Liturgy for November 22
Liturgy for November 22, 2020
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Prelude: All Things New
Grace, Mercy, and Peace to you from our Victorious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
Dear Jesus, thank you for the love you shower upon us. Be with those of us who gathered in homes, be with us who are alone, remember those who cannot join in - please send the Holy Spirit to all who gather in your name, be it in person or virtually. Amen.
Mutual Virtual Greeting: Call a friend or family member and say "hello!"
Prayer of Confession / Assurance / Prayers of the People:
Dear God, thank you for your abundant blessings upon us, that we celebrate this week of Thanksgiving. Lord, we confess that so often, we ignore the opportunity for thanksgiving and instead stay immersed in our busy lives or, especially this time of year, as we are chasing material goods with more fervor than what we offer you.
Please Lord, forgive us of ignoring your blessings. Teach us to share them with others. Turn our hearts to you, that we would remember you are active in every day of our lives, and that we would see the innumerable gifts that you shower upon us.
This morning, we pray for members of our family:
Please continue to be with our leaders and others around the world as we all continue to face the ever-growing challenge of Covid-19. Take care of our healthcare and frontline workers, keep them safe, and give to them what they need, both emotionally and physically.
We also pray for all of those who go unmentioned today, those who are sad, or lonely, or ill- be with them all and give to them what they need.
These things we ask of God our Father, through Jesus Christ our brother, by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Song of Assurance: This Is My Father's World
Video Sermon: The Other Side of Thanksgiving - 2 Corinthians 8:1-16
Song of Response: All Creatures of Our God and King
Giving: Please consider a gift to the ongoing ministry of our church.
Today, being an occasion for Thanksgiving, and looking forward to both our celebrations and our grievings - remember that God is with all of you. In that way, our closing prayer is from Walter Rauschenbusch, asking that we are granted the ability to see where God is at work in the world all the time, and all around us.
We thank you for this earth, our home; for the wide sky and the blessed sun, for the oceans and streams, for the towering hills and the whispering wind, for the trees and green grass.
We thank you for our senses by which we hear the songs of birds, and see the splendor of fields of golden wheat, and taste autumn’s fruit, rejoice in the feel of snow, and smell the breath of spring flowers.
Grant us a heart opened wide to all this beauty; and save us from being so blind that we pass unseeing when even the common thornbush is aflame with your glory.
For each new dawn is filled with infinite possibilities for new beginnings and new discoveries. Life is constantly changing and renewing. In this new day of new beginnings with God, all things are possible. We are restored and renewed in a joyous awakening to the wonder of all that our lives are and, yet, still can be.
Closing Song: The Blessing