Scripture, Call to Worship & Lectionary

November 26, 2017 10:15 a.m. Worship Service
Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Scripture:  Colossians 3:12-15
The message will be delivered by Dr. Richard A. Wing
Sermon:  Spiritual Hunger in an Age of Plenty:
Part 4 – Selfish Reasons for Being a Better Person

December 3, 2017 10:15 a.m. Worship Service
First Sunday of Advent
Scripture:  Mark 12:28-37 and 1Corinthians 1:4-9
The message will be delivered by Dr. Richard A. Wing

 Weekly Lectionary Readings: Year C

 Call to Worship November 26, 2017

Leader: Come, open your hearts to the God!

People: We are grateful to be here, remembering all that Christ has done for us.

Leader: Friends and family – all are welcome in the house of God.

People: Those who are new to our church, those who seek, those who feel lost and alone.

Leader: Christ meets us here; he breaks the bread of salvation for us.

People: He embraces us with his transforming and forgiving love.

Leader: Dear friends, let us rejoice in God’s love.

People: We are called to receive that love and reach out in compassion to others.

Call to Worship December 3, 2017

Leader: The time of waiting and watching is here! Are you ready?

People: We are waiting for the Lord of peace to open our hearts.

Leader: The Lord of Peace comes to you this day to free you from all you are sorry for.

People: We are ready to receive the precious blessings of God.

Leader: Come, let us worship God who loves us dearly.

People: Let us praise God for God’s blessings in our lives. AMEN.


 Scripture November 26, 2017

 Colossians 3:12-15 (NRSV)

12As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. 13Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.

 Colossians 3:12-15 (MSG)

2-14 So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.

15-17 Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.

Scripture December 3, 2017

Mark 13:28-37

28“From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. 29So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 30Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. 31Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

32“But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. 34It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. 35Therefore, keep awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, 36or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. 37And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.”

1 Corinthians 1:4-9 (NRSV)

4I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, 5for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind— 6just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you— 7so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. 8He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Scripture Snippets:

Exodus 33:12-24 Moses said to the LORD, “See you have said to me, ‘Bring up this people’/ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me.

Psalm 99 The LORD is king; let the peoples tremble! He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake! The LORD is great in Zion; he is exalted over all the peoples.

1 Thessalonians 1:1-10   We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Matthew 22:15-22 Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said. So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth and show deference to on one