Neal Avenue United Methodist Church
Worship Guide October 18, 2020; 20th Sunday After Pentecost

Preacher: Randy Spiker
Liturgist: Carol Powell
Organist: Mary Ellen Strahm
Pianist: Sue Spiker
Hymn Leader: Angelique Gabrielle
Special Music: Mary Ellen Strahm
A/V Dave Rauch

Prelude: “Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart” Cherwin


Greet One Another

Opening Hymn: We are the Church UMH558 v: 1,2,5
Chorus 1
I am the church
You are the church
We are the church together
All who follow Jesus
All around the world
Yes we’re the church together
Verse 1
The church is not a building
The church is not a steeple
The church is not a resting place
The church is a people
Verse 2
We’re many kinds of people
With many kinds of faces
All colors and all ages too
From all times and places
Verse 5
At Pentecost some people
Received the Holy Spirit
And told the Good News
Through the world
To all who would hear it

Threshold Moment:
From the beginning, God entered into covenant with the human family:
with Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham and Sarah,
Moses, Deborah, Ruth, and Jeremiah.
Through baptism, Jesus Christ calls us into the covenant
and makes us ministers of Christ’s righteousness.
All Christian ministry is Christ’s work of outreaching love.
It demonstrates a common life of gratitude and devotion,
witness and service, celebration and discipleship.
All Christians are called to Christ’s servanthood in the world,
to the glory of God and for human fulfillment.
The Church, as the community of the new covenant,
participates in Christ’s ministry of grace.
It stretches out to human needs
wherever service may convey God’s love and ours.
In our ministry of servanthood is this ultimate concern:
that all may be renewed in the image of their Creator,
and that all Christians are called to minister
in deeds and words that heal and free. Amen.

Threshold Scripture: Psalm 99

The LORD reigns; Let the people tremble! He dwells between the cherubim; Let the earth be [a]moved!
2 The LORD is great in Zion, And He is high above all the peoples. 3 Let them praise Your great and awesome name—[b]He is holy.4 The King’s strength also loves justice; You have established equity; You have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.5 Exalt the LORD our God, And worship at His footstool—He is holy.6 Moses and Aaron were among His priests, And Samuel was among those who called upon His name; They called upon the LORD, and He answered them. 7 He spoke to them in the cloudy pillar;
They kept His testimonies and the [c]ordinance He gave them.8 You answered them, O LORD our God; You were to them God-Who-Forgives, Though You took vengeance on their deeds. 9 Exalt the LORD our God, And worship at His holy hill; For the LORD our God is holy

Special Music

Scripture Lesson: 1 Thessalonians 1 1-10
Paul, Silas and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace and peace to you. 2 We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. 3 We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 4 For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5 because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. 6 You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. 7 And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia 8 The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it, 9 for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.

Message: Our Service Randy Spiker CLM

Sharing our Joys and Concerns:
Lord we come to you humbled over your Grace. Father We all have prayers for many and lift them to you now Gracious God, you have abundantly and richly provided us with more than we shall ever need. We thank you for the abundance and we thank for our ability to share what you have bestowed upon us. Give us guidance and direction and we continue to serve others who are in need. Bless our small groups and let our works be mighty in your Name. Open our hearts to always give freely and gladly to people everywhere. We know that together as a church and as your people, you will strengthen and grace us with your goodness. We are thankful for the laity of our church and around the world. Bless the laity, so that they can be faithful in their call to serve and do your will. We give you all the thanks and praise, in Jesus’ name we pray as you taught us to pray

Lords Prayer

Offering / Offering Prayer:
God of Power and Glory, we come to your altar this morning, offering our gifts and praying for your presence in a world that is hurting and divided. Much of what we see is chaos, confusion, and anxiety – a world that desperately needs to glimpse your presence and your glory. More than just our gifts of money, we pray our lives might be a window into your love and compassion. We pray your light might shine through us to the world. Amen.
Closing Hymn: Pass It On UMH 572
It only takes a spark, to get a friendship going.
And soon all those around,
Will warm up in its glowing.
That’s how it is in A D Pi,
Once you’ve experienced it.
You’ll want to sing,
It’s fresh like spring,
You’ll want to pass it on.
What a happy house is this,
When we are all together,
As sisters we exist,
We live for one another.
That’s how it is in A D Pi,
Once you’ve experienced it,
You want to sing,
The love it brings,
You want to pass it on.
My wish for you my friend,
This happiness that I’ve found,
You can depend on us,
It matters not where you’re bound.
I’ll shout it from the mountain tops;
I’ve come to A D Pi!
It’s given me, the love you see,
And now I’ll pass it on.

Breakthru Prayer:
Dismissal: Go in peace, to Love and serve the Lord. Thanks be to God

Postlude: “God of Grace” Manz
Music Credits
“We Are the Church “
Words Richard K. Avery and Donald Marsh
Music Richard K. Avery and Donald Marsh
Public Domain
CCLI License # 504210777
“Pass It On”
Music Henry T. Smart
Words Kurt Kaiser
Public Domain
CCLI License # 504210777