November 10, 2019 at 10:00 am


Approaching God




Welcome & Announcements


Call to Worship  

Pastor: We come with questions.

Gathered People: Who are you, God? Who are we to be?

Pastor: We come with pain, with uncertainty, with fears.

Gathered People: Where are you, God? Where are we going?

All: We come seeking answers. We come seeking hope when answers are not clear. We come seeking comfort when the answers we receive are not what we want. Come, let us worship our God who welcomes questions!


*Hymn #41 O Worship the King, All Glorious Above!


Prayer of Confession (unison)

Lord, our lives are filled with questions. We are unsettled by competing claims to truth. We confess that all too often we accept the version which best suits our desires or our prejudices. We want simple or clear-cut answers. We are disappointed when your answers do not come quickly. We doubt when your answer is different from what we want.

Forgive us, O merciful God, for directing you, more than listening to your endless possibilities. Open our hearts to your steadfast love and grace. In you, may we find peace and direction for our lives. In Christ’s name we pray. (a time for confessing our personal sins in silence)


Assurance of Pardon

Pastor: God’s ways are not our ways. Indeed, in this we find our trust and hope. God is merciful and gracious beyond measure.

Gathered People: God’s promises are true and trustworthy. In Jesus Christ we find our hope and everlasting life!


*Gloria Patri

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost!

   As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be

     world without end! Amen. Amen.


*Passing the Peace


Hearing God’s Word


Gospel Lesson        Luke 20:27-38       (pg. 1019-1020)


Children’s Time           


Epistle Lesson   2 Thessalonians 2:1-17 (pg. 1049-1050)


Sermon          What Is Your Question?


Our Response to God


*Hymn           # 157   I Danced in the Morning


*Affirmation of Faith (in unison)

In the reconciling work of Jesus, the Spirit brings God’s forgiveness to persons; moves them to respond in faith, repentance, and obedience; and initiates the new life in Christ. The new life takes shape in a community in which people know that God loves and accepts us in spite of what we are. We therefore accept ourselves and love others, knowing that no person has any ground on which to stand, except God’s grace. The new life does not release any person from conflict with unbelief, pride, lust, fear. We still have to struggle with disheartening difficulties and problems. Nevertheless, as we mature in love and faithfulness in our life with Christ, we live in freedom and good cheer, bearing witness on good days and evil days, confident that the new life is pleasing to God and helpful to others.


Life in Christ is life eternal. The resurrection of Jesus is God’s sign that God will consummate the divine work of creation and reconciliation beyond death and bring to fulfillment the new life begun in Christ.


(from the Confession of 1967)




Offertory and Offering


* Praise God from whom all blessings flow.


Praise God all creatures here below.


Praise God above ye heavenly host.


Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.




The Prayers of the People & The Lord’s Prayer




Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.


   Your kingdom, come.


Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.


   Give us this day our daily bread.


Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.


   Lead us, not into temptation,


   but deliver us from evil.


For yours is the Kingdom, and the power,


   and the glory forever. Amen.




*Hymn # 354 Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory




*Declaring the Mission God has given us (unison)


Mission Statement on front of bulletin


* Benediction




*Please stand in body or in spirit


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