“… No One Knows The Day Nor The Hour…”
by Pastor Matt Jackson
FIRST CHURCH in PEMBROKE
Sunday, November 29, 2020
ORDER OF WORSHIP
Prelude Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Welcome and Announcements (Jim Lapham, Moderator)
Meditation Prayer (abbreviated from the Book of Common Worship)
Almighty God, we pray for your blessing on Your church. May the faithful find salvation, and the careless be awakened. May the doubting find faith, and the anxious be encouraged. May the tempted find help, and the sorrowful comfort. May the weary find rest, and the strong be renewed. May the aged find consolation, and the young be inspired. We pray this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Call to Contemplation There’s Something About That Name
Call to Worship abbreviated from Lavon Baylor’s “Led by Love”)
P: Awake, people of God, and be alert for Christ’s coming
C: Make Your Ways known to us, and grant us Your Awesome Presence.
P: We are all God’s people, let none be excluded.
C: Let mountainsides quake, and nations tremble in awe and reverence.
P: Praise the One Who grants us the gift of life.
C: Heaven and earth will pass away, but the God’s Word is true for all times.
Hymn Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus
Prayer of Invocation (Taught by Love Baylor Worship Series abbreviated)
Amid threatening clouds of anger, and selfish strife, come, O God, to bring Light. Into our days of worry and anxiety, send a confident hope. Enrich us with spiritual gifts that transcend disappointments, and spill out in generous compassion for all those who struggle. Meet us where we are, so we may be equipped for trials yet to come, and joys yet to be revealed. We pray in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen and Amen.
Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 1: 3-9 (Lector: Ernie Evans)
3 May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. 4 I always thank my God for you and for the gracious gifts He has given you, now that you belong to Christ Jesus. 5 Through Him, God has enriched your church in every way—with all of your eloquent words and all of your knowledge. 6 This confirms that what I told you about Christ is true. 7 Now you have every spiritual gift you need as you eagerly wait for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. 8 He will keep you strong to the end so that you will be free from all blame on the day when our Lord Jesus Christ returns. 9 God will do this, for He is faithful to do what He says, and He has invited you into partnership with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Second Reading: Mark 13:24-37 New Living Translation
24 “At that time, after the anguish of those days, the sun will be darkened, the moon will give no light, 25 the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 26 Then everyone will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds with great power and glory. 27 And He will send out His angels to gather His chosen ones from all over the world— from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven. 28 “Now learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branches bud and its leaves begin to sprout, you know that summer is near. 29 In the same way, when you see all these things taking place, you can know that his return is very near, right at the door. 30 I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass from the scene before all these things take place. 31 Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear.32 “However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows. 33 And since you don’t know when that time will come, be on guard! Stay alert. 34 “The coming of the Son of Man can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. When he left home, he gave each of his slaves instructions about the work they were to do, and he told the gatekeeper to watch for his return. 35 You, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know when the master of the household will return—in the evening, at midnight, before dawn, or at daybreak. 36 Don’t let him find you sleeping when he arrives without warning. 37 I say to you what I say to everyone: Watch for him!
Sermon: “… NO ONE KNOWS THE DAY NOR THE HOUR…” Pastor Matthew Jackson
Hymn O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Prayers of the People (Meditation on “Be Thou My Vision”)
One of the most revealing aspects of a church’s belief and ministry is when the church comes together and prays for one another, its surrounding communities, and the world in general. The prayers are for every array of the church’s faith practice, and even more insightful as to its character and fortitude. Each week, as we pray together, we offer a moment of silence for you to name, in that very silence and privacy, the name or names of those heaviest on your heart. Please join me now in a time of prayer…
O Gracious God, You have given us another week of life. We pray that You would know we are deeply grateful and celebrate Your gifts – the gifts of time, opportunities, and wisdom. And as this day unfolds, we ask continued Light upon our paths of both faith and life.
Now, O God, in this moment of silence, hear us as we hold before You the names of our loved ones, our family, our neighbors and friends, our colleagues, and so many others….
Thank You for the gift of You. Know we are so very grateful for a faith that calms us, grants us hope in times of despair, and comforts in times of fear and sadness. And now hear us as we pray Your 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 sins as we forgive those who have sinned against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory, forever and ever. Amen.
We are deeply blessed, and appreciate this opportunity to be generous, to go beyond ourselves, and collectively participate in healthy and wholesome ministry. Our gifts and tithes attest to the power of our faith, our gratitude for God’s many blessings. As we take time to share our gifts and tithes, may the ministry of First Church, and all faith communities, continue to seek nurturing in His Light, and find solace as we settle in the Peace of Christ.
Gracious God, we give our best to You, not out of guilt or fear, but with gratitude and faith. You have been our support in times of need. Every breath we take is a gift from You, and we pray these gifts will make a marked difference in the lives of others, as You have made a marked difference in us. May we remain steadfast in our quest to be prudent stewards of that which You have entrusted to us. And we continue to pray that the ministry of First Church will be vigilant in fulfilling Your Will, and Call, to serve the greater world.
Offertory Partita on “People Look East” – Amabile
Closing Hymn Joy to the World
Another hour together has come and gone. May God bless us all, and keep us ever safe, and bring us together again this same time next week. We pray this in the Name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Postlude Holy, Holy, Holy Theme and Variations on a tune by Schubert
Enjoyed hearing the organ music…