Fruitland United Methodist Church
November 20, 2022
Welcoming the Light of Christ and inviting the neighborhood to worship
-Preparing our hearts and souls for worship
Welcome and Announcements - Pastor
* Call to Worship - “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” UMH #89 (verses 1&3)
Joyful, joyful, we adore thee,
God of glory, Lord of love;
hearts unfold like flowers before thee,
opening to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness;
drive the dark of doubt away.
Giver of immortal gladness,
fill us with the light of day!
Thou art giving and forgiving,
ever blessing, ever blest,
wellspring of the joy of living,
ocean depth of happy rest!
Thou our Father, Christ our brother,
all who live in love are thine;
teach us how to love each other,
lift us to the joy divine.
*Responsive Reading - Liturgist, Psalm: 46 UMH Page 780
Response: A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing.
Statement of Faith: The World Methodist Social Affirmation, UMH# 886
We believe in God, creator of the world and of all people;
and in Jesus Christ, incarnate among us,
who died and rose again;
and in the Holy Spirit,
present with us to guide, strengthen, and comfort.
We believe ; God, help our unbelief.
We rejoice in every sign of God's Kingdom;
in the upholding of human dignity and community;
in every expression of love, justice and reconciliation;
in each act of self-giving on behalf of others;
in the abundance of God's gifts
entrusted to us that all may have enough;
in all responsible use of the earth's resources.
Glory be to God on high; and on earth, be peace .
We confess our sin, individual and collective,
by silence or action:
through the violation of human dignity
based on race, class, age, sex, nation, or faith;
through the exploitation of people
- because of greed and indifference
- through the misuse of power
- in personal, communal, national, and international life;
- through the search for security
- by those military and economic forces
- that threaten human existence;
- through the abuse of technology which endangers the earth and all life upon it.
Lord, have mercy;
Christ, have mercy;
Lord, have mercy .
We commit ourselves individually and as a community
to the way of Christ:
to take up the cross;
to seek abundant life for all humanity;
to struggle for peace with justice and freedom;
to risk ourselves in faith, hope, and love,
praying that God's kingdom may come.
The kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.
Scripture Reading - Liturgist
Colossians 1: 11-20 Pew Bible – Page 1832
God’s Word for God’s People. Thanks be to God!
Congregational Prayer and Lord’s Prayer
Young People’s Moment - Pastor
Hymn “Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me” UMH #361
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
let me hide myself in thee;
let the water and the blood,
from thy wounded side which flowed,
be of sin the double cure;
save from wrath and make me pure.
Not the labors of my hands
can fulfill thy law's demands;
could my zeal no respite know,
could my tears forever flow,
all for sin could not atone;
thou must save, and thou alone.
Nothing in my hand I bring,
simply to the cross I cling;
naked, come to thee for dress;
helpless, look to thee for grace;
foul, I to the fountain fly;
wash me, Savior, or I die.
While I draw this fleeting breath,
when mine eyes shall close in death,
when I soar to worlds unknown,
see thee on thy judgment throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
let me hide myself in thee.
We Offer Our Gifts
“Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow” UMH #95
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
praise him, all creatures here below;
praise him above, ye heavenly host;
praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
Message “Thanks to the Father” - Pastor
*Hymn “Walk With Me” TFWS #2242
Walk with me, I will walk with you
and build the land that God has planned
where love shines through.
When Moses heard the call of God
he said, "Lord, don't send me."
But God told Moses, "You're the one"
to set my people free." Chorus
Now Peter was a most unlikely man
to lead the flock;
but Jesus knew his holiness
and he became the Rocki. Chorus
Young Mary Magdalene was sure
her life could be much more,
and by her faith she dared to let
God's love unlock the door. Chorus
And when you share your faith with me
and work for life made new,
the witness of your faithfulness
calls me to walk with you. Chorus
“Sent Forth by God’s Blessing” vs 1 UMH #664
Sent forth by God’s blessing, our true faith confessing,
The people of God from this dwelling take leave.
The service is ended, O now be extended
the fruits of our worship in all who believe.
The seed of the teaching, receptive souls reaching,
Shall blossom in action for God and for all.
God’s grace did invite us, and love shall unite us
To work for God’s kingdom and answer the call.
Postlude (Please be seated)
- Symbolically taking the light into the World -
Thank you for worshiping with us today!