Mifflin Avenue United Methodist Church
November 18, 2012
Faith and works are like the light and heat of a candle; they cannot be separated.
*Those who are able are invited to stand
Gathering “Now Thank We All Our God” G.E.Kaufmann
*Introit “O Taste and See” C. Young
*Call to Worship
One: God, you are our protection
God, you are our refuge
All: You are our God; we have no good apart from you!
One: God, you are both cup and portion.
You have given us a good heritage.
All: We come to worship the God who shows us the path of life!
*Hymn “I'll Praise My Maker While I've Breath” #60
Sharing Our Joys and Concerns
One: God, our souls are poured out before you as we look for more in life than contentment
with family, friends, and possessions. We thank you for all of your blessings.
Yet, we long to be a blessing to others on your behalf.
As Abraham was a blessing to many nations, as Hannah longed for something in
her life to offer back to you,
All: We long to make a difference in this world for you.
Open our eyes, good Lord,
One: to whatever you have already entrusted for the good of your people.
All: Open our ears, Lord,
One: to intersections between human need and heart's desire.
All: Open our hearts, Lord,
One: to recognize and nurture new gifts, to consider unique possibilities, dawning on the horizon.
All: Our souls are poured out before you, O God.
One: Let your servants find favor in your sight. Amen.
Prayer Hymn “Sweet Hour of Prayer” #496
Silent Prayer / Pastoral Prayer / Lord’s Prayer
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on
earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive
those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the
kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Scripture 1 Samuel 1:4-20
Anthem “Show Me the Way” D. DeYoung
Scripture Mark 13:1-8
Sermon Rev. Kelly J. Smith
Offering our Gifts and Tithes
Offertory “My Inmost Heart Now Raises” J.C.Bach
*Doxology “Bless Thou the Gifts” #587
God of love and grace, we are reminded this morning that you love the poor, and
that it makes your heart glad when the poor are taken care of, lifted from the ashes
to sit with princes. As we give our gifts this day, we pray that these gifts might reach
those who are poor and needy – financially, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
May it please you, we pray, when we live out a love and care for the poor that would
model the way of Jesus. In his name, we pray. Amen.
*Hymn “How Firm a Foundation” #529
*Final Chorus “They’ll Know We Are Christians by Our Love” (Refrain) #2223
in The Faith We Sing
Postlude “We Plow the Fields” J. Schultz
Please keep these folks in your prayers…
Sue Clapper- continued recovery from car accident
Liam Perry- croup
Victims of Hurricane Sandy
Kay Maxwell- continued healing
Bea Crawford-continued healing from pneumonia
Dave Agnew and Family- loss of Uncle Bert
Mary Brand and Family- loss of Uncle Pat
Ed (Ginnie’s son) – volunteering in the Dominican Republic
Ed White – tests; Kim Slobonyak - continued recovery; Mike (Tammy’s friend) - health problems;
Susan- ovarian cancer; Gary- health concerns; Tim Parkinson- serving in Afghanistan;
Ella Mae- Parkinson’s disease; Paul Gaviglia- lung cancer; Melissa Morris;
Julius Gibson- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma; Babies Luke and Kyler- cardiac defects;
Harriet Fuller; Tina Whitehead- work for human dignity; Buck Cunningham; Norma Wood;
Liz Kilkenny; Karen Hartz