Hebrews 11 – 10/31/2021

Greeting Greet each other in the name of the Lord. Buenes Dias. Bienvenidos.

Call to worship:
L: As we come together, let us settle into stillness
All: Be still and know that I am God
L: Slowly, we center our minds and our hearts
All: On Christ, who is the cornerstone
L: Let your cares and your weariness fall away.
All: Come all who are weary and find rest.

Song Morning Has Broken UMH 145
Morning has broken, like the first morning; blackbird has spoken like the first bird.
Praise for the singing! Praise for the morning! Praise for them, springing fresh from the Word!
Sweet the rain’s new fall sunlit from heaven, like the first dewfall on the first grass.
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden, sprung in completeness where his feet pass.
Mine is the sunlight! Mine is the morning. Born of the one light Eden saw play!
Praise with elation, praise every morning, God’s re-creation of the new day!
Eleanor Farjeon

When Morning Gilds the Skies UMH 185
When morning gilds the skies my heart awaking cries: May Jesus Christ be praised!
Alike at work and prayer, to Jesus I repair: May Jesus Christ be praised!
Let all the earth around ring joyous with the sound: May Jesus Christ be praised!
In heaven’s eternal bliss the loveliest strain is this: May Jesus Christ be praised!
CCLI# 1045805 Katholisches Gesangbuch and Joseph Barnby

Prayer:
Almighty God, in a world of change you placed eternity in our hearts and gave us power to discern good from evil. Grant us sincerity, that we may persistently seek the things that endure, refusing those which perish, and that, amid things vanishing and deceptive, we may see the truth steadily, follow the light faithfully, and grow ever richer in that love which is the life of all people; though Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen
(Hugh Cameron, Scotland Book of Worship)

Scripture Hebrews 11:1-16
Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things no seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things not visible. By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain’s. Through this he received approval as righteous, God himself giving approval to his gifts; he died, but through his faith he still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken so that he did not experience death; and “he was not found, because God had taken him.” For it was attested before he was taken away that “he had pleased God.” And without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would approach him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. By faith Noah, warned by God about events as yet unseen, respected the warning and built an ark to save his household; by this he condemned the world and became an heir to the righteousness that is in accordance with faith. By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. By faith he received power of procreation, even though he was too old—and Sarah herself was barren—because he considered him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one person, and this one as good as dead, descendants were born, “as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.” All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth, for people who speak in this way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of the land that they had left behind, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them
L: The word of God for the people of God.
All: Thanks be to God!

Song Spirit of the Living God UMH 393
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me. Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.
Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me. Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.
CCLI# 23488 Daniel Iverson

Sermon Rev. Gayle Porias

Affirmation of Faith UMH 885
We believe in God the Father, infinite in wisdom, power and love, whose mercy is over all his works, and whose will is ever directed to his children’s good. We believe in Jesus Christ, Son of God and Son of man, the gift of the Father’s unfailing grace, the ground of our hope, and the promise of our deliverance from sin and death. We believe in the Holy Spirit as the divine presence in our lives, whereby we are kept in perpetual remembrance of the truth of Christ, and find strength and help in time of need. We believe that this faith should manifest itself in the service of love as set forth in the example of our blessed Lord, to the end that the kingdom of God may come upon the earth. Amen

Offering and signs of reconciliation and love: Our tithes, time, talent, prayer and witness

Song Have Thine Own Way, Lord UMH 382
Have thine own way, Lord! Have thine own way!
Thou are the potter, I am the clay.
Mold me and make me after thy will,
while I am waiting, yielded and still.
Have thine own way, Lord! Have thine own way!
Search me and try me, Savior today!
Wash me just now, Lord, wash me just now,
as in thy presence humbly I bow.
Have thine own way, Lord! Have thine own way!
Hold o’er my being absolute sway.
Fill with thy Spirit till all shall see.
Christ only, always, living in me!
CCLI# 28225Adelaide A. Pollard and George C. Stebbins

Prayer of dedication and Intercession

Benediction:
May your love be steadfast; your heart diligent in seeking out the way of Jesus Christ; and your hope be fulfilled as you place all your trust in Almighty God. Go now in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Song: You Are the Vine
You are the vine, we are the branches, keep us abiding in you.
You are the vine, we are the branches, keep us abiding us in you.
And we’ll go (and we’ll go) in your love (in your love),
and we’ll go (and we’ll go) in your name (in your name),
that the world (that the world) will surely know your power to heal and to save.


ANNOUNCEMENTS:

The Finance Committee will be providing a monthly Cokesbury Financial Health report.
For 2021 to date:
Tithes and Offerings received through September: $81,233
Total Expenses: $91,086 (church operations and ministries- COM)
Shortfall: $9,853

All Saints Sunday is November 7th . During our 10am worship service we will hold a time of remembrance of all who claimed the promise of the Resurrection in the last year. Please give names to be read to Pastor Gayle either by email (cokesburyumc@gmail.com) or leave a message on the church voice mailbox or write the names on a card and place in the offering basket.

The Cokesbury UMC Prayer Group meets weekly at the church on Mondays at 5:30pm in the church Fellowship Hall – all are invited to join and participate!
Please send or share all prayer concerns with Pastor Gayle so we may give each concern prayerful attention. 

Messy Church: November 14th 11:30am. Introducing new people to Jesus through hospitality, friendship, story and creativity. Includes a meal, Bible story, arts and crafts, activities, celebration. Check clipboards at the service for ways you can support this ministry.

Questions God Asks Us” by Trevor Hudson- a small group discussion began Wednesday September 29th. You can participate every Wednesday at 7pm in-person (masks and social distancing) or by Zoom.

Sermon Series: based on Dr. Amy Oden’s book God’s Welcome: Hospitality for a Gospel-Hungry World.

A.C.T.S is in need of the following items:
Canned Vegetables, especially peas, 15 oz size, Low sodium canned vegetables, Snack items, individually packed, Pop-top canned prepared meals suitable for our homeless clients, Single serve prepared food suitable for our homeless clients, Laundry Detergent, Dish Detergent, Cleaning Supplies in general, Toiletries and Personal Hygiene Items, Size 4T pull-ups, Size 6 diapers.

Operation Give Thanks: Gravy (canned, or dry packet),Pie Crust Mix, Cornbread or Biscuit Mix, Canned Vegetables, 15oz, Broth (canned 15oz), Instant Mashed Potatoes, Can or jar of gravy, or gravy mix packet, Stuffing Mix, Cranberry Sauce (canned), Yams or Sweet Potatoes (canned), Pumpkin or Fruit Pie Filling, Evaporated milk

Featherstone Elementary School is in need of the following items: Refillable water bottles (child size); winter coats, hats, gloves, underwear and socks, facial tissues.

Operation Christmas Child shoebox collection is November 15th to the 22nd. If you have your shoeboxes to Cokesbury by November 14th, we’ll be sure they are delivered to the Collection Point.

Healthy Church Team Meeting Monday November 1st at 7 PM
Finance Committee Meeting Monday November 8th at 7 PM