Order of Worship for Sunday, November 12th 2023



Call to Worship

Leader: Before we can remember,
All: God loved us.

Leader: Before we could respond,
All: God loved us.

Leader: Before we knew what any of it meant,
All: God loved us.

Leader: Still today, in our best and worst days,
All: God loves us.

Leader: Tomorrow, when we have forgotten and when we have held on,
All: God will love us.

Leader: Before the beginning, in every present moment, beyond the future we can imagine:
All: God is Love.

Opening Hymn

O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go UMH 480

Why This Song:
The hymn's main message is that God's love is constant and unwavering, even in the midst of suffering and despair. No matter what has happened in the last week, what we have done or left undone, our God welcomes us back into God's presence.

Prayer of Confession

You are a constant in this world, O God. You are present with love, never letting anger get the best of you, always showing up with grace. We confess that though we are made in your image, we do not behave like you.

We think we want absolute freedom to be happy while you show us the path of connection, community and care. We think we want to “get over” things and ignore unpleasant feelings while you show us the path of experience and journeying with emotions. We think we want revenge and eye-for-an-eye justice; we want you to be on our side and to punish “them” while you show us the path of compassion and mercy.

Forgive us, O God, and do not remember our rebellious ways. Turn our hearts to you so that we may instead remember your goodness and your call to be like you. Teach us again that sticking together with you and each other is worth the effort is worth the persistence, is worth the trying, is worth the journey. Thank you for never giving up on us.


Words of Assurance

Hear and live this good news: God’s love overcomes, and God’s enduring compassion outweighs all else, and we are called children of God, for that is what we are. 

Thanks be to God. Amen.

Passing of the Peace

First Reading:

Mark 10:13-14

Second Reading:

Hosea 11:1-9


Hosea: God's Heartache and Love by Pastor Kevin Rutledge

Hymn of Response

Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy UMH 340

Why This Song:
This hymn is a warm and inviting hymn that invites all people to come to Jesus, no matter their sinfulness or need. It reminds us that Jesus loves us unconditionally and is ready to forgive us and save us.

Tithes and Offerings

Give Now

Offertory Response

Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow UMH 95

Why This Song:
This hymn praises God for all His blessings, both big and small, reminding us that God is the source of all good things and serving as a powerful expression of gratitude for God's love and provision.

Offertory Prayer

O God of love and grace, you are a constant presence in our lives, even when we wander away. You forgive us our rebellious ways and call us to be like you. We bring our gifts to you today as a sign of our commitment to following your path. We offer our time, our talents, and our resources to help build a world that reflects your love and compassion. We pray that our gifts will be used to strengthen the bonds of community, to help those in need, and to bring healing to a broken world. May our offerings be a reflection of your love for all people, and may they help us to become more like you. Amen.

Pastoral Prayer and Lord's Prayer

Closing Hymn

God of Grace, God of Glory UMH 577

Why This Song:
"God of Grace, God of Glory" is a hymn that calls on God for wisdom, courage, and strength to face the challenges of the day. It also expresses a desire for God to heal the world and bring about justice.



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


This Week's Reading Plan

Day: Reading:
Monday Elijah Ascends to Heaven: 2 Kings 2:1-12
Tuesday Elisha's Prophetic Power: 2 Kings 2:13-22
Wednesday The Miracle of the Widow's Oil: 2 Kings 4:1-7
Thursday Naaman Healed of Leprosy: 2 Kings 5:1-14
Friday Naaman Returns Home: 2 Kings 5:15-19
Saturday Jehu Anointed as Israel's King: 2 Kings 9:1-10; [1 Kings 19:16]
Sunday Israel, God's Vineyard: Isaiah 5:1-7; 11:1-5

Reflections and Caring Conversations

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

  • Morning Prayer: Lord, As I step into this day, I ask for the grace to practice this same patience and understanding with those I interact with. Help me to keep my emotions in check and to respond with love even when my buttons are pushed. May your grace guide me as I strive to live out your example. Amen.

