24th Sunday after Pentecost: Morning Prayer Bulletin & Readings for November 7, 2021

This bulletin includes the order of service as well as the readings for Morning Prayer. The items in bold italics are intended for you to speak while you are on the zoom call (while muted), or as you watch along with the video once it has been posted.

Opening Hymn

The Word of God

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my
redeemer.    Psalm 19:14

Confession of Sin

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

Silence may be kept.
Officiant and People together, all kneeling

Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in your will,
and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your Name. Amen.

Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive us all our sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen us in all
goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life. Amen.

The Invitatory and Psalter

All stand

Lord, open our lips.
And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia.

The earth is the Lord’s for he made it: Come let us adore him.

Jubilate      Psalm 100

Be joyful in the Lord, all you lands; *
    serve the Lord with gladness
    and come before his presence with a song.

Know this: The Lord himself is God; *
    he himself has made us, and we are his;
    we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise; *
    give thanks to him and call upon his Name.

For the Lord is good;
his mercy is everlasting; *
    and his faithfulness endures from age to age.

Psalm 127

Voice 1 (odd):  Keishna Voice 2 (even):  Congregation

1 Unless the Lord builds the house,
       their labor is in vain who build it.
2 Unless the Lord watches over the city,
       in vain the watchman keeps his vigil.

3 It is in vain that you rise so early and go to bed so late;
       vain, too, to eat the bread of toil,
       for he gives to his beloved sleep.
4 Children are a heritage from the Lord,
       and the fruit of the womb is a gift.

5 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
       are the children of one’s youth.
6 Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them!
       he shall not be put to shame
       when he contends with his enemies in the gate.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

The Lessons

Readings Lector: Verna

The First Reading

Reader: A reading from Ruth (3:1-5; 4:13-17)

1Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, ‘My daughter, I need to seek some security for you, so that it may be well with you. 2Now here is our kinsman Boaz, with whose young women you have been working. See, he is winnowing barley tonight at the threshing-floor. 3Now wash and anoint yourself, and put on your best clothes and go down to the threshing-floor; but do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking. 4When he lies down, observe the place where he lies; then, go and uncover his feet and lie down; and he will tell you what to do.’ 5She said to her, ‘All that you tell me I will do.’

13 So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. When they came together, the Lord made her conceive, and she bore a son. 14Then the women said to Naomi, ‘Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without next-of-kin; and may his name be renowned in Israel! 15He shall be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age; for your daughter-in-law who loves you, who is more to you than seven sons, has borne him.’ 16Then Naomi took the child and laid him in her bosom, and became his nurse. 17The women of the neighbourhood gave him a name, saying, ‘A son has been born to Naomi.’ They named him Obed; he became the father of Jesse, the father of David.

Reader: The Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God!

The First Canticle

Glory to God in the highest,
    and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King,
almighty God and Father,

we worship you, we give you thanks,
    we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world:
    have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father:
    receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High,
    Jesus Christ,
    with the Holy Spirit,
    in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

The Second Reading

Readings Lector: Verna

Reader: The second reading is from Hebrews (9:24-28)

24For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made by human hands, a mere copy of the true one, but he entered into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. 25Nor was it to offer himself again and again, as the high priest enters the Holy Place year after year with blood that is not his own; 26for then he would have had to suffer again and again since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the age to remove sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27And just as it is appointed for mortals to die once, and after that the judgement, 28so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.

Reader: Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.
Thanks be to God.

The Third Reading

Reader: Hank

The third reading is from Mark (12:38-44)

38 As he taught, he said, ‘Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the market-places, 39and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honour at banquets! 40They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.’

41 He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. 42A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. 43Then he called his disciples and said to them, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. 44For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.’

Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.
Thanks be to God.

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
    creator of heaven and earth;
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
    He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
        and born of the Virgin Mary.
    He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
        was crucified, died, and was buried.
    He descended to the dead.
    On the third day he rose again.
    He ascended into heaven,
        and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
    He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
    the holy catholic Church,
    the communion of saints,
    the forgiveness of sins
    the resurrection of the body,
    and the life everlasting. Amen.

The Peace

Announcements

Nov 7: Blanket Sunday

The CWS Blankets program was created to give a kind, loving and tangible response to someone facing a difficult time, reminding them that they are not alone. When our neighbors are in need, even $10 for a single blanket goes a long way. We’ll be collecting donations in special collection envelopes on November 7, or you can make a donation in advance through our online giving portal.

November 14: Annual Meeting

We will hold our annual meeting on November 14 following the Church Service.

November 21-December 12: Christmas Flower Memorials

If you’d like to contribute towards our Christmas pointsettias and memorialize or celebrate someone for the holidays, please make a cash or check donation in a Christmas Flower envelope at the church. Memorial/celebration names will be displayed in the Christmas Bulletins.

December 5: North Porch Collection

We will be collecting cash or check donations (made out to the church) to support North Porch. They fill the gap in emergency situations when needy families are displaced or have shortfalls in their budget.

Upcoming Collections

We will be collecting the following over the next few months:
– Gently Used Coats (Nov-Dec) – give to Helen Allen
– Children’s Hats, Gloves & Scarves (Dec-Jan) – give to Janet Reineke

The Town of Secaucus will be collecting toys and food for the holidays, drop off available at the Community Center at 145 Front St. The holiday toy and food drive ends November 28, however the food pantry collects items at this address year round.

The Offering

The Doxology

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise God, all creatures here below; praise God above, ye heav'n-ly host; praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

The Prayers

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us pray.

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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Show us your mercy, O Lord;
And grant us your salvation.
Clothe your ministers with righteousness;
Let your people sing with joy.
Give peace, O Lord, in all the world;
For only in you can we live in safety.
Lord, keep this nation under your care;
And guide us in the way of justice and truth.
Let your way be known upon earth;
Your saving health among all nations.
Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;
Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
Create in us clean hearts, O God;
And sustain us with your Holy Spirit.

The Collect of the Day

O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The General Thanksgiving

Almighty God, Father of all mercies,
we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks
for all your goodness and loving-kindness
to us and to all whom you have made.
We bless you for our creation, preservation,
and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for your immeasurable love
in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,
that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up our selves to your service,
and by walking before you
in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Sending Hymn

Closing Prayer

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen.

The Altar Flowers Today are for:

Richard McCune by Jacobson Family
In celebration of Dimitrina Paulesa Mihalera and Michael Daniel Penievska

Prayer List

Harold, Ellen, Karen, Kya, Rayne, Linda, Tom (and his wife, Erica), the Rodriguez and Principe families, Lynda, Deepa, Caroline, Georgia, Cathleen, Robert, Marcia, Lew, and Maria & her mother.

Ministers in this Service

Service Leader: Hank
Altar Guild/Flowers: Susan J
Tech Vergers: Shanna

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