Good morning! This page is intended to both serve as a continuing worship option for those participating in our worship service from home, and to serve in place of print resources during our in-person worship. Following the worship service on Sunday, one or more video recordings from the service will be placed on this page, including the sermon. This may take several hours, due to the time needed to process the videos. We will email the congregation when the recordings have been posted. If you would like to be added to our congregational email list, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Next Sunday, November 6, we invite you to join us for “Remembrance Sunday.” All are welcome to bring in Angels to be placed on our Angel Tree during the Advent and Christmas season, in remembrance of those who have passed away.
- Poinsettias, in honor or memory of loved ones and friends, will be available for purchase this year. Each poinsettia will cost $9.25 and will be placed in the sanctuary and the church for services on December 18 through Christmas Day. Order forms will be available in the narthex on November 6, 13, and 20. A member of our flower committee will be present to take your orders and payment.
- We are in need of volunteers to help set up and tear down chairs before and after the Jimmy Fortune concert on Wednesday and Friday morning, December 6 & 9. Please reach out to Peggy Huffman for more information!
- Did you know that the Friday evening worship service at District Conference on November 4 is open and free to everyone? The service includes music and a message by David Steele, General Secretary of the Church of the Brethren. The location for Friday evening is Montezuma Church (4937 Ottobine Road, Dayton), 7-8 p.m. Join us in the Fellowship Hall for Smileys Ice Cream following worship.
- Backpack Pals are in need of pudding cups, ramen noodles, and we ask that you continue to donate your plastic grocery bags. Thank you!
Call to Worship
Based on Isaiah 40:28-31
One: Have you not known? Have you not heard?
Women: The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.
Men: He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint and strengthens the powerless.
All: Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted.
Women: But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength.
Men: We shall mount up with wings like eagles.
All: We shall run and not be weary. We shall walk and not be faint.
–Frank Ramirez, “A Call to Worship,”Worship Aids, Lectionary Year B, Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany. Based on Isaiah 40:28-31.
Sharing Our Gifts
We bring our gifts with gratitude for the opportunity to give. We give thanks to God for the bounty that is ours and for the freedom we have to worship as we choose. We are grateful for the endless choices that are ours to ponder and partake. We bring our gifts with hearts full of thanksgiving.
In Prayer Together
Gracious God, you have showered us with your gifts, and we embrace you with thanksgiving. May our embrace be arms wide open, ready to share, to serve and to love. Use our spiritual gifts that we may live the spiritual life, moving according to the Spirit’s heated touch and bending in the direction of your holy will.
20 Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival. 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus.
23 Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25 Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
27 “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name!”
Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.”
As we go from worship and into the beauty of this autumn season, may we be reminded that this is a season of harvesting and planting. May we celebrate the goodness and blessings of the harvest as we gather them in and hold them close. And may we also be willing to follow Jesus and participate in the work of planting, of letting go, laying down, and sacrificing that which needs to die so that something new can grow and bear much fruit. Amen.