Center for Spiritual Wellness
Unity in Diversity
November 24, 2019
Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Welcoming and Greeting
Call to Worship:
Beloved of God,
Almighty God, who created a world of diversity and vibrancy,
is with us as we embrace life in all its fullness.
Christ the Son, who teaches us to care for strangers and foreigners,
is with us as we try to be good neighbors in our communities.
The Holy Spirit, who breaks down our barriers and celebrates community,
is with us as we find the courage to create a place of welcome for all.
Let us pray together!
you created all people in your image.
We thank you for the astonishing variety
of races and cultures in this world.
Enrich our lives by ever-widening circles of friendship,
and show us your presence
in those who differ most from us,
until our knowledge of your love is made perfect
in our love for all your children;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen!
♪Songs of Praise:
Visitation Ministry, Chairperson: Donald Ayers
The Commissioning Prayer:
Compassionate Lord, you walked the earth to bring the Good News of God’s love to all.
You showed us by example how to love and care for one another.
Make known to us your caring presence as we commission this Visitation Ministry in our congregation.
Help us hear your call to service and witness.
May this caregiving ministry be one way in which we touch the lives and hearts of people within and outside of our congregation.
Bless the giver and receiver alike, with the profound wonder of your compassion and love.
Reveal to us your presence as we care and serve.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!
Presentation of Gifts, Tithes, and Offerings
Minute for Mission: Allaire Community Farm
♪Doxology: #809 (please stand)
We are mindful of the words from Psalm 133 verse 1, “How very good and pleasant it is when humanity lives together in unity!”
Prayer of Dedication:
are mindful of the words from Deuteronomy 10:19 to the people of God:
“You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.”
Let us pray:
Dear God of amazing grace,
We long for the time
when all divisions will give way to unity,
all misunderstandings will give way to truth,
and all humanity will celebrate our differences
instead of fearing them.
May it be so, through the offering of these gifts
and the offering of our lives.
In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen!
Prayer of Illumination
The Old Testament Reading: Genesis 11:1-9 and Genesis 12:1-3
Ann Scott (Page 9 and 10 in the Old Testament section of your pew Bible)
Response to the Lesson: Reader: This is the Word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.
Sermon: “Unity in Diversity: The God of The Nations 2” Reverend Louis LaFazia
Prayers of Thanksgiving and Concern and The Lord’s Prayer
♪Hymn: #374: (please stand) “Now Thank We All Our God” ”
Benediction (please remain standing)
Our Kingdom Goals
Maximizing the use of our Church Facility
Youth, Young Adults and Families
Expand our Mission and Outreach
Provide Support and Counseling Opportunities for our Congregation and our Community
Offer Opportunities to Grow the Spiritual and Physical Health of our Congregation and our Community