· Please join us in Calvin Hall following worship today for a time of fellowship.
· A Butterfly ministry in our basement! You are invited to come help paint butterflies of grace to remind our hurting neighbors of God’s care and of our prayers. Call Shirley Darsidan at 563-613-2850 for more information.
· The last Bible study on Wednesday with Kolleen will be November 22
· Also decorating for Christmas will be Tuesday, November 21.
· Annual Meeting December 10th
· With the new ownership of Clinton Floral they will be charging for delivery and tax the new cost will be $30
· JoAnn Grimm who struggles with health problems.
· Joan Pinkston, on hospice.
· Ellen and Keith Miller who struggle with health issues.
· For our Nominating Committee who are working to fill 2 elder positions, as well as Clerk of Session.
· For our world where conflict and struggle causes such pain and suffering.
*CALL TO WORSHIP
One: Lord, you have been our dwelling place;
All: we come today to rest in you.
One: You have been the voice that guides us;
All: we come today to listen.
One: You have been the host who feeds us;
All: we come today to be filled.
One: You have been our joy and crown;
All: we come today to sing your praise!
*HYMN All People That On Earth Do Dwell #64
CALL TO CONFESSION We know that our sins are too heavy for us to carry, too real to hide and too deep to undo. But we also know that you can lift that weight from us and transform our lives. So we lift our prayer of confession to you:
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Merciful God, we confess that once again, we have done what is evil in your sight. We’ve made mistakes. We have hurt people, by action and inaction. We have chosen our ways over yours, by action and inaction. And if the sum total of what we have done and what we have not done adds up to evil in your sight, then we ask you to turn us towards goodness. Forgive our past, and shape our future that we might build your kingdom here. In the strong name of Christ, we pray. Amen
WORDS OF ASSURANCE Romans 5:8
SONG OF PRAISE Gloria Patri #579
PASSING THE PEACE & INTERLUDE
May the peace of Christ be with you.
And also with you.
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
Holy Spirit, your wisdom guides us deep into the mystery of your truth.
Speak to us today, that we might understand your will and walk in your
ways. In Christ’s name we pray, Amen.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
1Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anything written to you. 2For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3When they say, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them, as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and there will be no escape! 4But you, beloved, are not in darkness, for that day to surprise you like a thief; 5for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. 6So then let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober; 7for those who sleep sleep at night, and those who are drunk get drunk at night. 8But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 9For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with him. 11Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.
MESSAGE Therefore …
*HYMN Live Into Hope #332
THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come, thy 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;
and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, now and forever. Amen.
OFFERING OUR GIFTS TO GOD
Let us now joyfully bring our gifts to God.
*DOXOLOGY Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow #592
*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Generous God, with Thanksgiving quickly approaching,
we are reminded to give you thanks for the ministries of this congregation which you have entrusted us with. We are honored by the opportunity to be your holy body here. Bless these offerings, however they are given that our efforts may be ever more worthy of your name. Amen.
*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH The Apostle’s Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth,
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell. The third day He arose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting. Amen
*HYMN Arise Your Light is Come! #411
*CHARGE & BLESSING