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Sunday, November 19, 2023


Simple Gifts
(Russell Schulz-Widmar)

'Tis the gift to be simple,
'Tis the gift to be free
'Tis the gift to come down
Where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves
In the place just right,
'Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gained,
To bow and to bend we shan't be ashamed,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning,
Turning we come 'round right.


Open my mouth and let me bear
Gladly the warm truth everywhere.
Open my heart and let me prepare
Love with thy children thus to share.

Silently now I wait for thee,
Ready, my God, thy will to see.
Open my eyes, illumine me, Spirit divine!

(VU 371, v3)

- Opening Hymn -

Let Us Build A House
(MV 1)

Let us build a house where love can dwell
And all can safely live,
A place where saints and children tell
How hearts learn to forgive.
Built of hopes and dreams and visions,
Rock of faith and vault of grace;
Here the love of Christ shall end divisions.

R: All are welcome, all are welcome,
All are welcome in this place.

Let us build a house where prophets speak,
And words are strong and true,
Where all God's children dare to seek
To dream God's reign anew.
Here the cross shall stand as witness
And as symbol of God's grace;
Here as one we claim the faith of Jesus.

Let us build a house where love is found
In water, wine and wheat:
A banquet hall on holy ground
Where peace and justice meet.
Here the love of God, through Jesus,
Is revealed in time and space;
As we share in Christ
The feast that frees us.

Let us build a house where hands will reach
Beyond the wood and stone
To heal and strengthen, serve and teach,
And live the Word they've known.
Here the outcast and the stranger
Bear the image of God's face;
Let us bring an end to fear and danger.

Let us build a house where all are named,
Their songs and visions heard
And loved and treasured, taught and claimed
As words within the Word.
Built of tears and cries and laughter,
Prayers of faith and songs of grace,
Let this house proclaim
From floor to rafter.

Spirit of Life (VU 381)

Spirit of Life, come unto me.
Sing in my heart
All the stirrings of compassion.
Blow in the wind, rise in the sea;
Move in the hand, giving life the shape of justice.
Roots hold me close; wings set me free;
Spirit of Life, come to me, come to me.

Prayer of Confession

Make Me a Channel of Your Peace
(VU 684)

Make me a channel of your peace:
Where there is hatred, let me bring your love;
Where there is injury, your healing power,
And where there's doubt, true faith in you:

R. O Spirit, grant that I may never seek
So much to be consoled as to console
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love with all my soul.

Make me a channel of your peace:
Where there's despair in life, let me bring hope;
Where there is darkness, only light;
And where there's sadness, ever joy. R.

Make me a channel of your peace.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
In giving to all that we receive,
And in dying that we're born to eternal life. R.

R: Our help is in the name of our God
who made heaven and earth.

Psalm 121 (VU 121)

The Voices United text is HERE

Scripture this week is read by

Allan Bevand.

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

The printed text is HERE.

Matthew 25:14-30

The written text is HERE

- Anthem -

I will serve the Lord all my days
(Don Besig)

Each day I live
I will walk with the Lord
I will follow him wherever he may lead
He will take my hand
He will understand
His grace is all that I need...

-Offering -

(VU 542)

We give you but your own,
Whate'er the gift may be;
All that we have is yours alone,
We give it gratefully.

God Be with You till We Meet Again
VU 422

God be with you till we meet again;
Loving counsels guide, uphold you,
With a shepherd's care enfold you;
God be with you till we meet again.

Till we meet, till we meet,
Till we meet at Jesus' feet;
Till we meet, till we meet,
God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again;
Unseen wings protecting hide you,
Daily manna still provide you;
God be with you till we meet again.

Till we meet, till we meet,
Till we meet at Jesus' feet;
Till we meet, till we meet,
God be with you till we meet again.

Now go, filled by God's Spirit
with music and hope
and courage.
We leave, knowing who we are
and to whom we belong.

You belong to God;
you were chosen by God
and you are God's workers.
May we leave with God's blessing.

- Postlude -


(Joseph Seeger)

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