Weekly Online Worship
November 22, 2020
“The Way of Simplicity and Community”
Prelude “The Quiet Center” – T-Wolf Choir
Opening Song “His Eye is on the Sparrow” –
Mennonite Hour Singers
Opening to the Spirit’s Instruction
First Scripture Reading (Matthew 6:24-34; 8:18-20)
“No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the
one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the
other. You cannot serve God and wealth.
“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? Look 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? And can any of you by
worrying add a single hour to your span of life? And why do you
worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they
grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all
his glory was not clothed like one of these. But 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? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or
‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For it is the
Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly
Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and its righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
Now when Jesus saw great crowds around him, he gave orders
to go over to the other side. A scribe then approached and said,
“Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”
And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air
have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”
Second Reading, taken from Acts 3:1-10
One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the
hour of prayer, at three o’clock in the afternoon. And a man
lame from birth was being carried in. People would lay him daily at the gate of the temple called the Beautiful Gate so that he could
ask for alms from those entering the temple. When he saw Peter
and John about to go into the temple, he asked them for
alms. Peter looked intently at him, as did John, and said, “Look at
us.” And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive
something from them. But Peter said, “I have no silver or gold,
but what I have I give you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk.” And he took him by the right hand and raised him up; and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. Jumping up, he stood and began to walk, and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. All the people saw him walking and praising God, 10 and they recognized him as the one who used to sit and ask for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
May God’s Spirit speak to us today through these words of Scripture, the music we sing and hear, and the message shared this day.
Song “How Great Thou Art” – JCUMC Virtual Choir
Sermon “The Way of Simplicity and Community” by Pastor Craig
Song “Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy” – Norton Hall Band
Prayers for Our World and One Another
Let us enter now into a time of prayer for one another and for our world. We will do what is called a Bidding Prayer. I will open, and then I will bid your prayers based around various categories. During the silence after each category is bid, I invite you to add your own prayers, either aloud or in silence. I will then close with a prayer, then the Lord’s Prayer.
Let us be in prayer.
Let us pray now for all who are ill, in hospital or at home, especially
those affected by cancer or COVID-19.
Let us pray now for all medical and emergency services personnel who are responding to the best of their abilities with the resources that they have at hand.
Let us pray now for all those who are hungry or food insecure, and for all community and religious efforts to provide food and shelter.
Let us pray for all who are still displaced from their homes, and those who have no home.
Let us pray for the leaders of nations around the world, not only
regarding their response to this pandemic, but also that they may do everything possible to assure the health and welfare of their citizens.
Let us pray for all school and college governing boards, administrations and staff, all faculty, and students as they work to offer appropriate and equitable education in a manner that protects the health and safety of all persons.
Let us pray for our friends, family, and neighbors for their health and well-being.
Let us also express our thanks to God for the expressions of love and caring that we have witnessed in our families, communities, and world.
Let us express our gratitude for life and the myriad things that gladden our hearts.
These prayers, spoken aloud or in silence, we lift into the universal embrace of the One who is Love, and we make them in the name of the One who showed us what Love looks like in the flesh, Jesus Christ our Lord, and we now join our voices in the prayer he taught us, saying:
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
trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And
lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine
is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen
Prayer Response “Spirit of the Living God – Invitation Music
Benediction “A Franciscan Blessing,” adapted
May God bless us with discomfort at easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships, so that we may seek truth boldly and live deep within our hearts.
May God bless us with holy anger at injustice, oppression, and
exploitation of people, so that we may work tirelessly for
justice, freedom, and peace among all people.
May God bless us with tears to shed for those who suffer from
pain, rejection, hunger, war, or the loss of all that they
cherish, pushed so that we may reach out our hands to
comfort them and turn their pain into joy.
And may God bless us with enough foolishness to believe that we
can really make a difference in this world, to do what others
claim cannot be done, to bring justice and kindness to all our
children and those out to the margins.
Closing Song “My Peace” – Maranatha Singers