Zoom Invitation and Order of Worship for
Sunday November 20, 2022 

Dear Friends of Pioneer,

REMINDER:  Worship is offered in the Sanctuary and on zoom .

Pastor Ginger Foster is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Pioneer UMC - Sunday Morning Worship
Time: Nov 20, 2022 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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                                     PIONEER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH                                                                          November 20, 2022 at 10:00 AM
                                                24th Sunday after Pentecost
                                   Order of Worship


Bells of Thanksgiving Prelude                                          Qing Thorp, Pianist
Words of Welcome                                                         Pastor Ginger Foster                                                                             

Opening Hymns      “Give Thanks”            #2036 (black hymnal) Sing twice
                                 “Let All Things Now Living”         #2008 (black hymnal)
                                                                                                    Vs. 1 & 2                                                              
Call to Worship – Psalm of Thanksgiving          Barbara Mandolfo, Liturgist


O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of
        our salvation!
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
       let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
For the Lord is a great God and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the 
        mountains are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it, and the dry land, which his
        hands have formed.
O come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before
        the Lord, our Maker!
For he is our God,
        and we are the people of his pasture
        and the sheep of his hand.    (Psalm 95: 1-7a)

Hymn           “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come”                694 (red hymnal)
                                                                                                        Vs. 1 & 4
Offering Our Gifts & Lives to God                                                    
            Invitation to Give   
            Offertory                                                             Qi Qing Thorp, Pianist
            Doxology         “Praise God, from Whom                 #95 (red hymnal)
                                                         All Blessings Flow”            Sing once

Offering Our Prayers to God
            Sharing Our Joys and Concerns:      
                   Concerns:   Lord in Your Mercy        “Hear our Prayers”
                          Joys:    In Grateful Praise         “Thanks be to God”
Time of Personal Prayer                                               Dave Hogge, Guitarist
Pastoral Prayer                                                                      

Hymn of Preparation      “Praise the Lord                      2020 (black hymnal)
                                      with the Sound of Trumpet”               Vs. 1 & 2

Scripture Reading            Luke 17: 11-19            Barbara Mandolfo, Liturgist

Message          “The Joy of Radical Gratitude”             Pastor Ginger Foster
Reflection on the Scripture Passages/Questions for private worship at home:
     "In our hurried lives with so many pressing demands and frantic schedules, it's very easy to be so much on the run that we forget the benedictions that have blessed us, the gifts which have come to us, the love we've been privileged to share. Only later and sometimes too late do we realize all we have forgotten and how much we've lost in our frantic haste and business preoccupation."
     My friend Donald Shelby tells of an experience he had with a husband who asked him to remain after the graveside services for his wife. When everyone else had dispersed, this man took from his pocket a little book of poetry and he said to Don, "Would you read some of these over Virginia's grave?" Then he added, "All our married life she wanted me to share her appreciation for poetry. She would come ask me to listen as she would read aloud verses which had special meaning for her, but I was always too busy. How I wish I would have listened," he chokingly said.
     So, Don read some of Virginia's favorite lines which he had marked and which he had missed hearing her read because he was in a hurry. We can fail to be grateful, and we can miss much of the richness of life, because we forget too soon. But there's another lesson we need to learn. When we assume too much, gratitude takes a back seat in our lives.
     There's a story about a man who decided to sell his farm. He listed it with a realtor who asked the farmer to describe its selling points. The realtor even came out to look over the farm and take some photos of it. In a few days he had an ad ready for the newspaper in a farm real estate digest and called to check it with the owner. After the realtor had read the ad, the farmer asked him to read it again. The realtor complied. There was a silence on the other end, then the farmers voice said, "I've changed my mind! I don't want to sell the farm, cause you see, I've been wanting a farm like that all my life."
     We can become so familiar with things that we don't see them for what they are we can assume too much, and miss the richness of life.
     We can get so used to the familiar things of life that we never really see them as the gifts of God they are: life, love, friends, beauty, work and worship. We begin to take sunsets and sunrises, moon shadows and butterflies, a friend's smile, our child's face and loaf of bread so much for granted that we receive them as our just due.
     The Holy Spirit of God can burst forth in the silent oratorio called "spring," and we never hear the glorious oratio sung by every tree, shrub and blade of grass. We can yawn at the blood -red path which the rising sun paves to our very door over the waters of the lake and never hear God's invitation, "Arise, and follow me." "We can witness reconciliation and recovery in others or experience love and victory in ourselves without the slightest impulse to give thanks."
                            |From ”Unremembered and Overfamiliar” by Donald Shelby|
                                                 Sermon by Maxie Dunnam| esermons.com|

Closing Hymn           “For the Beauty of the Earth”             #92 (red hymnal)
                                                                                                       Vs. 1, 2 & 6

Unison Benediction                                              Barbara Mandolfo, Liturgist
   May the eyes of your heart be open to all the blessings which
          surround you; may this awareness produce a harvest of
          generosity in your spirit.
  May thankfulness rise up within you, not just during this short season,
           but day after day, from the early morning watch until you retire
           for the night.
  May your prayers reflect gratitude, while also acknowledging the
            needs of others whose situations are so drastically different.
  May thoughts of Jesus fill your mind, and hunger for God drive
             your soul, and love for the Lord guide your speech and     
             your actions.  Amen.
     | Excerpted From “Meditation” | Written by Joe Sherer, Pastor of the Mount Joy Mennonite Church
                                                                | re:Worship, July 25, 2013 |
Originally posted on A Daily Prayer. http://adailyprayer.wordpress.com/2007/11/16/str|ngers-in-this-world/

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