November 14, 2020

 Dear Friends,
Peace to you this evening. How are you holding up? It has been another topsy-turvy week with covid rates getting much worse. I was grateful to read the initial report about how effective Pfizer’s vaccine appears to be, though. That can’t come soon enough. I’m praying three things for you tonight: for peace, persistence and perspective.

As you likely saw in the church email from Thursday, Session has decided to pause our indoor worship plan. For the time being, we will continue worshipping virtually. It’s one way we can live out our love for neighbor and call to protect the vulnerable in our midst. I don’t know if you’ve had the same experience, but in the past two weeks I’ve learned of many people close to me who now have covid. Prayers for all who are sick and caring for those who are sick.

This Sunday in worship, we overhear an exchange Jesus has with the Sadducees in the Temple from Luke 20:27-38 – it has a timely word to offer us of resurrection hope. We serve and worship a God of the living, who loves us and longs to see all the world to flourish. It’s a delight to have Pastor Laura leading the prayers of the people this morning. She officially begins her ministry with us on Monday.

Below are video links to our virtual worship offerings, along with an order of service - both the main service and the family service, which is focused on the story of Moses this fall. Also, here's a link to the Common Life posted on our church website. Despite the pandemic, we're leaning into a number of offerings this fall to help us "Experience God. Grow Disciples. Transform Lives." together.

We invite you to join us for our final adult faith formation class on the book of Psalms tomorrow morning from 8:30 - 9:30am over Zoom (Zoom link; Meeting ID: 832 3379 4440 Passcode: 389051), led by Pastor Jeff.

Thank you for your partnership, friends. You are loved and never alone. Hang in there!

With gratitude and hope in Christ,
Pastor Jeff

Worship Video, Sunday, November 15, 2020
Family Worship Video Sunday, November 15, 2020

PreludeHoly Manna

Welcome and Call to Worship  
When tears are our food, God comes with a feast.
When fear is our path, God brings us courage.
When sorrow is our friend, God comforts and loves us.
When all hope seems lost, God is our rock and our redeemer.
So bring your longing, bring your hope. God is with us here.
Lay down your fears, lay aside your doubts, faith has called us here.
Pour out your soul with prayer and worship.
We have come to worship God, tender and just.

Opening Hymn No. 408
There’s a Sweet, Sweet Spirit

Call to Confession
God is gracious and merciful and knows our needs before they even reach our lips. Still, we engage in confession, admitting to God all that rests uneasily in our hearts. Confident of God’s love, let us make our confession together, first in silent prayer.

Prayer of Confession
Gracious God, source of all life, Lord of mercy and grace, hear our prayer. We come before you in need of healing: the healing of our bodies and souls, the healing of our relationships, the healing of our pride and fear and apathy. We know that with you, nothing is impossible, not even our healing, not even the restoration of the whole world. We pray that you will heal us, that you will heal our world, so that we will be freed to serve and love and dream and be,
as Christ calls us. Amen.

Assurance of Forgiveness
Be assured that nothing we do or say can take us beyond the reach of God’s healing, transforming love. Christ gathers all of our lives into his redeeming grace. Live each day in that truth, until it grows so deep into your spirit that you enter into freedom and joy.
Thanks be to God! Amen.

Sung Response No. 447
We are forgiven. We are forgiven.
Thanks be to God. Thanks be to God.
We are forgiven. We are forgiven.
Thanks be to God. Thanks be to God.

Sharing the Peace of Christ

Our Common Life

Luke 20:27-38
Sermon   Rev. Jeff Lehn

Responsive Hymn No. 250 
In the Bulb, There Is a Flower                          
Affirmation of Faith
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord: who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen.

Prayers of the People and 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory, forever. Amen. 

Call to Offering
On this day, we are invited to participate in the kingdom emerging all around us. May we offer ourselves to God with glad and generous hearts, freely giving our tithes and offerings to the ministry of this congregation. In lieu of passing the plate, we invite you to give through our church website, our smartphone app, by texting the word “Wilmette” to the number 77977, or by sending a check to the church office. As we gather our gifts together and offer them to God, may we do so in gratitude and praise.

Doxology No. 606

Prayer of Dedication

Sending Hymn No. 643      
Now Thank We All Our God

Charge and Benediction

Postlude No. 9 in a minor        Robert Vandall 

Worship Leaders
Rev. Jeff Lehn, preaching
Rick Drake, liturgist/ Scripture reading
Chancel Choir, Doxology
Peggy Massello, Organist, hymn soloist, Dir. of Music

First Presbyterian Church of Wilmette
600 Ninth Street
Wilmette, IL 60091-2779
Experience God. Grow Disciples. Transform Lives.