Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Busy Days


 What do you do to keep busy? Do you feel, like I do, that you must do something productive every day? I realize that can be taken to extremes, as you can feel you must be busy every minute of every day. I personally struggle with this at times, realizing that what is busy for one person may be way too busy for another… so a happy medium can be a goal.

I really struggled with this when we were raising our children, as I was a working mom, often with full responsibility for them (my husband worked out of town a lot). I even bought a book “When I Relax I Feel Guilty”, by Tim Hansel, hoping to find some nuggets in there to help me get over the seemingly constant need to stay busy/productive. There was so much to do! Taking time for myself seemed too extravagant. Would you believe that I kept the book all these years and never took the time to read it?

I guess the book for me was a symbol that I wasn’t the only one who felt that way. Today I got it out and read that the Bible teaches us to “Come to me all you who labor (are weary and overburdened) and I will give you rest” (Matt 11:28-30). It reminded me that God rested on the seventh day after creating this wonderous world for us. It also reminded me to look at nature and all of God’s creation with fresh new eyes, taking time to appreciate all of God’s wonders--being out in nature can be calming. It said:

“Learning to See

Go outside and look around

See what you can see.

If you are unable to see anything beautiful,

Anything that brings you peace,

A deep sense of joy and God’s presence,

Anything that delights you

With the magic of color and aliveness…

If you are not reminded that today is special

A unique, once-in-a-lifetime gift from the Creator…

Then you need to spend more time outside,

And read this book” (re-set your priorities).

It is never too late to re-set my priorities and to not be so hard on myself. Yes, I can still give to others (a necessary part of life), but I need to remember to take time to relax and do what the Lord requires of me, “To do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with our God” (Micah 6:8).

Sharon Cardwell

Photo by Tom Byrom on Unsplash

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Worship Service November 22

REIGN OF CHRIST SUNDAY 

10:00 am Virtual Service 

ORDER OF WORSHIP  

CENTERING PRAYER 

Almighty God, reveal to me the greatness of your power, that I may see your presence among the lowly and the lost and know the authority and sovereignty of your love in Jesus Christ, our Lord, who is also our humble brother. Amen.  


PRELUDE      Nun Danket alle Gott      Kellner 


WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

CALL TO WORSHIP  

O come, let us sing to the Lord;  

let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! 

For the Lord is a great God;  

a great ruler over heaven and earth!  


† HYMN      “Crown Him with Many Crowns”      Hymnal #268

 


PRAYER OF CONFESSION  

God of mercy, who has compassion for the lost and the least, 

In disbelief and denial, we ask: 

“When did we see you among us?” 

We should have seen you in the classmate on the playground whom we did not invite to join our game. Or in the stranger on the sidewalk whom we crossed the street to avoid. Or in the neighbor at the nursing home whom we left to carry her pain alone. We should have seen you in the man begging for work or a warm meal, in the woman struggling to overcome addiction, in the child seeking refuge from the terrors of violence. But instead, we turned away. Forgive us Lord. Break our hearts for what breaks yours, and give us compassion and courage to respond to the suffering of this world. (silent confession) Amen. 


ASSURANCE OF GRACE 


† SHARING THE PEACE OF CHRIST The peace of Christ be with you. And also with you. 


SCRIPTURE      Matthew 25:31-46 


SERMON      “Christ the King”      Rev. MP Panco 


Westminster Confession of Faith, Shorter Catechism Question One

Q. What is our chief end? 

A. Our chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy God forever. 


OFFERING SPECIAL MUSIC Fairest Lord Jesus arr. Larson 

     Pastor MP, trumpet 


† THE DOXOLOGY


 PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER


 † HYMN      “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!”      Hymnal #263 


† CHARGE AND BLESSING 


† BENEDICTION RESPONSE      “Blest Be the Tie That Binds”      Hymnal #306 


POSTLUDE      March      Camidge 


†You are invited to stand, as you are able. 

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Scripture for November 22

 Matthew 25:31-46


The Sheep and the Goats

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

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Friday, November 20, 2020

Daily Prayer November 20


The Spirit of the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor and release to the captives.


Daily Readings for Friday, November 20, 2020

Almighty God, you sent Jesus to proclaim your kingdom and to teach with authority. Anoint us with your Spirit, that we too may bring good news to the poor, bind up the brokenhearted, and proclaim liberty to the captive. As you have made this day, O God, you also make the night. Give light for our comfort. Come upon us with quietness and still our souls, that we may listen for the whisper of your Spirit and be attentive to your nearness in our dreams. Empower us to rise again in new life to proclaim your praise, and show Christ to the world, for he reigns forever and ever. Holy God, from whom every family on earth takes its name: Strengthen parents to be responsible and loving that their children may know security and joy. Lead children to honor parents by compassion and forgiveness. May all people discover your parental care by the respect and love given them by others. (Add your prayers.) Amen.

The grace of Christ attend you, the love of God surround you, the Holy Spirit keep you, that you may live in faith, abound in hope, and grow in love, both now and forevermore.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Lamentation

 


Oh God, I know you are always with me.

