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Worship Sunday, November 15, 2020

Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost



Order of Worship





Good morning and thank you for connecting with us for our weekly Sunday morning devotions.  Here at the OCC we do offer live in-person worship at 10:00am on Sundays and are currently working with Verizon to upgrade our capacity that we may offer a live streaming worship service as well.  In the news we see that COVID-19 cases are rising in the northeast and we urge everyone to remain vigilant and be safe.  With God’s help we pray that all stay secure, and that we may obtain greater capacity to keep us all connected!

Every time we feel the Spirit moving in our hearts, we pray!  Mountains topped with fire and smoke—river waters running chilly and cold, we are all on the right track when our prayers go straight up to God and back!

HYMN No. 439     Every Time I Feel the Spirit Moving in my Heart I Will Pray
Ron Christianson, trumpet

A Prayer of David, from Psalm 17
Hear a just cause, O Lord; attend to my cry!  My steps have held fast to your paths; my feet have not slipped.  I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God.  Wondrously show your steadfast love.  Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings. Amen.

SERMON “Don’t Slip!”
Hey everyone! PK here.
Today it’s raining.  Got to be careful!  You can easily slip on wet leaves.
In the Bible, King David wrote a prayer to God to protect us from falling down.
Have you ever slipped?  I know I have.
And I’m not talking about when it’s fun like down a slide or when sledding down a hill in the snow.
Sometimes we slip and fall and we can get hurt.
Hopefully someone who loves you and is very kind is nearby to help you back up on your feet.
If you are hurt, you might need to seek medical attention.  If you are okay, then we return to play! Yeah!
Sometimes when we slip it’s just an accident.  We didn’t expect it to happen.  It’s not our fault.
But, sometimes when we slip up, we have made a mistake on purpose.
That’s the kind of slip up that King David is praying to God about.
He is afraid that he will slip up by going down the wrong path.
Sometimes we have to choose between a good thing and a bad thing to do.
Always choose the right thing to do.  That’s what David is praying for.
David prays to God, O Lord, help me to do the right thing.  Show me the way to go.
When we pray to God it reminds us that God’s love is wonderful and will help us.
Even when we make mistakes and slip up, God loves us back to the right way again.
David prays to God: “Dear God I have tried not to slip up.  I have tried to hold on to your way.”
But, David, just like you and me, sometimes slips up and we do the wrong thing or say the wrong thing.
We never want to hurt a friend or a family member or a person we just met!  They could be a new friend!
Saying David’s prayer reminds us that even if we mess up, God says to us, “You are so beautiful to me!”
So, don’t slip! But if you do, remember that God says, “I will always keep you as the apple of my eye!


Let us pray.
Dear God listen to our prayers.  The whole world is crying out to you right now.  Visit us during the day.  Be with us in the night.  Wherever someone is being bullied or hurt, save them.  Wherever someone is in danger, rescue them.  Wherever someone is lost, show them the steps that their feet should take to be found
Send us O Lord, to be a kind friend along life’s highways.  Send us companions for this portion of our journey.  Sometimes we call upon you out loud with words.  Sometimes all our prayers are locked up in our hearts.  Will you come and listen to us?  Your love does wonderful things in the world.  Our world needs wonderful things to happen.  O God, come and walk beside us and give us strength to keep going.

Dear Lord, sometimes we slip up and it’s not our fault.  Help us back on our feet.  Send us back out to try again.  And dear Lord, sometimes we slip up and do the wrong thing.  Forgive us we pray.  Show us the way to return to your way of kindness and caring.  Show us the way to return to your house of love and joy.

Sometimes we feel down O Lord and we need to hear your loving words.  Keep us as the apple of your eye.  Call us precious and special.  May we share your loving words of blessing with all we meet.

When we are afraid, hide us in the shadow of your wing.  Lift us to a new and wondrous place. Bless all your children that are feeling separated, alone, and disconnected right now.  Bring us together with your wonderful words from above, just as this rain falls gently on the leaves, may your ways cover us with love.  Amen.

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.

 MUSIC           “The Call”   (Come My Way, My Truth, My Life)
Poetry by George Herbert (1593-1633)   Music by Vaughan Williams   Lorri Cetto, soprano

Surely as the rain from heaven comes to shower the earth, may God’s Word cover you with love and peace. Amen.