Sunday Oct. 25 program

DATE: Sunday, October 25
TIME: 11 am

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Meeting ID: 774 575 7267

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PROGRAM

WELCOME

*OPENING HYMN: # 110 “A Mighty Fortress is our God” (The Hinz family)

GREETING
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION #890
Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.  We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.  We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.  For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your name. Amen.

LORD HAVE MERCY (Schubert) (The Hinz family)

OPENING PRAYER

FIRST READING (Maryanne Karner)
Exodus 22:20-26

20 “Whoever sacrifices to any god other than the LORD must be destroyed. 21 “Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt. 22 “Do not take advantage of the widow or the fatherless. 23 If you do and they cry out to me, I will certainly hear their cry. 24 My anger will be aroused, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives will become widows and your children fatherless. 25 “If you lend money to one of my people among you who is needy, do not treat it like a business deal; charge no interest. 26 If you take your neighbor’s cloak as a pledge, return it by sunset.
Reader:  The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

*PSALTER Psalm 18 (not in UM Hymnal) (Maryanne Karner) (sung response -The Hinz family)

*GLORIA PATRI

SECOND READING (Maryanne Karner)
1Thess 1:5-10
5 because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. 6 You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. 7 And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. 8 The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it, 9 for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.
Reader:  The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

ALLELLUIA #306 (Maryanne Karner)
Whoever loves me will keep my word, says the Lord, and my Father will love him and we will come to him.

*GOSPEL
Matthew 22:34-40 (Dr. Charles Hinz)
34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Reader:  The Gospel of the Lord.  Praise be to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

HYMN #189 “Fairest Lord Jesus” (The Hinz family)

SERMON

APOSTLES’ CREED #881
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried; the third day he rose from the dead;
he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of the God Father Almighty.
from thence he shall come again to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE (Anthony Vaicels)
Anthony will read the prayers of the people.  If you would like a prayer to be read next Sunday, please send your request to Anthony.  You may call or text him at (347) 617-6098 or send an email to him at the following address: mixeroff@aol.com

HYMN # 126 “Sing Praise to God” (The Hinz family)

GREAT THANKSGIVING (pp.20-22)

THE LORD’S PRAYER

LAMB OF GOD (Schubert)

COMMUNION PRAYER
(For those who are listening in, we invite you to receive “spiritually,” by praying:   “Father, I pray, that I might be more closely spiritually united to your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.”)

COMMUNION HYMN #620 “One Bread, One Body” (The Hinz family)

*CLOSING HYMN #102 “Now, Thank We All our God” (The Hinz family)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

BENEDICTION