24TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
NOVEMBER 15, 2020 | 10:00 AM
WELCOME TO ONLINE WORSHIP AT FIRST CHURCH!
Welcome to all who gather to worship online today! We hope you feel the warmth of God’s presence and welcome right where you’re at. If this if your first time joining us online, we are honored by your presence and hope to see you again soon! To stay informed, please subscribe to our weekly email.
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
“Trumpet Fanfare on 'Nun Danket'”
(MUSIC: Gordon Young, arr. Douglas E. Wagner)
CALL TO WORSHIP (I Thessalonians 5:8)
Clothe yourselves with faith and love;
Be confident in your salvation in Christ Jesus.
The Lord is with us!
Let us worship God
“Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart”
Our hearts are grateful, loving God, for you come to us in Christ Jesus to save, encourage, and challenge us to live faithfully before you. Bless our worship this day, that we may be guided by your Spirit to recommit ourselves to following the Master all the days of our living. In Christ’s name, Amen.
CALL TO CONFESSION
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you by not honoring you or encouraging one another. When we place our sins before you, it is your love that sheds light on our wayward deeds. As we stand in awe of your faithfulness to us, we ask your forgiveness through the mercy of Christ, in whose name we pray, Amen.
DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
When we acknowledge our human limitations and turn to depend upon our everlasting God, we grow wise in heart to God’s commands. By the mercy of Christ, we are forgiven and freed to live once more as children of light.
Thanks be to God! Amen!
WE EXPERIENCE GOD’S WORD
“This Little Light of Mine”
(MUSIC: Traditional, arr. B. Thoreson)
SCRIPTURE READING - THE NEW TESTAMENT READING
I Thessalonians 5:1-11
1 Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anything written to you. 2 For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 When 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! 4 But you, beloved, are not in darkness, for that day to surprise you like a thief; 5 for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. 6 So then let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober; 7 for those who sleep sleep at night, and those who are drunk get drunk at night. 8 But 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. 9 For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.
"Living as Children of Light"
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
“God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending”
“Soon and Very Soon”
(MUSIC: Andrae Crouch, arr. B. Thoreson)
GOD’S TITHES + OUR OFFERINGS
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Lynn Haven, FL 32444.