What is the Truth?
Today’s guest speaker is Rev. Dave Mason.
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Gathering Around the Word
Prelude Choir ANNOUNCEMENTS
CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: We gather together for worship, and
People: We come with questions we cannot answer.
Leader: We wonder about what we believe –
People: How can there be war when Jesus brought peace?
Leader: How can there be life everlasting?
People: We gather for worship, and
Leader: We come uncertain, yet expectant.
People We come wary, yet wondering.
Leader :We come doubtful, yet open to receive.
All: We gather together for worship in a place safe to ask our questions. We gather together to worship a God whose love is steadfast and sure. We gather together to be renewed in our faith, strengthened on our journey and engulfed in the love of God. To the God who gives strength, renewal and unconditional love, let us sing our praise
INVOCATION Rev. Mason
HYMN Crown Him with Many Crowns 345
CALL TO CONFESSION
Hearing and understanding Jesus’ words of truth can be difficult, particularly in the midst of all of the voices in our lives. Recognizing his authority requires confessing these other voices. In prayer and penitence, let us confess together.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION (Unison)
King of Kings, Ruler of all, we confess that we are often as puzzled as Pilate when confronted with your kingship. Bound to this world, to the regimens of calendars , we struggle to conceive of a kingdom beyond what we know. Caught amid the often-conflicting claims of church and culture, media and marketplace, we ask the age-old question, “What is truth?” Voice of our hearts, how we long to hear the truth of your love, comfort and peace! May we hear your call beyond our worldly boundaries, past the identities we construct for ourselves, to be witnesses to your life-changing truth. Forgive us, we pray. Lord of our lives, rule in us, that we might show others a glimpse of your kingdom.
Assurance of Forgiveness
Our Lord said to those who would listen, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.” Friends, receive the life-giving truth of God’s forgiveness, and prepare yourselves for life according to God’s kingdom.
*Time of silent prayer.
*Passing the Peace
L: The peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
P: And also, with you.
*Response – Gloria Patri
The Word of God
Prayer for Illumination
Scripture reading JOHN 18: 33-37
33 Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”
L: The Word of the Lord
P: Thanks be to God !
Sermon “WHAT IS THE TRUTH?”
Responding to the Word
HYMN The Old Rugged Cross 256
*Apostles Creed (found inside the back cover of the hymnal)
Presentation of our tithes and offering
Offertory Choir Doxology
Prayer of dedication
Concerns and Celebrations
BIRTHDAYS Kaitlin Reese, Debbie Durila
JOYS AND CONCERNS -
Continued prayers for Susan Schively, Melissa Pedigo, Aaron Blake, Chuck Dicks, Ed Horne,
June and Keith McGill, Glenn Miles, Roger Riggs, Tim Knabenshue, Frank Huffman, Nellie andFrank Baker, Michael Durila Sr., Justin Hagon, Tom Westfall, Mary Ann Durila, Elaine Belcastro, Lisa Marshall, Sandy Stone, Diane Bednarski, Matt Petrola, Ray Dyson, Diana Donaldson, Michael Garber and Eileen Miller.
Prayers of the People Rev. Mason
The Lord’s Prayer
HYMN Take My Life and Let It Be Consecrated 458
O God, the king of righteousness, lead us, we pray you, in the ways of justice and of peace; inspire us to break down all oppression and wrong, to gain for everyone their due reward, and from everyone their due service; that each may live for all and all may care for each, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
We welcome all who have come to join us in the worship of the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Please come again. If you are visiting with us today, please let us know that we might welcome you into our church family.
REMEMBER OUR FOOD COLLECTION: And Jesus said, “You give them something to eat.” Mark 6:37. Please remember our food pantry is available to anyone in need. Replenish with your hands and listen for the need with your ears.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Please use the blue envelopes in the pews for your Thank Offering contributions. This is the last Sunday for the Thank Offering envelopes; thanks for your support in helping the Women’s Missionary support the needs of our community and world.
The choir will be practicing at 10:00 each Sunday morning if you would like to join them please come - sing praises to our Lord!
Also remember to bring your bottle tabs as Carol and Ed Horne will be taking them to the Ronald McDonald House at Children’s Hospital right before Christmas. Christmas Cards and envelopes are on the table in the back; they are free or if you would like to make a donation it will go to our Women’s Missionary Group.
Please join us for a joint Thanksgiving Service
North Buffalo and Upper Buffalo Presbyterian Churches at North Buffalo
Wednesday, November 24 at 7:00 pm
The Hanging of the Greens part at North Buffalo Presbyterian
Saturday, November 27 at 10:00 am
In the Sanctuary
Come help decorate the church for Christmas with the choir and trustees and enjoy some hot chocolate and donuts and caroling!
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