You are with me when I rise and with me at the end of the day.
Yet, I do not always see or feel you.
In times of confusion or uncertainty I want to see signs of your presence.

With dismay and sorrow, I witness people commit unjust acts against their sisters and brothers, not recognizing them as such.
Each day we are confronted with more hatred and division.
We are overwhelmed with incessant false news that deepens our division.

Where can I find you in this world of chaos and grief?
How can I find you?
Are you calling out to us and we just aren’t listening?

I remember times of sadness and doubt when your peace surrounded me and gave me hope and strength.
How amazing and powerful is your love for us all.
We desperately need to feel your love right now.
Help us to open our eyes and hearts to the injustice and hatred around us.
Create in us a desire to work towards understanding, compassion and reconciliation.
Heal us from within so that we can share your love with others.

We trust in your mercy and grace. We know that you will not forsake us as we cry out to you.



Julie Northrip

Monday, November 16, 2020

Waiting is Hard

 by Judy Richardson 


November 5, 2020 

Waiting is one of the hardest things we have to do. As children we wait to grow up. When we go to school we stand in long lines for the water fountain, for the slide, to get on the school bus. 

I always hoped that waiting would get easier because I am older, but I find that I cherish my time and am even more impatient with little things that never used to bother me. I sometimes have to wait for my husband to finish getting ready or to finish fixing my breakfast (am I spoiled?) 

Early in-person voters had to wait in line for up to an hour and a half on Tuesday. They were patient and quiet and respectful of this democratic process. 1417 people cast their votes, 2 were curbside voters and the rest voted normally. There was not one complaint about wait times, and we even had to ask them how long they had to wait. They did not volunteer the information. 

This week I had to wait for return calls to find out how many yards we needed to rake on Saturday and it was hard to wait for replies. 

My writing group had to wait for my Zoom invitation because I didn’t get it out until a few hours before we met. 

We wait for this Pandemic to be over. Can we continue to be patient and respectful of the health of others? 

Instant gratification is wonderful! Who doesn’t want to get exactly what they want when they want it? When we are frustrated with waiting for the end of a Pandemic we can easily think that we no longer need to be careful. We are like the mouse, peeking its head around a corner to timidly move to the next room. After all, we haven’t gotten it yet. Well, maybe that is because we have been careful. 

It is no time to be impatient and reckless. We especially have to wait patiently for certification of the vote count to be complete so we can start coping with the results. Impatience will not get the electoral college to meet any earlier or make January 20 get here any faster. 

Unfortunately, I am not any better at waiting than when I was young so I take my airbuds and my phone whenever I have to spend any time waiting. However, I have noticed that waiting rooms are no longer filled and patients are not encouraged to come early. Today I got in within 5 minutes of my arrival. This is one of the better consequences of the Pandemic as well as telemedicine appointments. 

We also, like our Christian ancestors, wait for Christ to come again. We are patiently waiting and wondering if He will come during our lifetime. Right now, for me, this is the easiest type of waiting. God is in control and I am glad to leave this one in His hands.

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Sunday, November 15, 2020

Worship for November 15

 November 15, 2020

 10:00 am Virtual Service 

ORDER OF WORSHIP

CENTERING PRAYER

God of righteousness, you overcome those who abuse their power and lift up those who suffer. Even now, when evil seems to hold sway, we know you will have the last word. Keep us faithful as we wait and watch for your coming realm, when you will welcome all your children into your kingdom of justice, peace, and love. Amen.


PRELUDE      I’ll Praise My Maker       arr. Page 



WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

 

We lift up our eyes to you, O Lord our God,

as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master.

Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us.

Help us to walk in the light as you are in the light.

Come! Let us worship our God together.

 

† HYMN “God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending” Hymnal #716


PRAYER OF CONFESSION

 

Almighty God, you show us the ways of justice and nurture us with love, but we do not live according to your will. We cling to fear and forget to trust in your deliverance. We are hungry for power and privilege and forget your commandment to care for one another. Have mercy on us, Lord, for we are weak and prone to disobedience. Hear our confession, and respond with kindness, that we might turn to you again and walk with you in the light. We pray all of this in Jesus’ name. (Silent Confession)

 

ASSURANCE OF GRACE 


† SHARING THE PEACE OF CHRIST The peace of Christ be with you. And also with you


SCRIPTURE Matthew 25:14-30


 SERMON      “Multiplying Returns”      Rev. Dr. Dave Burgess 


AFFIRMATION OF FAITH The Apostles’ Creed 

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.


SPECIAL MUSIC Ascribe to the Lord Edwards 

Christine Polak 


† THE DOXOLOGY 


PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER 


† HYMN     “O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go”     Hymnal #833 


† CHARGE AND BLESSING


 † BENEDICTION RESPONSE   “Blest Be the Tie That Binds” Hymnal #306 


POSTLUDE Praise Be to God Powers 


†You are invited to stand, as you are able.