Home Worship for

November 15 2020

Staying home is a form of loving your neighbor. Think about it, you may be staying home for your own health but in reality you then become less of a carrier to others that you might come in contact with. We hope you will feel close to God who is near even if we are far apart. May God Bless you and Keep you. 

Remember that CDC guidelines state that even in Phase 3, if you are in a high risk category, it is highly recommended that you remain sequestered and safe as much as possible. Caregivers and family members are encouraged to do the same, so as to not jeopardize their loved ones. If you are not comfortable attending socially distanced activities, please stay home and stay in touch!

Prelude: A Festive Trumpet Tune

Charles "Doc" Erwin


Call to Worship: Psalm 117

Praise God, everybody!

    Applaud God, all people!

His love has taken over our lives;

God’s faithful ways are eternal.


Hymn: UMH# 413 A Charge to Keep I Have

1 A charge to keep I have, a God to glorify,
a never dying soul to save, and fit it for the sky. 

2 To serve the present age, my calling to fulfill,
O may it all my pow'rs engage to do my Master's will! 

3 Arm me with watchful care as in Thy sight to live,
and now Thy servant, Lord, prepare a strict account to give!

4 Help me to watch and pray and still on Thee rely
O let me not my trust betray, but press to realms on high.

CCLI Song # 118850 Charles Wesley | Lowell Mason © Words: Public Domain. Music: Public Domain. All rights reserved. CCLI License # 625707


Prayer of Confession

It is so easy for us, Lord, to diminish the gifts you have given us. 

We have come to believe that either we are experts in some areas or we know nothing. Each of us has been given special talents and gifts that can be used to help others, but for some reason we have chosen not to use these gifts, deciding that they are unimportant or not needed. 

Forgive us when we make decisions not to act. 

Help us look at the blessings that you have poured into our lives and to discover the special talents that we have. Open the doorways of service and let the gates swing wide on the “grease of grace,” that we may go forth to serve you in this world. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. AMEN.

Silent Reflection

Words of Assurance

Each one of us has been blessed with unique talents. The Lord has need of our talents, our energies, our spirits in the world in which we live. 

Place your trust in God’s loving guidance and open your hearts to serve God. AMEN.

Interview with Rev. Dr. Paul Mojzes

An astonishing life, lived on two continents, through world wars and occupation to new hope.


Scripture: Matthew 25: 14-30 NRSV

14 “For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; 15 to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 

16 The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. 17 In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. 18 But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. 

19 After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. 20 Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ 

22 And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ 

24 Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. 

29 For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. 30 As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

Message: Hiding in a Hole, is No Ground to Stand On

Kingdom Parables Series

Rev. Betty Kniss

To live into the kingdom of heaven that these parables describes means being ready to present ourselves to God not as maintainers of the bare minimum, but as faithful investors who lived fully into the lives God gave us.


Worship Song: "Your Spirit" (Social Justice Version)
Oceanview Worship

Not by might not by power

By Your Spirit God send Your Spirit God

Verse 1

You are the fire we are the temple, You are the voice we are Your song

You are our God we are Your people, You are the light we stand in awe


We stand in awe of You, We stand in awe of You

Verse 2

You called us out out of the darkness, Into Your love into Your light

Grace upon grace beauty for ashes, You come to us we come alive


Breathe come and breathe on us

Spirit breathe Spirit breathe on us

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Go into the world with peace and joy, delighting in the diversity and blessings that God has lavished upon each one. Celebrate the good news of the love of God with all people and offer peace and blessing to each one. Go in peace. AMEN.

Revised Common Lectionary

Further Readings for the Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost November 15, 2020 from The Revised Common Lectionary, Year A

1st Reading: Judges 4:1-7

Psalm: Psalm 90:1-8, (9-11), 12

2nd Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

Gospel: Matthew 25:14-30


A Post Election Prayer from Bishop Ken Carter

November 07, 2020

To the People of the Florida Conference,

I wrote this prayer on the eve of the 2008 Election Day for the church I served in Charlotte, North Carolina. I’ve adapted it as the 2020 Election has come to completion.

"Creator of us all: you are the source of every blessing, the judge of every nation
and the hope of earth and heaven:

We pray to you in the aftermath of this important and historic election. We call to mind the best that is within us: That we live under God, that we are indivisible, that liberty and justice extend to all. We acknowledge the sin that runs through our history as a nation: The displacement of native peoples, racial injustice, legacies of slavery, economic inequity, regional separation.

And yet we profess a deep and abiding gratitude for the goodness of ordinary people who have made sacrifices, who have sought opportunities,

who have journeyed to this land as immigrants strengthening its promise in successive generations, who have found freedom on these shores,

defended this freedom at tremendous cost, and exercised this freedom through the democratic process.

Be with us in the days to come. Remind us that your ways are not our ways, that your power and might transcend the plans of every nation.

Inspire us to do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with you.

Let those who follow your Son Jesus Christ be a peaceable people in the midst of division. Send your Spirit of love, peace and freedom upon us, break down the walls of political partisanship, and make us one. Give us wisdom to walk in your ways, courage to speak in your name, and humility to trust in your providence.


Mission Focus: Family Promise

with Family Promise

To our Cherished Supporter,
I am reaching out to ask for your help. Please take a moment to consider a pledge to Foster-A-Family. What does it mean to Foster-A-Family? Simply put, you would be changing the lives of children most in need! Those who have been impacted the most with the COVID-19 pandemic. By fostering a familyIn their time of Needyou have the opportunity to salvage their independence with financial assistance for specific needs. Family Promise NCPBC partners with our community to help local children experiencing homelessness by empowering their families to regain their self-sufficiency and, with some families, maintain their self-sufficiency. 

A $500 contribution provides all of our families' meals, transportation, medical expenses and case management for one day when we are at maximum capacity. In return, you or your company will receive recognition on our social media (up to 10,000 impressions), placement within our community partners' webpage, and your logo email blasted to our 2000 supporters. 

If you are interested in supporting our mission in this capacity: simply click on the Donate button below.
I cannot tell you how thankful I am for your consideration on ongoing support of our mission...because every child deserves a home! 

If you would like further information or have any questions or concerns, please contact Jane Lill at jlill@familypromisencpbc.org

With gratitude,

Taylor Materio
Executive Director