Worship Bulletin for November 18, 2018



A time to reflect and pre­pare to hear God as altar can­dles are lit

Lobe den Her­ren, den mächti­gen König der Ehren — J G Walther

CHORAL INTROIT Give Thanks to the Lord arr. by Patrick Lieber­gen

CALL TO WORSHIP Psalm 145. 1–7 

One: I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name
for ever and ever.

All: Every day I will praise you; I will extol your name for ever
and ever. 

One: Great is the Lord and most wor­thy of praise; his great­ness
no one can fath­om. 

All: One gen­er­a­tion will com­mend your works to anoth­er; they will tell of your mighty acts. 

One: They will speak of the glo­ri­ous splen­dor of your majesty,
and I will med­i­tate on your won­der­ful works. 

All: They will tell of the pow­er of your awe­some works, and I
will pro­claim your great deeds. 

One: We cel­e­brate your abun­dant good­ness and joy­ful­ly sing
of your right­eous­ness. 

HYMN #139 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

We invite those who have gifts of food to bring those to the
altar rails. We will use these to bless our neigh­bor through
our local food pantries.



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. (repeat)



Gen­e­sis 1:1, 29; Deuteron­o­my 26:2; Proverbs 3:9–10; John 12:24–26

We believe that in the begin­ning God cre­at­ed the heav­ens and the earth, and gave to us every plant yield­ing seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit, so that we have them for food. We believe that we are to take some of the first of all the fruit of the ground, which we har­vest from the land that the LORD our God has giv­en us, and are to put it in a bas­ket and go to the place that the LORD our God has cho­sen as a dwelling for his name. We believe that if we hon­or the LORD with our sub­stance and with the first fruits of all our pro­duce; then our barns will be filled with plen­ty, and our vats will be burst­ing with wine. We believe Jesus said, “Very tru­ly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a sin­gle grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eter­nal life. Who­ev­er serves me must fol­low me, and where I am, there will my ser­vant be also. Who­ev­er serves me, the Father will hon­or.”


Won­drous and gen­er­ous God, you have blessed us with homes, food and free­dom, espe­cial­ly the free­dom to wor­ship and fol­low Jesus as our Lord. You bless us with lov­ing fam­i­lies, kind friends and a car­ing church. We gath­er in that free­dom this morn­ing to cel­e­brate the bless­ings you have poured forth into our lives, yet do not deserve more than oth­ers. We receive these gifts with thank­ful­ness and humil­i­ty. We can­not earn nor do we deserve such gen­eros­i­ty, but we gra­cious­ly open our hearts and hands to receive. For­give us when we are hard­heart­ed and tight-hand­ed, when we do not let your good­ness flow through us, when we hide our tal­ents and turn away from the needs of the world. While we have been abun­dant­ly blessed there are neigh­bors who lack what we often take for grant­ed and feel enti­tled to. Beyond our mate­r­i­al bless­ings we are grate­ful we have been led to faith in your Son, Jesus, through whom we have come to embrace your grace which pro­vides us with joy, peace and hope. We yearn for oth­ers to share the bless­ings we share in you. Release us, Holy One, from fear, and cre­ate a con­ta­gious spir­it of giv­ing that touch­es the world with hope. Amen.

OFFERTORY Grat­i­tude   Kei­th Miller and Kathy Nort­man, soloists

by Nic­hole Norde­man arr. by Heather Soren­son


CHORAL ANTHEM To God Be the Glo­ry arr. by Joel Raney

CHORAL CALL TO PRAYER Hear Our Prayer by John Yarring­ton 





8 The Lord is gra­cious and com­pas­sion­ate, slow to anger and rich in love. 9 The Lord is good to all; he has com­pas­sion on all he has made. 10 All you have made will praise you, O Lord; your saints will extol you. 11 They will tell of the glo­ry of your king­dom and speak of your might, 12 so that all peo­ple may know of your mighty acts and the glo­ri­ous splen­dor of your king­dom. 13 Your king­dom is an ever­last­ing king­dom, and your domin­ion endures through all gen­er­a­tions. The Lord is faith­ful to all his promis­es and lov­ing toward all he has made. 14 The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. 15 The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the prop­er time. 16 You open your hand and sat­is­fy the desires of every liv­ing thing. 17 The Lord is right­eous in all his ways and lov­ing toward all he has made. 18 The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. 19 He ful­fills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them. 20 The Lord watch­es over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy. 21 My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord. Let every crea­ture praise his holy name for ever and ever. NIV

One: The Word of God for the peo­ple of God

All:  Thanks be to God


    What are your rea­sons for giv­ing praise to God?

    How has God ful­filled your desires?

    Where have you lacked because you have been unfaith­ful?

    What’s good about liv­ing in God’s king­dom?

SPIRITUAL CONVERSATION Liv­ing In God’s Great­ness


HYMN #694 Come, Ye faith­ful Peo­ple, Come


SENDING Go Now in Peace by Don Besig


Lobe den Her­ren, den mächti­gen König der Ehren by Max Reger