October 2 & 3, 2021
the story of ruth
October 2 & 3, 2021
the story of ruth
This weekly "digital liturgy" is designed to guide you through a complete service of worship. The more you participate in the various elements, the greater will be its impact. Communion is part of our service so have those items ready. Kathie has prepared the Sunday School material for the kids - it is called Vine School. The link will take you to the full Vine School library. During the summer months, go back and do the ones you may have missed
This week's Vine School.
Our liturgy has prayers, responses, and scriptures to be read aloud in addition to several video segments. Bobby Prescott has chosen the music for this week.. Sing along! If the song is unfamiliar, feel free to just listen. Closed captioning and a powerpoint is available on the message.
by Pastor Chris De Haan
Call to Worship
Read this aloud as a Call to Worship:
The Lord is faithful in all His words and kind in all His works.
The Lord upholds all who are falling
and raises up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to You,
and You give them their food in due season.
You open Your hand; You satisfy the desire of every living thing.
The Lord is righteous in all His ways and kind in all His works.
The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.
Take a few moments and consider how God has been good to you this past week. How did He show up in your life this week. Offer up a prayer of thanksgiving.
prayer of illumination
Holy and gracious God,
may your Holy Spirit give us
a spirit of wisdom and revelation,
so that, with the eyes of our hearts enlightened,
we may know the hope to which Christ has called us,
the riches of his glorious inheritance among us,
and the greatness of his power for those who believe.
Then Boaz said to Ruth, “Now, listen, my daughter, do not go to glean in another field or leave this one, but keep close to my young women. Let your eyes be on the field that they are reaping, and go after them. Have I not charged the young men not to touch you? And when you are thirsty, go to the vessels and drink what the young men have drawn.” Then she fell on her face, bowing to the ground, and said to him, “Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?” But Boaz answered her, “All that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband has been fully told to me, and how you left your father and mother and your native land and came to a people that you did not know before. The Lord repay you for what you have done, and a full reward be given you by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge!” Then she said, “I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, for you have comforted me and spoken kindly to your servant, though I am not one of your servants.”
And at mealtime Boaz said to her, “Come here and eat some bread and dip your morsel in the wine.” So she sat beside the reapers, and he passed to her roasted grain. And she ate until she was satisfied, and she had some left over. When she rose to glean, Boaz instructed his young men, saying, “Let her glean even among the sheaves, and do not reproach her. And also pull out some from the bundles for her and leave it for her to glean, and do not rebuke her.”
So she gleaned in the field until evening. Then she beat out what she had gleaned, and it was about an ephah of barley.
Once again we gather around the bread and cup - and we give thanks for this moment, His redemption, this table and these people we celebrate with.
This table reminds us every week - there is now no condemnation,
The bread and cup are symbols of the body and blood of Jesus who gave His life on the cross to restore us to Himself
—pick up the bread
Take, eat, remember, and believe
That the body of our Lord Jesus Christ
Was given for the complete forgiveness of all our sins.
—eat the bread
—pick up the cup
Take, drink, remember, and believe
That the precious blood of our Lord Jesus Christ
Was she for the complete forgiveness of all our sins
—drink the cup
Psalm 103 says,
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me,
bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with love and mercy.
You graciously nourish our souls
with the bread of life and the cup of salvation.
May we who have received from You at the table
be strengthened in Your service;
may we who have sung Your praises today
tell of Your glory, truth and provision;
may we who have experienced the greatness of Your love
carry that same love into all the places we go.
Give us grace,
that in everything we may yield
ourselves, our will, and our works,
a continual thank-offering to You,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Read this benediction together:
—I Corinthians 15:58
As we are sent, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.