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