Community and St Mark United Methodist Church
Phase 2 in-person worship
November 8th, 2020
Gathering and passing the peace-please remain masked and socially distanced.
Leader: Our ancestors have led us here.
People: We are witnesses of their faith.
Leader: The wisdom of the ages has called us here.
People: We are children of its call.
Leader: The choice to follow God lies before us.
People: We are heirs of its promise.
Leader: The Lord of life has called us here.
People: We are here to worship the Lord.
Hymn “Seek Ye First” 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 “Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho” 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 4:13-18
Gospel reading: Matthew 25:1-13
“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: We long to have the courage to choose you, O God, each and every day. We yearn for the forbearance to wait patiently, through the long watches of the night—for we long to be found ready, when you appear in your glory. Fill our lamps with your grace, that we might share your light with our children and with the generations to come. Amen.
Words of Assurance: Hold onto these words of hope: “We will be with the Lord forever.” Love the Lord of life and live.
Hymn “Keep Your Lamps” Meditate and reflect
(*) Please stand if able