November 8, 2020


VIRTUAL WORSHIP for SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2020

A SERVICE OF WORD AND PRAYER
23rd Sunday after Pentecost
November 8, 2020
COVID-19 pandemic week 35

Led by:
LIVING WATERS LUTHERAN CHURCH

11 Old York Road ~ Ringoes, NJ 08551
www.lwlc-flemington.org

Rev. Scott Schantzenbach, Interim Pastor
Shannen Hemmel, Musician
Bob Chilcoat, Lector
Terry Welsh, Videographer and Editor


In this time of world-wide crisis, congregations throughout this church are not able to gather for worship as the body of Christ. While we cannot be together in person, we can hear the word of God and hold each other in prayer. We offer this worship resource as an aid for prayer and worship in the home.

VIDEO 1 PASTOR

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND INTRODUCTION OF THE DAY
Today the prophet Amos calls for justice to roll down like waters. Paul urges us to encourage one another with the promised coming of the Lord. Jesus tells the parable of the wise and foolish bridesmaids. Surrounded by the faithful of every time and place, we celebrate Christ’s coming in our midst in the word of life and the feast of victory—the marriage feast of the lamb.

GREETING
P: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
And also with you.

P: You are the treasured people of the LORD,
a people holy to the LORD our God.

P: Keep the words of the LORD in your heart; teach them to your children.
Talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise.

P: One does not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.

PRAYER OF THE DAY
P: The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
O God of justice and love, you illumine our way through life with the words of your Son. Give us the light we need, and awaken us to the needs of others, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

AUDIO

SING: SONG OF PRAISE
All: Salvation belongs to our God and to Christ the Lamb forever and ever.
I: Great and wonderful are your deeds, O God of the universe;
just and true are your ways, O Ruler of all the nations.
Who can fail to honor you, Lord, and sing the glory of your name?
All: Salvation belongs to our God and to Christ the Lamb forever and ever.
II: For you alone are the Holy One.
All nations will draw near and worship before you,
for your just and holy works have been revealed.
All: Salvation belongs to our God and to Christ the Lamb forever and ever.

VIDEO LECTOR

FIRST READING: Amos 5:18-24
In the days of Amos, people thought that the day of the LORD would be a time of great victory, but Amos announced that it would be a day of darkness, not light. He said liturgy is no substitute for obedience. The LORD demands justice and righteousness in the community.
 18Alas for you who desire the day of the LORD!
  Why do you want the day of the LORD?
 It is darkness, not light;
  19as if someone fled from a lion,
  and was met by a bear;
 or went into the house and rested a hand against the wall,
  and was bitten by a snake.
 20Is not the day of the LORD darkness, not light,
  and gloom with no brightness in it?

 21I hate, I despise your festivals,
  and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies.
 22Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings,
  I will not accept them;
 and the offerings of well-being of your fatted animals
  I will not look upon.
 23Take away from me the noise of your songs;
  I will not listen to the melody of your harps.
 24But let justice roll down like waters,
  and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
Word of God, word of life.
Thanks be to God.

PSALM: Psalm 70
 1Be pleased, O God, to de- | liver me;
  O LORD, make | haste to help me.
 2Let those who seek my life be put to shame | and confounded;
  let those who take pleasure in my misfortune draw back and | be disgraced.
 3Let those who say to me “Aha!” and gloat | over me
  turn back because | of their shame.
 4Let all who seek you rejoice and be | glad in you;
  let those who love your salvation say forever, “Great | is the LORD!”
 5But as for me, I am poor and needy; come to me quick- | ly, O God.
  You are my helper and my deliverer; O LORD, | do not tarry.

AUDIO

SING: GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
Word of life, Jesus Christ, all glory to you!
Word of life, Jesus Christ, all praise to you!
Our hearts burn within us while you open to us the Scriptures.
Word of life, Jesus Christ, all glory to you!
Word of life, Jesus Christ, all praise to you!

VIDEO PASTOR

GOSPEL: Matthew 25:1-13
Jesus tells a parable about his own second coming, emphasizing the need for readiness at all times.

The holy gospel according to Matthew.
Glory to you, O Lord.

[Jesus said to the disciples:] 1“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; 4but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. 6But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ 7Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. 8The foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9But the wise replied, ‘No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ 10And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. 11Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ 12But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I do not know you.’ 13Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”
The gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

SERMON

VIDEO SHANNEN

SING: HYMN: ELW 583 "TAKE MY LIFE"

Refrain
Take my life, that I may be
consecrated, Lord, to thee;
take my moments and my days;
let them flow in ceaseless praise.

1 Take my hands and let them move
at the impulse of thy love;
take my feet and let them be
swift and beautiful for thee. Refrain

2 Take my silver and my gold,
not a mite would I withhold;
take my intellect and use
ev'ry pow'r as thou shalt choose. Refrain

Text: Frances R. Havergal, 1836-1879

VIDEO PASTOR

RESPONSE TO THE WORD: CREED AND CONFESSION
A: In Christ, you have heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation.
We believe in him and are marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit.

