Bulletin for November 5, 2017

ORDER OF WORSHIP FOR SUNDAY

NOVEMBER 5, 2017

INTROIT    Joy­ful­ly Sing to God For­ev­er (F. J. Haydn)

GREETING

Who was it God used to lead you faith in Christ?

Who might be look­ing towards you for inspi­ra­tion and to point the way for them?

What does the phrase “com­mu­nion of the saints” that we recite in the Apostle’s Creed mean to you?

PRELUDE Andante Alle­gro  (Organ Con­cer­to op 4 no 6) — G F Hän­del

*CALL TO WORSHIP

One:  We are called by name,

All:    Nour­ished in the streams of prayer,

One:  Uplift­ed by oceans of praise,

All:    Strength­ened by rivers of kind­ness.

One:  Drawn to your lov­ing embrace through the faith­ful­ness of oth­ers.

All:    We raise our voic­es in prayer and praise for the faith­ful­ness           of imper­fect saints whom you used to touch our lives and open our hearts to your com­pan­ion­ship and grace.

*OPENING PRAYER

Awe­some and amaz­ing God, we are not arro­gant enough to pre­sume that we have come to you on our own terms or by our own efforts. You have plant­ed the seeds of faith through the faith of oth­ers who faith­ful­ly wit­nessed to your truth and who pro­claimed our val­ue in your eyes. How grate­ful we are for them and over­whelmed by the thought that oth­ers are look­ing to us to see your reflec­tion. We then will sing your prais­es and lift you high so oth­ers might look with us to see just how great you are and wor­thy you are to be praised.

THE WORD Rev­e­la­tion 7. 9–10, 13–17

*HYMN No. 711                   For All the Saints

OUR COMMON CREED No. 882 The Apostle’s Creed

CHORAL CALL TO PRAYER O Lord, Hear My Prayer (Taize)

NAMING THE HONORED SAINTS

SILENT PRAYER

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER

ANTHEM     The Face of God           Sara Bai­ley, flute & Chan­cel Choir

*GIVING OURSELVES TO GOD Larghet­to (Organ Con­cer­to op 4 no 6) — G F Hän­del

PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS   He Is Exalt­ed 

He is exalt­ed, the King is exalt­ed on high; I will praise him. He is exalt­ed, for­ev­er exalt­ed and I will praise his name! He is the Lord, for­ev­er his truth shall reign; heav­en and earth rejoice in him holy name. He is exalt­ed, the King is exalt­ed on high!

PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST

FELLOWSHIP CHORUS No. 2224   Make Us One 

Make us one, Lord, make us one! Holy Spir­it, make us one! Let your love flow so the world will know we are one in you!

THE WRITTEN WORD Esther 4:6–16

One: The Word of God for the peo­ple of God

   All: Thanks be to God

THE SPOKEN WORD  Who Knows What God Might Do Through You!

INVITATION TO HOLY COMMUNION   Rev­e­la­tion 19. 6–9

THE THANKSGIVING

SHARING IN HOLY COMMUNION

HYMN No. 181                   Ye Ser­vants of God

THE SENDING

THE BLESSING                 Go Now In Peace

POSTLUDE            Alle­gro mod­er­a­to — G F Hän­del  

Please join us in the Fel­low­ship Hall fol­low­ing our wor­ship for con­tin­ued fel­low­ship over refresh­ments