Worship 11/8/20

Call to Worship/Psalm 111 (NRSV)

Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation.

Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them.

Full of honor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever.

He has gained renown by his wonderful deeds; the Lord is gracious and merciful.

He provides food for those who fear him; he is ever mindful of his covenant.

He has shown his people the power of his works, in giving them the heritage of the nations.

The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy.

They are established forever and ever, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.

He sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant forever.

Holy and awesome is his name.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding.

His praise endures forever.

Opening Prayer

Your love has brought us together, O Lord, and it is your love that sustains us through each day. We pray that you would keep us faithful. Even as we watch for signs of your kingdom, strengthen us to work with you to bring about, here and now, your reign on earth. Give us the courage to witness to your presence in the world. We pray in the name of the One who comes, Christ our Savior.  Amen.

Scripture Lesson/Matthew 25:1-13 (NRSV)

1“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this.  Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.  2Five of them were foolish, and five were wise.  3When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; 4but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps.  5As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept.  6But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Look!  Here is the bridegroom!  Come out to meet him.’  7Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps.  8The foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’  9But the wise replied, ‘No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’  10And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut.  11Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ 12But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I do not know you.’  13Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

Message/The Waiting Is the Hardest Part

Prayers of the People

Let us pray for the needs of the world, saying, Eternal God, hear our prayer.

God of life, you created the world and called it good. In Jesus Christ you came to redeem us; his resurrection is our promise of eternal life. By the power of your Spirit you claim us, strengthen us, and prepare us to live with you in glory. In sure and certain hope, we pray for your world, that we may live into your coming reign of justice and peace.

For the church, wherever it thrives and wherever it struggles—keep us faithful to your gospel….

Eternal God, hear our prayer.

For those who govern—grant them wisdom and a commitment to justice….

Eternal God, hear our prayer.

For planet Earth—heal its wounds and make us better stewards of its wonders and gifts…. Eternal God, hear our prayer.

For those who are dying—calm all fears and welcome them into your peace….

Eternal God, hear our prayer.

For those who suffer from anxieties and ills—give them relief….

Eternal God, hear our prayer.

For those who endure the days and nights without food or shelter—feed and protect them….

Eternal God, hear our prayer.

For those who suffer in silence— comfort those who carry secret sorrows. . . .

Eternal God, hear our prayer.

For all who seek your face….Eternal God, hear our prayer.

With thanks that you hear our prayers, spoken and unspoken, we entrust all of life to you, gracious God, our Alpha and Omega, our only hope in life and in death; through Jesus Christ we offer the prayers of our hearts and share the words he taught us to pray:

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 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.

Commission & Blessing

Albert Einstein—“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”

Go now, and follow in the footsteps of those who have gone before us in Christ.
Revere the Lord.
Serve God in sincerity and faithfulness.
Teach those who come after you to trust in God.

And may God protect you along the way;
May Christ Jesus keep you alert and prepared;
And may the Holy Spirit fuel the lamp that guides your path.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.  Amen.