ken Bible, 2011 Music: Frere Jacques, Traditional French Melody, 1811.
 
Benediction
Pastor Beth
 
Postlude                                                       “God of Grace”                                                      PAUL MANZ