Order of Worship for Sunday, November 5th 2023

Prelude

Welcome

Call to Worship

Leader: In big miraculous displays and in still silent whispers
All: the Lord indeed is God.

Leader: When we struggle to make a choice and when the voice draws us ever nearer
All: the Lord indeed is God.

Leader: For those of us who feel we’re out here on our own and those of us embedded in a community that both helps and hinders
All: the Lord is indeed God, and we will worship God together.

Opening Hymn

Blessed Assurance UMH 369

Prayer of Confession

We go back and forth, O God, between faithfulness to your way and the ways of this world. Do we really have to choose? We hop from one thing to the other, balancing and contorting ourselves to try to make the systems work for us when they only work for themselves. There’s no profit in stability and balance.

On the one hand, we want what the world promises, and we’ll do what it takes to get it, even when we know better. On the other hand, we long for the peace and justice of your promise, though honestly, you often feel invisible. Forgive us, O God, for our labored hobbling from one thing to another. Forgive us, O God, for the mental gymnastics we’ll do to avoid a choice. Forgive us, O God, for you alone are God; you alone are the Source of Life, God of our ancestors, the One we are called to worship and serve; you alone are the Love that consumes and transforms. Amen.

Words of Assurance

Leader: God's love is not fickle, and we are not left to our own devices. Even when we waver, we are always held in the loving embrace of our Creator.
People: Thanks be to God! We give thanks for God's never-ending love, which grants us the assurance and strength to journey faithfully in His path.

Passing of the Peace

First Reading:

Mark 9:2-4

Second Reading:

1 Kings 18:17-39

Sermon:

Elijah at Mount Carmel by Pastor Kevin Rutledge

Hymn of Response

This is my Father's World UMH 144

Tithes and Offerings

Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow UMH 95

Offertory Prayer

With hearts full of gratitude for your boundless generosity, we offer these gifts, O Lord. May they serve as a reminder of your love, and may we, as a church, renew our commitment to living out your call to love and serve others.

Pastoral Prayer and Lord's Prayer

Closing Hymn

When I survey the Wondrous Cross UMH 298

Announcements

Benediction

Said Each Week as A Communal Prayer:
Send to us all the people who feel unwanted and unloved in other places, and if they can't come to us, send us to them.

Postlude


This Week's Reading Plan

Day: Reading:
Monday The Drought Ends: 1 Kings 18:41-46
Tuesday Elijah on the Run: 1 Kings 19:1-8
Wednesday Elijah at Mount Horeb: 1 Kings 19:9-18
Thursday Elijah and Elisha: 1 Kings 19:19-21
Friday Elijah and Ahaziah: 2 Kings 1:1-8
Saturday More Fire from Heaven: 2 Kings 1:9-17
Sunday God's Beloved Children: Hosea 11:1-9

Reflections and Caring Conversations

Please use the prompts and prayers below to aid you in your devotions for this week.

  • Morning Prayer: Dear Lord, as I begin this day, I ask that You help me share the stories of Your blessings in my life. May I have the courage and the words to express Your love and power in my journey, just as Elijah did in his time. May my testimony bring hope and inspire faith in those who hear it. Amen.

  • Evening Prayer: Almighty God, as I prepare for rest, I thank You for the blessings I recognized today. Help me to continuously celebrate Your goodness, just like the United Methodists did in their worship services. May I always be aware of Your presence and the abundant blessings You provide. In Your name, I pray. Amen.

  • Reflection Question: The sermon highlighted the importance of sharing personal stories of God's blessings. How have you witnessed God's work in your life and how have you shared these experiences with others?

  • Reflection Question: The story of Elijah brings to light the power of faith and decision-making. How has your faith guided your decisions? Can you recall a specific instance where you had to rely on your faith to make a difficult decision?

  • Reflection Question: The sermon emphasizes the transformative power of prayer, as illustrated by Elijah's prayer that ignited the heavenly fire. How has prayer transformed your life and strengthened your relationship with God?

  • Challenge: Challenge yourself to share your faith experiences with others this week, demonstrating God's transformative power and blessings in your life.


Featured Upcoming Events:

Lunch and Learn with Pastor Kevin

on 5/29/2024 from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

Join us for a weekly Bible study and lunch with Pastor Kevin on Wednesdays at 12:30pm. Bring your lunch and come ready to dive deeper into the Sunday morning scripture. This is a great opportunity to discuss and learn more about the word of God in a small group setting with the guidance of our pastor. See you there!

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Next Steps

on 6/2/2024 from 11:15 AM to 11:45 AM

"Join us at 'Next Steps,' our recurring gathering where we explore the future of our church's ministry and your role within it. Discover how you can make a meaningful impact by plugging into our diverse ministries."

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The Next Two Weeks at Berwyn UMC:

Date: Time: Summary
May 26 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Every Topic Considered Small Group Learn More
May 26 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM Weekly Worship Learn More
May 28 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Food Pantry Distribution Hours: Learn More
May 28 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Troop 181 Meeting Learn More
May 29 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch and Learn with Pastor Kevin Learn More
May 29 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Steps to Freedom - Women's AA Meeting Learn More
Jun 02 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Every Topic Considered Small Group Learn More
Jun 02 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM Weekly Worship Learn More
Jun 02 11:15 AM - 11:45 AM Next Steps Learn More
Jun 04 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Food Pantry Distribution Hours: Learn More
Jun 04 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Troop 181 Meeting Learn More
Jun 05 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Steps to Freedom - Women's AA Meeting Learn More
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