Home Worship for Sunday, November 21, 2021

Our Home Worship service is much like our in-person service. As you work your way through Home Worship, we hope it is meaningful for you. 

Staying home is a form of loving your neighbor. 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. If you are not comfortable attending socially distanced activities, please stay home and stay in touch! We hope you will feel close to God who is near even if we are far apart. May God Bless you and Keep you.

Prelude: We Gather Together

1 We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing; He chastens and hastens his will to make known; The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing. Sing praises to his name; he forgets not his own.

2 Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining, Ordaining, maintaining his kingdom divine; So from the beginning the fight we were winning; Thou, Lord, wast at our side; all glory be thine!

3 We all do extol thee, thou leader triumphant, And pray that thou still our defender wilt be. Let thy congregation escape tribulation; Thy name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!


Call to Worship: Grace of Jesus

Leader: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ

be with you all.

People: And also with you.

Leader: Holiness is the beauty of God’s temple

while time shall last.

People: We worship God in the sanctity

and freedom from our sins, 

which Christ gives us through his life’s blood.

B. David Hostetter, Prayers for the Seasons of God’s People: Worship Aids for the Revised Common Lectionary Year B, (Abingdon, 1999), 216.

Thy Word is A Lamp Hymn #601

1. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. When I feel afraid, think I've lost

my way, still you're there right beside me, and nothing will I fear as long as you are near.

Please be near me to the end.


2. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Now I will not forget your love for

me and yet my heart forever is wandering. Jesus, be my guide and hold me to your side, and I

will love you to the end.


Affirmation of Faith for Christ the King Sunday

based on 2 Samuel 23:1-7

Everything speaks. Creation speaks. Sunlight, bursting forth over endless rolling hills and through windows that pay the gift forward by presenting a kaleidoscope of colors, speaks of a brilliant and intense love. Silence speaks, and in moments of silent prayer, we feel a familiar and tender embrace. We can hear God in the silence. Music, the language of the atmosphere, speaks to and for the parts of us that words cannot. And people speak. Our people, who come in shades that together create a handsome symphony of colors, speak. God speaks through our communities. The Spirit of the Lord speaks through us.  Inspire our utterances, God, and help us to receive again the wondrous gift that you have placed before us: the opportunity to listen. Amen.

Scripture: Matthew 9:10-17 (CEB)

10 As Jesus sat down to eat in Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners joined Jesus and his disciples at the table. 11 But when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 12 When Jesus heard it, he said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor, but sick people do. 13 Go and learn what this means: I want mercy and not sacrifice.  I didn’t come to call righteous people, but sinners.” 14 At that time John’s disciples came and asked Jesus, “Why do we and the Pharisees frequently fast, but your disciples never fast?”

15 Jesus responded, “The wedding guests can’t mourn while the groom is still with them, can they? But the days will come when the groom will be taken away from them, and then they’ll fast.

16 “No one sews a piece of new, unshrunk cloth on old clothes because the patch tears away the cloth and makes a worse tear. 17 No one pours new wine into old wineskins. If they did, the wineskins would burst, the wine would spill, and the wineskins would be ruined. Instead, people pour new wine into new wineskins so that both are kept safe.”

Sermon: The Great Conversation

A sermon on the passage from Matthew 9:10-17. People are curious about the new thing that Jesus is doing. 

He invites them (and us) into the great conversation. 


Hymn #159: Lift High the Cross

1. Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim till all the world adore his sacred name. 

Come, Christians, follow this triumphant sign. The hosts of God in unity combine.


2. Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim till all the world adore his sacred name. 

Each newborn servant of the Crucified bears on the brow the seal of him who died.

page114image42936256page114image429328003. Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim till all the world adore his sacred name. 
page114image42933184O Lord, once lifted on the glorious tree, as thou hast promised, draw the world to thee.


4. Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim till all the world adore his sacred name. 

So shall our song of triumph ever be: Praise to the Crucified for victory!


Benediction: Blessed with Christ

Before us it is blessed, behind us it is blessed,

below us it is blessed, above us it is blessed,

around us it is blessed as we set out with Christ.

Our speech is blessed as we set out for God.

With beauty before us, with beauty behind us,

with beauty below us, with beauty above us,

with beauty around us, we set out for a holy place indeed. Amen.


Mission Focus: Thanksgiving Offering

Here is a link to the offering page.