Fully Human

John 11:1-45

Good morning! We’ve had quite a good response to these online worship services and I’m very glad you’re with us this morning. This week we’re adding something new to the worship service: music! Our music director, John Cavicchio, is going to play the organ. I would like to point out that the organ console is a good 12-15 feet away from the pulpit, so John and I are maintaining a healthy social distance. Also, he’s wearing a mask and gloves.

Here’s how this service will go. First, I’ll make some announcements, then John is going to play our first hymn, “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing.” After that, I’m going to offer some prayers, read from the Gospel of John, then preach a sermon. After the sermon, John will play another hymn, “Breathe on Me, Breath of God.” Then we’ll say the Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer. Finally, I’ll close with a benediction—a blessing for all of you and then John will play the closing hymn, “Lord of the Dance.” But first, here are some announcements.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Next Sunday we will celebrate communion during our live broadcast. Please have bread or crackers, as well as grape juice or wine, as we participate in the celebration of this sacrament.

We will continue to hold meetings and classes online using Zoom meeting software. If you would like to join one of our Koinonia classes on Wednesdays, please call or email the church office or send me an email, and we’ll send you an invitation to the meeting. Also, if you have any prayer requests, please email me or the church office and I will add your prayers to the Prayers of the People.

Please remember that we need you to continue to make your offerings! We still have to make our mortgage payments. So, if you are not suffering a financial hardship in these times, please remember to send your checks to the church office or make your offering online. Information for online donations can be found on our website.

#610 O, For a Thousand Tongues to Sing

Prayer of Invocation

Dear God, silence all voices within our minds but your own.

Help us to seek and be able to follow your will.

May our prayers be joined

with those of our sisters and brothers in the faith,

that together we may glorify your name

and enjoy your fellowship forever.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Prayer for Illumination

O Christ, by remaining faithful till death,

you show us the road to greater love.

O Christ, by taking the burden of sin upon yourself,

you reveal to us the way of generosity.

O Christ, by praying for those who crucified you,