November 21, 2020

 Dear Friends,

Peace to you this evening. How are you holding up? I pray you’ve had one good laugh and one moment of deep gratitude today.

Tomorrow is Christ the King, or Reign of Christ, Sunday, the day we celebrate the crucified and risen Christ who is Lord over all the universe. We’ll listen to Luke’s account of the death of Jesus (Luke 23:33-43) and ponder the moment on the cross when the power of God’s love overcomes the scourge of loveless power. Next week already, we’ll tiptoe into the season of Advent and begin our annual trek to a manger in Bethlehem.

Below are video links to our virtual worship offerings, along with an order of service - both the main service and the family service. Also, here's a link to the Common Life posted on our church website.

In our Sunday faith formation class, we’re starting Advent a week early! Join us tomorrow as we begin our four-week study using the book, “Christmas in the Four Gospel Homes.” Send me an email ( if you’d to receive the reading ahead of time. We’ll gather from 8:30 - 9:30am over Zoom (Zoom link; Meeting ID: 832 3379 4440 Passcode: 389051).

I want to ask for your prayers for Pastor Laura. Early on Thursday morning, she was called back to Cincinnati because her father had been sent to the ICU with covid pneumonia. Unfortunately, he is not doing well. She and her two brothers are making decisions about his care and would ask for your prayers for wisdom and peace.

Thank you for being the body of Christ, friends. You are loved and never alone.
Pastor Jeff

Worship Video, Sunday, November 22, 2020
Family Worship Video Sunday, November 22, 2020

PreludeHoly Manna

Introit - Handbell Choir
Come, Ye Thankful People, Come

Call to Worship
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! 
Worship the Lord with gladness; come into God’s presence with singing.
May we know and trust that the Lord is God. God created us and we belong to him.
We are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name.
For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
Let us worship God, tender and just. 

Opening Hymn No. 367 verses 1 & 4 
Come, Ye Thankful People, Come

Call to Confession
While there are many with power in our world - power to hurt us, power to hire or fire us, power to control us - only God has the power to forgive us and make us new people. Let us confess our fear of the world’s power and let us welcome the power of God's grace, first in silent prayer.

Prayer of Confession
Gracious God, we have trouble believing you are the King in our lives. Early in our nation's history, we rejected monarchy as something undesirable. Yet, this day we are called to recognize Jesus Christ as the King of our lives, our sovereign ruler. His kingdom is based on the laws of love; loving God as God has truly loved us and loving our neighbor as we ourselves want to be loved. That love extends beyond the borders of our lives, into a world in which there is fear and alienation, hunger and disease, hopelessness and darkness. Jesus, our sovereign ruler and friend, has asked us to do what he did: feed the hungry; visit the sick; welcome the stranger; be peacemakers in a world of violence; justice-seekers in a world of brokenness. These words are not unfamiliar to us, yet we have often treated them as optional. Forgive us, Lord, for the meagerness of our faith and the weakness of our witness. Rule our lives again with your powerful love, that we might truly be worthy disciples of yours. Help us to find the forgiveness which you have given to us and to do your will with dedication and joy. Amen.

Assurance of Forgiveness
Friends, God is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The first and last word with God is grace—grace to heal and make new, grace to propel us forward. This is the good news of the gospel—we are loved, forgiven and set free to transform the world.
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.

Our Common Life

Scripture Luke 23:33 -43
 “Forgive Us and Remember Us” Rev. Jeff Lehn

Responsive Hymn No. 263 vs. 1 & 4
All Hail the Power of Jesus Name
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 - Laura
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.


Prayer of Dedication

Sending Anthem      
Thanks Be to Thee                  G.F. Handel

Charge and Benediction -

Thanksgiving Medley arr. Christine Anderson and Daniel Kramlich

Worship Leaders
Rev. Jeff Lehn, preaching
Madeline Weston, liturgist/ Scripture reading
Nick Lin, Hymn Soloist
Chancel Choir, Doxology
Chancel Bells, Introit
Greg Korak, Bell solo
Peggy Massello, organist, Director of Music

First Presbyterian Church of Wilmette
600 Ninth Street
Wilmette, IL 60091-2779
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