A: Living together in trust and hope, we confess our faith.
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living 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

A: Build yourselves up on your most holy faith;
pray in the Holy Spirit.

A: Keep yourselves in the love of God;
look forward to the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ.

A: If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation:
Everything old has passed away; behold, everything has become new!

P: God has given us the ministry of reconciliation.
Therefore, let us be reconciled to God and to one another.

P: Gracious God,
have mercy on us. In your compassion forgive us our sins,
known and unknown, things done and left undone.
Uphold us by your Spirit so that we may live and serve you in newness of life,
to the honor and glory of your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

P: Almighty God have mercy on you,
forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ,
strengthen you in all goodness,
and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life.
Amen

PEACE

P: Children of God, rejoice. Mend your ways, encourage one another, agree with one another, live in peace. The peace of the Lord be with you always.
And also with you.

OFFERING, SERVING, CARING
P: In the abundance of God’s steadfast love, God calls us from death to life, from silence to speech, from idleness to action. In Proverbs 3:9 Solomon writes: “Honor the Lord with your substance, and with the first-fruits of all your produce.” Giving is an act of honor. Living Waters is a generous people honoring our neighbor, our community, our God, by sharing and serving.

We offer ourselves to God and neighbor, and with the Church through all the ages we give thanks for the saving love in Jesus.

AUDIO

SING: OFFERTORY
Glory to you, God, for yours is the earth;
yours the anointing, the radiant worth.
Ours the rejoicing for spirits aflame.
ours the thanksgiving to your holy name.
Ours be the telling of deeds greatly done.
yours be the glory, O God, yours alone.

VIDEO PASTOR

OFFERING PRAYER
A: Let us pray. God of goodness and growth,
all creation is yours,
and your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.
Water and word, wine and bread:
these are signs of your abundant grace.
Nourish us through these gifts,
that we might proclaim your steadfast love
in our communities and in the world,
through Jesus Christ, our strength and our song.
Amen.

THE PRAYERS
A: Longing for Christ’s reign to come among us, we pray for the outpouring of God’s power on the church, the world, and all in need.
A: Holy God, rouse us to deep praise as we gather for worship. Enliven our worship with sincere and heartfelt song. Sustain the work of all church musicians and artists who lead us in praise and prayer (especially). Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.
A: Holy Creator, surprise and delight us with the beauty of the world you have made. Bless the work of landscapers, architects, and artists whose work invites us into harmonious living with your creation. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.
A: Holy Judge, let justice roll down like waters over this world. Reign over the courtrooms of every land, in the hearts of those who guard the law and those who stand accused of crimes. Be present in cases where we long for both justice and mercy to prevail. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.
A: Holy Companion, console those who feel lonely or abandoned. Share the hours of those who live and eat alone. Comfort those who have few friends or who struggle with their identity and place in this world. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.
A: Holy Protector, be with all observing Veterans Day. Guard the lives of active duty and retired military personnel. Comfort all who mourn those who have died in the line of duty. Heal the wounds, both physical and mental, experienced by service members. Hear us, O God
Your mercy is great.
A: Holy and Immortal One, we pray in thanksgiving for the lives of all who have died. Remind us of the frailty and shortness of our own lives and inspire us to use them for the building up of your kingdom. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.
P: Receive our prayers in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior, until that day when you gather all creation around your throne where you will reign forever and ever.
Amen.

LORD’S PRAYER
Let us pray with confidence in the words our Savior gave us:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those
who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and forever. Amen.

BLESSING
P: May the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ fill you with every spiritual blessing.
Amen

P: May the God of faithfulness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus.
Amen

P: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Amen

DISMISSAL
Go in peace. Serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

VIDEO SHANNEN

SENDING SONG: ELW 547 "SENT FORTH BY GOD'S BLESSING"

1 Sent forth by God's blessing,
our true faith confessing,
the people of God from this dwelling take leave.
The supper is ended.
Oh, now be extended
the fruits of this service in all who believe.
The seed of Christ's teaching,
receptive souls reaching,
shall blossom in action for God and for all.
Your grace shall incite us,
your love shall unite us
to work for your kingdom and answer your call.

2 With praise and thanksgiving
to God ever-living,
the tasks of our ev'ryday life we will face—
our faith ever sharing,
in love ever caring,
embracing God's children, the whole human race.
With your feast you feed us,
with your light now lead us;
unite us as one in this life that we share.
Then may all the living
with praise and thanksgiving
give honor to Christ and his name that we bear.

Text: Omer Westendorf, 1916-1997, alt.
Text © 1964 World Library Publications, 3708 River Rd., Suite 400, Franklin Park, IL 60131. All rights reserved.

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