Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
November 15, 2020 9:00 a.m. ~ Cobblestone Circle

Welcome to Christ Church! We are delighted to have you worship with us. For your own safety, and for others who are more vulnerable, we encourage you to use masks and practice social distancing. Thank you!

Welcome  

Opening Prayer
All: Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Amazing Grace

Amazing grace how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost but now am found
Was blind but now I see

‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed

The Lord has promised good to me
His Word my hope secures
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures

Through many dangers toils and snares
I have already come
‘Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far
And grace will lead me home

Yea when this flesh and heart shall fail
And mortal life shall cease
I shall possess within the veil
A life of joy and peace

When we’ve been there ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we first begun

Collect of the Day

Celebrant:   The Lord be with you.
People      And also with you.
Celebrant:    Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

The Gospel ~ Matthew 25:14-30

Celebrant:      The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.
People:          Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Jesus said, “It is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ But his master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’”

Celebrant:     The Gospel of the Lord.
People:        Praise to you, Lord Christ.

Sermon       The Reverend Robert Morris

The Prayers of the People
With all our heart and with all our mind, let us pray to the Lord, saying Lord, have mercy.

For the peace from above, for the loving-kindness of God, and for the salvation of our souls, let us pray to the Lord.
People: Lord, have mercy.

For peace and unity among all people, and the mission of God’s church in the world, let us pray to the Lord.
People: Lord, have mercy.

For the leaders of our church, our schools, our businesses, and our government, and for all in positions of power, let us pray to the Lord.
People: Lord, have mercy.

For the good earth which God has given us, and for the wisdom and desire to care for it, let us pray to the Lord.
People: Lord, have mercy.

For all who are sick, especially for those who suffer from the Coronavirus, let us pray to the Lord.
People: Lord, have mercy.

For all who are lonely, afraid, or suffering, let us pray to the Lord.
People: Lord, have mercy.

For all who are poor, and for those who are not free, let us pray to the Lord.
People: Lord, have mercy.

For all who have died let us pray to the Lord.
People: Lord, have mercy.

Celebrant: Almighty and eternal God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth: Mercifully accept the prayers of your people, and strengthen us to do your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Confession of Sin
Celebrant: Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

People: Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.

Celebrant: Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.

The Peace   Please remain in your place as you exchange the peace.
Celebrant:    The peace of the Lord be always with you.
People:         And also with you.

Announcements

The Holy Communion
The Eucharistic Prayer includes the following responses:

Celebrant:    The Lord be with you.
People:        And also with you.
Celebrant:    Lift up your hearts.
People:        We lift them to the Lord.
Celebrant:    Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People:        It is right to give him thanks and praise.

Celebrant and People
     Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might,
     heaven and earth are full of your glory.
     Hosanna in the highest.
     Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
     Hosanna in the highest.

Celebrant:                          Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith:
Celebrant and People:     Christ has died.
                                           Christ is risen.
                                           Christ will come again.

The Lord’s Prayer
Celebrant: And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,
AllOur Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name,
     thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
     Give us this day our daily bread.
     And forgive us our trespasses,
     as we forgive those who trespass against us.
     And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
     For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

Celebrant:    Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;
People:       Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.
Celebrant:    The gifts of God for the people of God.

Distribution of Communion

Great Are You Lord

You give life You are love, you bring light to the darkness
You give hope You restore ev’ry heart that is broken
And great are You Lord

It’s Your breath in our lungs so we pour out our praise
We pour out our praise
It’s Your breath in our lungs so we pour out our praise to You only

And all the earth will shout Your praise
Our hearts will cry these bones will sing
Great are You Lord (REPEAT)

Celebrant:    Let us pray.
Celebrant and People: Eternal God, heavenly Father,
     you have graciously accepted us as living members
     of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ,
     and you have fed us with spiritual food
     in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood.
     Send us now into the world in peace,
     and grant us strength and courage
     to love and serve you
     with gladness and singleness of heart;
     through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Blessing
As you are able, please stand. Those who live together are invited to lay hands on one another for the blessing.

May you keep growing stronger, wiser, kinder, and ever more ready to serve, always knowing how much you are loved by this church family and by the very same God who by the Word and through the Spirit creates, redeems, and sanctifies us all. Amen.

Dismissal
Celebrant:  Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Alleluia, alleluia.
People:      Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.

Doxology
All: Praise God from whom all blessings flow
     Praise him all creatures here below
     Praise him above ye heavenly hosts
     Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

 

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