Hello Meed’s UMC,
Today, we celebrate Laity Sunday. This is the special Sunday where members of our congregation take the lead in our church worship service. It is available on our website and by clicking on this link.
October 25th, 2020
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
A Celebration of Laity Sunday
Greetings of Grace and Peace:
Call to Worship:
We are all called to go and share Christ’s love with the world.
We gather to grow deeper in faith.
We learn to recognize grace everywhere, in every life.
We wait for God’s saving love.
Opening Praise: O Come Let us Sing, I Thank You
Litany for Laity Sunday:
From the beginning, God entered into covenant with the human family: with Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham and Sarah, Moses, Deborah, Ruth, and Jeremiah.
Through baptism, Jesus Christ calls us into the covenant and makes us ministers of Christ’s righteousness.
All Christian ministry is Christ’s work of outreaching love. It demonstrates a common life of gratitude and devotion, witness and service, celebration and discipleship.
All Christians are called to Christ’s servanthood in the world, to the glory of God and for human fulfillment.
The Church, as the community of the new covenant, participates in Christ’s ministry of grace.
It stretches out to human needs wherever service may convey God’s love and ours.
In our ministry of servanthood is this ultimate concern:
that all may be renewed in the image of their Creator, and that all Christians are called to minister in deeds and words that heal and free. Amen.
Hymn: Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us
Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, will both search My sheep, and seek them out.
As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered;
So will I seek out My sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.
I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries.
I will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers.
I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord God.
I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick;
I will make with them a covenant of peace, and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land: and they shall dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods.
I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing;
I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.
The tree of the field shall yield her fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase, and they shall be safe in their land, and shall know that I am the LORD, when I have broken the bands of their yoke. Thus shall they know that I the LORD their God am with them, and that they, even the house of Israel, are my people, saith the Lord GOD.
Old Testament Lesson: II Samuel 12: 13-14, 18-20
Gospel Reading: John 10: 1-10
Call to Offering: (Please leave offering in baskets upon exit)
Message: The 23rd Psalm
Closing Song: Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Dismissal with Blessing: