Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost


November 19, 2017




Prelude   St. Anne”                                                                                                                               Bender


We stand.

Confession and Forgiveness 

P:  Blessed be the holy Trinity, one God,

     who calls us into an everlasting hope,

     who guides us to springs of the water of life,

     who enlightens us with the spirit of wisdom.

C:  Amen.

P:  One with the communion of saints in all times and places,

     let us confess our sin against God and one another.

                         Silence for reflection and self-examination.

     O God, our merciful redeemer,

C:  we confess the ways we live only for ourselves. We fail to see
      you in our neighbor’s face.
We turn our ears from voices that
      cry out.
We pass by the hungry and the oppressed. In your
      great mercy, forgive our sin
and strengthen us for service to all
      in need;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

P:  In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for you, and for his sake, God
     forgives you all your sin. Blessed are you! Rejoice and be glad, beloved people of God.

C:  Amen.


Gathering Song   #632   “O God, Our Help in Ages Past"     



P:  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with
      you all.

C:  And also with you.



Hymn of Praise

Prayer of the Day

P:  The Lord be with you.

C:  And also with you.

P:  Let us pray.

Righteous God, our merciful master, you own the earth and all its peoples, and you give us all that we have. Inspire us to serve you with justice and wisdom, and prepare us for the joy of the day of your coming, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

C:  Amen.


We sit.

First Reading: Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18

Zephaniah (like the prophet Amos in last week’s first reading)   presents the day of the Lord as one of judgment and wrath. Descriptions of the last day in the New Testament include details taken from Old Testament accounts of the day of the Lord.

   7Be silent before the Lord God!
  For the day of the
Lord is at hand;
Lord has prepared a sacrifice,
  he has consecrated his guests.

12At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps,
  and I will punish the people
 who rest complacently on their dregs,
  those who say in their hearts,
Lord will not do good,
  nor will he do harm.”
13Their wealth shall be plundered,
  and their houses laid waste.
  Though they build houses,
  they shall not inhabit them;
  though they plant vineyards,
  they shall not drink wine from them.
14The great day of the Lord is near,
  near and hastening fast;
  the sound of the day of the
Lord is bitter,
  the warrior cries aloud there.
15That day will be a day of wrath,
  a day of distress and anguish,
  a day of ruin and devastation,
  a day of darkness and gloom,
  a day of clouds and thick darkness,
16a day of trumpet blast and battle cry
  against the fortified cities
  and against the lofty battlements.
17I will bring such distress upon people
  that they shall walk like the blind;
  because they have sinned against the
  their blood shall be poured out like dust,
  and their flesh like dung.
18Neither their silver nor their gold
  will be able to save them
  on the day of the
Lord’s wrath;
  in the fire of his passion
  the whole earth shall be consumed;
  for a full, a terrible end
  he will make of all the inhabitants of the earth.


A:  Word of God, Word of life.

C:  Thanks be to God.


Psalm 90:1-12

1Lord, you have been our refuge
  from one generation to another.
2Before the mountains were brought forth, or the land and the earth were born,
from age to age you are God.
3You turn us back to the dust and say,
  “Turn back, O children of earth.”
4For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past
and like a watch in the night;
5you sweep them away like a dream,
  they fade away suddenly like the grass:
6in the morning it is green and flourishes;
in the evening it is dried up and withered.
7For we are consumed by your anger;
  we are afraid because of your wrath.
8Our iniquities you have set before you,
and our secret sins in the light of your countenance.
9When you are angry, all our days are gone;
  we bring our years to an end like a sigh.
10The span of our life is seventy years, perhaps in strength even eighty;
yet the sum of them is but labor and sorrow, for they pass away quickly and we are gone.
11Who regards the power of your wrath?
  Who rightly fears your indignation?
12So teach us to number our days
that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.


Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

Though we do not know and cannot calculate the day of Christ’s return, we live faithfully in the here and now as we anticipate the day when we will be given eternal salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anything written to you. 2For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3When they say, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them, as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and there will be no escape! 4But you, beloved, are not in darkness, for that day to surprise you like a thief; 5for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. 6So then let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober; 7for those who sleep sleep at night, and those who are drunk get drunk at night. 8But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 9For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with him. 11Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.

A:  Word of God, Word of life.

C:  Thanks be to God


We stand.

Gospel Acclamation


Gospel: Matthew 25:14-30

P:  The holy gospel according to St. Matthew, the 25th chapter.

C:  Glory to you , O Lord.


Jesus tells a parable about his second coming, indicating that it is not sufficient merely to maintain things as they are. Those who await his return should make good use of the gifts that God has provided them.

[Jesus said to the disciples:] 14“For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; 15to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. 17In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. 18But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. 20Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.’ 21His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ 22And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.’ 23His   master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ 24Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; 25so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ 26But his master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? 27Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. 28So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. 29For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. 30As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ ”

P:  The gospel of the Lord.

C:  Praise to you, O Christ.


We sit.

Children’s Message                                                                                                                     Mary Walters

“This Little Light of Mine”


Sermon                                                                                                                      Rev. Colleen Montgomery


We stand.

Hymn of the Day #686   We Give Thee but Thine Own”


Apostles’ Creed


I believe in God, the Father almighty,

              creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,

              who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

              born of the virgin Mary,

              suffered under Pontius Pilate,

              was crucified, died, and was buried:

              He descended to the dead.

