Stewardship Sunday

We begin and prepare for worship by centering ourselves, remembering the waters of baptism.

In baptism, we are joined to Christ and made members of one body, a people seeking to live faithfully into God’s purpose for us and for all creation.

PRELUDE                                    Now Thank We All Our God

*CALL TO WORSHIP  From Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy habitation of the Most High.
The Holy One of hosts is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our refuge.

*HYMN 712                 As Those of Old Their Firstfruits Brought

*INVITATION TO CONFESSION

Precious and boundless Creator, we come to you fearlessly, armed with the knowledge that relief from our burdens is not a privilege to be earned but an indiscriminate blessing. Emboldened by the teachings of Christ, we recognize that all people—no matter their individual guilts, shortcomings, or obstacles—are worthy of this blessing. In full assurance of faith, we embrace this most basic of human rights. Let us pray.

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Holy God, in Christ Jesus you show us how to share freely and fully with others all the resources which come to us from you. We confess our deep tendency to keep for ourselves more than we really need, and to overestimate how much we need. Help us to experience more often the surprising truth that when we share with others what seems preciously scarce to us, we find that everyone has more of what they really need. And give us greater courage and commitment in following more faithfully the way of boundless self-giving embodied in your Beloved, Anointed One. Amen.

(Silent confession.)

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE:

HYMN 437 You Are the Lord

(Sung once by cantor;
congregation joins second time.)

*ASSURANCE OF GRACE+

“When you start to feel like things should have been better this year, remember the mountains and valleys that got you here. They are not accidents, and those moments weren’t in vain. You are not the same. You have grown and you are growing. You are breathing, you are living, you are wrapped in endless, boundless grace. And things will get better. There is more to you than yesterday.”

Believe the Good News of the Gospel.
In Jesus Christ we are loved and befriended by God.

*PASSING OF THE PEACE

Since we have been reconciled to God, let us also be reconciled to one another.

The peace of Christ be with you.
And also with you.

(The congregation is invited to exchange signs of peace.)

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE:

HYMN 693 The Gift of Love, verse 3

Come, Spirit, come, our hearts control,
our spirits long to be made whole.
Let inward love guide every deed;
by this we worship, and are freed.

SCRIPTURE READING                                                           ***

For the word of God in scripture, for the word of God among us, for the word of God within us, thanks be to God.                     

SERMON – Meredith Cox

*HYMN 36                                        For the Fruit of All Creation

PRAYERS OF SUPPLICATION AND INTERCESSION

O God, in your lovingkindness,
         Hear our prayer.

OFFERING                              Every Valley Should Be Exalted

There are three ways to give:

  1. Through the offering plate.
  2. Through the “Give-lify” app.
  3. By clicking the “donate” button on woodlandnash.org.

*DOXOLOGY  [LAAST UNS ERFREUEN]

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow.
Praise God, all creatures high and low.
Alleluia, alleluia!
Praise God, in Jesus fully known:
Creator, Word, and Spirit one.
Alleluia, alleluia!
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to God.
Let us give thanks to God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.

O God,
through Jesus Christ
you richly bless us with all that we need,
bread from the earth and the bread of heaven,
which gives life to the world.
Grant us one thing more:
grateful hearts to sing your praise,
in this world and the world to come.

We give thanks to you in all things, O God, as we pray, saying:

Our Father-Mother, 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 sins, as we forgive the sins of others; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

*HYMN 367                            Come, Ye Thankful People, Come

*DISMISSAL

POSTLUDE                                                  Praise to the Lord

*Please rise in body or in spirit.

+ “There is More to You Than Yesterday” – Morgan Harper Nichols

***
The Session of the Church:
Class of 2019: Mark Taylor, Brett Withers
Class of 2020: Alan Stephenson, Tom Eldridge
Class of 2021: Greg Gardner, Rachel Harley
Melinda Sanders, Moderator

We thank those who served in and prepared for worship today:

Meredith Cox, Preacher    
Bill Maul, Music Director
Scott Sauers, Special Music
Liturgist, Elizabeth Welliver

Announcements

Today we will have our annual Thanksgiving Potluck with our friends at Eastminster. Please join us in the Dining Room downstairs after service!

Hanging of the Greens: After our potluck, we will decorate the sanctuary for Advent. All are welcome to join in the fun! 

Calling All Voices! During ALL FOUR Sundays of Advent, the Woodland Holiday Ensemble will be sing. We will rehearse each Sunday before worship at 10am. Please let Bill Maul know if you’d like to sing on one or all of these weeks (or just show up at 10!).

Donate to support Latinx community raided by ICE: In August, workers (mostly documented) were arrested by ICE in Canton, Mississippi, leaving over 135 children in need of care. The Session at Woodland has voted to offer donations to Mississippi churches working to house the children during this crisis. If you would like to donate to this humanitarian cause, please send a check First Presbyterian Church of Canton (202 East Peace St, Canton, MS 39046).

