Worship at Home for Sunday November 1 2020

Saint Peter’s United Church of Christ

112 West Peters Street Owensville, Missouri 65066

November 1, 2020    9am Livestream

Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost
All Saints Day

 

Prelude and lighting of the candles

Greetings and announcements

Video Opening “Fall Back”

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Opening Prayer of Confession*

Introduction by Pastor,
Time for personal reflection
and confession.
Salvation belongs to you, O God. Forgive us our sin. Renew us, refresh us and help us rebuild our lives so that they are reflections of your love for all people. We pray in the name of the Lamb that was slain. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon

Passing of the Peace (Smile and wave to those around you.)

Children’s Message 

 

Scripture Readings

Matthew 23:1-12

1 Thessalonians 2:9-13

 

Sermon To Live as We Believe

Have you ever met someone who spoke passionately about caring for our planet, but later saw them littering? Have you ever heard someone complain about the government, but when you asked them who they voted for told you that they don’t bother to vote? Have you ever listened to a person talk about now everyone should care for the poor, but had them refuse to help at the local food bank or other places where they might encounter people in need? Have you ever met someone who talked about the need for racial equality, but then worked hard to keep a person of color from becoming the principal at their child’s school?

Sadly, the examples I gave are real. Let’s face it, we all like to talk a good talk, but misstep when we are asked to walk the walk. It is easier to say what we believe than to live it.

This is not a new problem. Jesus saw this behavior in the Pharisees. He called them hypocrites which another way of saying play acting. They were play acting the part of being worthy followers of God. Putting on the clothes of faithful living the way a person might put on a Halloween costume to play at being a superhero for a few hours.

Honestly, who has not been guilty of play acting a part. Single people will do their best to make a good impression on a date. They will take extra time with their appearance to look good. If they believe that their date cares about the environment, they will talk about caring for the environment and so forth. Making a good impression on a date is done in the hope of a potential relationship. Living out that good impression daily can prove difficult.

Living what we believe may be difficult. After all who can keep track of all those rules from the Old Testament. Telling others what to do is easier than doing it. That is the trap that the Pharisees fell into and so do all of us at one time or another.

Paul was willing to work hard for faith in Jesus. To Paul sharing the good news of God was a labor of love. Love is the key to living our faith. If we love God, we will act accordingly. If we love someone or something, our actions will show it.

An athlete will spend many hours training to do well in a sport that she loves. I was watching ice skating on TV this week. When we see the skaters perform, it all looks so beautiful with the costumes, music, spins, jumps and dance movements. What we do not see are the hours of hard work that proceeds the competitions. The hard work is a labor of love for these athletes because they love to skate.

Play acting would be to dress the part of skater and pretend to do the motions, but without the hours of hard work for love of the sport the play actor slips and falls on the ice. The performance is empty. Putting on the outward symbols of faith and saying the correct words without the daily work of living our faith falls flat with Jesus.

If we truly love God, we will take on living what we believe as a labor of love. We may fall from time to time. One of the first things skaters must learn is to fall. The trick is to get up again and skate. If we are living what we believe for the love of God, we will get back up and continue to live out our faith.

Paul worked hard for the faith. His work was a labor of love for God and for the people who listened to him. Paul is thankful for the loving people at Thessalonica and how they embody the word of God. God’s word lives in each of us. May we embody that word in all that we do. Amen.

Prayers of the People

God may we be both hearers and doers of Your word. You have done so much for us that may we live lives filled with thanksgiving. Help us to get back up when we fall in our loving service. May our love for you be the basis of all that we do.

May Your love be present in our nation this week. Elections are often a time of stress. Help us to be signs of Your love in places of tension and division.

God be with those who need healing and comfort. May the Spirit strengthen us and all who feel weary as a result of grief, sickness, sadness, disasters and more.

Take a moment to lift ourselves and others in prayer. Pray for those on our prayer list. Read through the names on our prayer list and imagine that God is surrounding them and us with healing love and strength.

followed by

Silent Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Musical Response “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus”

Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face,
and the things of earth will grow strangely
dim in the light of His glory and grace.
By Helen Lemmel © 1922, 1920 and this arr. © Singspiration Music

Offering of Gifts and Selves

  • Give thanks for all God’s blessings during foundational times in our lives.
  • Share what you have whatever it is, it is enough.
  • Donate via PayPal on our website or write a check.

Prayer of Dedication*

Living God,
we are your people, we carry your presence.
Use us and our gifts to accomplish your mission in the world.

Multiply our effort to meet every need.
This we pray in the name of Christ,
whom with you and the Holy Spirit,
reign in our hearts and lives,

one God now and forever. Amen.

 

Video

“Let Us Break Bread Together” Performed by Jean Baker

Please use bread and wine/juice that you have available at home.

 

Invitation to Communion*

God be with you.
And with your spirit
Lift up your hearts

We lift them up to God.
Give thanks to God.

It is right to give God thanks and praise.

 

Communion Prayer (UCC Book of Worship)

 

Video Musical Sanctus by Mark Miller

© 2020Mark A Miller, all publishing rights reserved. Permission given congregations to play recording during worship or education programs, and to stream online.

 

Words of Institution and Consecration (UCC Book of Worship)

 

Breaking of the Bread and Pouring of the Wine

Partaking of Communion

  • When Pastor Stephanie says take and eat. We will take our communion together
  • When Pastor Stephanie says take and drink.
    We will take our communion together.
  • Please dispose of your cup and wrapper in a trash can as you leave worship today.

 

Musical Response: “For All the Saints” NCH 299 Verse 1

For all the saints who from their labors rest,
who to the world their steadfast faith confessed,
your name, O Jesus, be forever blessed.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Words: William How, 1864; alt.
Tune: Sine Nomne, Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1906

 

*Benediction

 

Extinguishing of the Candles and Postlude
 

*Written by the Rev. Dr. Bob Gross, OCC, Senior Pastor at Evangelical and Reformed United Church of Christ, Waukesha, WI. Rev. Gross is a member of the Order of Corpus Christi, (OCC), which is an ecumenical covenantal community that seeks to be a contemporary expression of the Mercersburg Tradition.

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