Are You Listening?: The Naked

Dr. Jonathan Sloan gives a message about really following Jesus’s commands in action over simply following them intellectually. Based on Matthew 25:31-46 

The Service for the Lord’s Day


October 20, 2019    10:30 a.m.



Prelude                                       “Sonata, Op. 65, No. 3”                                F Mendelssohn




News of the Church

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Moment for Mission                 Operation Christmas Child


*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!)


Please come forward to place a blessing on the prayer shawl to be presented during the Baptism this morning.


*Hymn                                                        “Great Is the Lord”


Call to Worship                                                                                                       AJ Baratta

Leader:     We gather today as servants of God;

People:    called to serve others in need.

Leader:     We know it is not enough to listen to God’s Word,

People:    we are expected to carry out God’s commands.

       Leader:     God judges harshly those who see a need and turn from it.  We come to

be followers of God who lead others with compassion and to compassion.

ALL:        Let us worship God!


*Hymn                                         “Here I Am to Worship”


*Prayer of Confession (Unison)

       Dear Lord, we try to listen to Your commands to help others, but there are so many needs to address and we are so easily distracted.  We give here and there to make ourselves feel better.  We worry about costly purchases, time commitments and energy drainage; so we choose instead to do the bare minimum.  To truly give is to do so not out of our excess, but out of our scarcity.  One day we will all be judged.  We ask You to teach us to not simply cover our bases:  help us to spread our love; to wrap our arms around those in need; to shield the weak from the wicked; to cover the naked.  Be with us as we give all we have, with all we are worth, just as You do for us…(Silent time of prayer)

*Assurance of Pardon

Leader:     Jesus gave us everything He had to offer, including His life, in order to save us.  He tends to our every need, not because of anything we have ever done, but to show us the meaning of true love.

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.



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                                             “Bow the Knee”                                          arr. T Fettke

Chancel Choir


Message          “Are You Listening?  The Naked”        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.”



*Hymn #757                                                       “Today We All Are Called to be Disciples”


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.



Offertory Anthem                    “O Worship the King”                                             J Purifoy



*Doxology (The Hymnal, p. 606)


*Prayer of Dedication



*Hymn #726                                                                                                “Will You Come and Follow Me?”




Postlude                                    “Toccata on Old 100th”                                      M Burkhardt




*Please stand, in body or in spirit