Bulletin for Nov. 20

Christ the King and Stewardship Commitment Sunday

PRELUDE by Janesta Williams, Organist

THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH 
Ron Stephany, Liturgist

MINUTE FOR THANKSGIVING  
Ken Bickett, Providence Presbytery

MINUTE FOR STEWARDSHIP 
Stuart Graham, Moderator of the Stewardship Committee

ENTERING GOD’S HOUSE

CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: Our help is in the name of the Lord who made heaven and earth.
People: We glorify our God with songs of thanksgiving and joy.
Leader: God has done great things for us, filling us with grace.
People: God fed our ancestors in the wilderness, God clothes us with hope.
Leader: We will offer our hearts to God, always saying, ‘Thank you!’ to the One who loves us.
People: We will sing our praises, shouting of God’s presence in our lives.

*HYMN No. 551 Come, Ye Thankful People, Come

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Leader: We wonder what’s for lunch, we worry about work tomorrow, we fret about the test that is coming up. So much worry, so much time wasted over things we cannot control. The One who showers earth with rain, who places the stars in the autumn sky, is the same One who wraps mercy tight around you, who feeds us on healing and hope. Let us confess how our worries keep us from trusting the God who hears us and restores us to new life. Please join me as we pray,
People: Because we live in this modern, tech-driven, twittering age, we often forget what you have done for us, God of Every Blessing. We pat ourselves on the back for our ability to learn new computer skills, but have forgotten that life is more than a machine. We have more than we could ever use yet, like squirrels, store up more and more. Our faith is often pushed to the back of the closet, to make room for all the fears we wear so easily. Forgive us, Restorer of life. As you clothe us with your grace and mercy, may we share with those who have so little. As our hearts overflow with your love and wonder, may we offer them as gifts to everyone we meet. As you feed us with your joy and hope, may we welcome to the Table all those whose lives are filled with tears and pain. As we gather with family and friends during this season, may we continue to give thanks for the gift of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.

*KYRIE ELEISON
Lord, have mercy upon us. Christ, have mercy upon us, Lord, have mercy upon us. Amen.

*ASSURANCE OF PARDON
Leader: This is the good news: as God dresses creation in wonder, so you will be clothed in grace; as God pours out abundance upon the earth, so you will be blessed with peace and joy.
People: We don’t say it often enough, but thanks be to God for healing, for life, for wonder, for mercy. We are blessed, for we are forgiven. Amen.
(Lectionary Liturgies, Reign of Christ Sunday, 2011)

* GLORIA PATRI No. 579

ANTHEM There Is a Season Adult Choir

MOMENT WITH THE CHILDREN by Pat Oglesby

HEARING GOD’S WORD

*HYMN No. 513 Let Us Break Bread Together
(Please pass prayer cards to the end of the pew so they may be collected as we sing.)

SCRIPTURE Ephesians 1:15-23 New Testament Page 192 in pew Bible

SERMON by Rev. McSpadden

RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD

*THE APOSTLES’ CREED
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried, he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead, he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

THE OFFERING

*THE DOXOLOGY No. 592

*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

LITANY FOR THE PRESENTATION OF OUR PLEDGES
Stuart Graham
Leader: Holy, Loving, Creator God, we give you thanks for making the earth and all that is in it.
People: We praise you, O God, for you have blessed us with good things.
Leader: You call us to be faithful and to live as your servants, to share the gifts you have given.
People: We offer our time, talents, energy, and imagination.
Leader: You call to us in the needs of others–the hungry, the poor, the lonely, and the homeless.
People: We offer our love, compassion, and commitment to justice and peace.
Leader: We give you thanks, O God, for good work to do and a community of faith that surrounds us.
People: We pledge ourselves and our gifts of treasure for the life and work of the church. Use us, God, and all we have. Renew our spirit and help us to be faithful to the promise we make. Be present within and among us, and lead us according to your purpose. We pray together in the name of Christ. Amen.

OFFERING OF OUR PLEDGES

PLEDGE DEDICATION
Linda Vaughan
Leader: All Giving God, you have blessed us with a great variety of gifts and called us to serve in many different ways. You have created a world of beauty and wonder; you have fashioned us in your image. Fill us now with your spirit and use the gifts we bring. We pray in the name of Christ.
All: Amen.

THE EUCHARIST
Invitation
Great Prayer of Thanksgiving
Lord’s Prayer
Communion of the People
Prayer after Communion

*HYMN OF RESPONSE (See insert) Give Thanks

*BENEDICTION
* Please Stand
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

As we pray today we will be remembering Riverview Presbyterian Church in Fort Mill, SC and its 141 members.

DIMES FOR HUNGER: The total received this year for Dimes for Hunger was $1,491.0l. Last year our total was $1,230.00. Thank you for your generous support.

GREETERS AND USHERS: Rob and Carol Johns

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