Thanksgiving Worship Service
November 20, 2022
Prelude: Blessed Assurance by Mrs. J. E. Knapp, arr. Fred Bock – James Washington, keyboardist
Wise Words from John Gaul
*Hymn: “We Gather Together”
*Opening of the Word
Vindicate me, O Lord,
for I have walked in my integrity,
and I have trusted in the Lord without wavering.
Prove me, O Lord, and try me;
test my heart and mind.
O Lord, I love the house in which you dwell,
and the place where your glory abides.
Do not sweep me away with sinners,
nor my life with the bloodthirsty.
As for me, I walk in my integrity;
redeem me, and be gracious to me.
My foot stands on level ground;
in the great congregation I will bless the Lord.
*Invitation to Prayer:
O come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our maker.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your holy spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. Amen.
O Lord, our heavenly Creator, whose great love holds a forgiveness for all who desire and seek it: we thank thee for thy gracious assurance that thou art always near and ready to forgive. Pardon and deliver us from all our sins; confirm and strengthen us in all goodness and truth, and bring us into everlasting life; for thy mercy’s sake. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
O Lord, open thou our lips:
And our mouths shall show forth thy praise.
*Praise ye the Lord!
The Lord’s name be praised!
Holy, holy, holy; Lord God of hosts:
Heav’n and earth are full of thy glory. Amen.
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 12:1-6; Revelation 7:9-17, Arcana Coelestia #9286
Solo: Take My Life, and Let it Be Words by Frances R. Havergal (1874), Music by Harry Huff – Heather Garland, soloist
Spiritual Message: Thanksgiving from the Heart – Rev. Junchol Lee
*Affirmation of Faith (Unison)
Great Spirit, Christ, the Compassionate One, Light of the World, You are that which sustains and nurtures our spirit. You draw us closer to Heaven and to each other. Your Divine Love and Wisdom flows into every living soul. You dwell among us and warm every human heart. We acknowledge our need to be fed by your Sacred Spirit, to share in the beauty of life, and to build a Holy City on Earth by giving of ourselves, yet knowing that all that is good and true flows into us from You. Amen.
Prayer of the People/Pastoral Prayer
Invitation to the Offering
Offertory: He’s God the Whole World in His Hands, Traditional Spiritual, arr. Fred Bock
Praise God the Source of life and birth; Praise God the Word who came to earth
Praise God the Spirit, holy flame; All glory, honor to God’s name. Amen.
*Prayer of Dedication
*Hymn: “Now Thank We All Our God”
*Closing of the Word
*Sung Response: Aaronic Benediction
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you; the Lord be gracious to you, and give you peace, and give you peace. Amen.
Postlude: Precious Memories by J. B. Wright, arr. Fred Bock