Prelude: Tina Andersen
Lighting the Path & Ringing of the Bells
Welcome & Greeting
*Call to Worship Song of Solomon 6:12-16 Worship Ways, UCC
Leader: Call upon God’s Wisdom
People: God will answer.
Leader: Seek God’s Wisdom.
People: God dwells in the midst of life.
Leader: Follow God’s Wisdom.
People: God leads in the paths of light and generosity.
*Prayer of Praise and Adoration (Unison)
we hear echoes of your Wisdom in the teachings of Jesus
who leads us to abundant life.
Keep us alert to the call to follow you
and ready to respond with justice and joy.
We live in this holy moment of life and love. Amen.
*Opening Hymn: Called as Partners in Christ’s Service BEECHER
1 Called as partners in Christ's service,
2 Christ's example, Christ's inspiring,
3 Thus new patterns for Christ's mission,
4 So God grant us for tomorrow
thus giving hope and confidence and peace.
Time for the Young and Young at Heart
Announcements, Joys & Concerns
Pastoral Prayer & The Lord’s Prayer
Offering Music: O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee MARYTON
O Master, let me walk with Thee
help me bear the strain of toil,
the fret of care.
*Prayer of Dedication of Gifts and Self (Unison)
God of amazing abundance,
we dedicate our gifts of time and talent
and commission our pledges to you
so you may take, bless, and multiply them
and generously bless your work in the world.
In Jesus’ name we commit our lives to you. Amen.
Offerings may be placed in the white collection bin behind the last center pew as you leave service today, mailed in or donated online.
Scripture Lesson: Matthew 25:1-13 (NRSV)
“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But 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.’ And 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. Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I do not know you.’ Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.
Message: Check Your Oil Rev. Timothy C. Rhodes
*Closing Hymn: This Little Light of Mine CHOPLIN
1 This little light of mine
3 Jesus gave it to me,
2 Ev'rywhere I go,
*Carrying the Light into the World: The Blessing, Alleluia & Benediction
Pastor: Due to Covid-19, please exit the church by starting with Section A - and maintain physical distancing in the building and fellowship with each other outside. Thank You.
Postlude: Tina Andersen
To live as Jesus lived: Love without Judgement. Welcome without Exception
Serve with Compassion. Teach by Example.
God’s community of unconditional love, made real for everyone, everywhere.
*Please rise as you are able.