November 1, 2020 Bulletin
All Saints Sunday
Important Note to the Congregation
Welcome back! It is good to be together again, isn’t it? While it feels good to worship alongside friends once again, it is important to remember that things will not be “normal” for quite some time. Until then, we appreciate your patience and willingness to “roll with the punches.” Because your well-being is our #1 commitment, the following COVID-19 safety protocols have been implemented for our Sunday worship.
Attendance is limited to a maximum of 50 worshipers at any given service. If we find we need to add another service, we will do so.
Worshipers are required to “Savior Seat” (save your seat) during the week leading up to the service. This can be done either online (www.phfumc.org) or by calling the church office.
Every person attending the indoors in-person worship is required to wear a face covering/mask. The church will provide a disposable facemask for anyone who does not have one.
Upon entering the building, everyone will be asked to sanitize their hands, after which they will be directed to one of the outside aisles for immediate seating.
Seating is in every third pew (2 empty pews between). Ushers will direct worshipers to their pew, beginning at the front and working their way towards the rear of sanctuary. You may or may not end up in your ‘usual’ pew😊.
Non-family members are asked to keep at least 6 feet of distance from others in the same pew.
Until group singing is considered safe, worship will not include congregational singing.
The narthex restrooms are open and may be utilized by one person at a time. The sign on the door will indicate if the restroom is available or in use.
At the close of worship, worshipers will be guided out of the sanctuary beginning in the back and working forward.
Upon dismissal, worshipers are asked to immediately exit the building. Socializing (wearing masks, of course!) is encouraged to take place in the parking lot!
Prelude “Lift High the Cross” Arr. by Lani Smith
Scripture Reese Sloan
After this I looked, and there was a great crowd that no one could number. They were from every nation, tribe, people, and language. They were standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They wore white robes and held palm branches in their hands. They cried out with a loud voice:
“Victory belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”
All the angels stood in a circle around the throne, and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell facedown before the throne and worshipped God, saying,
“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and always. Amen.”
Then one of the elders said to me, “Who are these people wearing white robes, and where did they come from?”
I said to him, “Sir, you know.”
Then he said to me, “These people have come out of great hardship. They have washed their robes and made them white in the Lamb’s blood. This is the reason they are before God’s throne. They worship him day and night in his temple, and the one seated on the throne will shelter them. They won’t hunger or thirst anymore. No sun or scorching heat will beat down on them, because the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them. He will lead them to the springs of life-giving water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes” (Revelation 7:9-17).
Call to Worship
Welcome and Announcements
Special Music “On Eagles’ Wings” Jackie Prause, flute Kathy Cay, piano
Arranged by Joel Raney
Scripture Readings Reese Sloan
1 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up a mountain. He sat down and his disciples came to him. 2 He taught them, saying:
3 “Happy are people who are hopeless, because the kingdom of heaven is theirs.
4 “Happy are people who grieve, because they will be made glad.
5 “Happy are people who are humble, because they will inherit the earth.
6 “Happy are people who are hungry and thirsty for righteousness, because they will be fed until they are full.
7 “Happy are people who show mercy, because they will receive mercy.
8 “Happy are people who have pure hearts, because they will see God.
9 “Happy are people who make peace, because they will be called God’s children.
10 “Happy are people whose lives are harassed because they are righteous, because the kingdom of heaven is theirs.
11 “Happy are you when people insult you and harass you and speak all kinds of bad and false things about you, all because of me. 12 Be full of joy and be glad, because you have a great reward in heaven. In the same way, people harassed the prophets who came before you.
Message “Who’s a Saint?”
Naming and Remembering the Saints Barb Hurd
L: We remember the great ancestors of our faith, from Abraham and Sarah, to Paul and Phoebe:
P: Ancestors of the faith, we remember you.
L: We remember the prophets and priests, the ministers and teachers who have taught us the way of God:
P: Teachers of the faith, we remember you.
L: We remember our grandparents and parents, aunts and uncles, and those who have gone before us in our lifetime:
P: Family of our faith, we remember you.
L: We lift up the memories of children and grandchildren, brothers and sisters, husbands and wives and parents whose lives ended too soon:
P: Those close in our heart, we remember you.
L: We lift up to you, O God, the names of those we have lost in this past year from our lives, knowing that they are with you forever.
As each saint is named, a bell will toll. For the saints of this church family, a candle will be lighted in their memory. Let us use this opportunity to give thanks for each of their lives.
(Reading of the names of those who have died in the past year.)
L: We celebrate the lives of those we have named, O God, and lift up many more names in our hearts.
P: Family of God, we remember you, and we honor you. We know you are with us in the spirit of worship, and you will not be forgotten.
L: We give thanks, O God, for all who have gone on to join with you beyond this life. We trust in the hope of resurrection and the promise of new life in Christ, and know that in our grief and celebration, O God, you are with us through it all, and we are not left alone. In the name of Christ, in whom love lives forever, we pray.
Hymn "For All the Saints" UMH #711
1. For all the saints, who from their labors rest,
who thee by faith before the world confessed,
thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest.
2. Thou wast their rock, their fortress, and their might;
thou, Lord, their captain in the well-fought fight;
thou, in the darkness drear, their one true light. [Refrain]
3. O may thy soldiers, faithful, true, and bold,
fight as the saints who nobly fought of old,
and win with them the victor's crown of gold. [Refrain]
4. O blest communion, fellowship divine!
We feebly struggle, they in glory shine;
yet all are one in thee, for all are thine. [Refrain]
5. And when the strife is fierce, the warfare long,
steals on the ear the distant triumph song,
and hearts are brave again, and arms are strong. [Refrain]
6. From earth's wide bounds, from ocean's farthest coast,
through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,
singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost:
Sacrament of Holy Communion
*Postlude “Communion Medley”