2019 Annual Report: We have copies of our annual report at each of the entrances! If you would like to join others in our church family by making a pledge for 2020, you may do so at woodlandnash.org!

The Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

We begin and prepare for worship by centering ourselves, remembering the waters of baptism.

In baptism, we are joined to Christ and made members of one body, a people seeking to live faithfully into God’s purpose for us and for all creation.

PRELUDE                                           Lord of All Hopefulness

*CALL TO WORSHIP  From Psalm 98

O sing to the HOLY ONE a new song!
for God has done marvelous things.
Make a joyful noise to the HOLY ONE, all earth.
break forth into joyous song and sing praises.
God will see the world with righteousness
           and the peoples with equity.

*HYMN 401                                                          Gather Us In

*INVITATION TO CONFESSION

Our God is a welcoming God of refuge, and all are invited to let loose their burdens in this morning’s confession.

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION

God of Interruptions, we welcome you into our lives, asking that you call our attention to what’s new and urgent alongside what’s old and still worthy of our consideration.

In the vast diversity of your Creation, we understand that advocacy is a complicated thing. Keep us responsive to the needs of our siblings, all people; and where we have developed for-granted truths, interrupt us—Let us know that we took them.

Guide us, O God, as we shuffle, bend, and learn,
always striving to more faithfully follow the way of Christ,
your Beloved, Anointed One. Amen.

(Silent confession.)

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE:

HYMN 437 You Are the Lord

(Sung once by cantor;
congregation joins second time.)

*ASSURANCE OF GRACE

From the Peace Prayer of St. Francis:

“…O Divine [One], grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.”

Believe the Good News of the Gospel.
In Jesus Christ we are loved and befriended by God.

*PASSING OF THE PEACE

Since we have been reconciled to God, let us also be reconciled to one another.

The peace of Christ be with you.
And also with you.

(The congregation is invited to exchange signs of peace.)

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE:

HYMN 693 The Gift of Love, verse 3

Come, Spirit, come, our hearts control,
our spirits long to be made whole.
Let inward love guide every deed;
by this we worship, and are freed.

SCRIPTURE READING                 1 PETER 5:1-5; EXODUS 18:13-25

For the word of God in scripture, for the word of God among us, for the word of God within us, thanks be to God.               

SERMON

“I’m Just a Ruling Elder” – Robin Thomas

*HYMN                            Young Joseph the Dreamer (handout)

PRAYERS OF SUPPLICATION AND INTERCESSION

O God, in your lovingkindness,
         Hear our prayer.

OFFERING                                                        The Sacrament

There are three ways to give:

  1. Through the offering plate.
  2. Through the “Give-lify” app.
  3. By clicking the “donate” button on woodlandnash.org.

*DOXOLOGY  [LAAST UNS ERFREUEN]

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow.
Praise God, all creatures high and low.
Alleluia, alleluia!
Praise God, in Jesus fully known:
Creator, Word, and Spirit one.
Alleluia, alleluia!
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to God.
Let us give thanks to God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.

God of life, we praise you for your abiding presence
from generation to generation,
blessing your people,
strengthening us to lives of service,
empowering us to witness.

We give thanks to you in all things, O God, as we pray, saying:

The LORD’S PRAYER, as most of us here say it, can be found on the back cover of your hymnal.

*HYMN 343                    Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life

*DISMISSAL

POSTLUDE                                                        Festal Finale

*Please rise in body or in spirit.

***

The Session of the Church:
Class of 2019: Mark Taylor, Brett Withers
Class of 2020: Alan Stephenson, Tom Eldridge
Class of 2021: Greg Gardner, Rachel Harley
Melinda Sanders, Moderator

We thank those who served in and prepared for worship today:

Robin Thomas, Preacher  
Bill Maul, Music Director
Rhea Borzak, Liturgist

Announcements

Donate to support Latinx community raided by ICE: In August, workers (mostly documented) were arrested by ICE in Canton, Mississippi, leaving over 135 children in need of care. The Session at Woodland has voted to work in coalition with Emmanuel Presbyterian Church to offer donations to Mississippi churches working to house the children during this crisis. If you would like to donate to this humanitarian cause, please send a check to First Presbyterian Church of Canton (202 East Peace St, Canton, MS 39046).

Sing with us! Beginning December 1st, the Woodland Vocal Ensemble will sing during worship through the four Sundays of Advent. If you or someone you know is interested in being part of the ensemble, please contact Bill after worship so we know how many people to prepare for. Ensemble practice will gather around the piano in the Sanctuary at 10am each Sunday.

Room In The Inn: As the weather turns colder, we will be hosting guests from Room In The Inn one Saturday night a month. If you would like to be involved in that effort, you can call the church office or reach out to Rachel Harley.

