Community and St Mark United Methodist Church
Phase 2 in-person worship
November 15th, 2020
Gathering and passing the peace-please remain masked and socially distanced.
Leader: God calls us to use our gifts for the building of God’s kingdom.
People: But we’re afraid.
Leader: Christ urges us to find our courage and not look back.
People: But our gifts seem so small.
Leader: The Spirit offers us everything we need.
People: But what if we fail?
Leader: Trust the gifts you have been given.
People: We will celebrate our gifts as we worship God this day.
Hymn “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee” 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 “Gather Us In” 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 5:1-11
Gospel reading: Matthew 25:14-30
“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: Faithful Steward, you bless us with gifts that are uniquely our own. We long to use the talents you bestow upon us to build your kingdom. We yearn to live with gratitude for all that you have done for us and the opportunities you place before us. Clear our vision, Holy One, and help us see the good we can do with the gifts and talents we have received. Amen.
Words of Assurance: Rejoice, sisters and brothers, for our gifts and talents. Hear these words of assurance: “Well done, good and trustworthy [servant]; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.”
Hymn “I Am Your Mother” Meditate and reflect
(*) Please stand if able