First United Methodist Church of Schenectady
Worship for the 25th Sunday after Pentecost
November 14, 2021
Photo by Zach Long
It may help to center yourself into worship by lighting a candle, as a symbol of God’s presence with you during the time of worship. You may also want to pay attention to lighting, the position of your body, and the availability of distractions.
“Remember the Saints”
Breath prayers involve breathing in the first phrase, and breathing out the second.
You may wish to simply pray for a moment before starting, or you may wish to pray while listening to the prelude.
“‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’ Homage to Zipoli” (Royal Oak) by Marilyn Biery
Call to Worship
One: God is my strength and my power and has become my salvation.
Many: There are joyous songs of victory in the tents of the righteous.
One: Open to me the gates of righteousness that I may enter through them and give thanks to God.
Many: God is the gate through whom the righteous enter with thanksgiving.
Hymn #147: All Things Bright and Beautiful
Connecting in Prayer
Our God, you are always more ready to bestow your good gifts on us than we are to seek them, and are willing to give more than we desire or deserve. Help us so to seek that we may truly find, so to ask that we may joyfully receive, so to knock that the door of your mercy may be opened to us. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father (Creator) 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 trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, and the power,
and the glory, for ever. Amen.
Word and Reflection
Passing of the Peace
If you are worshiping with others, please pass the Peace of Christ.
Whether you are alone or with others, please take a moment to find God’s peace within, and then to share it with the world. You may want to reach out to speak peace to another during this week.
Hymn #707: Hymn of Promise
Scripture Reading – Luke 21:5-8
Sermon: “In Our End Is Our Beginning” – Rev. Bill Pattison
Photo by Larry McArthur
If you wish, you are welcome to use this time to make a donation to the church online, or to put a check in the mail.
The time of offering is not only about our financial gifts to the church, it is about offering our lives to God and the building of the kindom. This is a time for reflection: What is being asked of us? What is being given to us? What are we able to offer? What do we need?
Offertory: “Hymn of Promise” by John Carter
Hymn #336: Of All the Spirit’s Gifts to Me
Go in peace to be the instrument of peace to all you encounter. Amen
“Chaconne” by Louis Couperin