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Trinity United Church
November 15, 2020
CHILDREN’S SUNDAY (UN)
I am a child of God,
I am a glimpse of God’s new Creation.
I am a child of God, I am a child of God.
(from More Voices)
PRELUDE (A Time for Quiet Reflection)
INTROIT #293 We Praise You, Creator, verse 1
WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS
JOYS and CONCERNS
LIGHTING THE CHRIST CANDLE
CALL TO WORSHIP:
One: Living God, your loving Spirit calls us.
All: We search and long for something real.
We search for something that gives meaning;
that gives life.
One: And in our need, you reach to us, and touch us.
You breathe purpose in our souls;
you speak your hope within our hearts.
All: We pray you guide us in our worship
and our praise; for Jesus’ sake.
HYMN #260 God Who Gives to Life Its Goodness
God of love and life, and of our lives made new: every day confronts us, not with challenges alone, but with new hopes - with possibilities and dreams, and an assurance we never could have guessed. In faith, and on reflection, we realize our hopes are all from you. You promise that the way things are is not the way things have to be. Help us know you close to us today - as near as touch and strength of heart - that we might be renewed in soul, and follow you in ways that promise life to all the world. This we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
MINISTRY OF MUSIC
HYMN #340 Jesus, Friend of Little Children, verses 1 & 2
TIME WITH THE CHILDREN
The Lord’s Prayer (Together) #921
HYMN #340, verse 3
MINUTE FOR MISSION (Reader: Carol Dueck)
BIBLE READINGS (Reader: Carol Dueck)
Prayer for Illumination:
Gracious Holy Spirit, surround us in your guidance and your love, that the words we hear might be your Word, and set a new sense in our hearts. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
First Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 (The Message)
An instruction to build up each other’s hope
Responsive Reading: Psalm 123 (Voices United)
A song of ascents - Our eyes look to you, O God
Sung Response: #326, verses 1 and 2
O for a thousand tongues to sing
my great Redeemer's praise,
the glories of my God and King,
the triumphs of God's grace.
Jesus! the name that charms our fears,
that bids our sorrows cease;
'tis music in the sinner's ears,
'tis life and health and peace.
Gospel Reading: Matthew 25:14-30 (NIV)
The parable of the talents, or of the bags of gold
SERMON ‘Action, and by grace, reacting’. Rev. Jim McKnight
HYMN MV#27 Creator God You Gave Us Life
#605 Jesus, Teacher, Brave and Bold, verse 2
(after Don Uhryniw, Emmanuel United, Peterborough)
In these gifts is our promise of faith;
in this time is our response to your call;
in this prayer is our search for hope.
O God, we pray. Amen.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Invitation to Prayer
#664 What a Friend We Have in Jesus, verse 1
A Time of Meditation and Silent Prayer
HYMN #633 Bless Now, O God, the Journey
COMMISSIONING and BENEDICTION
CHORAL AMEN #967 Amen
POSTLUDE (A Time for Quiet Reflection)