November 20 Worship Bulletin

November 20 Worship Bulletin

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Prelude – “Now Thank We All Our God” – Arr. Robert J. Hughes

*Call to Worship – (inspired by Psalm 100 and Deuteronomy 26:9-10)

  • L: Shouts of joy! Songs of praise! Sounds of hope and love!
  • P: These are moments of thanksgiving – thanks-giving to our God!
  • L: Adonai is our God. Our creator. We are God’s people, led by God’s love.
  • P: These are moments of thanksgiving – thanks-giving to our God!
  • L: Enter God’s house thanks-giving. Enter God’s house full of praise!
  • P: These are moments of thanksgiving – thanks-giving to our God!
  • L: God’s love is never ending.
  • P: God is good! Alleluia!
  • L: On this day of the harvest –
  • P: we bring our gifts to you, God. You have brought us into this place and shared with us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey, a land flowing with maple syrup. Bless this thanks-giving, offered now to you! In Christ’s name, we ask it. May it be so.

*Hymn – “Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart” – UMH #160 (vv. 1& 5)

Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice, give thanks and sing.

  1. Rejoice, ye pure in heart; rejoice, give thanks, and sing;
    your glorious banner wave on high, the cross of Christ your King. [Refrain]
  1. Praise God who reigns on high, the Lord whom we adore,
    the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, one God forevermore. [Refrain]

*Psalm 100

  • L: Shout triumphantly to the Lord, all the earth!
  • P: Serve the Lord with celebration! Come before him with shouts of joy!
  • L: Know that the Lord is God—he made us; we belong to him.
  • P: We are his people, the sheep of his own pasture.
  • L: Enter his gates with thanks; enter his courtyards with praise!
  • P: Thank him! Bless his name!
  • L: Because the Lord is good,
  • P: his loyal love lasts forever; his faithfulness lasts generation after generation.

*Hymn – “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come” – UMH #694

  1. Come, ye thankful people, come, raise the song of harvest home;
    all is safely gathered in, ere the winter storms begin.
    God our Maker doth provide for our wants to be supplied;
    come to God’s own temple, come, raise the song of harvest home.
  2. All the world is God’s own field, fruit as praise to God we yield;
    wheat and tares together sown are to joy or sorrow grown;
    first the blade and then the ear, then the full corn shall appear;
    Lord of harvest, grant that we wholesome grain and pure may be.
  3. For the Lord our God shall come, and shall take the harvest home;
    from the field shall in that day all offenses purge away,
    giving angels charge at last in the fire the tares to cast;
    but the fruitful ears to store in the garner evermore.
  4. Even so, Lord, quickly come, bring thy final harvest home;
    gather thou thy people in, free from sorrow, free from sin,
    there, forever purified, in thy presence to abide;
    come, with all thine angels, come, raise the glorious harvest home.

*Prayer of Thanksgiving

Anthem – “We Gather Together” – Arr. by Rebecca Bonam

Time with the Children

Scripture Reading – Deuteronomy 26:1-11

1Once you have entered the land the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, and you take possession of it and are settled there, 2take some of the early produce of the fertile ground that you have harvested from the land the LORD your God is giving you, and put it in a basket. Then go to the location the LORD your God selects for his name to reside. 3Go to the priest who is in office at that time and say to him: “I am declaring right now before the LORD my God that I have indeed arrived in the land the LORD swore to our ancestors to give us.”

4The priest will then take the basket from you and place it before the LORD your God’s altar. 5Then you should solemnly state before the LORD your God:

“My father was a starving Aramean. He went down to Egypt, living as an immigrant there with few family members, but that is where he became a great nation, mighty and numerous. 6The Egyptians treated us terribly, oppressing us and forcing hard labor on us. 7So we cried out for help to the LORD, our ancestors’ God. The LORD heard our call. God saw our misery, our trouble, and our oppression. 8The LORD brought us out of Egypt with a strong hand and an outstretched arm, with awesome power, and with signs and wonders. 9He brought us to this place and gave us this land—a land full of milk and honey. 10So now I am bringing the early produce of the fertile ground that you, LORD, have given me.”

Set the produce before the LORD your God, bowing down before the LORD your God. 11Then celebrate all the good things the LORD your God has done for you and your family—each one of you along with the Levites and the immigrants who are among you.

  • L: The Word of God, the Word of Life.
  • P: Thanks be to God!


*Hymn – “For the Beauty of the Earth” – UMH #160

Refrain: Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise

  1. For the beauty of the earth, for the glory of the skies,
    for the love which from our birth over and around us lies (Refrain)
  2. For the beauty of each hour of the day and of the night,
    hill and vale, and tree and flower, sun and moon, and stars of light; (Refrain)
  3. For the joy of ear and eye, for the heart and mind’s delight,
    for the mystic harmony linking sense to sound and sight; (Refrain)
  4. For the joy of human love, brother, sister, parent, child,
    friends on earth and friends above, for all gentle thoughts and mild; (Refrain)
  5. For thy church, that evermore lifteth holy hands above,
    offering up on every shore her pure sacrifice of love; (Refrain)
  6. For thyself, best Gift Divine, to the world so freely given,
    for that great, great love of thine, peace on earth, and joy in heaven: (Refrain)

Anthem – “Thanksgiving (A Medley of Hymns) – Arr. by Craig Curry

Invitation to Give
Doxology & Presentation of Gifts

Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Praise him, all creatures here below.
Praise him above, ye heavenly host.
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

*Closing Song – “Let All Things Now Living” – FWS #2008

  1. Let all things now living a song of thanksgiving
    To God the creator triumphantly raise.
    Who fashioned and made us, protected and stayed us,
    Who guides us on and leads to the end of our days.
    God’s banners fly o’er us, God’s light goes before us,
    A pillar of fire shining forth in the night.
    Till shadows have vanished and darkness is banished
    As forward we travel from light into light.
  2. The law God enforces, the stars in their courses
    And sun in its orbit obediently shine;
    The hills and the mountains, the rivers and fountains,
    The deeps of the ocean proclaim the Divine.
    We too should be voicing our love and rejoicing;
    With glad adoration a song let us raise
    Till all things now living unite in thanksgiving:
    “To God in the highest, Hosanna and praise!” Amen.


*Postlude – “Thanks Be To God” – by Ernest. H. Sheppard

Lyrics to Special Music

Thanksgiving (A Medley of Hymns)
Alleluia! Alleluia! Raise the song of harvest home! Come, ye thankful people come; raise the song of harvest home. All is safely gathered in ere the winter storms begin. God, our Maker, doth provide for our wants to be supplied; come to God’s own temple, come, raise the song of harvest home. Sing to the Lord of harvest, sing songs of love and praise; with joyful hearts and voices your alleluias raise. By Him the rolling seasons in fruitful order move; sing to the Lord of harvest a joyous song of love; Alleluia! Alleluia! Sing to the Lord an alleluia! 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 mother’s arms, hath blessed us on our way, with countless gifts of love, and still is ours today; Alleluia! Alleluia! Raise the song of harvest home!

Helping Lead Today’s Worship

  • Liturgist: Ellen Hoover
  • Organ/Piano: Kathy Cay
  • Rev. Drew Hart