Hebrews 12 – 11/14/2021

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

Call to worship: Psalm 122
L: I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord!”
All: Our feet were standing within your gates, O Jerusalem!
L: Jerusalem is built as a city to which the tribes of the Lord go up to give thanks to the name of the Lord.
All: May those who love you prosper and may peace be within the walls.

Song – Welcome Table:

Dear friends, rejoice that God has enabled us to return to this house built for praise and prayer. Let us now offer a prayer of blessing upon the ministries and the people who gather within.

Prayer:
Eternal God, mighty in power and of incomprehensible majesty, whom the heavens cannot contain, much less the walls of temples made with hands, you have promised your special presence whenever two or three are assembled in your name to offer praise and prayer. By the power of your Holy Spirit bless this house of your worship. Bless us and sanctify what we do here, that this place may be holy for us and a house of prayer for all people. Guide and empower in this place by the same Spirit the proclamation of your Word and the celebration of your Sacraments, the pouring out of prayer and the singing of your praise, professions of faith and testimonies to your grace, and the celebration of death and resurrection. Save us from that failure of vision which would confine our worship within these walls, but send us out from here to be your servants in the world, sharing the blessings of Christ with the world he came to redeem. Now, O God, sanctify this place, from everything in heaven and on earth is yours. Yours, Lord, is the dominion, and you are exalted as head above all. Amen.

Scripture – Hebrews 12:18-29:
You have not come to something that can be touched, a blazing fire, and darkness and gloom, and a tempest, and the sound of a trumpet and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that not another word be spoken to them. But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. See that you do not refuse the one who is speaking; for if they did not escape when they refused the one who warned the on earth, how much less will we escape if we reject the one who warns from heaven! At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heaven.” This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of what is shaken- that is- created things- so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us give thanks, by which we offer to God an acceptable worship with reverence and awe; for indeed our God is a consuming fire.

L: The word of God for the people of God.
All: Thanks be to God!

Song – Spirit Song

Sermon Rev. Gayle Porias

Song – Yes, I Know

Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession

Announcements:
Ushers will dismiss us row by row beginning with the back rows. You may leave your offering in the plate at the back. Please do not gather in the narthex after the service, but go to the parking lot for fellowship.

Benediction

Song: Do Lord Medley

Announcements:
Ushers needed for Sunday worship. Please call Gordon Freeman at 703-680-4629 for information and to volunteer.

The Finance Committee will be providing a monthly Cokesbury Financial Health report.
October Revenue:  $7,618.80
Expenses  $9,677.71
Loss:         $2,058.91

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The Cokesbury UMC Prayer Group meets weekly at the church on Mondays at 5pm 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 for ways you can support this ministry.

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

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.

Finance Committee Meeting – Monday, November 15th at 7pm
Healthy Church Team Meeting – Monday, November 22nd at 7pm