All are welcome at Asbury First. Please join us in celebrating our 200th Anniversary!
november 15, 2020 • 11 AM
FIRST TIME HERE We are so glad you are joining us! If you’re out there watching, check in through the website or take a picture and post it on social media using #asburyfirstathome. Our hope is to get
to know you better and help you find your place within our community. Additionally, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will answer any questions you may have.
Need prayer? We invite you to share with us how we can be praying for you by emailing email@example.com. All prayer requests are prayed over by our Ministers and Intercessory
Children We believe children are a sacred gift. You can join us at 10 am for the Sunday morning Zoom with Paula and Holly (us02web.zoom.us/j/86857108916?pwd=aHF4TEppZERJSXZoZm
FxUHgrQ1hjdz09). We will have a segment during our live stream for Children’s Time. If there is a way our children’s ministry can be more welcoming to you and your child, please contact Paula Dugan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RECONCILING STATEMENT We are a reconciling congregation and seek to be a fully inclusive church, believing that all people are God’s children. We encourage full participation in our community for all, regardless of age, race, origin, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital status, family structure, education/economic background, and physical/mental ability. We recognize that we hold a variety of opinions. We do not seek to erase our differences, but to journey together in faith toward greater understanding and mutual respect. We believe that reconciliation to God and to one another is central to our mission and ministry.
GIVE TO ASBURY FIRST There are three ways to make a gift to Asbury First. Each gift supports the everyday ministries and operations of this church, allowing us to live into our vision to Do More Good.
Cash/Check—We welcome you to send a gift of cash/check in the mail.
Text to Give—You may give a gift with a debit/credit card by texting the dollar amount to 206-222-1050.
Online—Online giving is available on our website at www.asburyfirst.org/give.
Watch and listen Tune into the live video stream of the 11 am service at www.asburyfirst.org/worship/live. To listen to the service tune into WRFZ 106.3 FM Rochester Free Radio, or call our toll-free number at 833-829-1050. A video archive of past services is also available at www.asburyfirst.org/worship/video-archive. You can also view all sermons on our YouTube channel.
24th Sunday after Pentecost
Variations on "For the Beauty of the Earth" — Michael Burkhardt
"For the Beauty of the Earth" — Cathy Moklebust
Asbury Ringers recorded live in worship November 18, 2018
Call to Worship
All are invited to read the bold-faced type; the lay reader will read the unbolded type.
God calls us to use our gifts to build up God’s people.
Thanks be to God for talents and treasure.
Christ urges us to find our courage and not look back.
Thanks be to God for the strength we need.
The Spirit offers us wisdom and guidance for the work ahead.
We celebrate all God’s blessings as we worship this day.
#150 God, Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens (vv 1,2,4)
The hymn may be found on the next page.
11 am • November 15, 2020
Faithful Steward, you bless us with gifts that are uniquely our own.
We long to use these talents for good in the world around us.
We yearn to live with gratitude for all you have done for us.
Forgive us when we doubt you, or when we horde what has been so freely given.
Word of Assurance
Hear these words of assurance: “Well done, good and trustworthy servant; enter into the joy of your master.” Let us rejoice in the graciousness of God.
In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven. Amen.
Hymnal #102, Tune: “Now
Thank We All Our God”
All glory be to God, all praise and thanks be given;
Whose Son and Spirit reign as one in highest Heaven;
Our one eternal God, whom earth and heaven adore;
For thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.
The community gathers
As the community gathers, may the music of the prelude draw your hearts and minds to God.
#150 God, Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens (vv 1,2,4)
Words: Catherine Cameron, 1967; Tune: Holy Manna, attr. William Moore, 1825
Words: Charles Wesley, 1746; Tune: Darwall’s 148th, John Darwall, 1770
Reading of the Names
Receive the Holy Scriptures and study their words. These stories belong to us all, and these words speak to us all. They tell us who we are. They tell us that we belong to one another, for we are the people of God, seeking truth together.
We rejoice in this step in your journey with God. We pray God will guide you, your family, and us as we use our Bibles in our homes, the Church, and throughout our lives. We commit to love, live, and serve together as we seek God’s truth.
“For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ But his master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
presentation of bibles
To hear the word
"Lord, for Thy Tender Mercy's Sake" — Richard Farrant (c. 1525-1580)
Lord, for thy tender mercy’s sake, lay not our sins to our charge.
But forgive that is past, and give us grace to amend our sinful lives.
to decline from sin, and incline to virtue,
That we may walk in a perfect heart, before thee now and evermore. Amen.
Children of all ages are invited to join us in this special moment.
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.
#399 "Take My Life and Let It Be"
The hymn may be found on the next page.
In the Meantime
Call to Prayer
God be merciful unto us and bless us; and make his face to shine upon us.