  • Evening Prayer: Dear Lord,  I confess that I have not always been patient and understanding. As I end this day, I ask for your forgiveness and the strength to extend the same forgiveness to others. I pray for a peaceful rest, assured in your love, and wake up refreshed and ready to live out your example anew. Amen.

  • Reflection Question: How does the imagery of God as a loving parent teaching His children resonate with you? What are some specific ways in which you've felt God's guiding hand in your life? 

  • Reflection Question: We often associate God with being emotionless or distant. The sermon presented a perspective of an emotional God. How does this shift in perspective affect your understanding of God's love and patience for His people?

  • Reflection Question: The sermon encourages us not just to understand God's love, but to live it out. What are some practical ways you believe we can live out God's love in our communities?

Featured Upcoming Events:

Christmas at Berwyn

We are so glad that you want to know more about our Christmas Season celebrations. We have a variety of worship services and activities to help you recapture the meaning of Christmas!

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Staff Christmas Gift

'Tis the season of joy and gratitude! As we approach the Christmas season, we have a wonderful opportunity to express our appreciation and love for the remarkable individuals who tirelessly serve our church community— Pastor Kevin Rutledge, Administrative Assistant Veronica Mosley, and Sextant Over Caicedo. In the spirit of giving, we are organizing a Staff Love Offering to shower them with tokens of appreciation and warm wishes.

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Lunch and Learn with Pastor Kevin

on 12/13/2023 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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Christmas Movie Night

on 12/15/2023 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM

🎄✨ Get ready for an ELFish-ly awesome night of holiday cheer at our Teen Movie Night: ELF-stravaganza Edition! 🧝‍♂️🍿Join us for an evening packed with jolly vibes, snug blankets, and an ELF-tastic Christmas movie that will have you laughing, cheering, and maybe even doing a little elf dance! 🕺💃This event is FREE for all middle and high school students. Just get you-Elf registered to let us know you are coming!Don't worry if it's cold out side, we are meeting inside and will have some Hot Cocoa and other parts of the 4 main food groups:Candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup! So, mark your calendars, grab your ELF-abet buddies, and join us for a night of holiday magic and movie fun. It's going to be ELF-initely the highlight of your winter break! 🌟🎄

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Christmas Lunch

on 12/17/2023 from 11:15 AM to 12:25 PM

Celebrate Christmas with us at our Church Lunch! Enjoy a festive feast of roasted turkey, savory stews, and delightful sides. Let's share laughter and love, fostering friendship as we savor the true spirit of the season together.

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Christmas Eve Service

on 12/24/2023 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

We begin our celebrations of God’s light entering the world. We will savor the story of the first Christmas as told in Luke, singing several favorite Christmas carols and sharing Holy Communion. We will conclude our worship with the singing of Silent Night as we light the candles and finish with a celebration that joy has come to the wold.

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The Next Two Weeks at Berwyn UMC:

Date: Time: Summary
Dec 08 12:00 AM - 11:59 AM Christmas at Berwyn Learn More
Dec 08 12:00 AM - 11:59 AM End of Year Giving! Learn More
Dec 08 12:00 AM - 11:59 AM Staff Christmas Gift Learn More
Dec 10 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Every Topic Considered Small Group Learn More
Dec 10 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Advent Worship Learn More
Dec 12 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Food Pantry Distribution Hours: Learn More
Dec 12 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Troop 181 Meeting Learn More
Dec 13 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch and Learn with Pastor Kevin Learn More
Dec 13 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Steps to Freedom - Women's AA Meeting Learn More
Dec 15 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM Christmas Movie Night Learn More
Dec 17 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Every Topic Considered Small Group Learn More
Dec 17 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Advent Worship Learn More
Dec 17 11:15 AM - 12:25 PM Christmas Lunch Learn More
Dec 19 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Food Pantry Distribution Hours: Learn More
Dec 19 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Leadership Team Meeting Learn More
Dec 19 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Troop 181 Meeting Learn More
Dec 20 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Steps to Freedom - Women's AA Meeting Learn More
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