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    Oct 11, 2020

    Faithonomics: Graditude and Contentment

    Faithonomics: Graditude and Contentment

    Speaker: Rev. Jennifer Eschliman, Pastor

    Category: Stewardship

    Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16)
    Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
    October 11, 2020 - 10 am
    Prelude “Jesus Makes My Heart Rejoice”                                                                              
    arr. Robert Elmore
    Call to Worship (based on Psalm 100)
    Shout with joy to God, all the earth!
    Remember that our God is the only God—
    the One who made us,
    the One who sustains us,
    the One whose Spirit lives within us.
    Let us enter God’s house with thanksgiving;
    and come into God’s presence with praise.
    For God is good,
    with unfailing love that lasts forever,
    and faithfulness that extends to all generations.
    Opening Song “Thank You, Lord”
    Don Moen | Paul Baloche
    Opening Prayer (unison)
    What mighty praise belongs to you, Lord, for your acts of love and faithfulness toward us! In your mercy you hear our prayers, you forgive our sins, and you provide for our needs. For all you’ve given to us, for your Holy Spirit who lives within us, and for the abundant life that is ours in Christ, may our hearts be continually filled with gratitude and our lips with praise. We ask this in the name of your Son, Jesus. Amen.      
    Proclamation and Response
    First Reading 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24  
    Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise the words of prophets, but test everything; hold fast to what is good; abstain from every form of evil.
    May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this.
    Second Reading Philippians 4:4-13
    Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
    Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.
    I rejoice in the Lord greatly that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned for me, but had no opportunity to show it. Not that I am referring to being in need; for I have learned to be content with whatever I have. I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
    Leader: This is the Word of God.
    All: Thanks be to God!                                                                          
    Message Faithonomics: Gratitude & Contentment
    Pastor Jen Eschliman
    Responding in Gratitude
    Prayers of the People                                                                                                                
          Joys & Concerns
          The Lord’s Prayer
          Our 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. Amen.                                          
    Offering Ourselves and Our Gifts to God
    Closing Song “It’s Great to Be Alive”
    Bill Nash, Kim Nash
    Sending Forth
    Postlude “Look Up, My Soul, to Christ thy Joy”
    arr. Robert Elmore
    Song Credits:
     “Thank You, Lord”
    Don Moen | Paul Baloche
    CCLI Song # 4220833
    © 2004 Integrity's Hosanna! Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing (Integrity Music, David C Cook))
     “It’s Great to Be Alive”       
    Bill Nash, Kim Nash
    CCLI Song # 4831631
    © 2004 Bill and Kim Nash Publishing
    CCLI License # 1011499
    The scripture reading is from the Holy Bible, New Revised Standard Version, Copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission.