Are You Listening? The Stranger

Dr. Jonathan Sloan gives the final message in the “Are You Listening” series. Based on Matthew 25:31-46  

The Service for the Lord’s Day
November 24, 2019    10:30 a.m

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Prelude                          “Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above”                     arr. F Lopez

“Jesus Shall Reign”                                       arr. T Beany

“To Jesus Christ Our Sovereign King”                      arr. T Beany


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*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


*Hymn                                                         “Our God”


Call to Worship                                                                                                       AJ Baratta

Leader:     We gather this morning as people from diverse backgrounds;

People:    people from different neighborhoods;

Leader:     people who are related only by the God who brings us together.

People:    We strive not just to join in, but to be a part of the community.

       Leader:     We all want to belong, to truly be accepted, to become one with each

other and one with God and to no longer be strangers.

ALL:        Let us worship God!


*Hymn                                           “10,000 Reasons”


*Prayer of Confession (Unison)

       Dear Lord, we greet each other like long-time friends, to ask of the other person’s well-being, but often don’t listen to the response.  We are cordial without being too personal; friendly without getting too close.  We seek relationships that merely scratch the surface of those who are near us, and rarely get past the initial greeting of those we don’t know at all.  Help us to recognize the friend, the acquaintance and the stranger as people in need of our friendship, in need of our care and in need of our commitment to reach out and pull others into our circles and into our lives.…(Silent time of prayer)


*Assurance of Pardon

Leader:     God gave mercy to those who treated Jesus as an outsider.  Jesus sees our doubts and feels our hesitancy toward strangers.  He forgives our closed hearts and gives us the love and compassion we need to open our lives.

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 Choir                  “Oh the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus”


Children’s Message

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




Anthem                                           “A Song of Praise”                                                   M Hayes         Chancel Choir


Message         “Are You Listening?  The Stranger”       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 #722                                                            “Lord, Speak to Me That I May Speak”


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                          “We Believe”                                             arr. D Allen

Adonai Singers


*Doxology (The Hymnal, p. 606)


*Prayer of Dedication




*Hymn #729                                                                                                   “Lord, I Want to be a Christian”




Postlude                                    “Come, Thou Almighty King”                             arr. G Martin




*Please stand, in body or in spirit