Emmanuel United Methodist Church
Nancy C. Johnson, Pastor
21st Sunday after Pentecost October 25, 2020
A Service of the Word/Online Order of Worship
Gathering for Worship
WORDS OF WELCOME/ENTER THE LIGHT OF CHRIST (You may light a candle at home if you wish)
GATHERING WORDS (If you are worshipping with others, you may use two or more voices in a “Call to Worship” style at home).
We come as people of faith, trusting in God’s steadfast love.
We gather as those who want to give God first place in our lives.
Gather in silent awe before the Source of all things.
Climb God’s holy hill and give thanks.
We will proclaim the name of the Lord our God.
We will give thanks forever for what the Almighty has done.
HYMN OF PRAISE Sweet Hour of Prayer #496
OPENING PRAYER Almighty and everlasting God, You are the Source of all things. You are our Refuge and our Strength. We come before you, asking that you would enable us to do what is right and believe what is true, so that by our faith and our actions, we may proclaim before others the love, grace and forgiveness that you have made known to us. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
BLESSING OF GOD’s TITHES and OUR OFFERINGS
O God, you call us to be the hands and feet of Christ in our world. By our gifts, may your will be accomplished and your name proclaimed here at home and around the world. You have blessed us beyond measure. May we live, by your grace and mercy, to be a blessings to others. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
Proclaiming and Responding to God’s Word
THE PSALM Psalm 4: 1-3
Answer me when I call, O God of my right!
You have given me room when I was in distress.
Be gracious to me, and hear my prayer.
How long, O people, shall my honor suffer shame?
How long will you love vain words, and seek after lies?
But know that the Lord has set apart the righteous as God’s own,
The Lord hears when I call.
THE GOSPEL LESSON Luke 10:38-42
38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[a] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
The Word of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God.
AN OFFERING OF MUSIC Someone Is Praying for You ~ Elbert Maddox
SERMON First Things First: The Necessity of Prayer
PRAYER OF DISCIPLESHIP Have Thine Own Way Lord #382
THE LORD’S PRAYER Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses,as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
HYMN OF DISCIPLESHIP Take Time to Be Holy #395
Hymn Information: The hymns are from The United Methodist Hymnal (Nashville: The United Methodist Publishing House) 1989 as follows;
Sweet Hour of Prayer, #496; Words: William Walford, 1845; Music: William B. Bradbury, 1861. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yz5pD6C9h-w from the Vagel Brothers at
Have Thine Own Way Lord, #382; Words: Adelaide A. Pollard, 1902; Music: George C. Stebbins, 1907. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3EoCmCFmK4
from paulhomemusic at https://www.youtube.com/user/paulhornemusic.
Take Time to Be Holy, #395; Words: William D. Longstaff, 1882; Music: George C. Stebbins, 1890. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lexo0rUhBNc from SE Samonte: https://www.youtube.com/user/sesamonte.
An Offering of Music: Someone is Praying for You. Words/Music/Guitar/Vocals by Elbert Maddox, August 2020.