Are You Listening?: The Hungry

Dr. Jonathan Sloan gives a 3rd sermon in the “Are You Listening” series. This time a message about responding to the hunger needs of the world. Based on Matthew 25:31-46   

The Service for the Lord’s Day

All Saints Day

November 3, 2019

 

WE GATHER TO PRAISE GOD, THE LORD OF LIFE

Prelude                                             “Be Still My Soul”                                          arr. P Drennan

“For All the Saints”                                              arr. J Innes

“Look Ye Saints, the Sight Is Glorious”                             arr. G Sprunger

 

News of the Church

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Prayer requests can be written in the book as well.  Thank you.

 

Moment for Mission                             Stewardship                                                    Mark Smith

 

*The Greeting and Welcoming of One Another

(There are no strangers in God’s House, just friends we have not yet met.

Greet your neighbor in Christian love and let them know that you’re glad to see them!)

 

*Hymn                              “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)”

 

*Call to Worship (Responsive)                                                                                     AJ Baratta

Leader:            We gather this morning as heirs to the world created for us;

People:           and are called to care for the land and all who inhabit it.

Leader:            God asks that we be responsible care givers;

People:           workers of the land and workers for His kingdom.

Leader:            God gives us ample resources to live an abundant life.  We must be careful

as to how we use these gifts so that all may have enough.

All:                  Let us worship God! 

 

*Hymn                                       “Blessed Be Your Name”

 

*Prayer of Confession (Unison)

Dear Lord, You have given us the skies, the soil, the water, yet as the sun rises and sets, we allow pollution to turn the vast blue into grey.  Even as thousands starve, we dig for oil and cover the earth with concrete.  Even as people thirst, we dump trash into our oceans and rivers.  Help us to see how our actions create problems for this generation and for those to come.  Help us to use all You have given us to glorify You, not to waste and plunder. Help us to remember that with blessings come responsibilities to ourselves, to others and to the earth You carefully formed…        (Silent time of prayer)

 

*Assurance of Pardon

Leader:            Jesus knows our hunger and He provides.  He fills us until we are satisfied.

He forgives us when we fail to see the consumerism in society, the gluttony in

ourselves and the yearning in others

All:                  Thanks be to God!

 

* The Gloria Patri – Hymn Tune, 581

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.

 

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

Children’s Message

After the Children’s Message, preschoolers through 1st Graders may continue to Millard Hall for Children’s Church.  All other students are asked to remain in worship.

 

Message          “Are You Listening?  The Hungry”        Dr. Jonathan Sloan

Matthew 25:31-46                                       Pew Bible pg.807

The Final Judgment
31 “But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left.

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’

37 “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’

40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’

41 “Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons. 42 For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink. 43 I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’

44 “Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’

45 “And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’

46 “And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.”

 

WE SEAL AND RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

*Hymn #525                                                                              “Let Us Break Bread Together”

 

*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

 

Prayer of Remembrance and Pastoral Prayer

 

The Church Remembers with Thanksgiving those who died

November 2, 2018 to November 3, 2019

 

Offering

Offertory Anthem                      “God of Grace”                                             arr. L Larson

Chancel Choir, September Symens-LaCroix, violin

 

*Doxology (The Hymnal, #606)

 

Prayer of Dedication

 

THE CELEBRATION OF THE LORD’S SUPPER

“Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Ps. 34:8

All who put their trust in Christ as Savior and Lord, whether from this church or another Christian fellowship, are invited and encouraged to share in the Lord’s Supper.  The individually wrapped wafers are Gluten Free so that even those with gluten sensitivities may partake in communion.

 

The Invitation to the Lord’s Table

The Words of Institution

 

Communion

 

The Sharing of the Bread and the Cup

Bread (You may partake of the bread when you receive it for

your personal communion with Christ.)

Cup   (Please hold the cup until all have been served that we

may commune together showing our oneness in Christ.)

 

The Prayer of Thanksgiving (Unison)

       Eternal God, thank you for coming to us in Jesus Christ. Renew in us faith and hope that we may welcome Christ to rule our thoughts and claim our love, as Lord of lords and King of kings through Jesus Christ, who taught us to pray: 

 

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 debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.

 

WE GO FORTH TO SERVE

*Hymn #516                                                              “For the Bread Which You Have Broken”           

 

*Benediction

 

Postlude                                             “Maroche Royale”                                                     J B Lully

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*Please stand, in body or in spirit