November 15, 2020: “Save Your Servant Who Trusts in You!”

Preparing for Worship

Sketch by Margie H.

In our second Fall worship series we are looking to the ancient prayer book of God’s people, the Psalms, to see what we can learn about prayer, about God, about ourselves, about praying both as individuals and as God’s people together. As you join in worship this morning, consider lighting a candle to represent God’s presence with you and among us all.

Call to Worship

Al T. welcomes us and calls us to worship together:

Song of Praise

Join in singing HWB 46 I Sing the Mighty Power of God, accompanied by Linda P. and Michael P. You may use the hymnbook or follow the lyrics below.

I sing the mighty pow’r of God, that made the mountains rise,
that spread the flowing seas abroad and built the lofty skies.
I sing the wisdom that ordained the sun to rule the day.
The moon shines full at God’s command and all the stars obey.

I sing the goodness of the Lord, that filled the earth with food.
God formed the creatures with a word,
and then pronounced them good.
Lord, how thy wonders are displayed, where’er I turn my eye,
if I survey the ground I tread, or gaze upon the sky!

There’s not a plant or flow’r below, but makes thy glories known,
and clouds arise, and tempests blow, by order from thy throne.
While all that borrows life from thee is ever in thy care,
there’s not a place where we can flee but God is present there.

Special Music

Sam, Thomas, and Carri K. share Deep River with us as we continue in worship.

Offering

Thank you for your faithful giving over the past months! Please continue this act of worship in support of the church’s ongoing ministries. For online giving, please see the information here.

Community Life & Prayer

For announcements related to our church community, please see the eBulletin emailed to those on the church email list. You can also stay updated by checking the church Facebook page and this website.

This week in our prayers we especially remember:

  • Those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, both directly and indirectly, both locally and around the world. May God bring protection, provision, and healing to those most in need. May we have patience and grace toward one another during this time of increased restrictions. We pray for a significant reduction in the spread of the virus so that lives can be spared and we can resume a more normal life again.
  • Church Council as they make decisions regarding a possible interim lead pastor and lead us in finding a new permanent lead pastor. May the search committee that is formed have much wisdom in their work.
  • Those among us facing difficult challenges, and those among us celebrating good things. May each one know God’s gracious presence, and may we show the empathy and compassion of Christ as we “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep” (Rom 12:15).
  • Us as a church: “May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and through grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope, comfort our hearts and strengthen them in every good work and word” (2 Thess 2:16-17).

Al T. offers this prayer for us today:

Special Music

Sam, Thomas, and Carri K. share this prayer with us: Be Thou My Vision.

Scripture Reading

Our Scripture reading this morning is Psalm 86:1-13, read for us by Al T. As we listen to our Scripture reading, and as we reflect on it together in our children’s focus and meditation, may we have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to us as a church.

Children’s Focus

If you are a kid (or a kid at heart!) you might enjoy this song about prayer, produced by Saddleback Kids, called “Five Finger Prayer.” Stand up and do the actions!

Meditation

Michael P. shares this meditation on our Scripture text for us today, called “Save Your Servant Who Trusts in You!”

Moment of Reflection

Spend a few moments reflecting on our Scripture text and its interpretation among us. The good news of God has been proclaimed among us this morning.

  • How have you heard God’s good news for you? for others in your life? for our world?
  • What will you do this week to live out God’s good news?

Song of Response

Join in singing HWB 36 God of Our Strength, accompanied by Irene S. and Michael P.  You can use the hymnbook or follow the lyrics below.

God of our strength, enthroned above,
the source of life, the fount of love,
O let devotion’s sacred flame
our souls awake to praise thy name.

God of our strength,
we wait on thee,
our sure defense forever be.

To thee we lift our joyful eyes,
to thee on wings of faith we rise.
Come thou, and let thy courts on earth
ring out thy praise in days of mirth.

God of our strength, from day to day
direct our thoughts and guide our way.
Oh, may our hearts united be
in sweet communion, Lord, with thee.

God of our strength, on thee we call.
God of our hope, our light, our all,
thy name we praise, thy love adore,
our rock, our shield, forevermore.

Benediction

Receive this benediction by Al T. as we leave this time of worship together.

Sending Song

Join in singing STJ 78 Sizohamba Naye (We Will Walk With God), accompanied by Jude, Milo, Erin, and Joel K.  You can use the song book or follow the lyrics below.

We will walk with God, my brothers,
we will walk with God.
We will walk with God, my sisters,
we will walk with God.
We will go rejoicing till the kingdom has come.
We will go rejoicing till the kingdom has come.

Sizohamba naye, wo wo wo, sizohamba naye.
Sizohamba naye, wo wo wo, sizohamba naye.
Ngomhla wenja bula sizohamba naye.
Ngomhla wenja bula sizohamba naye.

In the Week Ahead

Check the church website and church Facebook page regularly for resources for staying connected and for spiritual growth during this time. Grace and peace to you this week!

Songs: I Sing the Mighty Power of God (Text: Isaac Watts; Music: harmonized by William H. Monk, 1868); Deep River (traditional African American spiritual; arr. Daniel Kelley); Be Thou My Vision (traditional Irish; arr. Daniel Kelley); God of Our Strength (Fanny J. Crosby/William H. Doane; Public Domain); Sizohamba Naye (We Will Walk With God) (Swaziland traditional transcribed by John L. Bell; ©2002 WGRG The Iona Community/GIA Publications, Inc.)
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