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The Order for Worship – Twenty First Sunday after Pentecost

Prelude – Nicky Wilson, Organist

Call to Worship – Pastor Todd

Welcome, Announcements & Greeting – Pastor Todd 

Psalm Reading Psalm 90 (verses 1-6, 13-17)

1 Lord, you have been our dwelling-place in all generations.

Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

3 You turn us back to dust, and say, ‘Turn back, O mortals ones!’

For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night.

5 You sweep them away; they are like a dream, like grass which is renewed in the morning;

in the morning it flourishes and is renewed; in the evening it fades and withers.

13 Return, O Lord! How long?  Have pity on your servants!

14 Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, so that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, and for as many years as we have seen evil.
16 Let your work be manifest to your servants, and your glorious power to their children.

17 Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands; yes, establish the work of our hands!

†Affirmation of Faith Apostle’s Creed

I believe in God the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus  Christ  his only son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried;  the third day he arose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father  Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick 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.

† Gloria Patria 

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. Amen. Amen.

Children’s Ministry Moment – Kelly Priest

Congregational Prayer – Pastor Todd 

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, forever.  Amen

Hymn No. 601 “Thy Word Is a Lamp” Eric Wilson with sign language by Amber Cloud.

Scripture – Deuteronomy 24:1-12 Pastor Todd

Then Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho, and the Lord showed him the whole land: Gilead as far as Dan, 2 all Naphtali, the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Western Sea, 3 the Negeb, and the Plain—that is, the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees—as far as Zoar. 4 The Lord said to him, ‘This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, “I will give it to your descendants”; I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not cross over there.’  5 Then Moses, the servant of the Lord, died there in the land of Moab, at the Lord’s command. 6 He was buried in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth-peor, but no one knows his burial place to this day.  7 Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died; his sight was unimpaired and his vigour had not abated. 8 The Israelites wept for Moses in the plains of Moab for thirty days; then the period of mourning for Moses was ended.

9 Joshua son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, because Moses had laid his hands on him; and the Israelites obeyed him, doing as the Lord had commanded Moses.

10 Never since has there arisen a prophet in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face. 11 He was unequalled for all the signs and wonders that the Lord sent him to perform in the land of Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his servants and his entire land, 12 and for all the mighty deeds and all the terrifying displays of power that Moses performed in the sight of all Israel.

Sermon “Seeing the Promised Land” Pastor Todd

 Hymn No. 724 “On Jordan’s Stormy Banks I Stand Eric Wilson

Giving of Tithes and Offerings: Click here to give online OR mail checks to 2102 Epworth Dr., Huntsville, AL 35811

† Doxology

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below; praise him above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

† Benediction         

 † You are invited to stand. Yes, we know you are at home, but you are still invited to stand!         

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY. Weather permitting, the children will go outside.   Children’s Church volunteer for today is Julia Priest.   Children’s Church volunteer for Sunday, November 1st is Ashley Colbert.

YOUTH MINISTRY. Last Sunday we began a new study which everyone seemed to enjoy called “Echo” which is basically a journey through the bible from the beginning and will continue for several weeks. Thank you Ashley for doing a scavenger hunt for the game time this week!  I would like to continue to have the volunteer of the evening run the game if they are comfortable with that. I have resources for different ideas if you would like to look at those. The game does not need to relate to the lesson in any way, just to have some fun together. If you need any supplies for the game, let me know and I will be happy to get them.   This week’s volunteer is Randall Shepherd.   This Sunday will be having fellowship time, pizza and pumpkins.  

ASP INFORMATION.  Looking forward with hope, we are registered for ASP!! We will be going on mission trip June 13-18. If you would like to volunteer as an adult please contact me, we have a limited number of volunteer spots available due to what ASP has requested.    To register your student go to please fill out this form on google and I will then register your student with our group.   Please let me know if you have any questions or have any problems with the google form

GOLDEN TV.  Golden TV is an online event for those who remember the golden age of television.  Local church leaders who work with God’s older children are developing an online event for those who remember the golden age of television. 

Golden TV will take place on Friday, November 13 from 9:00am to 2:00pm using the Zoom platform. It will feature information, education and entertainment. Participants will be able to learn about the history of Methodism, how to protect yourself from scams, caregiver support, and cooking for 1 or 2 for the holidays. There will even be a time to laugh as Rev. Rick Owen offers a timely and comical look at the year 2020.

To participate register at https://na-reg.brtapp.com/GoldenTV2020.  When you complete your registration, you will be emailed the Zoom information and instructions. You can then join the event live on November 13 or watch whenever you want following that date.  For more information contact Julie Wright at jwright@trinitybirmingham.com or 205-768-6089.

ALTAR FLOWERS.  The flowers on the altar are honor of our men and women in uniform. Thank you for your service!

