Emmanuel United Methodist Church
Nancy C. Johnson, Pastor
Christ the King/Thanksgiving Sunday/Stewardship Commitment November 22, 2020
A Service of the Word/Online Order of Worship
Gathering for Worship
WORDS OF WELCOME/ENTER THE LIGHT OF CHRIST (Light a candle at home if you wish)
CALL TO WORSHIP (If you are worshipping with others, you may use two or more voices in a “Call to Worship” style at home).
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness;
come into God’s presence with singing.
Know that the Lord is God. It is He that made us, and we are his;[a]
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise.
Give thanks to God, bless God’s name.
For the Lord is good; God’s steadfast love endures forever,
and God’s faithfulness to all generations. ~ Psalm 100
HYMN OF PRAISE Come Ye Thankful People Come #694
OPENING PRAYER Most gracious and merciful God, every good and perfect gift comes from you. We give you praise and thanks for all your goodness to us. You have created us and all things; your bounty has provided for us; your discipline has guided us; your patience has borne with us; your love has redeemed us. As we gather in your presence today, give us a heart to love and serve you. Enable us to show our thankfulness for all your goodness and mercy to us by giving up ourselves to your service, and cheerfully submitting our lives to your will. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever. Amen.
BLESSING OF GOD’S TITHES and our OFFERINGS Now Thank We All Our God #102
Proclaiming and Responding to God’s Word
THE OLD TESTAMENT LESSON Deuteronomy 8:7-18
7 For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land—a land with brooks, streams, and deep springs gushing out into the valleys and hills; 8 a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; 9 a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills. 10 When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. 11 Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day. 12 Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, 13 and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, 14 then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 15 He led you through the vast and dreadful wilderness, that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions. He brought you water out of hard rock. 16 He gave you manna to eat in the wilderness, something your ancestors had never known, to humble and test you so that in the end it might go well with you. 17 You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” 18 But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
EPISTLE LESSON I Thessalonians 5:16-18
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
The Word of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God.
ANTHEM Thanks to God
SERMON The Challenge of Giving Thanks
PRAYER HYMN Take My Life and Let it Be #399
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 Count Your Blessings (v. 1, 2, 4)
Music Information: The hymns are from The United Methodist Hymnal (Nashville: The United Methodist Publishing House) 1989 as follows;
Come, Ye Thankful People Come, #694; Words: Henry Alford, 1844; Music: George J. Elvey, 1858; Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FqdCskC0QE from Chet Valley churches at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT7nl0OsV_4ew1gRYhNbj1g.
Now Thank We All Our God, #102; Words: Martin Rinkart, 1636; trans. Catherine Winkworth, 1858; Music: Johann Griger, 1647; harm. Felix Mendelssohn, 1840. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePSfu0dF8JU from Matt Beckingham at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChxO_QNAGHm8k0fb0ILEpiA.
Take My Life and Let It Be, #399; Words: Frances R. Havergal, 1873; Music: Louis F. Herold, 1839; arr. George Kingsley, 1839. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AALKHcM27LY from HymnSite at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqltdQsqXadVEIwSZOr8VoA,
Anthem: Thanks to God; Words: August L. Storm, 1891; trans. Carl E. Backtrom, 1931. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3M8QprrlAo from SE Samonte https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQTV0LiuDpcJN6hSkcCP1Vg. Sung by Nathaniel Ladies Ensemble (2009) of the Nathaniel Christian Orphanage, Romania.
Count Your Blessings, Words: Johnson Oatman, 1897; Hymn Tune: Blessings (Excell). Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtV2wmdZoqo sung by Guy Penrod from Jesus is My Lord at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQmCVBhzYOU_N3IcuQnk1ww.