NOVEMBER 24, 2021

The Order for the Worship of God

Follow along by watching our livestream on our YouTube channel at 930a on Sunday.

Let the first tone of the organ be a call to quiet meditation in which all may become aware of God’s presence, and lift up a prayer for yourself and for Faith Church.

 

Prelude     Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow          arr. Teresa Wilhelmi



Call to Worship


Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!

For his mercy endures forever.

Give thanks to the God of gods!

For his mercy endures forever.

Oh, give thanks to the Lord of lords!

For his mercy endures forever.



Hymn     # 527     Come, You Thankful People, Come         (Gray Psalter Hymnal) 



Psalter:     Psalm 126     (Please read responsively)          Kris Stith


1When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.
2Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”
3The Lord has done great things for us, and we rejoiced.

4Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like the watercourses in the Negeb.
5May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy.
6Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves.



Prayer for Illumination                                                      




New Testament Reading:     Matthew 6:25-33     (NRSV)


       25“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? 28And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, 29yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. 30But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.


Lector:     “This is the Word of God.”


Congregation:     “Thanks be to God for His Word.”



Time of Sharing & Singing     # 556     Great is Thy Faithfulness          (Gray Psalter Hymnal)


~ Sharing of Thanksgiving between the stanzas ~



Old Testament Reading:     Joel 2:21-27     (NRSV)


       21Do not fear, O soil; be glad and rejoice, for the Lord has done great things! 22Do not fear, you animals of the field, for the pastures of the wilderness are green; the tree bears its fruit, the fig tree and vine give their full yield. 23O children of Zion, be glad and rejoice in the Lord your God; for he has given the early rain for your vindication, he has poured down for you abundant rain, the early and the later rain, as before. 24The threshing floors shall be full of grain, the vats shall overflow with wine and oil. 25I will repay you for the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent against you. 26You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never again be put to shame. 27You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I, the Lord, am your God and there is no other. And my people shall never again be put to shame.



Meditation     “You Shall Eat in Plenty”                Pastor Andrew Winter

 
 

Sharing Our Bounty     # 456     We Plow the Fields and Scatter          (Gray Psalter Hymnal)

All food and monetary donations collected at our Thanksgiving Service will be donated to the Tippecanoe County United Food Pantry.



Prayer of Thanksgiving and Dedication



Closing Hymn:     # 35     Praise Him! Praise Him!          (Supplemental Hymnal)


Benediction



Postlude     O God, Our Help in Ages Past          arr. Fred Bock