 UPPER ROOM.   November/December “The Upper Room” are now available in the Narthex. 

MDO/PRESCHOOL/KINDERGARTEN.   The MDO Program is back in full swing!  Student and teacher temperature checks are taken daily.   Parents are not permitted to enter the building, but may walk their child to the door where a teacher will escort the student to their classroom.   We ask our church family to please avoid conducting business in the church during school hours, Monday-Friday, 9:00am-2:00pm.   If you need assistance or need to enter the church during school hours, please call the church office and make an appointment. 

We ask our church family to please avoid conducting business in the church during school hours, Monday-Friday, 9:00am-2:00pm.   If you need assistance or need to enter the church during school hours, please call the church office and make an appointment. 

WORSHIP TEAM MEETING.  There will be a Worship Team Meeting today after worship (11:30am) in the Sanctuary.   If you would like to zoom into the meeting and did not receive the link via email, please contact Pastor Todd or the Church Office.  

HUNTSVILLE HOSPITAL HEART INSTITUTE.   Leone is continuing to collect healthy snacks for the HH Heart Institute waiting rooms.  Crackers, granola bars, raisins, fruit snacks, etc.  She also continues to collect cell phones, soda can tops and glasses for local charitable organizations.  Drop off baskets available in the Narthex.  

PROTEIN PACKS FOR FIRST STOP CHALLENGE

Auburn vs. Alabama vs. Everybody Else

As of 10/19      Alabama = 199    Auburn =36   Other Fans = 147

EPWORTH CHARGE CONFERENCE.  This year, Tom Parrish, our District Superintendent has authorized and instructed elders to hold our own charge conference. Charge Conference is a time when we conduct some important business in the life of the church including setting the pastor’s salary, passing an annual budget, and voting on leadership for the church for the upcoming year. This year, we will hold a charge conference that will be held both in person and online following Sunday morning worship on November 15 at 11:30 am (or immediately following worship). If you are participating from home, you may use the comments section on Facebook or YouTube to vote on the business items at hand. 

WORSHIP THIS WEEK. We no longer have restrictions on worship attendance. However, effectively, due to the number of people still staying away from in-person activities and worshipping online, we expect to be at less than 50% capacity.  We’ll continue with all our precautions – mask wearing, distancing, singing restrictions, sanitizing stations, dismissal by rows, and temperature checks at the doors. If you’re coming for the 10:15am worship service, please enter by the Narthex awning entrance. If you’re coming for Sunday School, please enter by the Fellowship Hall entrance. This will be where we administer the temperature checks.

SUNDAY SCHOOL.  Sunday School classes who wish to meet may do so. If you would like to explore an alternative location for your class, such as a larger room or an outdoor space, please speak with me and we’ll find the best option we can. Many classes may not yet be ready to start, so please check with your teacher. For those wishing to attend Sunday School, but do not have a class actively meeting, you are invited to join our new intergenerational class, “All In,” which will be meeting in the Fellowship Hall. All children and youth classes will be part of the “All In” class for the rest of the year.

WARM CLOTHING DRIVE.  We will begin our warm clothing drive for the homeless starting October 1st..  We are accepting new or used coats, jackets, sweaters, hats, gloves, scarfs, blankets, sleeping bags and tents for shelter.  Drop off location is in the lower narthex.  If you have any question, please see Lynn Quann.

FIRST STOP.  First Stop is in Urgent need of the items listed below.  You may drop off a the front door of the church Monday-Friday before 2pm or Sunday morning.  We will make sure it is brought in and delivered to First Stop.

  *  Travel size deodorant, body lotion, shampoo and toothpaste.

  *  Large vinyl/nitrile disposable gloves.

  *  Chapstick                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         * Sugar

  *  Bottled water                                                                                                              * Ponchos

  *  Inspect repellant                                     * Men’s underwear

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS SERVICE UPDATE.  Because we are not yet back in the swing of things, I feel it is best to postpone our “Blessing of the Animals Service,” which we had tentatively planned on holding as a community outreach at the end of this month.  Let’s hold off until the spring and hopefully, we’ll be better equipped to carry out this outreach event then.

CHILDCARE/NURSERY.   If you desire childcare or nursery for worship or Sunday School, we will offer it on an as-needed, reservation basis. Please let myself or Kelly know if you or a guest would like to utilize nursery or child care and we’ll make arrangements for it. Otherwise, we will not have drop-in nursery service on Sunday mornings for the foreseeable future.

UPCOMING EVENTS/MEETINGS

All Saints Sunday—Sunday, November 1st.

PRAYER LIST.  Please take a moment to look over the prayer list.  If you placed a loved one or friend on the list and may now be removed, please notify the church office by email at lynn@epworthumc.net. The prayer list is in an image file to prevent names from being indexed in search engines.