2nd Kings – 11/6/2022

Call to Worship
L: How good it is to sing praises to our God! How pleasant it is to honor God with our praise.
All: The Lord heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds.
L: Great is our Lord, and mighty in power, there is no limit to God’s wisdom.
All: The Lord lifts up the lowly but casts the wicked to the ground.
L: Worship the Lord and praise your God!
All: The Lord takes pleasure in those who revere him and await his gracious favor.

Song – We’re Marching to Zion – UMH 733
Isaac Watts
Come, we that love the Lord, and let our joys be known;
join in a song with sweet accord, join in a song with sweet accord
and thus surround the throne, and thus surround the throne.
Refrain: We’re marching to Zion, beautiful, beautiful Zion;
we’re marching upward to Zion, the beautiful city of God.
The hill of Zion yields a thousand sacred sweets
before we reach the heavenly fields, before we reach the heavenly fields,
or walk the golden streets, or walk the golden streets. Refrain
Then let out songs abound and every tear be dry;
we’re marching through Emmanuel’s ground, we’re marching through Emmanuel’s ground,
to fairer worlds on high, to fairer worlds on high. Refrain

Prayer:
(All) Healing God, you healed your servant Naaman of his affliction when he came to you, through Elisha, for help. Heal our afflictions and make us faithful servants. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen,

Scripture Reading – Second Kings 5:1-15a
Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Aram, was a great man and in high favor with his master because by him the Lord had given victory to Aram. The man, though a mighty warrior, suffered from a skin disease. Now the Arameans on one of their raids had taken a young girl captive from the land of Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. She said to her mistress, “If only my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his skin disease.” So Naaman went in and told his lord just what the girl from the land of Israel had said. And the king of Aram said, “Go, then, and I will send along a letter to the king of Israel.” He went, taking with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, and ten sets of garments. He brought the letter to the king of Israel, which read, “When this letter reaches you, know that I have sent to you my servant Naaman, that you may cure him of his skin disease.” When the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes and said, “Am I God, to give death or life, that this man sends word to me to cure a man of his skin disease? Just look and see how he is trying to pick a quarrel with me.” But when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, he sent a message to the king, “Why have you torn your clothes? Let him come to me, that he may learn that there is a prophet in Israel.” So Naaman came with his horses and chariots and halted at the entrance of Elisha’s house. Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go, wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored, and you shall be clean.” But Naaman became angry and went away, saying, “I thought that for me he would surely come out and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God and would wave his hand over the spot and cure the skin disease! Are not the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?” He turned and went away in a rage. But his servants approached and said to him, “Father, if the prophet had commanded you to do something difficult, would you not have done it? How much more, when all he said to you was, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” So he went down and immersed himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God; his flesh was restored like the flesh of a young boy, and he was clean. Then he returned to the man of God, he and all his company; he came and stood before him and said, “Now I know that there is no God in all the earth except in Israel; please accept a present from your servant.”
L: For the Word of God in scripture; for the Word of God within us and for the Word of God among us we say:
All: Thanks be to God.

Message – Pastor Gayle

Prayer of Confession – God of grace, full of mercy and love, we humbly come before you with our brokenness. Our sin is always before us and we are in need of your healing power. Show us where we have turned from your way of love, justice and mercy. Show us the ways that we fail to share your love and act with mercy towards others. Cleanse us of our sin and pour out your healing power on us. Lead us into paths of health and wholeness. Empower and enable us to submit to your plan to reconcile the world to yourself and to reconcile all people so that all of your creation may live in peace, prosperity and hope. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Passing the Peace: Christ, King of Tenderness, bind us with a bond that cannot be broken. My brothers and sisters, siblings in Christ, the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. All: And also with you.

Service of Remembrance
Scripture Reading – Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfector of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.
Reading of Names – As each name is read, a candle will be lit and the bell rung

Prayer:
(All) We bless your holy name, O God, for all your servants who, having finished their course, now rest from their labors. Give us grace to follow the example of their steadfastness and faithfulness, to your honor and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Song – For All the Saints – TFWS 2283
John Bell
For all the saints who’ve shown your love in how they live and where they move,
for mindful women, caring men, accept our gratitude again.
For all the saints who loved your name, whose faith increased the Savior’s fame,
who sang your songs and shared your word, accept our gratitude, good Lord.
For all the saints who name your will, and showed the kingdom coming still
through selfless protest, prayer and praise, accept the gratitude we raise.
Bless all whose will or name or love reflects the grace of heaven above.
Through unacclaimed by earthly powers, your life through theirs has hallowed ours.