2019 Annual Report: We have copies of our annual report at each of the entrances! If you would like to join others in our church family by making a pledge for 2020, you may do so HERE!

All Saints Sunday

All Saints’ Day is a time to rejoice in all who through the ages have faithfully served the Holy One. The day reminds us that we are part of one continuing, living communion of saints.


We begin and prepare for worship by centering ourselves, remembering the waters of baptism.

In baptism, we are joined to Christ and made members of one body, a people seeking to live faithfully into God’s purpose for us and for all creation.

PRELUDE

“How Bright These Glorious Spirits Shine”

(During the hymn, you are invited to light a candle or candles on behalf of the saints in your life who have gone before you. When the person in front of you has finished lighting candles, carefully pass the taper to the next person in line.)

*CALL TO WORSHIP Lines from Psalm 113

Praise the Holy One!
Praise, O servants of the Holy One;
 praise the name of the Holy One.

Blessed be the name of the Holy One
from this time on and forevermore.
From the rising of the sun to its setting
the name of the Holy One is to be praised.
The Holy One is high above all nations,
and God’s glory above the heavens.
God raises the poor from the dust,
and lifts the needy from the ash heap,
Praise the Holy One!

*HYMN 326 For All the Saints

*INVITATION TO CONFESSION

With humble hearts and open minds, let us join together as one body through this morning’s prayer of confession.

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Holy God, through faithful people in every age you show us how to live by faith in you.

But we often ignore their good example, mistakenly thinking that we can live just as well without them.

Help us realize more fully how much we owe to all those who have gone before us in the life of faith.

Strengthen us by your Spirit, that we might follow more faithfully the way of your justice and lovingkindness embodied forever in Christ Jesus, your Beloved One.

Amen.

(Silent confession.)

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE:

HYMN 437 You Are the Lord

(Sung once by cantor; congregation joins second time.)

*ASSURANCE OF GRACE

You are not broken, not to the point that you cannot be made whole. God works through all of us, and God is working in you, to bring healing and wholeness. Restoration is always possible. Renewal is always possible. Forgiveness is always available. Love always is present.

Believe in the Good News of the Gospel.
In Jesus Christ we are loved and befriended by God.

*PASSING OF THE PEACE

And since we have been reconciled to God, let us also be reconciled to one another.

The peace of Christ be with you.
And also with you.

(The congregation is invited to exchange signs of peace.)

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE:

HYMN 693, verse 3

Come, Spirit, come, our hearts control,
our spirits long to be made whole.
Let inward love guide every deed;
by this we worship, and are freed.

SCRIPTURE READING  LUKE 23:43

For the word of God in scripture, for the word of God among us, for the word of God within us, thanks be to God.                     

SERMON “Always Remember” Eric Holness

*HYMN 730 I Sing a Song of the Saints of God

INVITATION TO THE OFFERING

OFFERING

There are three ways to give:

  1. Through the offering plate.
  2. Through the “Give-lify” app.
  3. By clicking the “donate” button on the homepage of our website, woodlandnash.org.

*DOXOLOGY  [LAAST UNS ERFREUEN]

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow.
Praise God, all creatures high and low.
Alleluia, alleluia!
Praise God, in Jesus fully known:
Creator, Word, and Spirit one.
Alleluia, alleluia!
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

HOLY COMMUNION

INVITATION TO THE TABLE

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING             [INSERT]

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 Christ Jesus.

Amen.

*HYMN 732 Rejoice in God’s Saints

(sung to the tune of LYONS)

*DISMISSAL

POSTLUDE                        “Postlude in C Major”

(Please rise in body or in spirit.)

***
The Session of the Church:
Class of 2019: Mark Taylor, Brett Withers
Class of 2020: Alan Stephenson, Tom Eldridge
Class of 2021: Greg Gardner, Rachel Harley
Heidi Hall, Elder Emerita
Melinda Sanders, Moderator

We thank those who served in and prepared for worship today:

Eric Holness, Preacher
Kelli McClendon, Liturgist
Bill Maul, Music Director
Jeff Moles, Music Coordinator
Kim Smith, Offering Taker
Melissa Vargas, Offering Taker

Announcements

Congregational Meeting: Today we will have a brief congregational meeting at the beginning of our service to elect our next class of elders to serve on the session.

New Woodland Directory! Our lovely Sara Staats has taken on the task of building a new Woodland Directory! The details on how to submit your information have been included in our newsletter! If you have any questions about submitting to our Google Form, please contact Sara!

Woodland 161! Mark your calendars for November 10th, our celebration of 161 years of Woodland ministry! More details will be shared within the coming weeks!

Room In The Inn: As the weather turns colder, we will be hosting guests from Room In The Inn one Saturday night a month. If you would like to be involved in that effort, you can call the church office or reach out to Rachel Harley.

New Monthly Engagement & Book Club! Please see flyers in the pews for more details!