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Order of Worship
November 25, 2020 Thanksgiving Eve
Welcome, Call to Worship, and Opening Prayer
Carol Williams-Young, Pastor, Zion UMC
Call to Worship: Deuteronomy 8:7-11a
Moses told God’s people that “the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land with flowing streams, with springs and underground waters welling up in valleys and hills, a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, a land where you may eat bread without scarcity, where you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron and from whose hills you may mine copper. You shall eat your fill and bless the Lord your God for the good land that he has given you.” Then he gave them a warning: “Take care that you do not forget the Lord your God.” Sisters and Brothers in Christ, we come together to worship our God, who is present with us wherever we are, and to remember how the Lord has blessed us.
Most gracious God, you crown the year with your goodness. We praise you that you have ever fulfilled your promise that, while earth remains, seedtime and harvest shall not cease. We bless you for the providence that year by year supplies our need. With our thanksgiving for these blessings, accept our praise for the eternal riches of your grace in Christ our Lord; to whom, with you, O Father, and the Holy Spirit be all glory and honor and worship, forever and ever. Amen.
Solo and Message
Community of Christ Lutheran Church
“We Gather Together,” Eric Dickey, Pianist
Message from Pastor Matt Lash, Community of Christ ELCA (Psalm 65:9-11)
Hymn: “Now Thank We All Our God”
Linda Myers, Pianist
Message from Pastor Carol Williams-Young, Zion UMC (2 Corinthians 9:6-15)
Message from Annelise Clifton and Pastor Warren Clifton, Hope UMC (Luke 17:11-19)
Thanksgiving Prayer, the Lord’s Prayer, Benediction, and Postlude
Holy God, the witnesses tell of your boundless generosity: how you give your Word to call the worlds into being, your sovereign rule to liberate the oppressed, your steadfast love that formed your own people, your life for the life of the world. You give, we receive, and are thankful. In thankful response, we will give, we will tell, we will live your gift. We pray in the name of Jesus, who invited us to pray together 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.
“This Is My Father’s World” Reprise
Linda Myers, Pianist