              On the third day He rose again;

              He ascended into heaven,

              He is seated at the right hand of the Father,

              And He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

              the holy catholic church,

              the communion of saints,

              the forgiveness of sins,

              the resurrection of the body,

              and the life everlasting.   Amen.

Prayers of Intercession


A:  Welcoming God’s reign of righteousness and mercy, let us pray with people of every time and place.

       A brief silence.

A:  We pray for the church. Enliven its witness in ecumenical ministries, feeding programs, and new ventures. Open our hearts to friendships that share faith, and open our mouths to share your good news. Lord, in your mercy,

C:  hear our prayer.

A:  We pray for parks and open spaces, for clean air and clear water. Help us protect places where we are reminded of God’s work in creation and find renewal.   Lord, in your mercy,

C:  hear our prayer.

A:  We pray for those who have been and are still today enslaved, trafficked, or oppressed. Make clear the needs of those who are silenced by suffering, that we may listen and bring an end to exploitation.   Lord, in your mercy,

C:  hear our prayer.

A:   We pray for those who cry out for healing, hope, or help, and for those for whom we have
       promised to pray, especially for Al Aymer, Ruth Bryant, Mary Lou Dean, Joan Dunn, Laura Halsey,
       Tammy Johnstone, Bucky Sharitz, Howard Walter, Gloria Wessinger, Harriett Pitsenbarger, and
       those we name aloud or in our hearts. Bring relief to caregivers and surround those who are
       lonely with your powerful presence. Lord, in your mercy,

C:  hear our prayer.

A:   We pray for this congregation and the talents and treasures each person brings. Bring new
       talents to blossom among us, as we encourage and build up one another. Lord, in your mercy,

C:   hear our prayer.

A:   We pray for those serving in the military, especially Dalton Groseclose, Brandon Marse, and Chuck Woods, for those deployed to regions of conflict and war, and for those who bring relief from disaster. Lord, in your mercy,

C:   hear our prayer.

A:   Lord, our dwelling place in all generations, we remember with thanksgiving all who have died in
       you. Teach us to count our days as gifts form you. Lord, in your mercy,

C:   hear our prayer.

P:   Receive these prayers and the hopes and concerns of our hearts, O God, as we entrust into your loving care all for whom we pray, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

C:   Amen.



P:  The peace of Christ be with you always.

C:  And also with you.

       The people may greet one another with a sign of Christ’s peace, and may say, “Peace be with you,” or similar words.

We sit.



Offertory   “Adagio”                                                                                                                                 Franck


We stand.

Offertory Hymn  

Offering Prayer

A:  Creator God, you made everything, and you provide for every need. The bread we break and the
      wine we pour come from you. As we eat and drink with thanksgiving, fill us with your love; let
      that love flow through us to others; and join us to the saints before us in a holy and boundless
      communion; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

C:  Amen.


Great Thanksgiving

Preface ( not printed)

Holy, Holy, Holy

Thanksgiving at the Table

P:  Holy, mighty, and merciful Lord,

      heaven and earth are full of your glory.

      In great love you sent to us Jesus, your Son,

      who reached out to heal the sick and suffering,

      who preached good news to the poor,

      and who, on the cross, opened his arms to all.


      In the night in which he was betrayed,

      our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;

      broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:

      Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.

      Do this for the remembrance of me.

      Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks,

      and gave it for all to drink, saying:

      This cup is the new covenant in my blood,

      shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.

      Do this for the remembrance of me.


      Remembering, therefore, his life, death, resurrection, and
      ascension, we await his coming in glory.


     Pour out upon us the Spirit of your love, O Lord,

     and unite the wills of all who share this heavenly food,

     the body and blood of Jesus Christ, our Lord;

     to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,

     be all honor and glory, now and forever.

C: Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

     Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth
     as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin
     against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power,
     and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen.  


Invitation to Communion

P:  Hunger no more. Thirst no more. Come to the banquet of life.


We sit.


Gluten free wafers and grape juice are available. Please ask the pastor or communion assistant if you prefer one of these options. When giving the bread and cup the communion ministers say:


                                                         The body of Christ, given for you.

                                                         The blood of Christ, shed for you.

                                                      and each person may respond: Amen

Communion Song

We stand.

Table Blessing

P: The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in his grace.

C: Amen.


Prayer after Communion

A:  Let us pray.     

Sovereign God, in this meal you give us a foretaste of the great feast to come. Keep us faithful to you, that we, with all your saints, may at length celebrate the marriage feast of the Lamb, Jesus Christ our Lord.
C:  Amen.


P:  The love of God surround you; the grace of Christ release you; and the Holy Spirit be your
      guide and strength,
now and forevermore.
C:  Amen.


Sending Song #772   Oh, That the Lord Would Guide My Ways


Vision Statement


       To make the grace and love of Jesus known to all:

       in our home, congregation, community, and world.




A:  Led on by the saints before us, go in peace to serve the Lord.

C:  Thanks be to God.


Postlude  “Evan”                                                                                                                                      Bognar




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Those in Service


Acolytes: Zach and Kyle Stephens

Crucifer: Margaret Ferrell

Lay Reader: Margaret Ferrell

Communion Assistant: Senah Stephens

Altar Guild: Regena Umberger, Rita Martin, and Janice Umberger







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