October 25 Worship
Worship will be live streamed on Grace's YouTube channel (accessed by clicking the icon above), and the video recording uploaded here afterward.
When we love God and our neighbors, everything changes.
WELCOME and CALL TO WORSHIP
For those who have not been welcomed before,
you are welcomed by Christ here.
For those who have been turned away,
Christ is opening the door for you.
For those who have been forgotten,
God cannot forget you, for God made you.
Come, join together in worship of our God.
You are God’s beloved.
We welcome each other in the name of Christ. Amen.
OPENING HYMN No.643
Now Thank We All Our God
(Because the singing of hymns is discouraged during this period of pandemic, you are invited to meditate on the hymn below.)
Now thank we all our God
with heart and hands and voices,
who wondrous things hath done,
in whom this world rejoices;
who, from our mothers' arms,
hath blessed us on our way
with countless gifts of love,
and still is ours today.
O may this bounteous God
through all our life be near us,
with ever joyful hearts
and blessed peace to cheer us;
and keep us in God's grace,
and guide us when perplexed,
and free us from all ills
in this world and the next.
All praise and thanks to God,
who reigns in highest heaven,
to Father and to Son
and Spirit now be given:
the one eternal God,
whom heaven and earth adore,
the God who was, and is,
and shall be evermore.
CALL TO PRAYERS
In spite of God’s love for us, we often act in destructive and hateful ways. We close our hearts to God and disobey God’s law. Together let us confess our sin and offer our prayers to God.
PRAYERS OF CONFESSION & INTERCESSION
Savior Jesus, we come to you knowing that we have not followed your ways.
Forgive us for not seeing our neighbors as our brothers and sisters. Forgive us for not sharing the same love and care with them that you give to us.
Nurture us in your healing love, so that fear has no power over us.
Call us into your ways of justice, peace and mercy.
God of All Seasons, we come to you, experiencing your beauty at work in creation all around us.
Remind us that we, too, are works in progress.
You continue to shape us into the people you call us to be.
As the season turns, may we learn and grow, and know that your love is steadfast and unchanging in our turning world.
In the name of Jesus, we pray all things.
Let us lift our prayers to God for the brokenness of this world and for the needs of our community and our hearts.
ASSURANCE OF GOD WITH US
God is the one who loves us always. God is the one who makes us new again.
God is the one who sees our foolishness, self-righteousness and arrogance, and sets us back on the path of humility, loving us every step of the way.
God’s grace is for all of us.
We are forgiven, renewed and restored,
but most of all, we are loved always.
Go and share the Good News. Amen.
SHARING THE PEACE OF CHRIST
By fulfilling the law of love, we are brought into unity with Christ and with one another. The peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!
And also with you.
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
Holy Wisdom, may your Spirit guide us in meditation on your word, that we might be led more deeply into knowledge of you and love for all your creatures and creations. In Christ we pray, Amen.
Rev. Kathryn R. Mustaro
OUR GIFTS OF SACRIFICE and THANKSGIVING
All of the rules and laws of our faith can be summed up in the law of love for God and one another. That is what our ministry and gifts are about. Let us gather our gifts together and offer them to God in gratitude and praise.
Thank you for sending your offerings. They make a great difference to our church’s work in the world.
Prayer of Dedication
We have heard what we must do: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. And ... you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
May the offerings we bring this day be a sign of our commitment to be known by our love. Bless these offerings and our loving in your holy name, we pray. Amen.
We Are Sent
CLOSING HYMN No. 44
Like a Mother Who Has Borne Us
(You are invited to meditate on the hymn below.)
Like a mother who has borne us,
held us close in her delight,
fed us freely from her body,
God has called us into life.
Like a father who has taught us,
grasped our hand and been our guide,
lifted us and healed our sorrows,
God has walked with us in life.
Though as children we have wandered,
placed our trust in power and might,
left behind our brothers, sisters,
God still calls us into life.
When we offer food and comfort,
grasp our neighbor’s hand in love,
tread the path of peace and justice,
God still walks with us in life.
All songs not in the public domain are used by permission of CCLI #1124594.
Centering Words, Sharing the Peace of Christ, Prayer of Dedication - Scifres, Mary. The Abingdon Worship Annual 2020 . Abingdon Press. Kindle Edition.
Call to Worship, Prayers of Confession and Intercession, Assurance of God With Us - Liturgy created/adapted by Rev. Mindi Welton-Mitchell, “Worship Resources for October 26, 2014, 20th Sunday after Pentecost,” at rev-o-lution.org.
Call to Prayers - Faith Alive Christian Resources; Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. The Worship Sourcebook, Second Edition (p. 85). Kindle Edition.
Invitation to the Offering - Offering Invitations for Ordinary Time, May 18 through November 23, 2008, accessed at