Good Morning Salem Church, I look forward to worshiping with you today and pray that you will feel the love and comfort of God as we offer our hearts in praise and adoration.
Below you will find a brief order of worship that is intended to guide you in personal worship. The blue links will redirect you to YouTube. You may have to watch a brief video before the hymn will start.
Tonight at 6:00pm, your family is invited to join us as we decorate our church with the symbols of Advent and Christmas. We will continue to follow the same guidelines and safety protocols we have in place for gathering indoors.
This Friday our monthly to the veterans at the VRQ will be delivered. Please have your contribution to this meal into the fellowship hall by noon on Friday (11/27). Special thanks to Joyce and Kenneth Wilson for transporting our meal to the VRQ on our behalf.
Next Sunday (11/29) is the final day to participate in our Memorial Poinsettia decorating effort. This a wonderful way to honor or celebrate the memory of loved one. Poinsettias will be on display beginning November, 29. Submit a $10 contribution with the name of our your families honoree if you would like to participate in this way.
Our collection of hats gloves, scarfs, and socks continues. You are welcome to drop off your contribution in the collection bin in the sanctuary. Sunday, December 13th is the final day to return these items to the church. We will take our collection to ABCCM North to be distributed to the community.
With a spirit of Thanksgiving, I rejoice to be part of this community of faith alongside each you.
Order of Worship for Sunday, November 22nd
Call to Worship: Psalm 47
Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.
For the Lord Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth.
He subdued nations under us, peoples under our feet.
He chose our inheritance for us, the pride of Jacob, whom he loved.
Hymn: Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
Almighty God, we celebrate your presence, your love in our lives. Open the eyes of our hearts by the power of your Spirit that may know the hope to which we have been called.
Grant us the grace to serve Jesus wisely and faithfully so that other may see your love at work in us. We offer your our thanks and praise for your love in Jesus Christ our Lord continues shower our live with your blessings.
Receive the joy of our worship today. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Scripture Lesson: Hebrews 3:1-6 (NRSV)
Moses a Servant, Christ a Son
3 Therefore, brothers and sisters,holy partners in a heavenly calling, consider that Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, 2 was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses also “was faithful in all God’s house.” 3 Yet Jesus[d] is worthy of more glory than Moses, just as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself. 4 (For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.) 5 Now Moses was faithful in all God’s[e] house as a servant, to testify to the things that would be spoken later. 6 Christ, however, was faithful over God’s house as a son, and we are his house if we hold firm[g] the confidence and the pride that belong to hope.
Majestic and Magnificent God, in gratitude for the immeasurable gift of Jesus Christ, we bow in prayer before you now.
Your love is steadfast and your devotion to your children endures forever. Help us today to live faithfully as your church, the body of Christ visible for this community as we continue His mission here in the world.
We pray now for our loved ones asking that your presence and your power may bring healing to bodies that sick and hearts that broken. Light our paths with your grace that we may discover the restoring power of your love. We pray for our world, crippled with disease and destruction.
Guide our leaders in your ways of wisdom. Enlighten the doctors and scientists with your compassion, and grant us all the resolve to live in your love. Bring your peace to our world.
Protect all you serve among us and continue to use your church to cultivate hope as await the realization of your Kingdom in our midst. All this we ask through the strength of Jesus Christ our Lord, who taught us to pray…
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed by thy name. Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and glory, forever. Amen.
Scripture Lesson: Ephesians 1:15-23 (NRSV)
15 I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. 17 I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, 18 so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. 20 God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. 22 And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
Message: The Incomparable King
Hymn: Lead On, O King Eternal
Blessing & Benediction:
Now may God, who creates, redeems, and sustains, keep you fervent in faith, cheerful in hope, and overflowing in love. And the blessings of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be among and remain with you always. Amen.
Kent Smith, Pastor
Salem United Methodist Church