November 15, 2020                    24th Sunday After Pentecost
The Gathering
Announcements will begin on screen at 9:50 AM 

10:00 Greeting

Time for Centering Breath of Heaven Amy Grant
Lighting a candle to invite the Spirit - at home and in the sanctuary
Call to Worship
We receive God’s generous grace
Breathe in. 
Breathe out.
We receive…
Breathe in. 
Breathe out.
We receive…
Amen.
Opening Hymn Jesus Call Us Hymnal 398
                                                            
Opening Prayer                                                                                            
Loving God,
call us together as your people;
transform us with your love.
Transform our hearts,
that we may love generously.
Transform our eyes,
that we may see your grace.
Transform our hands,
that we may serve others.
Transform our spirits,
that we may be the body of Christ,
gathered to worship
and sent out to serve. Amen.
Gospel Lesson Matthew 25:14-30                                                  
Song of Invitation         Jesus Loves Me (instrumental)         

Message for All God's Children

Prayers of the People                                                                               
Song of Preparation   Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying   TFWS 2193

Lord, listen to your children praying
Lord, send your spirit in each place.
Lord, listen to your children praying
Send us love, send us power,  send us grace.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer
Lord, in thanksgiving, hear our praise

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 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, the power and the glory forever, Amen.

Special Music Get Together Chet Powers
Message        Love, Grow, Serve: Followers of Christ Together          

Prayer of Confession
Creator God, you made us to be neighbors, members of one family blessed with great diversity. You created us to be helpers and friends to one another, entrusting to us your justice and your joy. Yet we have denied justice and joy to many, creating worlds of poverty, pain, lost opportunities, and absence of hope. In so many ways, we break each other’s hearts. Still, you do not reject us. We ask your forgiveness and pray to be transformed. 

A Time for Silent Prayer

Loving God, you restore us to each other and to you, mending our hearts and repairing the world. Through the power of your Spirit, you shape us to be for others what Christ is for us: pardon and peace, new life and blessing. We give you thanks for your love, forgiveness, and constant presence. Amen.

Offering of Gifts and Selves
Invitation 
Offertory
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Thank you for all you do!
Closing Hymn Freely, Freely, Hymnal 389

Benediction 

Postlude
Serving the Congregation Today
Ministry of Music:          Greg White, Quinton Jones, Robin Lee
                                                                                     
Ministry of Technology:  Quinton Jones
                                                
Ministry of the Word
Liturgists               Karen & Peyton Luther
Children’s Message Kathy Renick
Prayer Leader Rev. Patricia Wagner
Message Cathy Davis, Assistant Minister

All music licensed for performance through CCLI, OneLicense and StreamSpot.
Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church choir video recording used by their permission.  
Announcements

Sundays 10 AM, in-person worship is limited to 50 people. To help you make decisions about attending in-person or online, we want to share with you that we are averaging 25 people in the sanctuary.
Maple Grove will Host a Drive-Thru Thanksgiving Day Community Meal
Our Thanksgiving Meals are drive-thru carryout only, from noon and 2 PM.
Call the church office if you'd like to pick up a meal - 614-262-1163.
And if you'd like to help make this a special Thanksgiving Day Meal, volunteers are needed in these ways:
  • Write a greeting on a Maple Grove Thanksgiving Day postcard to be given to our Thanksgiving Day guest. Pick up a card (or 2) in the church lobby.
  • Donate side dishes
  • Volunteer to serve

Participate in an Advent Study: Mary Had a Baby
A 4-Week Tuesday Evening Zoom Bible Study Based on African American Spirituals, Begins December 1 @ 7 PM
Learn the stories behind these beloved spirituals.
We’ll listen to the music, examine related Scripture, and discuss biblical, historical, and contextual themes. Allow this deeply spiritual music to inform your advent experience. The book is $14.00, can be purchased through the church, and scholarships are available. Sue Frost and Cathy Davis are facilitating this weekday evening class. Email Cathy to join or ask questions.

Advent Craft Drive-Through All Through Advent! 
Join us for an at-home craft making Advent Fair. The first craft is an Advent wreath, it is simple, and beautiful and requires 5 cans (soup-type), so start saving them. On Sunday, November 22, stop by the church after worship and pick up all the other supplies to make your wreath at home. Then you’ll be able to light your candle each week at home as we light the one in the sanctuary! Rev. Michelle will provide a video tutorial to guide you. An Advent devotional will be available too. Three more craft projects will be offered on November 29, December 6 & 13, supplies and tutorial will be provided.

Youth Fundraiser: See's Candies - Gifts for those with Good Taste
This year, the Maple Grove are selling See’s Candy support the Youth Summer Mission Trip. This fundraiser is beginning now until December 4th. Any orders you make will be directly shipped to you making the whole transaction contact-free! We hope you’ll consider supporting the Maple Grove Youth in this way. Browse our storefront by following this link. Thank you for supporting the MG Youth!

Socks for the United Methodist Free Store
This time of year, socks are especially important for our friends who are homeless. Donations can be left in the Free Store Sock basket in the lower lobby. Thank you for helping warm the feet of Christ.

The Maple Grove Benevolent Fund
The apostles continued to bear powerful witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. God’s grace was so at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them.              
The Acts of the Apostles: 4:33-34

IF YOU NEED HELP
We understand it is hard to ask, but know that your brothers and sisters in this faith community want to help. Requests will be handled confidentially by Pastor Patricia Wagner and Assistant Minister Cathy Davis, who will seek to provide assistance with compassion and fairness. They may also direct you to resources outside Maple Grove for additional support. 

Call the church at (614) 262-1163 and follow the prompts to the pastor's (confidential) voicemail, and leave a message. Or e-mail Pastor Patty or Cathy Davis. They will be in touch. 

Thank you for your generous support of the Benevolent Fund!
We want to hear from you!
Do you have a need, a prayer request, ministry idea for this new time?
Please call the office 614-262-1163 and leave a message.
Voice mail is forwarded promptly to our emails.
Or email Pastor Patty or Cathy Davis or simply reply to this email.
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