Oct. 31 Livestream – Wherever You Go

Thank you for being with us on this Halloween. Today scripture reminds us that wherever we go, God is with us – and wherever we go, we have the opportunity to share God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves.


PRELUDE – I Will Arise and Go to Jesus – Hustad

One: Come; behold the goodness of God!
All: God gathers us together on holy ground.
One: Come; accept your invitation.
All: At this sacred altar, God offers everyone Christ’s love.
One: Come; be set free and receive God’s gifts!
All: Together, let us learn to walk as Christ walks.

*HYMN – Just As I Am, Without One Plea – #387

Just as I am, without one plea
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bidd’st me come to Thee,
O lamb of God, I come! I come!

Just as I am, and waiting not
To rid my soul of one dark blot,
To Thee whose blood can cleanse each spot,
O lamb of God, I come! I come!

Just as I am, though tossed about
With many a conflict, many a doubt,
Fightings and fears within, without,
O lamb of God, I come! I come!

Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind,
Sight, riches, healing of the mind.
Yea, all I need, in Thee I find,
O lamb of God, I come! I come!

Just as I am, Thou wilt receive,
Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
Because Thy promise I believe,
O lamb of God, I come! I come!

God of grace, you were alive before earthly life began, and forever you will be. Our lives seem to pass by at alarming speeds. Teach us, we pray, to slow down and savor the fullness life which you so graciously offer. Help us to marvel fully at your creation; for then we will be deeply moved with amazement! Lead us faithfully to perceive and respond to genuine human needs; for then we will be living out your commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves.
God of grace eternal, may we love you more than anything else. May our love for you serve as the center of who we are and of all that we do. Guide us in your way everlasting. Amen.

*PRAISE RESPONSE – Bless the Lord, O My Soul – #85

Bless the Lord, O my Soul,
Bless the Lord, O my Soul,
And all that is within me bless His Holy name.


GOD’S WORD – Ruth 1:1-18 – Pastor Dan

SPECIAL MUSIC – Simple Gifts – arr. Hayes

GOD’S WORD – Mark 12:28-34 – Pastor Dan

SERMON – Pastor Dan


*HYMN – We Are a New Creation – Worship Booklet, p. 91

We are a new creation Of Christ, the living Word.
Our songs of jubilation Shall everywhere be heard.
New life blooms fresh and glorious For those who heed the call,=
Of Christ, who reigns victorious O’er sin and death and all.

We are a new creation Of God for this new day.
As partners let us follow The life, the truth, the way.
Christ bids us work together As colleagues, old and young,
As women, men and nations, God’s folk of every tongue.

We are a new creation For service here on earth.
We live our faith in action To tell our Savior’s worth.
Let love and justice blending Now show for all to see
God’s grace is never-ending. It reaches you and me.

We are a new creation By God’s own gracious hand,
Old burdens cast behind us, A daring future planned.
In ministry and mission, United let us live,
In Christ a shining vision To God’s wide world to give.

*SENDING OUT – God sends us into the world to give away God’s love – Pastor Dan

*POSTLUDE – Fugue – Pachelbel

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