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Order of Worship for November 15

Order of Worship for Sundays in Pentecost /Nov. 15, 2020

Preservice Music

Gathering Hymn 441 O Happy Day When We Shall Stand

Welcome to Worship

Praise Song: ”Seek Ye First” (2x)

Seek ye first the kingdom of God and its righteousness,

and all these things shall be added unto you. Allelu, alleluia.

Confession and Forgiveness

Blessed be the holy Trinity, one God,

in whose image we are made,

who claims us and calls us beloved.


Holy One,

we confess that we are not awake for you. We are not faithful in using your gifts. We forget the least of our siblings. We do not see your beautiful image in one another. We are infected by sin that divides your beloved community. Open our hearts to your coming, open our eyes to see you in our neighbor, open our hands to serve your creation. Amen.

Beloved, we are God’s children, and Jesus, our Beloved, opens the door to us. Through Jesus you are forgiven, by Jesus you are welcome, in Jesus you are called to rejoice! Let us live in the promises prepared for us from the foundation of the world. Amen.

Prayer of the Day

Righteous God, our merciful master, you own the earth and all its peoples, and you give us all that we have. Inspire us to serve you with justice and wisdom, and prepare us for the joy of the day of your coming, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.


Readings and Psalms

Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18

7Be silent before the Lord God!   For the day of the Lord is at hand;  the Lord has prepared a sacrifice,   he has consecrated his guests. 12At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps,   and I will punish the people  who rest complacently on their dregs,   those who say in their hearts,  “The Lord will not do good,   nor will he do harm.” 13Their wealth shall be plundered,   and their houses laid waste.  Though they build houses,   they shall not inhabit them;  though they plant vineyards,   they shall not drink wine from them. 14The great day of the Lord is near,   near and hastening fast;  the sound of the day of the Lord is bitter,   the warrior cries aloud there. 15That day will be a day of wrath,   a day of distress and anguish,  a day of ruin and devastation,   a day of darkness and gloom,  a day of clouds and thick darkness, 16a day of trumpet blast and battle cry  against the fortified cities   and against the lofty battlements. 17I will bring such distress upon people   that they shall walk like the blind;   because they have sinned against the Lord,  their blood shall be poured out like dust,   and their flesh like dung. 18Neither their silver nor their gold   will be able to save them   on the day of the Lord’s wrath;  in the fire of his passion   the whole earth shall be consumed;  for a full, a terrible end   he will make of all the inhabitants of the earth.

Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

1Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anything written to you. 2For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3When they say, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them, as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and there will be no escape! 4But you, beloved, are not in darkness, for that day to surprise you like a thief; 5for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. 6So then let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober; 7for those who sleep sleep at night, and those who are drunk get drunk at night. 8But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 9For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with him. 11Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.

Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Gospel Acclamation: 172 Halle, Halle, Hallelujah

Glory to you, O Lord.

Matthew 25:14-30

[Jesus said to the disciples:] 14“For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; 15to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. 17In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. 18But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. 20Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.’ 21His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ 22And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.’ 23His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ 24Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; 25so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ 26But his master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? 27Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. 28So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. 29For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. 30As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.

Children’s Message


Hymn: 785 When Peace Like A River

Statement of Faith: Apostles’ Creed

Prayers of Intercession

L: Hear us, O God. All: Your mercy is great.

Longing for Christ’s reign to come among us, we pray for the outpouring of God’s power on the church, the world, and all in need.

A brief silence.

Lord of the church, ignite your people with the passion of your love. By the fire of your Holy Spirit, unify us across ministries, congregations, and denominations, and refine us to participate in your activity throughout the world. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Lord of creation, we stand in awe at the works of your hands and praise you for the beauty of nature (local places of natural beauty may be named). Bless the earth for your glory and restore its integrity where exploitation has caused ruin. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Lord of the nations, sound forth your justice in the ears of all leaders. Increase concern for those who are most vulnerable, especially as international leaders forge trade agreements and cooperate to end human rights abuses. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Lord of all in need, search out all who cry to you in distress. Scatter the heavy clouds of depression, chronic illness, unemployment, and loneliness with your radiant light. Send us as encouragement and signs of your healing. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Lord of the stranger, stir up holy restlessness in us to extend love to those at the margins. Release our desire for control and open us to learn from the perspectives of others. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Lord of the living and the dead, we give you thanks for all the saints at rest from their labors (especially). Rouse us to live by their example, that saints yet to come may also know your love. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Receive our prayers in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior, until that day when you gather all creation around your throne where you will reign forever and ever.


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Prayer of Blessing

May the God of all creation, in whose image we are made, who claims us and calls us beloved, who strengthens us for service, give you reason to rejoice and be glad! The blessing of God, Sovereign, Savior, and Spirit, be with you today and always. Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

Sending Hymn: 826 Thine the Amen


L: Go in peace and serve the Lord. ALL: Thanks be to God.

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