23RD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
NOVEMBER 8, 2020 | 10:00 AM
WELCOME TO ONLINE WORSHIP AT FIRST CHURCH!
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First, we’re not just friendly, we’re friends! Our primary belief is that everyone (no exceptions!) is created in the loving image of God, who is love itself.
Second, in everything we do, we strive to live our mission: By the power of Christ, we are blessed to be a blessing!
WE GATHER TO WORSHIP
(the people’s words in bold print)
PRELUDE + CHIMING OF THE HOUR
“Praise and Glory”
(MUSIC: Ruth Elaine Schram)
CALL TO WORSHIP (Psalm 70)
Rejoice and be glad!
For God is our salvation!
Rejoice and be glad!
For God is great!
Let us worship and adore the God of love.
We will give thanks and praise!
HYMN OF PRAISE
“Praise Ye the Lord, the Almighty”
(LOBE DEN HERREN)
Our praise is yours, King of all creation! As we worship you this day, bless us with a sure sense of the presence of the risen Christ and the power of your Holy Spirit. Prepare us to choose to be a blessing to your hurting, weary world. In the name of Christ we pray, Amen.
CALL TO CONFESSION
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Loving God, we confess that we have sinned against you by not honoring you or loving one another. We have chosen the easy way of self-preservation instead of your way of self-less love and charity for others. Forgive us, we pray. By your Spirit, grant us the grace to turn our lives around so that we will live in the light of your mercy and compassion. Amen.
DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
Rejoice and be glad! God is mighty to save and comes to us in peace to forgive, restore, and strengthen us eternally in Christ.
Thanks be to God!
WE EXPERIENCE GOD’S WORD
“Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus”
(MUSIC: H. H. Lemmel, arr. A. J. Macalintal)
SCRIPTURE READING - THE OLD TESTAMENT LESSON
Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25
1 Then Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and summoned the elders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of Israel; and they presented themselves before God. 2 And Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Long ago your ancestors—Terah and his sons Abraham and Nahor—lived beyond the Euphrates and served other gods. 3 Then I took your father Abraham from beyond the River and led him through all the land of Canaan and made his offspring many.
14 “Now therefore revere the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness; put away the gods that your ancestors served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
16 Then the people answered, “Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods; 17 for it is the Lord our God who brought us and our ancestors up from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, and who did those great signs in our sight. He protected us along all the way that we went, and among all the peoples through whom we passed; 18 and the Lord drove out before us all the peoples, the Amorites who lived in the land. Therefore we also will serve the Lord, for he is our God.”
19 But Joshua said to the people, “You cannot serve the Lord, for he is a holy God. He is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions or your sins. 20 If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, then he will turn and do you harm, and consume you, after having done you good.” 21 And the people said to Joshua, “No, we will serve the Lord!” 22 Then Joshua said to the people, “You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen the Lord, to serve him.” And they said, “We are witnesses.” 23 He said, “Then put away the foreign gods that are among you, and incline your hearts to the Lord, the God of Israel.” 24 The people said to Joshua, “The Lord our God we will serve, and him we will obey.” 25 So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and made statutes and ordinances for them at Shechem.
"Choosing and Being Chosen"
Rev. Lisa Martin, Pastor
WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & 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; and 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, forever. Amen.
WE DEPART TO SERVE
“O Jesus, I Have Promised”
“Trust and Obey”
(MUSIC: Matt Schinske)
GOD’S TITHES + OUR OFFERINGS
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