November 11, 2018

Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Prelude: Patriotic Medley                          Dudley Buck

Chiming of the Hour

*Hymn:#8  Eternal Father, Strong to Save


Joys and Concerns

Introit: #63The Lord Is God  (v.1 – choir only)

Call to Worship

One:                Come, all who are anxious and burdened. This is a time to experience good news.

All:                  This is God’s house, and we can meet God here. We are brought together in the family of God.

One:                Come with expectancy and anticipation. God is present to greet you and change your life.

All:                  We are here to remember the ministry of Jesus. We have come to be equipped for our ministry.

One:                In our eager waiting, there is fullness of joy. In our preparation for worship, we discover life.

All:                  Unless God is the shaper of our lives, we live in vain. Unless we view our city as God’s own, there is                    emptiness here.

One:                Come, let us worship God together!

Prayer of Invocation (in unison)

In the security of your love, mighty God, it is well with us. Our work is fulfilling, our relationships reflect your faithfulness, and our ability to trust is strengthened. We are here, seeking an extra measure of reassurance, the restoration of our best selves and the clarification of our responsibilities. You are the builder in whose hands the church can become a community of joy and fulfillment. You keep watch over us, strengthening us to be the church wherever we live and serve. Be known to us now and save all who eagerly await your word. Amen.

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession

All-wise God, you know how much we enjoy being honored above others, and how often we resent the special respect others receive. You are aware of the shortcuts we take for our own advantage. You see the  ways we pretend to be more than we are. You observe not only our actions but our motives as well. We need your help to put away all that is false and to discover our true identity as your children. Lift us up in your forgiving love. Hear now our silent confessions as we turn to you, seeking your mercy, forgiveness and grace.

Moment of Silent Prayer

Assurance of God’s Love

Gloria Patri:#581 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.

Responsive Reading – Psalm 127

(Page 704 in the Hebrew Scripture in the pew Bible)

Reading from the Hebrew Scriptures   Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17

(Page 301 in the Hebrew Scriptures in the pew Bible)

Children’s Message & Lord’s Prayer

(Children will leave for Sunday School & Youth Group)

*Hymn: #337My Country, ‘Tis of Thee

Offering of our Gifts

Offertory: Lord, Listen to Your Children    Craig Courtney

*Doxology:#607 Praise Godfrom whom all blessings flow; praise Christ, all people here below; praise Holy Spirit ever more;

praise Triune Godwhom we adore. Amen.

Prayer of Dedication

Gospel Reading– Mark 12:38-44

(Page 60 in the New Testament in the pew Bible)

Sermon: “Everything She Had”

Reverend Dr. Diane Monti-Catania

Pastoral Prayer & Silent Prayer

Response:#63 With All Your Heart  (v.2 – choir only)

*Hymn: #338O Beautiful for Spacious Skies


Response:#63 The Lord Is God  (v.4 – choir only)

Postlude: Fugue in C Major                             J.S. Bach

(* Please stand if able.)

Welcome Statement

We, the Salisbury Congregational Church, seek to love God with all our hearts, souls and minds and love our neighbors as ourselves.

This Church declares itself to be Open and Affirming to all for participation, membership, leadership and employment regardless of race, ancestry, class, gender identity, physical/mental ability or sexual orientation.

We further declare ourselves to be Affirming of each individual as a child of God, celebrating the total identity of each person.

As a declared Open and Affirming Congregation, we commit ourselves to work toward ending ignorance, fear, hatred, prejudice and discrimination against any person.

No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!

 If you are visiting us today, Welcome!

Please sign our guest book and introduce yourself to our Pastor or to one of the Deacons. Fill out a welcome card in the pew to be put on our email list!

Please join us in the Parish Hall for refreshments and fellowship following worship. All are welcome. Today’s host is Sue Bucceri.

Please see an usher if:

You would like to use a hearing device

If you would like to bring your child to the Nursery

Many thanks to:

Kathy Mera for serving as our lay reader

Sara Morrison & Janet Accardo for serving as ushers

Prayer List

Franny Yerks, Terry Roy & family, Petee Robinson, Leonard Kaufman, Joan & Richard Good, Fred Palmer, Dick Taber,Tom Splaine, Jack & Sue Ritchie, Laura Hawks, Joe K., Peter & Linda, Paula & Herman, Anne & Bill, Jan & John Hazard, the family of Scott Miller. The family & friends of John Arnold, the family & friends of Fred Palmer, the family & friends of Harriet Hoffman.


Today:                         11 am Mural Painting

11 am Veterans Day Service at Town Hall

11:15 am Prayer Retreat with Laura Hawks ~ Meeting House

11:15 am Christian Action Meeting ~ Conference Room

Monday:                      11:30 am Salisbury Duplicate Bridge Club

5:30 pm Bereavement Support Group ~ Parish Hall Library

Tuesday:                      5:15 pm Bell Choir Rehearsal

Wednesday:                 11 am Worship at Noble Horizons

7:15 pm Choir Rehearsal

Thursday:                     4:30 pm Women’s Bible Study

7 pm HousaTonics

Friday:                         7:45 am Men’s Bible Study

Next Sunday:               11:15 am Prayer Retreat with Laura Hawks ~ Meeting House

11:30 am Church Council Meeting

5 pm Dinner at Center Congregational Church ~ Torrington























































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