Ephesians 4 – 11/19/2023

Welcome – Pastor Gayle

Bringing in the Light – Acolyte

Call to Worship – Choir

HymnMy Hope Is Built – UMH 368

Praises and Prayer Concerns

Pastoral Prayer – Pastor
Prayer for Illumination: Let us pray together: Renew your church, Lord and your people gathered here and across the world. Save us from cheap and insincere words and self-deception in your service. In the power of your Spirit, transform us, and shape us by your cross. Amen.

Scripture ReadingEphesians 4:1-8, 11-16
I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all. But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift.  Therefore it is said, ‘When he ascended on high he made captivity itself a captive; he gave gifts to his people.’ The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. We must no
longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knitted together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.
L: 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 – UMH 8

Passing the Peace

Offering SongTake, O Take Me As I Am
Doxology – UMH 95

Holy CommunionThe Great Thanksgiving – UMH 9
The Lord’s Prayer – UMH 895
Sharing the Bread and Cup
Prayer of Thanksgiving – UMH 11


Song – Lead Me, Guide Me – TFWS 2214


Please pray for: Kyle, Jackson-Hester family, Freeman family, Judy S., Jaxson F., Brenda, Benita, Genevieve, Mary, Beadnell and Carosi families, Israel, Palestinans, Lyn M., Barbara H., Marc T., Lily, Blanche, Bob and Kathy, Laura, Nalo, Fred and Beth W., Wenona, Mary J., Mark Y. Requests will be kept on the list for 4 weeks and then may be re-submitted. Send prayer requests to Pastor Gayle-prayer cards or email cokesburyumc@gmail.com

This Week at Cokesbury
Trustees meeting today following worship
Prayer Wednesdays 5:30pm in Narthex
Weekend food packing after worship in fellowship hall.
Choir practice Saturdays at 12 noon adults. 2pm children.
Hanging of the Greens: decorating the sanctuary and narthex Sunday November 26th following worship

Later this month
Welcome Table Potluck every Second Sunday 11:30 am.
Friday with Friends every Third Friday at 11 am. Bring a bag lunch. Food and conversation. Next gathering: Nov. 17
Advent Study: 4 weeks The Uncluttered Heart by Beth A. Anderson. See sign-up for Zoom or in-person gathering. Sunday mornings beginning November 26th . Following worship.

Loving Our Neighbors
Featherstone and Rippon Schools:
Weekend food bags. See shopping list for needed items. Also, gallon size zip lock bags.
Winter clothing, socks and underwear. See list.
Community Garden: See the new garden plots.
English Language class next semester begins in March

Connect with Cokesbury:
Gmail : CokesburyUMC@gmail.com
Website : CokesburyUMC.church
Facebook : facebook.com/cokesburywoodbridge
Instagram : instagram.com/cokesburyumc_woodbridge/
Contact Pastor Gayle: 703.980.1029. Mondays are her sabbath.