Pastoral Prayer

Our Offering – Service, prayers, witness, time and resources

Doxology – Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow UMH 95
Offering Prayer

Holy Communion
P: The Lord be with you
All: And also with you
P: Lift up your hearts.
All: We lift them up to the Lord.
L: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
All: It is right to give our thanks and praise.
P: There is no other God, there never was and there never will be, than God the Creator unbegotten and without beginning; the Lord of the universe who made all things visible and invisible and Jesus Christ whom we declare to have always been with God before all beginning. Christ was made man, defeated death and was received into heaven by God who has given him power over all in heaven, on earth, and under the earth. Every tongue will acknowledge that Jesus Christ is the Lord God. Christ has poured the Holy Spirit upon us in abundance and given us the gift of eternal life, and made us children of God and joint heirs with him through faith. Look with kindness on your people gathered here before you. Send forth the power of your Spirit so that these gifts may become for us the Body and Blood of your beloved Son, Jesus, the Christ, in whom we have become your own.
All: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory hosanna int the highest.
P: O God, you are always thinking about your people. You never forget us. You sent your Son, Jesus, who have his life for us and who came to forgive us and taught us to forgive each other.
All: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

Words of Institution: On the very night he was betrayed, Jesus took bread and gave you thanks. He broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying: “Take, eat, this is my body which is given to you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup and gave you thanks. He gave it to them, saying, “drink this all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this as often as you drink it in remembrance of me.”
All: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.
P: Almighty God, our heavenly Father, mother, parent, in your tender mercy, send us the Spirit of the Lamb.
All: Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on us. Jesus, bearer of our sins; have mercy on us. Jesus, redeemer of the world, give us your peace.
P: If you are thirsty, drink the Fount of Life. If you are hungry, eat the Bread of Life. Blessed are all who hunger for this Bread and thirst for this Fount.

Sharing the Bread and the Cup

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Announcements

Song – I’ll Fly Away – TFWS 2282
Albert E. Brumley
Some glad morning when this life is o’er, I’ll fly away
to a home on God’s celestial shore, I’ll fly away.
Refrain I’ll fly away, O glory, I’ll fly away. When I die hallelujah by and by, I’ll fly away.
When the shadows of this life have gone, I’ll fly away.
Like a bird from prison bars has flown, I’ll fly away. Refrain
Just a few more weary days and then, I’ll fly away;
to a land where joys shall never end, I’ll fly away. Refrain

Benediction: I bless you in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Sacred Spirit; the One and the Three. May God give you to drink of his cup; may the sun be bright upon you; may the night call down peace; and when you come to his household may the door be open wide for you to go in to your joy. God in peace to love and serve the Lord.

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Please keep in prayer: Kyle Keen and family, Drabcyzk family, Caesar, Barbie, Kaye, Charline, Valerie Hoyt, Millie, Mary Baker, Donna and Roshier Bailey, Mary Jane Fizer, Deirdre and John, Louise and Mark Young, Jane Foster, Claire Such-Hutton, Marian Ivy, Ellen and Carlos Kuvasko, Al Firth, Margaret Franklin, Hallman family, Debbie, Lilli, Ollie, Linda, Chrissie, Toye, Wenona, people living with cancer, battling addictions, struggling with life changes, seeking the Lord. The ministry of Cokesbury. Featherstone School students, teachers, staff, parents.

Growing in Grace through fellowship and more:
Welcome Table every Second Sunday 11:30 am.
Friday with Friends every Third Friday 11am in Narthex. Bring bag lunch.

Growing in Grace through fellowship, service and mission:
United Methodist Men meeting November 20th following worship.

Growing in Grace through intercessory prayer:
Prayer group meets Mondays at 6pm on Zoom. All are welcome to join in prayer. Please send or share prayer concerns with Pastor Gayle.
Prayer Shawls: You may have noticed the throws on the chairs in the narthex. These were made by our own Prayer Shawl ministry. These “shawls” represent prayer and hugs for people in need. If this describes you or yours, please take one.

Growing in Grace through service:
A.C.T.S Food Pantry: Canned vegetables 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, dog food.
Clothing for Featherstone School: small and medium size sweatpants in blue, gray or black.
You shop, AmazonSmile donates. Shop at smile.amazon.com to generate donations for Cokesbury UMC at no extra cost.
Venmo donations QR code on table in narthex

The Way of Discipleship
Growing in Grace through study:
Sundays following worship. The Deeply Formed Life by Rich Villodas. Today we will bring together our book study with a Race and Reconciliation discussion. Lunch will be provided. All are invited.

Today is All Saints Sunday. We will be honoring and remembering those who have claimed the promise of the Resurrection since last All Saints Sunday.
Samaritan’s Purse Christmas boxes will be collected and delivered to a collection site. The deadline is November 13th. Go to samaritanspurse.org website for information.

Scripture:
November 6: 2nd Kings 5:1-15, Matthew 8:2-3;
November 13 Micah 1:3-5, 5:2-5, 6:6-8;
November 20: Isaiah 36:1-3, 13-20, 37:1-7. Matthew 5:14.