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Worship Service Sunday, November 8, 2020

Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost
The Original Congregational Church


Order of Worship




PRELUDE   “Blest are They”   (1985)       David Haas               Walter Spencer, Soloist

Welcome to the OCC!  We are glad you are checking out our weekly worship videos.  Today our message invites us to think about our belief in God and how do we see God where we live.  Currently the OCC is offering live in-person worship on Sunday mornings in our Sanctuary following public health advisories and protocols.  We are working on upgrading our Wi-Fi speed in the office that we may also hopefully soon offer to you a live stream experience on Sunday mornings.  Stay safe and stay encouraged!  God loves you!

HYMN         Great Is Your Faithfulness

John 14:1, 19, 26-27 “You Will See Me”
Jesus said, “Don’t be afraid.  Believe in God.  Believe in me.  In a little while the world won’t see me, but you will see me.  The Helper, the Holy Spirit will teach you everything I have told you.  It is peace that I leave with you.  Don’t ever be afraid.”

SERMON “Just Be-Leaf”

Hey everyone!  PK here!
Look at all these leaves!  Who left all these leaves here?  I guess it was the trees!  What’s happening?
In Fall, leaves fall to the earth.  After many years the leaves turn into soil.
Then, the acorns sprout in the soil and grow up to be trees that make even more leaves!
That’s amazing!  We can’t see it happen all at once, but in time, we do see the trees grow tall and strong!
Just like us!  And, just like God!
Now we can’t see all of God all the time.  God is WAY too big to see all at once.
So how can we see God?  How do we know that God is here, helping us to grow tall and strong?
Jesus says, “Don’t ever be afraid.  Just Believe!”
So, because it’s fall and the leaves are all around I like to say, “Just Be-Leaf!”
Be-leaf in God and be-leaf in Jesus!  Jesus’ love is all around us!
Jesus said God would send us a Helper, who we call the Holy Spirit.
We can’t see the Spirit because the Spirit is invisible.
But we can see what the Spirit does!
Jesus said to us we can see God whenever we show kindness to each other.
Let’ say someone is sad and you make them glad!  That’s God at work in you!
We all can work with God to care for each other.
Jesus asked, you know when you will see me?
When I was hungry and you gave me something to eat—you will see me.
When I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink—you will see me.
When I was a stranger and you welcomed me—you will see me.
When I needed new clothes and you gave them to me—you will see me.
When I was sick and you looked after me—you will see me.
When I was distant and disconnected and you came to visit me—you will see me!
Believe in God.  Believe in Jesus.  Believe in the Spirit.  God is all around us all the time!
Just Be-Leaf!  Amen.


Let us pray.
Dear God, thanks for sending us so many wonderful things.  We are glad for trees and leaves and backyard fun.  We are glad for friends and family and times we can go to school again.  We are glad for our homes and staying warm when the weather gets colder.  We thank you for sending us kitties and cats, puppies and dogs, and all our pets!  We are happy with sandwiches and snacks and for everything that fills up our backpacks.  We are thankful for our brothers and sisters whom we love so much.  We are so thankful for clothes that keep us warm and dry whether at work, school and play!  When we are bullied or picked on or left alone, help us to not be afraid.  If we get sick, help us to get better soon.  If I am in trouble, send someone to care for me.  If I feel far away from my friends, help me to connect with them again soon!  Even if I can’t see you O Lord, help me to see how you love me and love all the children in the world with your tender loving care and kindness.

And let us pray the way Jesus taught us to pray saying…

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 debts, as we forgive our debtors.  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.

POSTLUDE    “Hard Times”  (1855)      Words & Music by Stephen Foster     Walter Spencer, soloist

May God bless you to believe in the power and presence of love which is all around us doing amazing things!