Sunday Worship Guide - All Saints Sunday

 

Worship Guide

November 7, 2021

All Saints Sunday

Creating Disciples of Jesus who Transform the World

 

ENTRANCE WITH PRAISE

 

Greetings:

Minister: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!

People: And also with you!

 

Special Music: “You Wouldn’t Cry” - Stefanie

 

Centering Words:

There is a children’s Sunday school song that goes “Love, Love, Love, Love, the gospel in a word is love. Love your neighbor as your bother, love, love, love.” Isn’t amazing that everything we need to know is taught in a simple children’s song.

 

Call to Worship:

 

Leader:   Come into the land of God.

People:  We come seeking the land of love.

Leader:   Live as the people of Christ.

People:  We gather to grow as a community of love.

Leader:   Follow in the ways of the Lord.

People:  We move forward on the path of love.

Leader:   come, young and old, friend and      foreigner, for all are welcome here.

People:  We come to live and grow in the love of Christ. Praise God for this wonderful gift!

Leader:   Let us pray.

 

ALL: O God, you are our God, and we come as your people on earth. Gather us in, that we may remember the ties that bind us together in your love. Write your law upon our hearts, that others may find us to be generous and loving friends. Strengthen us by your Spirit, that we may live in love— a love that transforms our lives, even as we help to transform the lives of others. In the hope of your miraculous love, we pray. Amen.

 

Hymn: “Shall We Gather at the River”

 

Shall we gather at the river, where bright angel feet have trod,

with its crystal tide forever flowing by the throne of God?

 

Yes, we’ll gather at the river, the beautiful, the beautiful river;

gather with the saints at the river

that flows by the throne of God.

 

On the margin of the river, washing up its silver spray,

we will talk and worship ever, all the happy golden day.

 

Yes, we’ll gather at the river, the beautiful, the beautiful river;

gather with the saints at the river

that flows by the throne of God.

 

Ere we reach the shining river, lay we every burden down;

grace our spirits will deliver, and provide a robe and crown.

 

Yes, we’ll gather at the river, the beautiful, the beautiful river;

gather with the saints at the river

that flows by the throne of God.

 

Soon we’ll reach the silver river,

soon our pilgrimage will cease;

soon our happy hearts will quiver with the melody of peace.

 

Yes, we’ll gather at the river, the beautiful, the beautiful river;

gather with the saints at the river

that flows by the throne of God.

 

PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD

 

Words of Assurance

 

You are not far from the kingdom of God, for in Christ we are given grace and forgiveness.

Praise God for this marvelous gift!         

Amen.

 

Old Testament Reading: Ruth 1:1-18

 

1 In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land, and a certain man of Bethlehem in Judah went to live in the country of Moab, he and his wife and two sons. 2 The name of the man was Elimelech and the name of his wife Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion; they were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in Judah. They went into the country of Moab and remained there. 3 But Elimelech, the husband of Naomi, died, and she was left with her two sons. 4 These took Moabite wives; the name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth. When they had lived there about ten years, 5 both Mahlon and Chilion also died, so that the woman was left without her two sons and her husband.

6 Then she started to return with her daughters-in-law from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the country of Moab that the Lord had considered his people and given them food. 7 So she set out from the place where she had been living, she and her two daughters-in-law, and they went on their way to go back to the land of Judah. 8 But Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go back each of you to your mother’s house. May the Lord deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me. 9 The Lord grant that you may find security, each of you in the house of your husband.” Then she kissed them, and they wept aloud. 10 They said to her, “No, we will return with you to your people.” 11 But Naomi said, “Turn back, my daughters, why will you go with me? Do I still have sons in my womb that they may become your husbands? 12 Turn back, my daughters, go your way, for I am too old to have a husband. Even if I thought there was hope for me, even if I should have a husband tonight and bear sons, 13 would you then wait until they were grown? Would you then refrain from marrying? No, my daughters, it has been far more bitter for me than for you, because the hand of the Lord has turned against me.” 14 Then they wept aloud again. Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.

15 So she said, “See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.” 16 But Ruth said,

“Do not press me to leave you

or to turn back from following you!

Where you go, I will go;

where you lodge, I will lodge;

your people shall be my people,

and your God my God.

17Where you die, I will die—

there will I be buried.

May the Lord do thus and so to me,

and more as well,

if even death parts me from you!”

18 When Naomi saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more to her.

 

Leader:   This is the Word of God, for the People of God

People:  Thanks be to God!

 

WORD AND RESPONSE

 

Time with Young Friends: “Jesus Loves Me”

Children’s Message: “The Most Important Commandment”

 

Hymn: “In the Garden”

 

I come to the garden alone

while the dew is still on the roses,

and the voice I hear falling on my ear,

The Son of God discloses.

 

And he walks with me, and he talks with me,

and he tells me I am his own;

and the joy we share as we tarry there,

none other has ever known.

 

He speaks, and the sound of his voice,

is so sweet the birds hush their singing,

and the melody that he gave to me

within my heart is ringing.

 

And he walks with me, and he talks with me,

and he tells me I am his own;

and the joy we share as we tarry there,

none other has ever known.

 

I’d stay in the garden with him

though the night around me be falling,

but he bids me go; thru the voice of woe

his voice to me is calling.

 

And he walks with me, and he talks with me,

and he tells me I am his own;

and the joy we share as we tarry there,

none other has ever known.

 

Sermon: “Not Far From the Kingdom” - Mark 12:28-34

 

28 One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, “Which          commandment is the first of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; 30 you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” 32 Then the scribe said to him, “You are right,  Teacher; you have truly said that ‘he is one, and besides him there is no other’; 33 and ‘to love him  with all the heart, and with all the understanding,   and with all the strength,’ and ‘to love one’s neighbor as oneself,’—this is much more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 34 When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” After that no one dared to ask him any question.

