Nov 21 & 22, 2020

"three weeks of thanks giving"


Welcome

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. The kids material can be accessed here:
This week's Vine School


If you click on the title of the first Vine School slide you can also access past Vine School material as well as the "Vine Camp" material that Kathie created.

Our liturgy has prayers, responses, and scriptures to be read aloud in addition to several video segments. Janice has chosen the music this week. Sing along! If the song is unfamiliar, feel free to just listen. 


    INTRODUCTION

    by Pastor Chris De Haan

    gathering

    You invite us into Your story

      Call to Worship

      Read aloud the Call to Worship:


      Praise the Lord!

      I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,

      in the company of the upright, in the congregation.


      Great are the works of the Lord, 

      studied by all who delight in them.


      Full of splendor and majesty is His work, 

      and His righteousness endures forever. 

      He has caused His wondrous works to be remembered;

      the Lord is gracious and merciful.

       

      He provides food for those who fear Him;

      He remembers His covenant forever.

       

      He has shown His people the power of His works,

      in giving them the inheritance of the nations.


      The works of His hands are faithful and just; 

      all His precepts are trustworthy;

       

      they are established forever and ever, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.

       

      He sent redemption to His people; 

      He has commanded His covenant forever.

      Holy and awesome is his name!

       

      The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;

      all those who practice it have a good understanding.

      His praise endures forever!


      —Psalm 111


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        Great is thy faithfulness

        Verse 1

        Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father
        There is no shadow of turning with Thee
        Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not
        As Thou hast been Thou forever will be


        Chorus

        Great is Thy faithfulness, great is Thy faithfulness
        Morning by morning new mercies I see
        All I have needed Thy hand hath provided
        Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me


        Verse 2

        Summer and winter and springtime and harvest
        Sun, moon, and stars In their courses above
        Join with all nature in manifold witness
        To Thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love

         

        Chorus

        Great is Thy faithfulness, great is Thy faithfulness
        Morning by morning new mercies I see
        All I have needed Thy hand hath provided
        Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me


        Verse 3

        Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
        Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide
        Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow
        Blessings all mine with ten thousand beside


        Chorus

        Great is Thy faithfulness, great is Thy faithfulness
        Morning by morning new mercies I see
        All I have needed Thy hand hath provided
        Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me

        confession

        Have someone read this prayer:


        Heavenly Father, Your faithfulness and love endure forever, 

        yet our gratitude fades on a daily basis. 


        For Your blessings that we see and yet fail to acknowledge . . .

        Have mercy. 


        For Your blessings that we fail to see and fail to acknowledge . . .

        Have mercy.


        Lord of goodness, please open our eyes to all that You do as we silently confess our sins to you now . . .


        - take some time for silence -



        Hear the Good News:

        The Lord is faithful in all His words; 

        and gracious in all His deeds. 

        The Lord upholds all who are falling, 

        and He raises up all who are bowed down.


        As loved and forgiven children, let’s offer up our hearts to Him as we sing.

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        word

        We immerse ourselves in Your story

          prayer for illumination

          Read this together in preparation for hearing the Word:


          Gracious God, as we turn to your Word for us,

          our community is scattered, 

          and it is easy for our hearts to be scattered.

          May the Spirit of God rest upon us,

          drawing Your people together,

          and focusing our scattered hearts through Your Word.

          Help us to be steadfast in our hearing, in our speaking,

          in our believing, and in our living.

          scripture reading

          Have someone read the following scripture. When finished, pause, and then have someone read through it a second time:


          And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.

          Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; He will surely do it.


          I Thess. 5:14–24


            --

              Sermon

              "Three Weeks of Thanks Giving" by Pastor Chris De Haan

              Response

              As an application of our passage, give thanks out loud for what God has done in the past 6 months.

              table

              We enact Your story and respond


                communion

                Read aloud:


                Even as we are scattered all over the city, in communion we gather around the one bread and the one cup, knowing that we are all equally needy—and equally welcomed—around this table. We all come kneeling and thankful as we remember Jesus, who — while rejected, cast out, reviled, oppressed — went to the cross and finished His work, keeping His covenant and bringing rescue and redemption


                Jesus gathered with His friends in that upper room, even as we gather together.


                And the Lord Jesus took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me."


                - eat the bread -


                In the same way, He took the cup after supper and said, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this in remembrance of Me." 

                For whenever we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim the Lord's death until He comes.


                - drink the cup - 


                Offer up a prayer of thanks for the cross.


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                SENDING

                We embody Your story in our world

                  prayer

                  Read aloud:


                  Thank You, Lord, for the gifts of bread and cup,

                  for the cross, for sustaining us in hope.

                  We pray for Your strength to prepare us now for Your service

                  as we offer to You lives of witness and worship in the world You have made. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.


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                  our deliverer

                  Verse 1

                  When we call upon Your name
                  You will answer, You will save
                  And deliver us


                  In the darkness, in the storm
                  You are shining from the shore
                  To deliver us, Deliverer


                  Chorus

                  Hallelujah, what a Savior
                  Worthy is the Lamb, our Deliverer
                  Mighty fortress for the righteous
                  Saved to glorify, our Deliverer

                   

                  Verse 2

                  Though the battle rages on
                  We are certain You are strong
                  To deliver us


                  By Your perfect sacrifice
                  We're made perfect in Your eyes
                  You deliver us, oh Deliverer


                  Chorus

                  Hallelujah, what a Savior
                  Worthy is the Lamb, our Deliverer
                  Mighty fortress for the righteous
                  Saved to glorify, our Deliverer

                  benediction

                  Have someone read this benediction:


                  May our great Father, the source of every good and perfect gift,

                  shower you with His abundant blessings,

                  so that your hearts overflow with endless gratitude.

                  And may He grant you an awareness of His love

                  so that you may be always joyful, 

                  praying continually, 

                  and giving thanks in all circumstances, 

                  For this is the will of God for you.

                  Amen.

                  Announcements

                  • Gathered ServicesIn-person, outdoor services have begun!

                    Click here for details on our limited-capacity indoor meetings, and click the RSVP link to reserve seats for you and each member of your family. If there are enough RSVPs we'll hold an indoor meeting. For now, as weather permits, meetings will remain outdoors.
                         

                  • Community Groups. If you're not in a group already, there are groups available to join. Contact Amy Burton, and she'll be happy to help you find a group:
                    vineyardcommunitygroup@gmail.com

                  • App for Vineyard Prayer RequestsRequests are now being shared through the "Echo Prayer" app. On your tablet or phone, go to the App store and search for "Echo Prayer". Create an account — it is free — and then search for the Vineyard Christian Community "feed" and ask to join. To add a prayer request without using the app, send your request to: vineyardprayerrequests@gmail.com

                  • Monday Evening Prayer Zoom. Want to gather via Zoom to pray with other members of our Vineyard body? There is an opportunity every Monday evening! Join us at 7pm.

                    Meeting ID:
                    281 011 9833

                    Passcode:
                    02161965

                    For more information on the December schedule, contact Mary Koenig at:
                    koenigmary@rocketmail.com

                  • Women's Friday Bible Study has begun a new study of the Book of Acts. Visit from 9:15–9:30am, and then join for Bible Study and prayer till 11:00am. For login information contact Tenaya at:
                    tenaya@veritasvox.com

                  • Budget
                    Giving for 11/14 & 15 = $12,657. 
                    November giving so far = $23,506. 
                    Total November Budget = $38,435. 
                    % of Total November Budget currently reached = 61%.