All are welcome at Asbury First. Please join us in celebrating our 200th Anniversary!
November 22, 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
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.
Last Sunday after Pentecost
Annette Farrington, Flute
"Rondo in D Major", K. 373 — W.A. Mozart
"Simple Gifts" — arr. Ricky Lombardo
Call to Worship
All are invited to read the bold-faced type; the lay reader will read the unbolded type.
Sheep and goats are welcome here.
Saints and sinners are part of God’s world.
Come, rejoice in Christ Jesus, who welcomes us all.
Come, let us celebrate the grace and generosity of God.
11 am • November 22, 2020
The community gathers
As the community gathers, may the music of the prelude draw your hearts and minds to God.
#131 "We Gather Together"
Words: 17th-c. Dutch, trans. Theodore Baker, 1894; Tune: Kremser, 16th-c. Dutch,
arr. Deward Kremser, 1877
Words: Charles Wesley, 1746; Tune: Darwall’s 148th, John Darwall, 1770
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’ Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
God of glory, we do not always recognize you in the world around us.
When we see a person in need, we do not always see you in them.
When we hear a cry for help, we are afraid to act.
Forgive us when we fail to see you in our everyday encounters.
Encourage us, God of glory. Help us to see others with the eyes of compassion.
Help us to be your loving presence in the world.
Word of Assurance
There is immeasurable greatness in the power of God for those who believe.
Trust in the Lord, for God’s grace is real.
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.
To hear the word
"Thanks Be to God" — Allen Pote; words by Fred Pratt Green
For the fruit of all creation, thanks be to God;
for his gifts to every nation, thanks be to God;
for the ploughing, sowing, reaping, silent growth while we are sleeping,
future needs in earth's safe-keeping, thanks be to God.
In the just reward of labor, God's will is done;
in the help we give our neighbor, God's will is done;
in our world-wide task of caring for the hungry and despairing,
in the harvests we are sharing, God's will is done.
For the harvests of the Spirit, thanks be to God;
for the good we all inherit, thanks be to God;
for the wonders that astound us, for the truths that still confound us,
most of all that love has found us, thanks be to God.
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.
#694 "Come, Ye Thankful People Come" (vv. 1, 3, 4)
The hymn may be found on the next page.
Call to Prayer
Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail, in thee do we trust, nor find thee to fail;
thy mercies how tender, how firm to the end, our Maker, Defender, Redeemer and Friend.
#694 "Come, Ye Thankful People, Come" (vv. 1, 3, 4)
Words: Henry Alford, 1844; Tune: St. George’s Windsor, George Elvey, 1858
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.
Recorded Live in Worship
November 24, 2019
“Let All the People Praise” — Craig Courtney; words by Susan Bentall Boersma
Refrain: Sing praise to the Father, sing praise to the Son,
sing praise to the Spirit, our God, Three in One.
Let all the people praise the name of the Lord.
All voices and instruments praising together;
the people are many, the Body is one.
In singing and dancing, in writing and painting;
one in the Spirit, the old and the young. (Refrain)
The Lord has been faithful to all generations,
walking beside us through smoke and through flame.
In sunshine and shadow, protecting, providing;
in all times and seasons, ever the same! (Refrain)
O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal home! (Refrain)
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.
Litany of Dedication and Consecration
Watch and wait, Christ is coming soon.
Christ is with us now.
Look and see, God’s creative power is close at hand.
God’s power is with us here.
Stop and notice, God is forming our lives anew.
God is re-creating us each and every day,
re-forming us in the image of thankfulness and love.
Thanks be to God. 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: “Thanks Be to God” words © 1970, music © 2014 Hope Publishing Company;
“Let All the People Praise” © 2018 Beckenhorst Press, Inc.
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.
"“Nun Danket Alle Gott” (Marche Triomphale), Op. 65 — Sigfried Karg-Elert
In the Service
Preacher: Rev. Dr. Stephen Cady
Liturgist: Rev. Jackie Nelson
Director of Children's Ministry: Paula Dugan
Organist: Duane Prill
Flute: Annette Farrington
Soloists: Bess Phillips, Brenda Nitsch 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: What year did the First Methodist Church at the corner of Fitzhugh and Church streets burn down? A. 1933
When First and Asbury combined in 1934, First Church had significant financial resources. What did they decide to do with them?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watch the live stream during the Offertory on Sunday for a special video.
Christmas Eve lawn sign
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