Are You Listening?: The Naked and Imprisoned

Dr. Jonathan Sloan continues the Are You Listening? sermon series with a continuation of last weeks message and goes deeper into the meaning of Matthew 25:31-46 which is a difficult passage and calls us to seek more ways to fulfill the needs of the world as the hands and feet of Jesus.

The Service for the Lord’s Day

         October 27, 2019    10:30 a.m.

WE GATHER TO PRAISE GOD, THE LORD OF LIFE 

Prelude                             “May the Mind of Christ, My Savior”

“A Mighty Fortress”                                       arr. B Adams

 

News of the Church

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Moment for Mission                            Stewardship

 

*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 with Christian love and let them know that you’re glad to see them!)

 

*Hymn                                        “All Creatures of Our God and King”

 

Call to Worship                                                                                                       AJ Baratta

Leader:     We gather this morning to gain awareness;

People:    to recognize the needs of others and to help fulfill them.

Leader:     We come to be reminded that people who struggle do not need our

judgment;

People:    they need our help, our compassion and our love.

       Leader:     Jesus offers mercy and kindness to those who suffer.  He calls on us to

do the same.

ALL:        Let us worship God!

 

*Hymn                                      “Glory (Let There be Peace)”           Maher, Stevens & Popadic

 

*Prayer of Confession (Unison)

       Dear Lord, we often look at people in need with a critical eye.  We feel it is our responsibility to determine which sins led them to hard times.  We assume the worst and focus on their shortcomings.  Instead of placing our coat upon their backs, we place blame.  Instead of reaching through the prison bars to guide them, we bar them from our lives.  Help us to see the hearts of others; to look past their pasts and teach them the hope of a future with Jesus…(Silent time of prayer)

 

*Assurance of Pardon

Leader:     God wants us to judge others as we are judged:  with love and mercy, not with apathy and condemnation.  We should give forgiveness as we receive it:  freely and often.

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 Choir                           “To God Be the Glory”               F.J. Crosby and W.H. Doane

 

Children’s Message

After the Children’s Message, children 7 and younger may continue to Millard Hall for Children’s Church.  All other children are asked to remain in worship.

 

Anthem                                 “From Generation to Generation”                           arr. M Parks

Chancel Choir

 

Message    “Are You Listening?  The Naked and Imprisoned”   Dr. Jonathan Sloan

Matthew 25:31-46                                          Pew Bible pg. 807

The Judgment of the Nations
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, 33 and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. 34 Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35 for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38 And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39 And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ 40 And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ 41 Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; 42 for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

 

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

*Hymn #749                                                                                 “Come!  Live in the Light”

 

Prayers of the People and The Lord’s Prayer (Unison)

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.

 

Offering

Offertory Anthem                      “Better Is One Day”                                       M Redman

Adonai Singers

 

*Doxology (The Hymnal, p. 606)

 

*Prayer of Dedication

 

WE GO FORTH TO SERVE

*Hymn #725                                                                                                        “O Jesus, I Have Promised”

 

Benediction

 

Postlude                                           “Praise the Lord!”                                      arr. G Martin

 

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*Please stand, in bod