The Raising of Lazarus  Rembrandt, Van Rijn, 1606-1669

©Order of Worship November 07, 2021
Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost

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The worship video will be available live at 11:00 am.
Text for hymns are found below each hymn.  Click on the hymn highlighted text for music.

Prelude: “For All the Saints”………………Greg D.,Kellen M.
Words: William W. How, 1864 Music: Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1906
Greetings……………………………………Pastor Steven
Opening Prayer: ………………………………..Melanie B.
Opening Hymns: I Sing a Song of the Saints of God
#712 UMH Words: Lesbia Scott, 1929 Music: J.H. Hopkins, Jr. 1940
1. I sing a song of the saints of God,
patient and brave and true,
who toiled and fought and lived and died
for the Lord they loved and knew.
And one was a doctor, and one was a queen,
and one was a shepherdess on the green;
they were all of them saints of God, and I mean,
God helping, to be one too.
2. They loved their Lord so dear, so dear,
and his love made them strong;
and they followed the right for Jesus’ sake
the whole of their good lives long.
And one was a soldier, and one was a priest,
and one was slain by a fierce wild beast;
and there’s not any reason, no, not the least,
why I shouldn’t be one too.
3. They lived not only in ages past;
there are hundreds of thousands still.
The world is bright with the joyous saints
who love to do Jesus’ will.
You can meet them in school, on the street,
in the store, in church, by the sea, in the house next door;
they are saints of God, whether rich or poor,
and I mean to be one too.
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” #384 UMH
Words by Charles Wesley, music by John Zundel
1. Love divine, all loves excelling,
joy of heaven, to earth come down;
fix in us thy humble dwelling;
all thy faithful mercies crown!
Jesus, thou art all compassion,
pure, unbounded love thou art;
visit us with thy salvation;
enter every trembling heart.
2. Breathe, O breathe thy loving Spirit
into every troubled breast!
Let us all in thee inherit;
let us find that second rest.
Take away our bent to sinning;
Alpha and Omega be;
end of faith, as its beginning,
set our hearts at liberty.
3. Come, Almighty to deliver,
let us all thy life receive;
suddenly return and never,
nevermore thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
serve thee as thy hosts above,
pray and praise thee without ceasing,
glory in thy perfect love.
4. Finish, then, thy new creation;
pure and spotless let us be.
Let us see thy great salvation
perfectly restored in thee;
changed from glory into glory,
till in heaven we take our place,
till we cast our crowns before thee,
lost in wonder, love, and praise.
Giving of our tithes and offerings …………………Melanie B.
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Offertory Anthem: “Find Us Faithful”, Words and Music by Jon Mohr © 1988 Birdwing Music/Johnathan Mark Music (administered by The Sparrow Corporation)…….Kellen M.
Offertory Response:  The Doxology” #95 UMH
Words: Thomas Ken, 1674 Music: Attr. to Louis Bourgeois, 1551
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.
Prayer after receiving……………………Pastor Steven
The Gospel Lesson:  John 11:32-44
11:32 When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”11:33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved.11:34 He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.”11:35 Jesus began to weep 11:36 So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”
11:37 But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?” 11:38 Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. 11:39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.”
11:40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” 11:41 So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and said, “Father, I thank you for having heard me. 11:42 I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.”
When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus come out!” 11:44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him and let him go.”
Sermon:………”Jesus Awakens Lazarus”…………Pastor Steven
Hymn: For All the Saints”  #2282 TFWS
Words: John Bell Music: English folk melody
Words © 1996 WGRG The Iona Community
admin. By GIA Publications, Inc.
1.For all the saints who’ve shown your
love in how they live and where they
move, for mindful women, caring
men, accept our gratitude again.
2.For all the saints who loved your
name, whose faith increased the Savior’s
fame, who sang your songs and shared your
word, accept our gratitude, good Lord.
3.For all the saints who named your
will, and showed the kingdom coming
still through selfless protest, prayer, and
praise, accept the gratitude we raise.
4.Bless all whose will or name or love
reflects the grace of heaven above.
Though unacclaimed by earthly powers,
your life through theirs has hallowed ours.
Remembrance of the Saints:
(Names of those we have lost this past year, and the year before will be read, followed by ringing of a bell).
Time of Silent Reflection:
Prayer for the Saints:  Let us pray together:
We bless your holy name, O God,
for all your servants who, having finished their course,
now rest from their labors.
Give us grace to follow the example
of their steadfastness and faithfulness,
to your honor and glory;
through Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.
Holy Communion:
Liturgy, prayers and responses are located below the order of worship.
Closing Hymn:Sing with All the Saints in Glory” #702 UMH
Words: William J. Irons, 1873 Music: Ludwig van Beethoven, 1824
arr. by Edward Hodges, 1864
1.Sing with all the saints in glory, sing the resurrection
song! Death and sorrow, earth’s dark story, to the
former days belong.  All around the clouds are breaking,
soon the storms of time shall cease; in God’s likeness
we, awaking, know the everlasting peace.
4.Life eternal! O what wonders crowd on faith; what
joy unknown, when, amidst earth’s closing thunders,
saints shall stand before the throne! O to enter that
bright portal, see that blowing firmament; know, with
thee, O God Immortal, “Jesus Christ whom thou has sent!”
Dismissal with Blessing …….…………………..…Pastor Steven
Postlude: “Rejoice in God’s Saints”, Words by Fred Pratt Green, 1977, Music attributed to
William Croft, 1708, Words © 1973, 1980 Hope Publishing Co..…………………..………………..………Greg D.
Pastor Steven: Merciful God, we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart. We have failed to be an obedient church. We have not done your will, we have broken your law, we have rebelled against your love, we have not loved our neighbors, and we have not heard the cry of the needy. Forgive us, we pray. Free us for joyful obedience, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

All pray in silence.

Pastor Steven: Hear the good news:
Christ died for us while we were yet sinners; that proves God’s love toward us. In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!

All: In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!
All:  Glory to God. Amen.

Let us offer one another signs of reconciliation and love.
All, including the pastor, exchange signs and words of God’s peace by crossing hands, wave to one another due to social distancing guidelines.

Pastor Steven: The Lord be with you.
All: And also with you.
Pastor Steven: Lift up your hearts. The pastor may lift hands and keep them raised.
All: We lift them up to the Lord.
Pastor Steven: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
All: It is right to give our thanks and praise.
Pastor Steven: And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

All: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
Pastor Steven: In union with Christ’s offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith.

All: Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.
Pastor Steven: All honor and glory is yours, almighty Father, now and forever.

All: Amen.

Pastor Steven: And now, with the confidence of children of God, let us pray:

All: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen.


Elements are consecrated by the Pastor at this point. Elements are also sealed and prepackaged for sanitary reasons and in accordance with CDC and state guidance on COVID-19.
Ushers will call people one by one to come to the Lord’s table to take the consecrated elements which are pre-packaged with grape juice on one side and wafer on the other side. You will walk back to your seat and partake in eating and drinking the body and blood of Christ.

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