Worship Service Nov 5

23rd Sunday after Pentecost / Ordinary Time

Worship is the highest activity of a person whose sole and ultimate aim is God’s glory.


Gathering and Prelude

Call to Worship 

Response to the Call: O for a 1000 Tongues  57 1-4

Welcome, Greeting, Service Overview

Prayer of Illumination

Worship Moment

Hymn of Faith: Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus   462 all

Responsive Reading: Psalm 34  769

Apostles Creed: hymnal #881 

Gloria Patri – hymnal #71 

Offering Dedication and Offertory 

Doxology – hymnal #95 

Life of the Church 

Centering Song: Just A Closer Walk with Thee

Prayers of the People

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 3:1-13

Sermon: Be Encouraged

Holy Communion

Closing Hymn: More Love to Thee  453 vs 1

Commissioning and Benediction

Prayers of the People

Pastor: What a generous God we worship! What an extravagant Creator, what a Source of abundance! We thank You, gracious and giving God, and we praise You.

People: What a vibrant life this is! What an amazing array of experiences, relationships and opportunities! We thank You, gracious and giving God, and we praise You. What an amazing Savior is ours! What a self-giving, compassionate Lord!

Pastor: God has entered our world and shared its challenges, has lived and died as one of us, has risen, and has opened the door to full, eternal and exuberant life!

People: We thank You, gracious and giving God, and we praise You. What a generous God we worship!

Pastor: We acknowledge that we have sinned and fallen short of your glory.

People: For give us Lord as we confess our sins and seek to draw into a deeper relationship with you.

Pastor: In this world of plenty, O God, we have hoarded our blessings and have kept more than our share. Please, forgive us, Gracious God. We have failed to care adequately for the world’s abundant resources, bringing scarcity and pain to our planet. 

People: Please, forgive us, Gracious God we have denied the goodness that we enjoy, and have forgotten how to be grateful. Please, forgive us, Gracious God. Remind us, O Lord, of all the good things that we have received; remind us how to enjoy the blessings we experience and the joy of generosity given in the name of Christ.

Pastor: We thank You, Lord, for all that You have done for us; for all that You have given us; and for all that You have been to us.

People: We remember and celebrate Your constant grace, care and provision and our faith grows as we recognise the goodness that we enjoy. But, Lord, You have also given us the gift of prayer, and You have invited us to bring our requests to You.

Pastor: And so we pray

For ourselves and our loved ones

For those who are grieving, sick and seeking hope we ask for your compassionate care.

For our community and our country. Our leaders, protectors, first responders and citizens

For the world, for peoples of all nations and their leaders to know the peace, provision and hope that comes from Christ alone.

For our church we pray for protection, wisdom, vision and the grace to remain true to the call you have placed upon us

People: Lord for all these things we pray. Hear us as we pause to lift up our pastors.  Grant them your wisdom and strength. Be with Pastor Ray as he brings the message. Keep us focused and make us receptive to what we are to receive.  Send us out into the world energized and ready for humble, joyous and obedient service.

Pastor: We thank You, gracious and giving God as we pray together following the prayer Christ gave as an example as we pray together . . .

ALL: 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, for ever and ever. Amen

Life of the Church

ABCCM FOOD DONATIONS: Donation Basket at  Front Door. We dedicate our gifts on Communion Sundays.

Medical Lending Closet Flyers are available to distribute to friends and places that will post them. 

The daily prayer chain goes out after 8pm. Send requests to prayer@alexanderchapel.org. Prayer shawls are also available. Questions? Contact Pastor Marjory.

Due to the upcoming holidays, the Ladies Loving the Lord luncheons are on hiatus until January. The Christmas Birthday Party for Jesus will be at Clark’s Chapel on Saturday, Dec 2nd.

Fellowship 4U – . Bring your lunch and visit with one another  on the 4th Sundays of the month. Next gathering is Nov 26.

Weaverville’s Community Thanksgiving Service will be Sunday, November 19, 6pm at the Presbyterian Church.

Thanksgiving – Christmas Activities and Worship:

Nov 19 – Weaverville Community Thanksgiving Service

Dec 2 – Ladies Loving the Lord Birthday Party for Jesus

Dec 3 – Hanging of the Greens Worship Service

Dec 10 – Christmas Social at Judy’s

Dec 17 – Candlelight Service 6pm

Dec 24 – Christmas Eve Regular Morning Worship Service, NO evening service, but we’ll list sister church services you can attend