Emmanuel United Methodist Church
Nancy C. Johnson, Pastor
24th Sunday after Pentecost November 15, 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).
God calls us to use the gifts God has given to us for the building of God’s Kingdom.
We hear God’s call, but sometimes we are afraid.
God invites us to trust in all things, believing that God is great and God is good.
Our lives belong to God, Maker and Giver of all things.
We gather to worship our Lord and proclaim God’s greatness and goodness to us.
HYMN OF PRAISE How Great Thou Art #77
OPENING PRAYER Gracious and giving God, we come before you with songs of joy and shouts of praise, giving thanks to you in all things. May the light of your love and grace surround us as we worship, chasing away the darkness of doubt and fear, so that we may hear your call to us and respond in faith and trust. We give you thanks for all that you have given to us, and for all that you desire to do in us and through us for others and for Christ’s sake. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
BLESSING OF GOD’S TITHES and our OFFERINGS Most loving and generous God, you have freely given to us all things and ask us to give freely in return. We do not return anything unto you that is not already yours, even our very lives. So bless us and these gifts that we have received. Through us and through these gifts, may your love and grace be shared with others. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
AN OFFERING OF MUSIC Freely, Freely ~ Carol Owens
Vocal Duet with Guitar: Margaret Ann White, David Blevins
Proclaiming and Responding to God’s Word
THE GOSPEL LESSON Matthew 25:14-30
“For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his servants and entrusted his property to them; 15 to one he gave five talents,[a] to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. 17 In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. 18 But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19 After a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 Then 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.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy servant; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And 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.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy servant; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 Then 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; 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. 29 For 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. 30 As for this worthless servant, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
The Word of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God.
SERMON Stewarding the Gifts
PRAYER HYMN A Charge to Keep I Have #413
PRAYER OF DISCIPLESHIP
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 I Surrender All #345
May the Giver of every good gift bless you abundantly, so that you can be a blessing to others for Christ’s sake. In the name of God the father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. All God’s people said. Amen.
Music Information: The hymns are from The United Methodist Hymnal (Nashville: The United Methodist Publishing House) 1989 as follows;
How Great Thou Art, #77; Words/Music: Stuart K. Hine, 1953; Copyright 1953, renewed 1981 Manna Music, Inc. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAttNOrx_Sc from SE Samonte at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQTV0LiuDpcJN 6hSkcCP1Vg.
A Charge to Keep I Have, #413. Words: Charles Wesley, 1762; Music: Lowell Mason, 1832; Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7BxFD7dBxI from Christian Music at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjerPWAwFAtuzw5juZ0Wfjw.
I Surrender All, #354; Words: J. W. Van Deventer, 1896; Music: W. S. Weeden, 1896. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2BnL_zI7uw from SE Samonte at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQTV0LiuDpcJN 6hSkcCP1Vg.
An Offering of Music: Freely, Freely, #389; Words/Music: Carol Owens, 1972; Copyright 1972 Communique Music, Inc. Vocal Duet with Guitar performed and recorded by Margaret Ann White and David Blevins, November 14, 2020.