Sunday Service, November 1, 2020 ~ All Saints Sunday
November 1, 2020 Worship Service 10 a.m.
All Saint’s Sunday
Welcome to worship today.
Welcome to this real live community of Faith, Christ Lutheran Church!
We hope that your virtual presence among us this morning will enliven your spirit.
We are glad and grateful to have you worshipping with us.
We’re all saints! We all have built into us this intention, the capacities for kindness and creativity and beauty. It’s a matter of perspective. As Einstein said, “The single most important decision any of us will ever make is whether or not to believe that the universe is friendly.” It’s your choice. Wayne Dyer
Prelude Variations on the hymn “Lift High the Cross” – organ
Welcome No matter who you are or where you are on your journey, you are welcome here!
STEWARDSHIP TEMPLE TALK
We are gathered and ready and aware of God’s presence
Gathering Song “Holy Spirit Come” A Call to Worship Prayer sung by Enid Rank with Gary Milla on Guitar and Steve Wysocki on Piano
Reading: Micah 3:5-12 Dennis Raudenbush
Micah announces judgment from God against prophets who can be bribed to offer fake news. Politicians too can be bribed to practice injustice, Micah announces the coming destruction of Jerusalem, because of Religious and Political leadership that seeks its own good and not the welfare of people.
5Thus says the Lord concerning the prophets
who lead my people astray,
who cry “Peace”
when they have something to eat,
but declare war against those
who put nothing into their mouths.
6Therefore it shall be night to you, without vision,
and darkness to you, without revelation.
The sun shall go down upon the prophets,
and the day shall be black over them;
7the seers shall be disgraced,
and the diviners put to shame;
they shall all cover their lips,
for there is no answer from God.
8But as for me, I am filled with power,
with the spirit of the Lord,
and with justice and might,
to declare to Jacob his transgression
and to Israel his sin.
9Hear this, you politicians of Jerusalem
and chiefs of the house of Israel,
who abhor justice
and pervert all equity,
10who build Zion with blood
and Jerusalem with wrong!
11Its rulers give judgment for a bribe,
its priests teach for a price,
its prophets say what you want to hear for money;
yet they lean upon the Lord and say,
“Surely the Lord is with us!
No harm shall come upon us.”
12Therefore because of you
Zion shall be plowed as a field;
Jerusalem shall become a heap of ruins,
and the mountain of the house a wooded height.
Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12
The sermon on the mount, chapters 5-7 are Jesus vision of the Kingdom of God and what discipleship looks like within this Kingdom.
1 When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5 “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Help us God, as we seek to interpret what this means for our lives.
Message Song “We Are An Offering” – CLC PRAISE BAND
Prayers Kathie Jones
Longing for Christ’s reign to come among us, we pray for the outpouring of God’s power on the church, the world, and all in need. Let us begin with our own silent personal prayers. A brief silence.
Gracious God, you invite those who feel most unworthy of love to a seat at the head of your table. Following Jesus’ example, we promise to bring a compassionate welcome to all in need of your grace. We are an offering of peace, justice, and love.
Sustaining God, guide all people of the earth through harsh extremes in the cycles of creation—drought and monsoon, blistering heat and freezing cold. Hold in your mercy all places where lives have been disrupted by natural disasters, especially recent hurricanes and floods and continuing forest fires. We are an offering of peace, justice, and love.
Sovereign God, gather our country around a shared table this week during our national election. Open fruitful dialogue between people of every political party, place, age, and socio-economic status so that we may discern the pathway to the common good you desire for us. We are an offering of peace, justice, and love.
Merciful God, protect those whose human dignity has been denied and oppressed in our nation. Raise the voices of those who have been silenced, and bring justice where power has been abused for personal gain. Give us insight to see ways that we may work to bring about needed justice. We are an offering of peace, justice, and love.
Loving God, accompany those in new and unfamiliar places who need an invitation to community. We pray especially for those who have recently moved to start their first year of college, a new job, or a missionary position in another land. Be our guide to find those who need a friendly smile or a helping hand, and give us the courage to extend ourselves in friendship and help. We are an offering of peace, justice, and love.
God of salvation, you promise to deliver us. Give those who suffer in any way a strong sense of your presence and love. Accompany those who are uncertain, raise the spirits of those who are despairing, comfort those who mourn, and heal the sick.
A brief silence.
Eternal God, you unite all the faithful in a banquet of your abundance. This day we remember all who now feast in your eternal presence, especially all who have died in the past year.
In Remembrance of All the Saints
We remember the following saints who entered life eternal this past year.
(November 3, 2019—November 1, 2020)
Kjell Andersen, Carl L. Austin, Richard Bauder, Bill Bilotta, Lucy Capuano, Kathryn Cawley, John M. Del Re, Robert Dimmig, Margaret Drake, Ronald Eisenhart, Ethel Everett, Alice Louise Frank, Henry Frank, Pauline Gibson, Don Habrial, The Rev. Dr. Donald Hagey, Elizabeth Koch, Dennis Kolumber, Ruth F. Kresge, Evelyn A. Kutz, Thomas Mills, Michael Molnar, Patrick R. Oechsle, Gordy Pfeiffer, Jessica Rooney, Dr. William Rank, Doris Snyder, The Rev. Dr. Paul Spohn, Elizabeth Warjas, Rosie Wierback.
We also remember the saints who have died in the years past
Courtney Achey, Tricia Achey, F. Norman & Kathryn Apple, Dennis Babio, Emil & Gertrude Babio, Charles & Helen Bloss, Florence Coe, Pamela Ganssle, Don Hunsinger, Evan Davis Jones, Helen Kronenberger, Dr. Richard Miller, Elmer Palmer, Amy Stendell, Georganna & Juliana Weirback, Maynard & Florence Weirback, Joanne Young, Cheryl Zavacky, Lester Zellner.
Receive our prayers, offered with the assurance that you hear them, in the name of our loving Jesus Christ. Amen.
Words of Institution Mark 14:22-24 (NRSV)
While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.”
Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, and all of them drank from it. He said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.
We gather at this table and remember how on the night when Jesus was handed over, he gathered with his disciples in the upper room and together they shared in an ordinary meal that had extraordinary implications.
For at this table,
Jesus broke bread and shared wine with one who betrayed him.
At this table,
Jesus broke bread and shared wine with one who denied him.
At this table,
Jesus broke bread and shared wine with those who fled from him in his time of need.
At this table,
Jesus broke bread and shared wine with people from all walks of life.
And so whenever we gather at this table to share the bread and the cup in this community of faith, we proclaim Jesus’ life, which affirms there is a place at the table for all people, for the love of God transcends every power that tries to contain it.
The Awakening Church Service
The 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 and ever. Amen.
The Body of Christ Given for you.
The Blood of Christ Shed for you.
Post Communion Prayer
Gracious God, as we received this bread and wine, we receive the presence and life of Christ within us so that the spirit of Christ might work through us. Amen
Closing Hymn “Rise Up and Praise Him” ~ CLC PRAISE BAND
Dismissal: Go in peace. Serve the Lord. Thanks be to God.