Sunday worship November 22, 2020

Prelude – “For the beauty of the earth” arranged by John Rutter

Prayer for Peace & Lighting of Peace Candle

God who knows all about us, who holds our present and our future, we pray this day that all beings be happy, all beings know joy, all beings know health and harmony, all beings know love and compassion. Work in us and through us to this end, we pray. Amen.

– Adapted from Jim Pym, England, Timeless Prayers for Peace

Call to Worship   

Based on Psalm 107, RSV                       

(Jann C. Weaver, Flames of the Spirit)

Leader: O give thanks to God for all the goodness we are shown! God’s steadfast love endures forever!

People: We come from the east and the west, the north and the south, to give God thanks and praise!

Leader: We once were a wandering people, hungry and thirsty in a desert land.

People: We cried to God to deliver us, and we were led to a new land rich in promise and harvest.

Opening Hymn – For the Beauty of the Earth    HWB 89

Sharing and Prayer – (see Word document attached to email)

Children’s Story

Joshua 24:1-18           

Then Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and summoned the elders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of Israel; and they presented themselves before God. And Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Long ago your ancestors—Terah and his sons Abraham and Nahor—lived beyond the Euphrates and served other gods. Then I took your father Abraham from beyond the River and led him through all the land of Canaan and made his offspring many. I gave him Isaac; and to Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau. I gave Esau the hill country of Seir to possess, but Jacob and his children went down to Egypt. Then I sent Moses and Aaron, and I plagued Egypt with what I did in its midst; and afterwards I brought you out. When I brought your ancestors out of Egypt, you came to the sea; and the Egyptians pursued your ancestors with chariots and horsemen to the Red Sea. When they cried out to the Lord, he put darkness between you and the Egyptians, and made the sea come upon them and cover them; and your eyes saw what I did to Egypt. Afterwards you lived in the wilderness a long time. Then I brought you to the land of the Amorites, who lived on the other side of the Jordan; they fought with you, and I handed them over to you, and you took possession of their land, and I destroyed them before you. Then King Balak son of Zippor of Moab, set out to fight against Israel. He sent and invited Balaam son of Beor to curse you, 10 but I would not listen to Balaam; therefore he blessed you; so I rescued you out of his hand. 11 When you went over the Jordan and came to Jericho, the citizens of Jericho fought against you, and also the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; and I handed them over to you. 12 I sent the hornet ahead of you, which drove out before you the two kings of the Amorites; it was not by your sword or by your bow. 13  gave you a land on which you had not labored, and towns that you had not built, and you live in them; you eat the fruit of vineyards and oliveyards that you did not plant.

            14 “Now therefore revere the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness; put away the gods that your ancestors served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

16 Then the people answered, “Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods; 17 for it is the Lord our God who brought us and our ancestors up from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, and who did those great signs in our sight. He protected us along all the way that we went, and among all the peoples through whom we passed; 18 and the Lord drove out before us all the peoples, the Amorites who lived in the land. Therefore we also will serve the Lord, for he is our God.”

Sermon – “Wade in the Water comes to an end – Reflections on Joshua 24”

by Rose Marie Zook Barber (see attachment to email)

Hymn of Response – We Plow the Fields and Scatter   – HWB 96

Benediction    HWB 721

Almighty God, from whom comes each good gift of life, we remember your loving kindness and your uncounted mercies as we join in grateful praise.

For all your gifts to us and to our human race; for our life and the world in which we live,

we give you thanks, O God.

For the beauty and bounty of the world; for day and night, summer and winter, seed-time and harvest; for the varied joys which every season brings,

we give you thanks, O God.

For the work we are enabled to do, and the truth we are permitted to discover; good things there have been in our past, and for all the hopes which lead us on toward better things,

we give you thanks, O God.

For all the joys and comforts of life; for homes and families; for our friends; for the love, sympathy, and goodwill of persons near and far,

we give you thanks, O God.

For all cultures, wise governments and just laws with which to order our common life; for education and all the treasures of literature, science, and art,

we give you thanks, O God.

For the discipline of life; for the tasks and trials which train us to know ourselves and which bring us to accept on another,

we give you thanks, O God.

For the desire and power to help others; for every opportunity of serving our generation in ways large or small,

we give you thanks, O God.

For the gift of Jesus Christ, and everything which is ours as his disciples; for the presence and inspiration of your Holy Spirit throughout our days,

we give you thanks, O God.

For the tender ties which bind us to the unseen world; for the faith which dispels the shadows of earth and fills the closing years of life with the light of hope,

we give you thanks, O God.

God of all grace and love, we have praised you with our lips for all the richness and meaning that life holds for us. Now send us into the world to praise you with our lives, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

AMEN.

Sing-along Postlude – Praise God from Whom  HWB 118 a.k.a. “606”

Go in peace.