Traditional Worship Service - November 22 - 9am
Posted on Nov 17, 2020 by Amy Willis
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Order of Service – November 22, 2020 – 9:00am
John Knox Presbyterian Church
Welcome/Announcements/Passing of Peace – Pam Herman
The peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you! Peace be with you!
Call to Worship: - Pam Herman
Leader: “I will search for my sheep,” says the Lord.
People: Like lost lambs and scattered sheep, the Lord seeks
us and calls us home.
Leader: “I will gather them from far and near,” says the Lord.
People: Knowing that we are weary and tired of all the
stresses of the world, the Lord restores us and
Leader: “I will be their shepherd,” says the Lord.
People: We listen for the voice of God, who we follow with
devotion and gratitude!
Hymn #385 – “All People That on Earth Do Dwell”
All people that on earth do dwell,
sing to the Lord with cheerful voice;
him serve with mirth, his praise forth tell.
Come ye before him and rejoice.
Know that the Lord is God indeed;
without our aid he did us make;
we are his folk; he doth us feed,
and for his sheep he doth us take.
O enter then his gates with praise;
approach with joy his courts unto;
praise, laud, and bless his name always,
for it is seemly so to do.
For why? The Lord our God is good;
his mercy is forever sure;
his truth at all times firmly stood,
and shall from age to age endure.
William Kethe, 1560
Attr. Louis Bourgeois, 1551
Prayer of Confession – Pam Herman
Sovereign God, we confess that we are not ready for your holy realm. You guide us toward right paths, but we refuse to follow where you lead. You love and feed and care for us, but we fail to love and serve others. Forgive us, merciful God, so that we may return to your fold and rejoice in your presence; through Jesus Christ our Lord, the Lamb upon the throne. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon – Pam Herman
Leader: However long we wander,
People: however far we stray,
Leader: God’s steadfast love endures forever.
People: As children of God, we are assured: in Jesus Christ,
we are forgiven.
Sung Response: “Glory Be to the Father” – Hymn #581
Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost;
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.
Trad. liturgical text
Greatorex, Henry W. (1813-1858)
Children’s Message – Jillian Flynn
Prayer for Illumination – Pam Herman
Holy God, open your Word. Give us a spirit of wisdom and revelation, that our eyes may be enlightened and we may know the hope to which we have been called; through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
Scripture: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 – Pam Herman
For thus says the Lord God: I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out. As shepherds seek out their flocks when they are among their scattered sheep, so I will seek out my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places to which they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land; and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the watercourses, and in all the inhabited parts of the land. I will feed them with good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel shall be their pasture; there they shall lie down in good grazing land, and they shall feed on rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will make them lie down, says the Lord God. I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, but the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them with justice. Therefore, thus says the Lord God to them: I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. Because you pushed with flank and shoulder, and butted at all the weak animals with your horns until you scattered them far and wide, I will save my flock, and they shall no longer be ravaged; and I will judge between sheep and sheep. I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. And I, the Lord, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them; I, the Lord, have spoken.
This is the Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
Special Music – “When Morning Gilds the Skies” Arranged by Cheek
(handbell solo) Jeff Gillespie and Shayla Van Hall
When morning gilds the skies, my heart awaking cries:
may Jesus Christ be praised!
Alike at work and prayer to Jesus I repair:
may Jesus Christ be praised!
German hymn, c. 1800; trans. Edward Caswall, 1853, 1858, alt.
Barnby, Joseph (1838-1896)
Message – “A Shepherd for Our Journey” Lisa Crismore
Hymn #267– “Come, Christians, Join to Sing”
Come, Christians, join to sing:
Loud praise to Christ our King:
Let all, with heart and voice,
Before his throne rejoice;
Praise is his gracious choice:
Come, lift your hearts on high:
Let praises fill the sky:
He is our guide and friend;
to us he'll condescend;
his love shall never end:
Praise yet our Christ again:
Life shall not end the strain:
On heaven's blissful shore
his goodness we'll adore,
“Come, Christians, Join to Sing” Christian Henry Bateman | David Evans
© Words: Public Domain
Music: Oxford University Press
Used by permission CCLI License # 1504183
Affirmation of Faith: A Brief Statement of Faith – Lisa Crismore
We trust in Jesus Christ,
Fully human, fully God.
Jesus proclaimed the reign of God:
preaching good news to the poor
and release to the captives,
teaching by word and deed
and blessing the children,
healing the sick
and binding up the brokenhearted,
eating with outcasts,
and calling all to repent and believe the gospel.
Unjustly condemned for blasphemy and sedition,
Jesus was crucified,
suffering the depths of human pain
and giving his life for the sins of the world.
