Sunday, Nov 22. Worship Service. Online & In-Person
We set aside a day to give thanks. This is a day to express our gratitude for God’s many blessings, isn’t it?
Both 8 and 10AM 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 22, 2020
CALL TO WORSHIP (8AM)
Person 1: We gather to give thanks to You, O Lord, with all our heart!
Person 2: We will sing Your praises before all creation,
Person 3: and rejoice in Your steadfast love!
Person 4: You have created us, O Lord, and made us for Yourself.
All: In You we become everything You have made us to be!
OPENING LITANY OF THANKSGIVING (10AM)
Leader: Let us give thanks to the Lord, our rock, our fortress, and our deliverer.
Let us remember his mercy, for he is gracious and compassionate.
ALL: We thank you, Lord, for calling us to faith in Christ, for putting your Spirit within us,
for giving us the mind of Christ, for gathering us as your Church.
Leader: Let us give thanks to the Lord, for he satisfies the thirsty, he fills the hungry with good things,
and he heals the afflicted. Let us celebrate his abundant goodness.
ALL: We thank you, gracious Father, that you provide for all our needs,
for the food on our tables, for the clothes on our bodies,
for the beds we sleep in, and for the dwellings that shelter us.
Leader: We praise you for all your gifts that go beyond our basic needs,
for the things that make our work easier, for the conveniences of modern life,
for the beauty and pleasure that you bring into our lives.
ALL: Thanks be to God! Amen
MEDLEY OF PRAISE (8AM) We Gather Together
We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing; he chastens and hastens his will to make known.
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing. Sing praises to his name; he forgets not his own.
We all do extol thee, thou leader triumphant, and pray that thou still our defender wilt be.
Let thy congregation escape tribulation; thy name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!
Another In The Fire
1 There’s a grace when the heart is under fire. Another way when the walls are closing in.
And when I look at the space between where I used to be and this reckoning, I know I will never be alone
Chorus There was another in the fire, standing next to me.
There was another in the waters, holding back the seas.
And should I ever need reminding of how I’ve been set free,
there is a cross that bears the burden where another died for me. There is another in the fire.
2 All my debt left for dead beneath the waters. I’m no longer a slave to my sin anymore.
And should I fall in the space between what remains of me and this reckoning,
either way I won’t bow to the things of this world. And I know I will never be alone.
Chorus 2 There is another in the fire, standing next to me.
There is another in the waters, holding back the seas.
And should I ever need reminding what power set me free,
there is a grave that holds no body and now that power lives in me. There is another in the fire oh
There is another in the fire oh. And I can see the light in the darkness as the darkness bows to Him.
I can hear the roar in the heavens as the space between wears thin.
I can feel the ground shake beneath us as the prison walls cave in.
Nothing stands between us, nothing stands between us.
3 There is no other name but the Name that is Jesus. He who was and still is and will be through it all.
So come what may in the space between all the things unseen and this reckoning;
I know I will never be alone. There’ll be another in the fire, standing next to me
There’ll be another in the waters, holding back the seas
And should I ever need reminding how good You’ve been to me
I’ll count the joy come ev’ry battle. ‘Cause I know that’s where You’ll be. There is another in the fire.
SONG OF ADORATION (10AM) Now Thank We All Our God (United Methodist Hymnal #102)
1. Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices,
who wondrous things has done, in whom this world rejoices;
who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way
with countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.
2. O may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,
with ever joyful hearts and blessed peace to cheer us;
and keep us still in grace, and guide us when perplexed;
and free us from all ills, in this world and the next.
3. All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given;
the Son, and him who reigns with them in highest heaven;
the one eternal God, whom earth and heaven adore;
for thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.
PRAYER Please share your prayer requests and joys. Type them in the comment section.
SPECIAL MUSIC (8AM) I Will Wait For You (Psalm 130)
DEDICATION OF OUR LIVES Thank you for sharing your gifts with God’s world through your church.
For all the ways you love us, we say THANK YOU!
For the ways you provide for us, we say THANK YOU!
For the opportunity to give, we say THANK YOU!
For the kingdom work this offering will do, we say THANK YOU!
For letting us be a part of your work, we say THANK YOU!
May the thankful words on our lips and the thankful meditations of our hearts be acceptable to you,
O God, our rock and our redeemer. Amen.
– A psalm of thanks
Shout triumphantly to the Lord, all the earth!
Serve the Lord with celebration! Come before him with shouts of joy!
Know that the Lord is God—he made us; we belong to him. We are his people, the sheep of his own pasture.
Enter his gates with thanks; enter his courtyards with praise! Thank him! Bless his name!
Because the Lord is good, his loyal love lasts forever; his faithfulness lasts generation after generation.
The peace of Christ must control your hearts—a peace into which you were called in one body. And be thankful people. The word of Christ must live in you richly. Teach and warn each other with all wisdom by singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing to God with gratitude in your hearts. Whatever you do, whether in speech or action, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus and give thanks to God the Father through him.
MESSAGE Everyday Heroes 4 – The Secret to Becoming A Hero
SONG OF SENDING (8AM) Yet Not I, But Through Christ In Me
1 What gift of grace is Jesus my redeemer. There is no more for heaven now to give
He is my joy my righteousness and freedom. My steadfast love my deep and boundless peace
To this I hold my hope is only Jesus for my life is wholly bound to his
Oh how strange and divine I can sing all is mine. Yet not I but through Christ in me
2 The night is dark but I am not forsaken for by my side the Savior he will stay
I labor on in weakness and rejoicing for in my need his power is displayed
To this I hold my Shepherd will defend me through the deepest valley he will lead
Oh the night has been won and I shall overcome. Yet not I but through Christ in me
3 No fate I dread I know I am forgiven. The future sure the price it has been paid
For Jesus bled and suffered for my pardon, and he was raised to overthrow the grave
To this I hold my sin has been defeated. Jesus now and ever is my plea
Oh the chains are released I can sing I am free. Yet not I but through Christ in me
4 With every breath I long to follow Jesus for he has said that he will bring me home
And day by day I know he will renew me until I stand with joy before the throne
To this I hold my hope is only Jesus. All the glory evermore to him
When the race is complete still my lips shall repeat. Yet not I but through Christ in me (Repeat)
SONG OF SENDING (10AM) God of the Sparrow God the Whale (United Methodist Hymnal #122)
1. God of the sparrow God of the whale God of the swirling stars
How does the creature say Awe How does the creature say Praise
3 God of the rainbow God of the storm God of the empty grave
How does the creature say Grace How does the creature say Thanks
4 God of the hungry God of the sick God of the prodigal
How does the creature say Care How does the creature say Life
6 God of the ages God near at hand God of the loving heart
How do your children say Joy How do your children say Home
DISMISSAL WITH BLESSING Stay well and see you next Sunday in the church or online.