Worshiping Together in Different Places–An online worship experience on the 23rd Sunday after Pentecost

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“Take off your shoes and feel the earth under your feet,
as if the ground on which you are standing
really is holy ground.
Let it please you.  Let it hurt you a little.
Feel how the world really feels
when you do not strap little tanks on your feet
to shield you from the way things really are.” 

                           ― Barbara Brown Taylor, An Altar in the World

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Welcome to Worship on Sunday, November 8, 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        Come to Me, O Weary Traveler        First Cong. Church of Houston

“Rest in me, O weary traveler,
rest in me and do not fear.
Rest in me, my heart is gentle,
rest and cast away your care.

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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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Prayer of Confession          by Thom M. Shuman.

We admit, God of all Creation,
that it is easier to trust a politician’s glib words
than yours which were spoken when time began.
We know how afraid we are of tomorrow,
because of what we do today,
ignoring what you brought about so long ago.
We, who have been given so much from your heart,
find it hard to share even a smidgen from our abundance.
Forgive us, God our hope, and have mercy on us.

Lift us to our feet;
draw us close into your loving embrace;
drench us with the buckets of grace
drawn from the deep wells of life,
so we will have the courage to declare you as our God,
as we follow Jesus Christ,
who has blessed us with the Holy Spirit.

(Silence is kept)

Assurance of Pardon
As plain as the heartbeat in our chests, the good new is this:
God is our hope.  God is our life.  God is our future.
We will sing aloud, our voices at full throttle.
We are forgiven, we are saved! 
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, November 8, 2020 here:  https://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/texts.php?id=167

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Welcome · Community Candle · Scripture · Sermon

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AFFIRMING

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Song of Response        All The Way My Savior Leads Me        Paul & Hannah McClure

“All the way my Savior leads me
And cheers each winding path I tread
Gives me grace for every trial
And feeds me with the living bread”

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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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During this video clip you are invited to share the elements of communion which you have set aside for this worship time.  Bread, crackers, juice, wine, or water–all are signs of Christ’s abiding presence with us.

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Prayers of the People · Communion · Communion meditation

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Closing Benediction        by Thom M. Shuman

Setting aside our fears and worries, let us go.
We will go as God’s people on this day,
to remind everyone that God is as close to them
as the beats of their hearts.

Setting aside our prejudices and assumptions, let us go.
We will go as Jesus’ followers this day,
to gather up the forgotten and bring them home,
to embrace the lonely as sisters and brothers.
Setting aside our expectations and demands, let us go.
We will go as those graced by the Spirit,
to share with others the waters from grace’s deep wells,
to offer that peace which never comes to an end.

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Closing Song        We’ve Come This Far by Faith        International Gospel Melodies

“Oh, can’t turn around,
We’ve come this far by faith.

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Guest Preacher: Owen Chandler; Elders: Karrin Lewis & Ric Rose; Scripture: Barbara Stroud; Prayers of the People: Wayne Chan; Communion meditation: Wayne Chan

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