Sunday, Nov 8. Worship Service. Parking lot, Sanctuary & Online
This Sunday is the first Sunday after one of the most tumultuous elections in our country.
This Sunday is also the Sunday before Veterans Day, a day of respect, a day of reminder that
there are heroes whose answer to the call from the country shouldn’t be taken lightly.
With the promising weather on Sunday, our 8 o’clock service will gather in the parking lot,
and the 10 o’clock service will be offered 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 8, 2020
PREPARING FOR WORSHIP
1. Sit comfortably, close your eyes, and remember that God loves you and you are in God’s presence.
2. Imagine God calling you by name, asking “(Your name), what do you want?”
3. Answer God honestly with whatever word or phrase comes from deep within you.
4. Call God by name, a name you frequently use for God.
5. Combine your name for God with your word or phrase to form a brief prayer that flows smoothly.
Gracious God, help us to breath in your Spirit of Life today.
Calm our anxieties, clear our minds of negativity and help us to trust in you.
May we exude your peace and joy to our world as you give us the strength to be your witnesses. Through Christ we pray. Amen.
(written by Rev. Forrest Wells, published in his Reflection for November 2, “Politics and the Reign of God”)
SONG OF PRAISE This Is My Song (United Methodist Hymnal # 437)
1 This is my song, O God of all the nations, a song of peace for lands afar and mine.
This is my home, the country where my heart is; here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine;
but other hearts in other lands are beating with hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.
3 This is my prayer, O Lord of all earth’s kingdom: Thy kingdom come; on earth thy will be done.
Let Christ be lifted up till all shall serve him, and hearts united learn to live as one.
O hear my prayer, thou God of all the nations; myself I give thee; let thy will be done.
PRAYER Please share your prayer requests and joys. Type them in the comment section.
A Prayer For Leaders United Methodist Book of Worship #544
O God, as you anointed leaders and called prophets of old,
lead us to recognize our true representatives and authentic leaders:
men and women who love your people and can walk with them,
who feel their pain and share their joys,
who dream their dreams and strive to accompany them to their common goal.
In your fire, with your Spirit, embolden and commission us
and to bring real glory to your name. Amen.
A Prayer For Veterans among us: Howard Aderhold, Bill Anderson, Dave Attoe, Cal Cramer, Don Dixon, Don Easley, Jack Frankland, Dennis Froh, Ted Goeres, Jack Heal, Ralph Heintz, Gary Kurtz, Ted Lee, Joe Ludlum, Dick Rott, Larry Smith, Dave Sutfin, Bruce Thompson, Jim Voight, Roger Wetzel, and Joe Zeimet. There must be more veterans in our church family and friends, but those names above were given to us this year.
Prince of Peace, even as we pray for an end to war, we give thanks for our soldiers’ courage, for their love of country, and for their work to bring peace to our world.
Healer of All, bind up the wounds of all who have served. Show us how to comfort those who are hurting.
We pray, Gracious God, that swords will be turned into plowshares and that peace will reign.
We give thanks for all who have served. Shield from danger those who bravely protect us.
With them may we glory not in war, but in your love and righteousness.
Strengthen us to be your peacemakers in the world. Amen.
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.
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SCRIPTURE READING John 15:12-17
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.
MESSAGE Everyday Heroes 2 – They Answered the Call
SONG OF SENDING FORTH Let There Be Peace on Earth (United Methodist Hymnal #431)
Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me;
let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be.
With God our creator, family all are we. Let us walk with each other in perfect harmony.
Let peace begin with me; let this be the moment now.
With every step I take, let this be my solemn vow:
to take each moment and live each moment in peace eternally.
Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.
DISMISSAL WITH BLESSING Stay well and see you next Sunday in the church or online.