ANNOUNCEMENTS

Good morning, everyone!
Welcome to our 37th online service.
We hope and pray that it is a blessing to you!

We are now worshiping both at home and in person.  We will continue to post Sunday services indefinitely and want you to stay safe!  Mary and Joanna are working mostly from home.  Tanae is updating our Facebook page, while Rebecca is in charge of our Instagram page and Jack has adopted our Twitter account.  Every day we add a new post right here on the website that automatically pops up on Facebook and Twitter as well.  If you missed any of this week’s posts, just scroll down to see them!

Our Thrift Shop is open Saturdays only; please contact Tracy to help on Saturdays or anytime during the week.  Wednesday morning Bible study (led by Rich) normally meets at 10 a.m. and Wednesday evening Bible study (led by Steve) at 7 p.m., but each will be off this week for Thanksgiving.  Our Thanksgiving Eve service will be online only this year; thanks George!  A new Sunday School lesson is posted today on the Sunday School page.

CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 100:2, 4 and 107:1, NIV

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
HIS LOVE ENDURES FOREVER!
Worship the Lord with gladness;
COME BEFORE HIM WITH JOYFUL SONGS.
Enter his courts with thanksgiving
AND HIS COURTS WITH PRAISE.

UNISON PRAYER

IN TIMES OF SCARCITY
AND IN TIMES OF ABUNDANCE,
MAY WE OFFER OUR PRAISE TO GOD.
IN EVERY CIRCUMSTANCE, GOOD OR BAD,
MAY WE LIFT HIGH HIS HOLY NAME.
HE REMAINS FOREVER CONSTANT,
COVERING US WITH BLESSINGS
SEEN AND UNSEEN.  AMEN.

WORDS OF ASSURANCE: Hebrews 12:28, Good News Bible

Let us be thankful because we receive a kingdom that cannot be shaken.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

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.

OPENING SONG:  “We Gather Together” (The Hymns Ensemble)

A beautiful rendition recorded during lockdown ~ welcome to a week of Thanksgiving!

CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER
(Note: Add your own prayers at the beginning or end)

Lord Jesus, in a world of disease, argument and turmoil, help us to find our way to thanksgiving.  Open our eyes to the blessings around us.  Fill us with gratitude for the ordinary, everyday things that continue to exist, as well as for your love which will never end.  Remind us that you are God, and that all creation rests safely in your divine hands.

Bless Marty, Janet, Eleanor and Ursula with continued strength and recovery.  Be with Jane, Barbara and Liz throughout their chemo treatments; ease their discomfort and increase their calm.  Drive this disease from their system, and fill them with your healing, loving grace.

We pray for others in our church family who are going through times of need:  for Amy, Pat, Jim, Sue, Joan, Lois, Dannie, Kathleen, Lily, Ken, Bunny, Dawn, Harriet, Diane, Laurie & Steve, Paul, and Ruth; for all members of our extended family who are suffering; for this nation and for the world.

We come to you now in silent prayer …

Lord, as you know what is written in our hearts,
Attend now to our spirits, we pray in your name, Amen.

HYMN:  “For the Beauty of the Earth” (Audrey Assad)

SCRIPTURE LESSONS: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18a, Philippians 4:6-7, Good News Bible

Be joyful always, pray at all times, be thankful in all circumstances.  Don’t worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart.  And God’s peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus.

SUNDAY MEDITATION (Short video followed by notes ~ Additional Blooper Reel at end of service!)

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Paul writes, “Things to be thankful for.  The so-called simple things that we all take for granted.  Let’s face it, before the year 2020, how many of us thought about these things as blessings?  A roof over your head.  A job.  Family.  Friends.  A sense of purpose.  The freedom to worship.  Your health.  And the memories of those who are not with us anymore.  For the simplest of things, like being able to feed yourself, using a knife and a fork.  Showering, or just jumping in the car and going for a ride somewhere.  And for me personally, I am very thankful for the gift of time.  When I was diagnosed with ALS, I was told I had about three years left.  So my expiration date has come and gone a couple of times.  I would like to try to use the extra time I have been given to accomplish something meaningful.  Try to get as much life out of each day as I can.  And if somewhere during the course of that day I can make someone else’s day just a little bit brighter, then I feel have won.”

Rich writes, “For many people, it’s hard to be thankful during a pandemic ~ and yet, the apostle Paul writes, ‘Be thankful in all circumstances.’  The very act of counting one’s blessings, whether in a gratitude journal, blessings jar or simple list, can be a counterbalance to all the negativity that threatens to steal one’s joy.  No matter what challenges we may face, we still have the love of God and the presence of the Holy Spirit, and Jesus is ready to carry us when we get tired.  We have the incredible, beautiful world that God has created.  And we have each other.  Paul writes that when we thank God with grateful hearts, we receive God’s peace.  Our hearts and minds are at peace, and we are kept safe through the One who loves us and has promised never to leave us or desert us.”

This Thanksgiving, may we all be able to count our blessings, and never run out; may our cups overflow with God’s grace as we praise and thank Him!  Amen.

OFFERING

Please use this time to make out a check to the church (Sayville United Methodist Church, 164 Greene Avenue, Sayville NY 11782).  Thank you to all who have been contributing during this time, and helping the church to pay its bills!  As you write, please enjoy this new thanksgiving song from Chris Tomlin and Florida Georgia Line!

OFFERTORY PRAYER (from “Godspell”)

All good gifts around us
Have come from heaven above
So thank you Lord, thank you, Lord
For all your love.  Amen.

BENEDICTION

We go forth as the people of God, blessed and redeemed.  May our redemption fill us with joy, and may our joy sustain us through every valley, drought and storm.  May our souls be filled with gratitude and thanksgiving, now and forever, Amen.  

Blest Be the Tie That Binds

Thank you to Kaitlyn and Lee for helping with today’s online service!
And thank you for worshiping with us!  We wish you God’s healing and hope!

Bonus Blooper Reel

In our first attempt, we stopped filming after two minutes because Rich was covered with goats and more goats were eating Kaitlyn’s clothes while she was trying to film.  Here’s what it looked like!