God raised this Jesus from the dead,
vindicating his sinless life,
breaking the power of sin and evil,
delivering us from death to life eternal.
Joys and Concerns / Prayers of the People / Lord’s Prayer – Lisa Crismore
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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
Moment of Giving – “Congregation share their thanks”– Lisa Crismore
Hymn #37 – “Let All Things Now Living”
Let all things now living
a song of thanksgiving
to God our Creator triumphantly raise;
who fashioned and made us,
protected and stayed us,
by guiding us on to the end of our days.
God's banners are o'er us;
pure light goes before us,
a pillar of fire shining forth in the night:
till shadows have vanished,
all fearfulness banished,
as forward we travel from light into light.
By law God enforces,
the stars in their courses,
the sun in its orbit obediently shine;
the hills and the mountains,
the rivers and fountains,
the depths of the ocean proclaim God divine.
We too should be voicing
our love and rejoicing;
with glad adoration, a song let us raise,
till all things now living
unite in thanksgiving:
to God in the highest, hosanna and praise!
“Let All Things Now Living” Katherine Kennicott Davis
© 1939. Renewed 1966 E.C. Schirmer Music Company (Admin. by ECS Publishing Corporation)
Used by permission CCLI License # 1504183
Benediction and Blessing – Lisa Crismore
Flowers this morning are given by Dan & Linda Bourne for the glory of God and in memory of Dan’s cousin Tim Thomas.
- Please keep your mask on at all times.
- Please only hum or softly sing on the hymns/praise songs.
- Children’s church school class will not meeting through the end of the year – but the youth and adult classes will continue to meet.
- The Salvation Army is not doing the Angel Tree Program this year, due to the pandemic. They are asking for monetary donations to support their Ministry Book Program, which supports the same families who would normally be part of the Angel Tree Program. This provides books and materials for children and their families. If you’d like to make a monetary donation, please write your check to John Knox and mark it “Salvation Army”, and we will forward it on to them by the end of the month.
- The Worship Team and Chancel Guild invite everyone in the church to join us in decorating the church for Advent and Christmas. You are invited to come on Saturday, November 28, for Hanging of the Greens at 9:00am. Please have breakfast before you come!
- If you would like to get rid of your old magazines, please bring them by the church office and put them in Lisa Crismore's office. The Book Study group will be doing a project on December 2. We will accept the old magazines up until November 29. Thanks!
- We will be “Sharing our Gifts” with one another on December 6. Yes, the gifts of talent. The program will be held at 6:30pm, both in-person in the sanctuary and online on Facebook. We are encouraging everyone to join in this fun adventure by creating a video of their talents. There is no limit to what that might be (although there is a 2.5 – 3 minute time limit on the video). Your video can be dancing, playing an instrument, reading a poem, storytelling, artwork, puppets, the sky’s the limit on how you want to “Share Your Gifts”! If your family would like to take part in a Reader’s Theater, please see Dawnie Barnhouse for a script. We want to do some stories of the nativity. Jon Barnhouse will be putting the videos together to present them on December 6. Please send the videos by November 27 to or text it to 317-442-6108. If you have any questions or plan to participate, please let Lisa Crismore know. Her email is
- Poinsettias may be ordered starting today - $10 a plant. Please email or call the church office with your order in honor or in memory of loved ones. Look for printed form in the December Tidings.
- We want to thank all the folks at John Knox for their many thoughts, prayers, cards, phone calls, assistance & offers of help both during this time, and over these last 4 years. Truly gracious, Thanks. Betty and Goehrig Orr
Pam Clayton (Tina Davis’s Mother); Howard & Ethel Mae Anders (Cindy Hiday’s Aunt and Uncle); Melissa Brown Yates; Jackie Lawrence (Linda Bourne’s Sister); Barbara Brown; Lora Gorham (Amy Willis’s Aunt); J. & Wanda Stanley; Betty Hartman; Carol McKeown; The Family of Ken Duggins; Betty & Goehrig Orr; Ruth Ann Hogsett; Alberta Montgomery; Joe Hanley (Linda Bourne’s father); Jim Dean (Pat Dean’s husband); Jim Clifton; Russel Heath; Kay Adams; Alice McGinnis (Mary Carter’s Mother); Jeff Roberts; Jim Graves; Nell Fields (Mother of Vicki Breece); Ann Owen; Nilcéia Regina Oliveira (Paula Lamey’s mother); Prayer requests will be listed for 3 weeks, then removed in order to keep this list timely & pertinent. However, if your request is an on-going concern, please indicate that on your request.