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.)
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
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