Worshiping Together in Different Places–An online worship experience on Christ the King Sunday

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Fresco of Jonah being thrown into the sea – Catacombs of Priscilla, Rome

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Welcome to Worship on Sunday, November 22, 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, Ye Thankful People, Come        Leigh Nash

“Come, ye thankful people, come,
raise the song of harvest home;
all is safely gathered in,
ere the winter storms begin.

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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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A word of thanksgiving        Rev. Terri Hord Owens, General Minister & President,
        The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Rev. Terri Hord Owens calls us to remember our blessings in spite of the effects of the pandemic. “In every situation we must give thanks (I Thessalonians 5:18).”

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Scriptural Reflection on today’s sermon on Jonah:  Psalm 139:7-12

Can I go anywhere apart from your Spirit?
    Is there anywhere I can go to escape your watchful presence?
If I go up into heaven, you are there.
    If I make my bed in the realm of the dead, you are there.
If I ride on the wings of morning,
    if I make my home in the most isolated part of the ocean,
Even then you will be there to guide me;
    Your right hand will embrace me, for you are always there.
Even if I am afraid and think to myself,
“There is no doubt that the darkness will swallow me,
    the light around me will soon be turned to night,”
You can see in the dark, for it is not dark to your eyes.
    For you the night is just as bright as the day.
    Darkness and light are the same to your eyes.

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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 22, 2020 here:
Christ the King – Proper 29 (34) (November 22, 2020)

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Welcome · Community Candle · Moment of Wonder · Sermon

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AFFIRMING

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Song of Response        Now Thank We All Our God by Mar­tin Rink­art, 1636        Nathan Drake

“Now thank we all our God,
with heart and hands and voices,
who wondrous things has done,
in whom this world rejoices”

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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        A Prayer for a Pandemic
        recited by Dave Lescalleet, Dir. of Chaplaincy, Pruitt Health

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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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Communion

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Closing Benediction        Dead Sea Scrolls (circa 150 BC-70 AD)

May the Lord bless you…
May God give light to your heart with loving wisdom,
and be gracious to you with eternal knowledge;
may God lift up God’s loving countenance upon you for eternal peace. 

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Closing Song          Rejoice, the Lord is King        Emu Music

“Rejoice, the Lord is King,
your lord and King adore.
Mortals, give thanks and sing,
and triumph evermore.”

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Guest Preacher: Rev. Dr. Kara Markell; Elders: Karrin Lewis & Terry Forslund; Moment of Wonder: Gretchen Mertes

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