Sunday, Nov 1. Worship Service. In-person & Online
This Sunday we celebrate All Saints Sunday,
remembering and thanksgiving the legacies of faith that our ancestors have left in our lives.
For both 8 and 10AM services, we will gather in the sanctuary.
Both services will be livestreamed https://www.facebook.com/LodiUMC
and will be available on FM 103.5 channel in the church parking lot, perhaps all the city of Lodi.
Please observe Sunday as the day of worship wherever you are,
and meet the One who has so graciously leaned toward us.
Order of Worship
November 1, 2020
CALL TO WORSHIP
See what great love has been given to us, that we should be called children of God.
We come and praise. May God’s name be blessed both now and forever.
SONG OF PRAISE Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven (United Methodist Hymnal # 66)
1 Praise, my soul, the King of heaven; to the throne thy tribute bring;
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven, evermore God’s praises sing.
Alleluia. Alleluia! Praise the everlasting King!
2 Praise the Lord for grace and favor to all people in distress;
Praise God, still the same as ever, slow to chide, and swift to bless.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Glorious now God’s faithfulness!
3 Fatherlike, God tends and spares us; well our feeble frame God knows;
mother like, God gently bears us, rescues us from all our foes.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Widely yet God’s mercy flows!
4 Angels in the height, adoring, you behold God face to face;
Saints triumphant, now adoring, gathered in from every race.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise with us the God of grace!
PRAYER Please share your prayer requests and joys. Type them in the comment section.
A prayer for the people in our country in the election week
Almighty God, to whom we must account for all our powers and privileges:
Guide the people of the United States in the election of our president, officials, and representatives; that, by faithful administration and wise laws, the rights of all may be protected and our nation be enabled to fulfill your purposes.
O God, you have bound us together in a common life. Help us, in the midst of our struggles for justice and truth, to confront one another without hatred or bitterness, and to work together with mutual forbearance and respect.
Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart and especially the hearts of the people of this land, that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace.
For the presidential candidates and their families and campaigns, O Lord, give them the good things we want in our own lives and the lives of those we love. For those with whom we disagree and are in conflict, with whom we struggle to understand and be in relationship, and from whom we are divided, we pray that you would bless them,
O Lord, and give them all the good things we want in our own lives and the lives of those we love. Silence
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A pledge to the 2020 Presidential Electorate
As a person of faith committed to the life and teachings of Jesus, I make this pledge to all people regardless of their political beliefs, whether we are in agreement or disagreement, and regardless of who wins the election.
With respect to my words and actions, whether in person or through social media, I pledge and commit myself, both before and after the election –
• To love others as Jesus has loved me (John 13:34);
• To treat others as I would want them to treat me (Luke 6:31);
• To love my enemies, do good to those who hate me, bless those who curse me, and pray for those who abuse me (Luke 6:27-28);
• To offer my prayers for those in rightful authority who serve the public, and I support their efforts to afford justice and equal opportunity for all people. (United Methodist Church Social Principles ¶164)
• To practice the General Rules: do no harm – by avoiding evil of every kind, do good – by being in every kind merciful, attend upon the ordinances of God – by keeping practices that sustain me in a vital and loving relationship with God. (The General Rules of the Methodist Church)
This I pledge in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
(The creation of this prayer and pledge is indebted to St.Philip’s Episcopal Church, Uvalde, TX for their congregation-wide effort to practice Christian unity in a time of political division.)
(Given the heritage of the ancestors of the Methodist movement, Methodists have continued to advocate for social or political issues in a way that we put our faith into action. Find more information here on why this is important to us.)
More than anything you guard, protect your mind, for life flows from it.
Have nothing to do with a corrupt mouth; keep devious lips far from you. (Proverbs 4:23-24)
May the peace of God which surpasses all understanding
guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)
DEDICATION OF OUR LIVES Thank you for sharing your gifts with God’s world through your church.
We Are An Offering –
We lift our voices, we lift our hands, we lift our lives up to You, we are an offering.
Lord, use our voices, Lord, use our hands, Lord, use our lives; they are Yours, we are an offering.
All that we have, all that we are, all that we hope to be, we give to You, we give to You.
We lift our voices, we lift our hands, we lift our lives up to You,
we are an offering, we are an offering.
CCLI License #475634. CCLI Song #16220. © 1984 Curb Word Music
SCRIPTURE READING Ephesians 1:11-23
We have also received an inheritance in Christ. We were destined by the plan of God, who accomplishes everything according to his design. We are called to be an honor to God’s glory because we were the first to hope in Christ. You too heard the word of truth in Christ, which is the good news of your salvation. You were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit because you believed in Christ. The Holy Spirit is the down payment on our inheritance, which is applied toward our redemption as God’s own people, resulting in the honor of God’s glory.
Since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, this is the reason that I don’t stop giving thanks to God for you when I remember you in my prayers. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, will give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation that makes God known to you. I pray that the eyes of your heart will have enough light to see what is the hope of God’s call, what is the richness of God’s glorious inheritance among believers, and what is the overwhelming greatness of God’s power that is working among us believers. This power is conferred by the energy of God’s powerful strength. God’s power was at work in Christ when God raised him from the dead and sat him at God’s right side in the heavens, far above every ruler and authority and power and angelic power, any power that might be named not only now but in the future. God put everything under Christ’s feet and made him head of everything in the church, which is his body. His body, the church, is the fullness of Christ, who fills everything in every way.
MESSAGE All Saints Sunday. Everyday Heroes 1 – Legacy of Faith
SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION
(Words printed bold are for people to read)
O God, we thank you for the many people throughout the ages who followed your way of life joyfully…
we thank you for those who chose the way of Christ; in the midst of trial, they held out HOPE; in the midst of hatred, they kindled LOVE; in the midst of despair, they clung to YOUR PROMISE.
O God, we thank you for the truth they passed on to us: that it is by giving that we shall receive; it is by becoming weak that we shall be strong; it is by loving others that we shall be loved; it is by offering ourselves that the kingdom will unfold; it is by dying that we shall inherit life everlasting.
(The Great Thanksgiving Prayer Continues.)
Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here and on these gifts of bread and juice. … …
Renew our communion with all your saints – heroes of faith, especially those whom we name before you.
(Read the names of those who have passed away this past year in our church family and the names that are written on the livestreaming page)
MUSIC FOR THE LIGHTING OF CANDLES Remember Me
SONG OF SENDING FORTH For the Healing of the Nations (United Methodist Hymnal #428)
For the healing of the nations, Lord, we pray with one accord;
for a just and equal sharing of the things that earth affords;
to a life of love in action help us rise and pledge our word, help us rise and pledge our word.
Lead your people into freedom, from despair your world release,
that, redeemed from war and hatred, all may come and go in peace.
Show us how, through care and goodness, fear will die and hope increase, fear will die and hope increase.
All that kills abundant living, let it from the earth be banned:
pride of status, race or schooling, dogmas that obscure your plan.
In our common quest for justice may we hallow life’s brief span, may we hallow life’s brief span.
You, Creator-God, have written your great name on humankind;
for our growing in your likeness, bring the life of Christ to mind;
that by our response and service earth its destiny may find, earth its destiny may find.
Words © 1968 Hope Publishing Company, 380 S Main Pl, Carol Stream, IL 60188
DISMISSAL WITH BLESSING Stay well and see you next Sunday in the church or online.
Strengthened by God’s promise, protected in God’s faithfulness,
live each and every day with Christ in you, before you, and over you.