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November 3, 2013

Celebration  of  Worship

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time                                  November 3, 2013


* * * Entering Into God’s Presence * * *

  (Please refrain from conversation during the Prelude as we quietly prepare to worship God)

Welcome and Announcements                  (Please Sign and Pass Fellowship Pads)


Sharing Our Joys and Concerns


* Call to Worship   adapted from Psalm 119   (Read responsively)

Righteous are You, O Lord, and right are Your statutes.

You have appointed Your testimonies in righteousness

and in all faithfulness.

Our zeal consumes us, because our foes forget Your words.

Your promise is well tried, and Your servants love it.

We are small and despised, yet we do not forget Your precepts.

Your righteousness is righteous forever, and Your law is true.

Trouble and anguish have found us out,

but Your commandments are our delight.

Your testimonies are righteous forever;

give us understanding that we may live.


* Affirmation of Faith        “The Apostle’s Creed”

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.  AMEN.


* Prayer of Invocation

* Hymn of Adoration                “Praise Him! Praise Him!”              Red Book # 157


Invitation to Confession


Admitting Our Sin to God 

Almighty God, we confess that we take our relationship with You for granted. We hold our standing in Your kingdom as though it were our right instead of a great privilege; a gift from Your fatherly hand. We neglect to do the things that will help us to grow in grace and bring us nearer to our blessed Savior. All of these are evidence of our hardness of heart and sinful nature. We are confessing our sin now. We want to grow in grace and be ever nearer to Thee, the Source of our life. Help us, we pray, for the sake of our Lord Jesus Who died to save us.  (silent, personal confession)  AMEN


Assurance of Pardon     

    Leader   . . . Friends, believe the Good News of the Gospel!

    ALL:      In Jesus Christ we are forgiven


* Responding with Praise               “Gloria Patri”                            Blue Book #579


Time with Young Disciples


Prayers of the People


* * * Responding to God’s Grace * * *


Bringing Our Tithes and Offerings   (Offertory)   


* Singing Our Praise and Gratitude     “The Doxology”                Blue Book   #592


* Prayer of Dedication


* * * Listening to God’s Word * * *


OLD TESTAMENT LESSON     Habbakuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4                pew Bible pg 785


November 3, 2013


OLD TESTAMENT LESSON     Habbakuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4

1The oracle that Habakkuk the prophet saw:  2O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear? Or cry to you "Violence!" and you will not save? 3Why do you make me see iniquity, and why do you idly look at wrong? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise.  4So the law is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; so justice goes forth perverted.

Now moving to Habakkuk 2:1

1I will take my stand at my watch-post and station myself on the tower, and look out to see what he will say to me, and what I will answer concerning my complaint. 2And the Lord answered me: "Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. 3For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay. 4"Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him, but the righteous shall live by his faith.



GOSPEL  LESSON                        Luke 19:1-10                         pew Bible pg  878

1He entered Jericho and was passing through. 2And there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. 3And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small of stature. 4So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way. 5And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, "Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today." 6So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully. 7And when they saw it, they all grumbled, "He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner." 8And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, "Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold." 9And Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. 10For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost."


SPECIAL MUSIC                                                  Elder Don Killmer & Les Mizell


* MESSAGE TEXT                 1 Thessalonians 1-10                     pew Bible pg 986

1Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace. 2We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, 3 remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 4For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. 6And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, 7so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. 8For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything. 9For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.


MESSAGE   “Commendation to a Faithful Congregation”     Pastor Raymond M. Tear


* Hymn of Preparation     “You Satisfy the Hungry Heart”             Blue Book # 521


The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper


The Lord be with you. And also with you.

Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.


. . . we glorify your name and lift our voices in joyful praise:

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.


. . . and give you glory through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Through Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ, all honor and glory are yours, almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, forever and ever.   Amen.


The Lord’s Prayer


Serving of the Elements and Prayer after Communion


* Hymn of Closing             "I Want Jesus to Walk with Me”           Blue Book # 363


* Receiving the Blessing


* Choral Response                   “Three-fold Amen”                         Blue Book # 586


* Postlude
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