(Psalm 67:1; music by Carl Johengen)
#399 "Take My Life and Let It Be"
Words: Frances R. Havergal, 1873; Tune: Messiah, Louis Hérold, 1839, arr. George Kingsley
To Renew Commitment
Our Creative God endows us with the gifts of time, talent, and treasure. Within this bulletin you will find invitations to enrich your faith journey and enhance your commitment. We invite you to prayerfully consider these opportunities. If you’re out there watching, check in through the website or take a picture and post it on social media using #asburyfirstathome. You may give a gift with a debit/credit card or by e-check by texting the dollar amount to 206-222-1050. Online giving is available
on our website at www.asburyfirst.org/give.
“God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending” — Lloyd Larson; words by Robert Lansing Edwards, 1961
God, whose giving knows no ending, from your rich and endless store:
Nature's wonder, Jesus' wisdom, costly cross, grave's shattered door,
Gifted by you, we turn to you, offering up ourselves in praise;
Thankful song shall rise forever, gracious donor of our days.
Skills and time are ours for pressing toward the goals of Christ, your Son:
All at peace in health and freedom, races joined, the Church made one.
Now direct our daily labor, lest we strive for self alone;
Born with talents, make us servants fit to answer at your throne.
Treasure, too, you have entrusted, gain through powers your grace conferred;
Ours to use for home and kindred, and to spread the gospel word.
Open wide our hands in sharing, as we heed Christ's ageless call,
Healing, teaching, and reclaiming, serving you by loving all.
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise God, all creatures here below;
Praise God above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
Prayer of Dedication
Giver of gifts, you bestow on us skills and talents more precious than jewels.
Transform our talents into blessings for a world in need. Amen.
To Disperse in Mission
#672 “God Be With You Till We Meet Again” (vv. 1-2)
Words: Jeremiah Rankin, 1880; tune: God Be With You, William Tomer, 1880
Permissions: “Lord, For Thy Tender Mercy’s Sake” public domain;
“God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending”, words © 1961/1989 The Hymn Society, music © 2016 Hope Publishing Company.
Hymns © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House; OneLicense.net #A-721053.
Some of the liturgical elements have been adapted from the 2020 Abingdon Worship Annual.
Illustration Credits: Designed by Sarah Brubaker and Freepik, and Sarah Brubaker and Vecteezy.
"Postlude in D Minor" — John Dixon
In the Service
Preacher: Rev. Jackie Nelson
Liturgist: Rev. Dr. Stephen Cady
Organist: Duane Prill
Soloists: Bess Phillips, Susan Huppé, Dan McInerney, Jordan Bachmann
Director of Music Ministry: Dr. Carl Johengen
Audio Operator: Rick Church
Video Operator: Kenny Bailey
Graphics Operator: Jake Schwartz
Technology Support Team: Deb Bullock-Smith, Carolyn Curran, Ted Skomsky
Technical Consultant: Justin Ocello
From last week: How much did the Rose Window cost when it was installed in 1957?
What year did the First Methodist Church at the corner of Fitzhugh and Church streets burn down?
Check out our online Zoom meetings! There are plenty
of different groups and meetings to join during the stay-at-home restrictions. From Zoom with Miss Paula and Holly to Guided Meditations, or Bicentennial Bible Challenge meetings and Sunday morning lessons, there is plenty of variety. For a full list of events, and clickable links, visit www.asburyfirst.org/events.
HOW TO JOIN A ZOOM MEETING
Follow the link: zoom.us/j/8347173468 for the main meetings (password is "200"), and us02web.zoom.us/j/338565981 for “Changing Weighs," and us02web.zoom.us/j/868571089
16?pwd=aHF4TEppZERJSXZoZmFxUHgrQ1hjdz09 for the Sunday morning Zoom with Paula and Holly.
When you open the link, you should get some pop-ups asking questions like:
1. Do you want to open and run the program Zoom?
2. Do you want to connect with your computer audio?
3. Do you want to connect with your computer video?
Click yes to any and all of these prompts. Once you have clicked through these prompts, you should be able to see yourself on your computer screen, and you should be able to see the rest of the group that is also logged on.
If any group would like to utilize our discipleship Zoom account to take their meetings online, please contact Mike Mullin at email@example.com.
Give Online at www.asburyfirst.org/GIVE, text to give at 206-222-1050,
OR MAIL IN YOUR CHECKS TO 1050 EAST AVENUE, ROCHESTER, NY 14607
We pray that you are well and safe during this time. In response to the dramatic increase of COVID-19 cases in Monroe County, New York State has designated our area as a
“Yellow Zone” and placed new restrictions on businesses and community organizations. Read about our response by clicking the following link: www.asburyfirst.org