Worshiping Together in Different Places–An online worship experience on the 21st Sunday after Pentecost

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Welcome to Worship on Sunday, October 25, 2020.

During this time of worship you may wish to have a candle to light and to have bread and a beverage for communion — whatever you have available will be sufficient.

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Gathering Song        You Are My All in All        Earth Choir and Animato Symphonic Orchestra

You are my strength when I am weak
You are the treasure that I seek

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Acknowledgement of Land

(An act towards reconciliation)

For thousands of years, First Nations people have walked on this land; their relationship with the land is at the center of their lives and spirituality.  We are gathered on the traditional territory of the Coastal Salish and Puyallup people, and we acknowledge their stewardship of this land throughout the ages.

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GATHERING & EXPLORING

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Scriptural Reflection        This is What Was Bequeathed Us        Gregory Orr

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Prayer of Confession        Words of Confession and Assurance
         
Terry Ewing, VP of Advancement, Phillips Theological Seminary
  

“During this time of confession and assurance,
I invite you to join me in the reading of these words. 
Read them aloud if you are alone,
or if you are with others, read them together.”

God of grace-filled justice and mercy,
I confess I have let my own misgivings and confusion
be expressed by fear and resentment.

I’ve looked away from those with whom I can
at least voice my support if not standing with them.

I’ve filled my thoughts with what is mine alone
and erased the needs of others.

I’ve caged my spirit with a gray sameness,
leaving wonder and imagination behind.

I have not been who you have meant me to be.

Words of assurance: 
Holy friend, I accept the forgiveness and assurance you offer.
By these, I begin to gather the pieces and bring wholeness back to my life.
By these, I’m turned around to face what is significant and necessary
within the world in which I live.
By these, I lean into your tasks of justice, mercy, and transformation
as one who not only participates but also receives.
By these words, I am on the path once more.  Thanks be to God.

Amen.

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Set apart your worship space by lighting a candle along with the video clip.  The light of the candle symbolizes the presence of the Holy wherever we are.

You can find all of the lectionary readings for Sunday, October 25, 2020 here:  https://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/texts.php?id=165

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Welcome · Lighting of Community Candle · Scripture · Moment of Wonder · Sermon

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AFFIRMING

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Song for Reflection & Offering        Servant Song        TWOTP

“We are pilgrims on the journey, we are travelers on the road
We are here to help each other walk the mile and bear the load”

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Offering

There are a number of ways to contribute financially when we are unable to attend worship in person:

• Make a one-time donation or manage ongoing, automatic giving on our secure website page: https://fccpuyallup.com/donate

• Use our mobile app to set up one-time or ongoing giving from your phone. Download the GivePlus app from the App Store or Google Play to your smartphone and then search for “First Christian Church” using our zip code, 98371.

• Send checks by mail to: First Christian Church, 623 9th Ave. SW, P.O. Box 516, Puyallup, WA  98371

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CELEBRATING & BLESSING

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Prayers of the People · Communion

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Closing Benediction        Deeper than our imagining        Duncan Wilson, UK

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Please speak this blessing out loud:

The grace of God, deeper than our imagining;
the strength of Christ, greater than our need;
and the communion of the Holy Spirit,
richer than all our life together;
guide and sustain us today and in all our tomorrows.
Amen.

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Closing Song        I Want Jesus to Walk with Me        Sharon Irving

All along my pilgrim journey
I want Jesus to walk with me

ANNOUNCEMENTS: 

Submit names and photos of saints in your life (passed and still with us) by Oct. 28th for inclusion in next week’s All Saints’ Sunday Honoring & Remembrance. Email to webmaster@fccpuyallup.com

Check the latest snail mailing and The Week Ahead e-newsletter for information about the 2020 collaborative Advent devotional and how you can make it happen!  Email webmaster@fccpuyallup.com or call the church office if you aren’t receiving those but would like to!


Guest Preacher: Nancy Claire Pittman; Elders: Terry Forslund & Ric Rose; Scripture: Phillips Seminary; Moment of Wonder: Gretchen Mertes; Prayers of the People & The Lord’s Prayer: Ric Rose

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