22nd Sunday after

Pentecost

All Saints Day

We Gather as the Body of Christ

WELCOME, ANNOUNCEMENTS, AND

FUNNY STORY     

Pastor Bob Stewart

CENTERING WORDS

(Psalm 149)

Rejoice and be glad, for the Lord reigns. God lifts up the lowly, and

casts down the mighty. The Lord adorns the humble with victory, and visits judgement upon the proud. Rejoice and be glad, for truly the Lord reigns.

CALL TO WORSHIP

(responsive reading)

Sharon Stewart – Liturgist

Come into God’s presence with singing and praise.

We join the assembly of faithful followers.

Bring dancing and melody, joy and laughter.

We gather with the great cloud of witnesses who came before us.

Sing a new song to God, even as remember ancient wisdom.

We embrace the saint who died in faith, as we proclaim the foundation of our hope.

GATHERING HYMN:

To God Be the Glory

UMC Hymnal    #98

OPENING PRAYER  (Unison)

Sharon Stewart

God of ages past, hope of days yet to come, we come into your presence with joy and thanksgiving.  For those who have gone before us, we gratefully remember their wisdom.  For those who will follow after us, we fervently pray for their growth in faith.  For those who are here now, we offer you our lives, that we may be faithful disciples of our love.  In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

CHILDREN'S TIME with Pastor Bob

PREPARATION FOR PRAYER

Lord Listen to Your Children Praying

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

PASTORAL PRAYER

Pastor Bob Stewart

We Attend to the Word

HYMN:   Rejoice in God’s Saints

UMC Hymnal    #708

SCRIPTURE    Ephesians 1: 11-23

(the Message Bible)

THE MESSAGE    Spending the Inheritance

Pastor Bob

We Gather at Christ's Table

INVITATION TO OFFERING   

Pastor Bob

The Spirit of God works through us, speaking hope through our words. The mercy of Christ works within us, healing neighbors through our actions in Christ’s name. Now let us freely give of our time, treasure, and talent for the work of God’s church in the world. Give as you are called and as you are able.

OFFERTORY

When the Saints Go Marching In

Barbara Houser - Soloist

DOXOLOGY

Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow

UMC Hymnal    #94

BLESSING OF THE OFFERING    (Unison)

Generous God, you have blessed us throughout our lives. Take

these offerings, and every gift we give, and us them to show others the breadth of your unfailing love. Amen.

Amen.

COMMUNION:

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING

AND LORD'S PRAYER

SHARING THE BREAD AND THE CUP

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Eternal God, we give you thanks for this holy mystery in which you

Have given yourself to us.  Grant that we may go into the world in the strength of your Spirit, to give ourselves for others, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

We Are Sent in Ministry to the World

HYMN:   Sing a Song of the Saints of God

UMC Hymnal    #712

BENEDICTION   Pastor Bob

Go in hope to which Christ calls us. Let us walk the path God sets

before us. Let us grow in the Spirit’s wisdom and truth. Let us live in the love that is transforming our lives

SENDING FORTH HYMN

Shalom to You

UMC Hymnal    #666

DEPART IN PEACE, SHALOM

Worship Liturgy is taken from two sources: Lectionary Liturgies and

The Abington Worship Annual 2022