Avondale E-Worship
November 1, 2020
"Thou Shalt..."
Exodus 19: 1 - 3; 20: 1 - 17 CEB

Arrival at Mount Sinai
19 On exactly the third-month anniversary of the Israelites’ leaving the land of Egypt, they came into the Sinai desert. 2 They traveled from Rephidim, came into the Sinai desert, and set up camp there. Israel camped there in front of the mountain 3 while Moses went up to God. The Lord called to him from the mountain, “This is what you should say to Jacob’s household and declare to the Israelites: 

The Ten Commandments
20 Then God spoke all these words: 2 I am the Lord your God who brought you out of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. 3 You must have no other gods before me. 4 Do not make an idol for yourself—no form whatsoever—of anything in the sky above or on the earth below or in the waters under the earth. 5 Do not bow down to them or worship them, because I, the Lord your God, am a passionate God. I punish children for their parents’ sins even to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me. 6 But I am loyal and gracious to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments. 7 Do not use the Lord your God’s name as if it were of no significance; the Lord won’t forgive anyone who uses his name that way. 8 Remember the Sabbath day and treat it as holy. 9 Six days you may work and do all your tasks, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. Do not do any work on it—not you, your sons or daughters, your male or female servants, your animals, or the immigrant who is living with you. 11 Because the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and everything that is in them in six days, but rested on the seventh day. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. 12 Honor your father and your mother so that your life will be long on the fertile land that the Lord your God is giving you. 13 Do not kill. 14 Do not commit adultery. 15 Do not steal.
16 Do not testify falsely against your neighbor. 17 Do not desire and try to take your neighbor’s house. Do not desire and try to take your neighbor’s wife, male or female servant, ox, donkey, or anything else that belongs to your neighbor.
Celebrate Communion this Sunday during our 9:30 AM service shared on YouTube. Join Avondalers and Christians around the world. Rev. Jim will invite you to partake, so we’ll be communing together. Have some bread and juice ready. Don’t worry about whether you have the “right” bread or juice, as long as you prepare your heart to participate.
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Children's Moment
What rules do you have to follow when at home or at school?

In our scripture today we learn that Moses climbed up a mountain and into a cloud to meet with God. God gave Moses ten important rules to help the people live in loving ways. The first four rules were about God and the other six rules were about how to live with other people.

  1. There is only one God.
  2. Remember I am your God. Worship only me.
  3. When you say my name, speak it with love and respect.
  4. Remember the Sabbath on the seventh day of the week. Work on the other six days and rest on the seventh. Make it a day set apart for me.
  5. Treat your father and your mother with respect. Look after them.
  6. Don't kill anyone. Respect all people.
  7. Be true to your husband or wife.
  8. Don't take the things that belong to others.
  9. Don't lie about anyone. Always tell the truth.
  10. Don't wish you had things that belong to other people. Be happy with the things you have.

How do you think God's special rules helped the people live more fairly with one another? What would happen in the world if everyone followed these rules?

Which of these rules have you followed in the past week? What can you do differently so that you can follow God's rules?

Dear God, Thank you for rules that help me to live a happier life and to love my friends and family and You better! Amen.
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Prayer Requests

Lee Ballard; Michael Booher; Terry Brodof; Ruby Cathey; Abigail Corriher; Cal Hamilton; Janet Harrison and family; James Higgs; Bonnie Howard; Marilyn Nolan; Deidrea Pavlin; Floyd Privette; The Reed Family; Bob Sheppard; Sarah Sperry; Billy Stanley; Lyn Sweet and family; Tina Taylor; Gail Trippodo; Merrily Watts; Lynn Wilkerson.
Mission Corner
Gleaning with Avondale
You've heard of pumpkin patches--but what about watermelons, sweet potatoes, or turnips? Avondale periodically has the opportunity to do gleaning--where farmers make the leftovers in their fields available for the poor and hungry. This is a practice that has existed since Biblical times (see, for example, the book of Ruth). And it's a great way to get the whole family out of the house to see some of our North Carolina farms in a safe, socially distanced way. Opportunities arise somewhat randomly, but if you'd like to participate when they do, drop a line to Rich Worf and Harry Greyard and we'll put you on the list!
Your Avondale Pledge

For those of you who contribute to your pledge through the offering plate on Sunday, there are many opportunities to fulfill your commitment including, mailing a check, PayPal or a one-time or reoccurring bank draft. Drafts can be setup or changed at anytime. Please contact Jacqueline for more information.

Using the link below, you may contribute to your 2020 pledge or make a gift to the church.
Submit your 2021 pledge card electronically!
Healing & Wholeness on Wed, Nov 4
Join us at 12 noon in the Sacred Garden as we pray for healing and wholeness for our nation. All are invited. If you can't join us as 12 noon, prayers will be available at the garden to use anytime. For those at home, join us at 12 noon as you too pray for healing and unity.
Join us on YouTube!
Tuesday, November 3 / 7 PM
Every morning, Monday-Friday at 7 AM, we are joining on Zoom for a morning devotional and prayer. These last about 10 minutes with an opportunity for fellowship following. If you miss it, don't worry! A recording is available on Facebook and YouTube! The devotional follows along with Bob Goff's, "Live in Grace Walk in Love - A 365 Day Journey." The book is not required to participate. No sign-up necessary!
Start your day in community!