Potsdam United Methodist Church
Where we let Jesus shine! Where we invite, love and nurture ALL!
Sunday Worship
11:00am Service
12:00pm Fellowship
Pastor Rev. Sue Wenner
Secretary Donna McDonald
315-265-7474
Office Hours: Tu-Th 9am-12pm

November 8th, 2020 - 23rd Sunday after Pentecost : What do we do while we are "waiting?"

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Prelude: Bach: Sleepers Wake, for Night Is Flying, played by Andrew Unsworth

Greeting and Pastoral Prayer

Pastoral Prayer

Faithful and loving God, we enter into this time of worship trusting in Your presence with us. As we wait for Your Kingdom to become evident to us in our lives, help us remain faithful to You. Strengthen our faith so that whatever happens within our lives we can see Your actions guiding us, being present to us to comfort or rejoice with us, and see Your forgiveness when we totally forget about you. In this time of waiting show us how to let our "light" shine into the world so we become Your people in this hurting world.

During this time of worship, center our hearts, our souls, and our minds on Your Presence with us as we lift to you the prayers of our hearts. We know You promise to hear our prayers, always, and with confidence,

We come to pray for Our Church, for it's leaders and congregation

Our world and our country our loved ones - keep them: keep them in health, in safety, in comfort, in Your care

Keep us, also and send forth Your Holy Spirit of truth, of comfort, and of power. We pray for any among us who feel constrained, or emotionally distressed by our time and era and for any who need to know Your love for them in this hurting world. We also lift to You those who need comfort as they mourn their loved ones. Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit, The comforter, who would remind us of Your promises that Nothing in life, or in Death, things present, nor things to come, nor angel or demons within our lives, nor anything in all of creation will ever be able to separate us from Your love in Jesus the Christ, our Lord.

Joys and Concerns

The Lord's Prayer

Opening Hymn: No. 540 I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord

Call to Worship: Psalm 34 [adapted]

  • Pastor: Let your heart sing before God;
  • People: we will sing of God's righteous deeds before others.
  • Pastor: Rejoice in the Lord of our salvation;
  • People: Praise and honor be to out God, forever and ever.
  • Pastor: Seek the Lord and God's truths, day by day;
  • People: We will seek the Lord continuously.
  • Pastor: Trust in the Lord and praise God's Name;
  • People: We will worship the Lord our whole life long.

Choral Anthem: Parks: Acclamation and Praise

Unison Prayer:

God of our hope, we wait for the fulfillment of Your Kingdom within our lives. Sometimes we see glimpses of You and Your kingdom, but often we lose sight of You working in and among us. Sometimes we become weary of waiting for You to act within our lives, or try to configure our own way in the world without acknowledging Your lordship on our lives. Forgive us when we miss Your faithfulness within our lives. Send forth Your Holy Spirit to enliven our hearts, souls, and minds to witness Your victories in our journeys of faith so we can enter into Your Kingdom with rejoicing and praises. Give us that "oil" in sufficient amount, so our lamps burn bright at the dawning of Your presence. Guide us in all truth about Your Kingdom so we become Your faithful people who await the fulfillment of Your kingdom in the world.

Hymn: No. 720 Wake, Awake, for Night is Flying

Gospel Reading and message:

Closing Hymn: No. 396 O Jesus I Have Promised

Benediction:

  • Pastor: We live in anticipation of God's kingdom within our lives;
  • People: May our hearts rejoice in God's future for us.
  • Pastor: We are called to be God's faithful people;
  • People: By God's grace we will participate fully in the Kingdom of God.
  • Pastor: God reaches out to us to celebrate God's presence in our journey of faith;
  • People: May we reach out to God with prayers; with praise; with joy.
  • Pastor: May the God of Grace send for the Holy Spirit to strengthen us in our journey;
  • People: We will proclaim God's wondrous deeds for us.
  • Pastor: Praise the Lord, now and always;
  • People: Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Postlude: Boƫllmann: Menuet Gothique, from Suite Gothique, played by Andrew Unsworth