Sunday Service, November 8, 2020

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 November 1, 2020                           Worship Service                                      10 a.m.

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. 

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”                                                                                        Martin Luther King

Prelude                       Make Me a Channel of Your Peace”   ~  CLC PRAISE BAND

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

Chime

Silence

Prayer

Gathering Song                                 “O Christ the Same”  ~ led by Aaron Harley

WE PROCLAIM GOD’S WORD

First Reading: Amos 5:18-24                                                           Kurt Rank

In the days of Amos, people thought that the “Day of the LORD” would be a time of great victory, but Amos announced that it would be a day of darkness, not light.  This concept of an end time, “Day of the Lord” mentality continues into the New Testament with the hope of a Messiah.  Amos proclaims that the reason for this judgement of a dark “Day of the Lord” is because Israel placed so much energy in worship rituals but failed in justice toward one another.  

18Alas for you who desire the day of the Lord!
Why do you want the day of the Lord?
It is darkness, not light;
19as if someone fled from a lion,
and was met by a bear;
or went into the house and rested a hand against the wall,
and was bitten by a snake.
20Is not the day of the Lord darkness, not light,
and gloom with no brightness in it?

21I hate, I despise your festivals,
and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies.
22Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings,
I will not accept them;
and the offerings of well-being of your fatted animals
I will not look upon.
23Take away from me the noise of your songs;
I will not listen to the melody of your harps.
24But let justice roll down like waters,
and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

Gospel: Matthew 25:1-13

Judiasm at the time of Jesus expected a Messiah to usher in the “end of time”.  Matthew clearly believes this and “being ready” is a theme in his gospel.

[Jesus said to the disciples:] 1“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; 4but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. 6But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ 7Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. 8The foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9But the wise replied, ‘No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ 10And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. 11Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ 12But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I do not know you.’ 13Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”

Help us God, as we seek to interpret what this means for our lives.

Message  

Message Song                        Let Us Break Break Together” –  led by Brenda Tarulli  

Prayers                                                                          Lenore Spohn

Longing for Christ’s reign of love and peace 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.

Holy God, rouse us to deep praise as we gather for worship. Enliven our worship with sincere and heartfelt song. We are grateful for the work and dedication of all church musicians and artists, and especially for those in our congregation who lead us in praise and prayer.  We will support them, as together we offer our praise to you in music.

Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

Holy Creator, you continue to surprise and delight us with the beauty of the world you have made. Bless the work of landscapers, architects, and artists whose work invites us into harmonious living with your creation. Give us insight into ways we can protect this wonder you have given us to nurture and love.

Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

Holy Judge, let justice roll down like waters over this world. Reign over the courtrooms of every land, in the hearts of those who guard the law and those who stand accused of crimes. Be present in cases where we long for both justice and mercy to prevail.

Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

Holy God of Love, be with our country and its inhabitants as we search for ways to bring healing to a fractured nation.  Lead us as we look for paths to mutual understanding and respect.  Give us the courage of acceptance to compromise.

Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

Holy Companion, console those who feel lonely or abandoned. Be our inspiration as we search to find safe ways to share companionship with those who live alone, and, with your help, to give comfort to those who have few friends or who struggle with their identity and place in this world. We know we can show your love to those who live on the margins of society.  Give us the insight and courage to do it.

Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

Holy Healer, we pray for those in need – the sick, the frail, those who mourn, those who are disenfranchised, those who have wandered away.  We pray especially for Jim, Mary Ann and Esther, Geoff Baer, Neil McCardle, Diane Voron, Timmy Henn, Jr.,  Andrea & Jerry, Kyle, Rod, Ruth, Linda, Rudy, Hugh, Joanne, Allison, Sean, Courtney, Lorraine, Kay, Cathy, Kristen, Dale Kichline, Lorane & Larry, Debbie Riegel, Wendy, Tony & Karen, Gene Heft, Molly, Carol Mitchell, Joe Kupsky, Teri, Patti Ruth, Doris Icove, Melissa, Donna B., Megan, Kathleen, Theresa Sherwin, Judy & Greg, Pearl, Mel, Jane Atherholt, Donna Rader, Jackie & Jess, The Miliren  Family & Sue, Janet Mills, Ramona Daily and the Harley family & Nellie.

Condolences to Mary & Howard Housley for the loss of Mary’s dad, John McCormick.

Hospitalized this week:  Bryan Gerhab 

The Rev. Howard Weidemoyer in hospice care, and those we name in our hearts.  A brief silence.

Holy Protector, be with all observing Veterans Day. Guard the lives of active duty and retired military personnel. Comfort all who mourn those who have died in the line of duty. Heal the wounds, both physical and mental, experienced by service members.  We are thankful for their dedication and service.

Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

Holy and Immortal One, we pray in thanksgiving for the lives of all who have died. Remind us of the frailty and shortness of our own lives, and inspire us to use your gift of life for the building up of your kingdom.

Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

Receive our prayers in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior, until that day when you gather all creation around your throne where you will reign forever and ever. Amen.

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.

Closing Hymn                                     “Hold Us Together” – led by CLC PRAISE BAND

Benediction

Dismissal:    Go in peace.  Serve the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Coffee Hour