November 7, 2021

Organ Prelude: Land of Rest (based on an early American Melody) Setting by Dennis Elliot (Reading)

Call to Worship                     BOW 548
L: Everliving God, this day revives in us memories of loved ones who are no more. What happiness we shared when they walked among us. What joy, when, loving and being loved, we lived our lives together.
P: Their memory is a blessing for ever.
L: Months or years may have passed, and still we feel near to them. Our hearts yearn for them. Though the bitter grief has softened, a duller pain abides; for the place where once they stood is empty now. The links of life are broken, but the links of love and longing cannot break.
P: Their souls are bound up in ours for ever.
L: We see them now with the eye of memory, their faults forgiven, their virtues grown larger. So does goodness live, and weakness fade from sight. We remember them with gratitude and bless their names.
P: Their memory is a blessing for ever.
L: And we remember as well the members who but yesterday were part of our congregation and community. To all who cared for us and labored for all people, we pay tribute. May we prove worthy of carrying on the tradition of our faith, for now the task is ours.
P: Their souls are bound up in ours for ever.
L: We give you thanks that they now live and reign with you. As a great crowd of witnesses, they surround us with their blessings, and offer you hymns of praise and thanksgiving.
P: They are alive for ever more. Amen.

Opening Prayer         WSL 44                      Donald Wonnie (R)
We give you thanks, our God and Father, for all who have died in the faith of Christ – for the memory of their words and deeds and all they accomplished in their time, for the joyful hope of reunion with them in the world to come, and for our communion with them now; un your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen

Prayer over Pledges                                                                    Rev. Mandy Miller

Hymn             For All the Saints                    UMH 711 v. 1,4,6     
1. For all the saints, who from their labors rest, who thee by faith before the world confessed, thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest. Alleluia, Alleluia!
4. O blest communion, fellowship divine! We feebly struggle, they in glory shine; yet all are one in thee, for all are thine. Alleluia, Alleluia!
6. From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast, through gates of pearl streams in the countless host, singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost: Alleluia, Alleluia!

First Reading – Revelation 21:1-6a                                     Donald Wonnie (R)
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them as their God; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; 4he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.” 5And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6Then he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life.

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Chancel choir Offertory:  Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, Afro-American Spiritual
   Refrain:  Swing low, sweet chariot, coming for to carry me home; (repeat)
     S. 1:  I looked over Jordan, and what did I see, coming for to carry me home?
              A band of angels coming after me, coming for to carry me home.
     S. 2:  If you get there before I do, coming for to carry me home;
              Tell all my friends I’m coming too, coming for to carry me home.
     S.3:  I’m sometimes up, I’m sometimes down, coming for to carry me home;
             But still my soul feels heavenly bound, coming for to carry me home.    
     S. 4:  The brightest day that I can say, coming for to carry me home.
               When Jesus washed my sins away, coming for to carry me home.

Offertory Prayer      
Almighty God, giver of every good and perfect gift, teach us to render to you all that we have and all that we are, that we may praise you, not with our lips only, but with our whole lives, turning the duties, the sorrows, and the joys of all our days into a living sacrifice to you; through our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Second Reading – Mark 10:13-16
32When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. 34He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” 35Jesus began to weep. 36So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” 37But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?” 38Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. 39Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.” 40Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” 41So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and said, “Father, I thank you for having heard me. 42I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.” 43When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

Message                                                                      Pastor Mandy

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you… And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.  Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.  Hosanna in the highest.

Holy are you and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ. By the baptism of his suffering, death, and resurrection. You gave birth to your Church, delivered us from slavery to sin and death, and made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit.

And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith.

Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again

Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here, and on these gifts of bread and wine. Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ, that we may be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed by his blood.

Renew our communion with all your saints, especially those whom we name before you – Names
Marian Adams            11/6/2019
Irene Price                   11/7/2019
Phyllis Cherrie            12/1/2019
Gerry Texter                3/14/2020
Artemus McDonald    3/31/2020
Donald Deist                4/26/2020
Sharon Baumbach      6/8/2020
Ellen Tyre                   6/16/2020
Jane Moyer                  7/6/2020
Nancy  Gibson             7/13/2020
Elizabeth Rasbridge   7/21/2020
John Stanley                9/21/2020
David  Fisher              9/23/2020
W. Thomas Boussum  11/17/2020
William Farrand         12/1/2020
Rebecca Lundgren      12/22/2020
Lucy Riegel                 1/9/2021
George Becker, III      1/17/2021
Gloria  Weber              2/1/2021
Vera Correll                2/17/2021
Betty Dillman              2/24/2021
Margaret McDonald   2/26/2021
Donald Hummel Jr.     4/7/2021
Michelle Gehris          4/17/2021
Grace   Lumley            6/4/2021
Nancy  Coleman          6/14/2021
Margaret Eisenhofer  6/24/2021
Elizabeth Bausher      7/19/2021
Linda Lintz                 9/1/2021
Ben Woods                 9/6/2021
Ruth Greisiger             9/10/202

(At this time you are invited to name out loud those near to you who have died this year)

Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, strengthen us to run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the Pioneer and Perfecter of our faith. By your Spirit make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world, until Christ comes in final victory, and we feast at his heavenly banquet. Through your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church, all honor and glory is yours, almighty God, now and forever.    Amen.

The Lord’s prayer
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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Hymn              As We Gather at Your Table              FWS 2268
1 As we gather at your table,
as we listen to your word,
help us know, O God, your presence;
let our hearts and minds be stirred.
Nourish us with sacred story
till we claim it as our own;
teach us through this holy banquet
how to make Love’s victory known.

2 Turn our worship into witness
in the sacrament of life;
send us forth to love and serve you,
bringing peace where there is strife.
Give us, Christ, your great compassion
to forgive as you forgave;
may we still behold your image
in the world you died to save.

3 Gracious Spirit, help us summon
other guests to share that feast
where triumphant Love will welcome
those who had been last and least.
There no more will envy blind us
nor will pride our peace destroy,
as we join with saints and angels
to repeat the sounding joy.

May God, who has given us, in the lives of the saints, patterns of holy living and victorious dying, strengthen your faith and devotion and enable you to bear witness to the truth against all adversity. Amen

Organ Postlude:  Postlude on “Deep River”, setting by Percy Wicker MacDonald (Afro-American spiritual)

Hymns and Prayers used under CCLS# 2049575 / Hymns and Prayers for Streaming CCSL #20468685/ Bible readings from New Revised Standard Version.