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

 

Prayers of the People: Joys and concerns

Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer

 

THE SACRAMENTS OF HOLY COMMUNION

 

Invitation, Prayer of Confession and Pardon:

                                   

Christ our Lord invites to his table

all who love him,

who earnestly repent of their sin

and seek to live in peace with one another.

Therefore, let us confess our sin before God

and one another.

 

Merciful God,

we confess that we have not loved you

with our whole hearts.

We have failed to be an obedient church.

We have not done your will,

we have broken your law,

we have rebelled against your love,

we have not loved our neighbors,

and we have not heard the

cry of the needy.

Forgive us, we pray.

Free us for joyful obedience,

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

 

Hear the good news:

Christ died for us while we were yet sinners;

that proves God's love toward us.

In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!

 

In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.

Glory to God. Amen

 

 The Great Thanksgiving  

 

The Lord be with you

And also with you.

 

Lift up your hearts

We lift them up to the Lord.

 

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

 

It is right, and a good and joyful thing,

always and everywhere

to give thanks to you,

Alpha and Omega, beginning and ending

Of all creation.

In the days of Isaiah, you promised to lead all

the nations to your holy mountain, and swallow up death forever.

You have revealed the coming of a new heaven and new earth, in which every tear will be wiped from our eyes, and all will feast at your heavenly banquet.

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.

When he raised Lazarus from the grave, he showed us all your glory, giving thanks only to you and praising your name.

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 my body which is given for you.

Do this in remembrance of me."

This day we gather around the table with a great cloud of the saints, those who have gone before us, those that we share in communion with today, and those who are yet to come, to once again remember His body that was given for us.

 

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 might 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 bread and wine.

Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ,

that we may become one with Christ,

one with each other,

and one in ministry to all the world,

until all things are made new.

As we share in the body of Christ and the cup of salvation, let us also share in the legacy and memory of those saints whose lives are a part of the Kingdom of God, both here and in heaven.

 

Roll Call of the Saints

Fred Adams

Bob Anderson

Billy Anderson

Josephine Anderson

Grady Goodman

David Chambers

Vita Bailey

JL Burk

Celia Boyd

Douglas Boyd

Marily Eastep

Robert Eastep

Bill Grassmeyer

Laura Grassmeyer

Marion Drake

Clifford Drake

John Valentine

Adolphus Patterson

Stacie Boyd Goff

Donald Boyd

Eugene Montgomery

Mary Ellen Montgomery

Carl Norton

Lela Norton

Helen Bandy

Bettie Venner

Melba Braddy

Irabel Crowley

Cecil Wilkins

Francis Wilkins

Claudia Boyd

Wallace Boyd

Ricky Williams

Charles Connie Marrs

Eddie Mae Marrs

Robert Cope

Danny Reinhart

Emorie Luttrell

Ralph Moonshower

Daniel Moonshower

Janette Carrol

Alvin Meissner

Harold Meissner

Johnny Harper

Deryl Barnes

George Hansard

Polly Hansard

Martha Hill

Francis Hill

Richard Castleschouldt

Katherine Swan

Violet Harding

TB Stevens

Addie Stevens

Francis Dare

Tim Wilkins

Steven Wilkins

Warren Tomlinson

Randy Tomlinson

Robert Crawford

Steve Morris

Jerald Neighbor

Lynn Cooper

Emily Melton

Blanche Ham

Billie Teaquist

Bill Teaquist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alpha and Omega, Beginning and Ending, Spirit of new beginnings, we praise your holy, eternal, triune name. Amen

 

And now with the confidence of children of God, let us pray:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed by thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

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

 

 

As we share in the bread of life,

is it not a sharing in the body of Christ.

 

And as we share in the cup of Salvation,

Is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ.

 

Moment of Prayer and Meditation: Softly and Tenderly

 

 Prayer of Thanks  

 

Eternal God, we give you thanks

for this holy mystery

in which you have given yourself to us. 

Grant that we may go into the world

in the strength of your Spirit,

to give ourselves to others,

in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Amen

 

SENDING FORTH

 

Hymn: “When We All Get to Heaven”

 

Sing the wondrous love of Jesus,

sing his mercy and his grace.

In the mansions bright and blessed

he’ll prepare for us a place.

 

When we all get to heaven,

what a day of rejoicing that will be!

When we all see Jesus,

we’ll sing and shout the victory!

 

While we walk the pilgrim pathway,

clouds will overspread the sky;

but when traveling days are over,

not a shadow, not a sigh.

 

When we all get to heaven,

what a day of rejoicing that will be!

When we all see Jesus,

we’ll sing and shout the victory!

 

Let us then be true and faithful,

trusting, serving every day;

just one glimpse of him in glory

will the toils of life repay.

 

When we all get to heaven,

what a day of rejoicing that will be!

When we all see Jesus,

we’ll sing and shout the victory!

 

Onward to the prize before us!

Soon his beauty we’ll behold;

soon the pearly gates will open;

we shall tread the streets of gold.

 

When we all get to heaven,

what a day of rejoicing that will be!

When we all see Jesus,

we’ll sing and shout the victory!

 

Benediction

 

 

Events Calendar:

 

  • The Center—Thanksgiving Food Donations
  • 11/14—UMM Breakfast, 8AM Kaufman
  • 11/28—Hanging the Greens
  • 12/12—CUMC Christmas Party
  • Kaufman Children’s Shelter—Christmas Gifts
  • UM Women Gatherings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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