Community and St Mark United Methodist Church
Phase 2 in-person worship
October 25th, 2020
Gathering and passing the peace-please remain masked and socially distanced.
Leader: With hearts ready to serve,
People: God turns our mourning into singing and our sorrows into laughter.
Leader: With hope and expectation,
People: God turns our weeping into celebration and our grief into shouts of joy .
Leader: Come before the Lord with yearning, with hearts ready to serve.
Hymn “Lord, I Want to be a Christian” Meditate and reflect
Joys and Concerns of the People
Prayers for Life Leader
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 Amen.
Hymn “Swing Low, Sweat Chariot” Meditate and reflect
*Affirmation of Faith:
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy universal church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
Gloria Patri “Glory Be to the Father” Instrumental only
Offertory Prayer Leader
“Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow” Instrumental only
Prayer of illumination
New Testament reading: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Gospel reading: Matthew 22:34-46
“The Lord Reins and the Nations Tremble”
Reader: The word of God for the people of God.
People: Thanks be to God
Prayer of Confession: May your love, Eternal God, move all that stands before it. We yearn to love our neighbors as we love ourselves, but often find such love beyond us. Nurture us in your healing love, that fear may hold no sway over us. Amen.
Words of Assurance: God commands us to fulfill the law of love by loving we have been loved. In fulfilling the law of love, we fulfill the law and the prophets. In fulfilling the law of love, we find forgiveness and peace.
Hymn “Bless Be the Tie That Binds” Meditate and reflect
(*) Please stand if able