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
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.
PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST
FELLOWSHIP CHORUS #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. (repeat)
AFFIRMATION OF GIVING
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
PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS #95 Doxology
CHORAL ANTHEM To God Be the Glory arr. by Joel Raney
CHORAL CALL TO PRAYER Hear Our Prayer by John Yarrington
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
THE LORD’S PRAYER
WRITTEN WORD Psalm 145
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
QUESTIONS OF FAITH & LIFE
• 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