11/18/18 Thanksgiving Service with Holy Communion


Service of Thanksgiving with Holy Communion


Today’s readings reflect two of the strains that go into the celebration of a national day of thanksgiving: gratitude for abundant harvest (Joel) and civic prayer for a peaceable common life (1 Timothy). The core meaning of Thanksgiving for many of us—a home feast for extended family and friends—is not reflected in the readings; but it is reflected weekly in the church’s meal of thanksgiving (eucharist). What we wish for both these thanksgiving meals is that they will go deeper than celebration of one another and our own blessings, to recognize in our true Host one who wants everyone brought to the table.



Offerings and tithes will be collected by the ushers in the Narthex (the great entrance hall) following worship. If you would like to make an offering using your smart phone or tablet, go to www.SouthminsterChurch.org and click on the Donate link.


All may make the sign of the cross, the sign marked at baptism, wherever the “+” appears within the liturgy. The sign of the cross, as explained and demonstrated in the 2018 edition of the Presbyterian Book of Common Worship, is an ancient silent form of prayer which dates to the early 1st century church. A typical pattern for making the sign of the cross involves holding your thumb and first two fingers together (as a sign of the Trinity) and touching your forehead, lower chest, and both shoulders.


PRELUDE: Come, Ye Thankful People Come- hymn tune ST. GEORGE’S WINDSOR by George J. Elvey, setting by Joshua Evanovich


As a matter of hospitality, we invite everyone to fill out information in the red fellowship pad found on each pew at the center aisle and pass it down so everyone may be greeted by name during the passing of the peace. Written announcements can be found at the back of the bulletin.

CHORAL INTROIT: It Is a Good Thing to Give Thanks- Psalm 92: 1-5; music by Paul Bouman

It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to tell of your loving kindnesses early in the morning and of your faithfulness in the night season; and on the psaltery and the lyre, and to the melody of the harp. For you have made me glad by your acts, O Lord, and I shout for joy because of the works of your hands. Lord, how great are your works! Your thoughts are very deep. It is a good thing to gi e thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to the Lord Most High.



The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Alleluia. God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance,

so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. Alleluia.

Almighty God our Father, your generous goodness comes to us new every day. By the work of your Spirit lead us to acknowledge your goodness, give thanks for your benefits, and serve you in willing obedience, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.


GATHERING HYMN # 336 We Gather Together



Blessed be the holy Trinity, + one God,

who calls us into an everlasting hope,

who guides us to springs of the water of life,

who enlightens us with the spirit of wisdom.

One with the communion of saints in all times and places,

let us confess our sin against God and one another.


Silence for reflection and self-examination.


O God, our merciful redeemer,

we confess the ways we live only for ourselves.

We fail to see you in our neighbor’s face.

We turn our ears from voices that cry out.

We pass by the hungry and the oppressed.

In your great mercy, forgive our sin

and strengthen us for service to all in need;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


In the mercy of almighty God,

Jesus Christ was given to die for you,

and for + his sake,

God forgives you all your sin.

Blessed are you! Rejoice and be glad,

beloved people of God.



Since God has embraced us in, with and through our Risen Lord, Jesus the Christ, let us then forgive and embrace one another in the love and peace of God. The Peace of Christ be with you all. And also with you.


OFFERING OF MUSIC: A Million Dreams (from “The Greatest Showman”)- Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, setting by P.F. Tillen

I close my eyes and I can see the world that’s waiting up for me, that I call my own. Through the dark, through the door, through where no one’s been before, but it feels like home. They can say, they can say it all sounds crazy; They can say, they can say we’ve lost our minds. I don’t care, I don’t care, so call us crazy…We can live in a world of God’s design. Cause every night I lie in bed; the brightest colors fill my head. A million dreams are keeping me awake. I think of what the world could be, a vision of the one I see, a million dreams is all it’s gonna take. A million dreams for the world we’re gonna make. However big, however small, let me be part of it all. Share your dreams with me. You may be right, you may be wrong, but say that you’ll bring me along to the world you see, to the world I close my eyes to see.

Cause every night I lie in bed; the brightest colors fill my head. A million dreams are keeping me awake. I think of what the world could be, a vision of the one I see, a million dreams is all it’s gonna take.



ALL SING # 487 These Treasured Children (verse 1 & 4)


SUNG PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION # 461 As Dew Falls Gently at Dawn


FIRST READING: Joel 2:21-27

The prophet Joel understood that a locust plague that ravaged the land of Judah was God’s judgment on the people, whom he then called to repentance. Today’s reading points beyond the judgment to a time when the Lord will bless the land and cause it to produce food in abundance.

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


PSALM 126, HYMN # 74 When God Restored Our Former Life


GOSPEL: Matthew 6:25-33

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught his disciples about the providence of God so that they would regard life with thanksgiving and trust rather than anxiety.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.





With the people of God gathered here and throughout the world, we offer our prayers for the church, the world, and all people in need.


A brief silence.


God of grace and glory, you provide teachers and heralds to proclaim your gospel throughout the world. We give you thanks for the church and its leaders, that through their work we can rejoice in your goodness. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

You brought forth creation and filled it with plants and animals, seas and skies. We give you thanks for fruit-bearing trees, abundant harvests, rain, soil, birds, lilies, and everything you provide. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

You desire that all shall have a peaceable life. We give you thanks for civil servants and volunteers, political and social leaders, and all people in authority, and we pray that they work for justice. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

You count all humankind worthy of care. We give you thanks for those who work in medical professions, that through their skill you provide healing, consolation, and well-being. Today we pray especially for. . . . Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

You ground our lives in the love of Christ. We give you thanks that you protect travelers and those absent from worship, and reveal yourself to us in our holiday celebrations. Reveal yourself also to those who spend this holiday alone. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

You promise us life in your kingdom through the resurrection of Christ. We give you thanks for the saints who have gone before us and continue to inspire us in our lives of faith. We commemorate this week: Odo of Cluny; Jacques Maritain; Hilda of Whitby; the Prophet Obadiah; Mechtild of Hackeborn; Princess Elisabeth of Hungary; Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy; King Edmund of East Anglia; Albert of Louvain; Columbanus; Musicians William Byrd, John Merbecke, and Thomas Tallis; C. S. Lewis; Eberhard Arnold; Cecilia of Rome; Clement of Rome; John Oecolampadius; Robert Elliott Speer; Miguel Pro; John Knox; George Wishart; and John LaFarge, Jr. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

Hear our prayers, spoken and silent, that we commend to you this day, trusting in your abundant mercy, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.



Our Creator God made everything and provides for our every need. The bread we break and the wine we pour comes from God. As we eat and drink with thanksgiving may we pray for God to fill us with divine love and let that love flow through us to others. May we pray that the Holy Spirit joins us to the saints before us in a holy and boundless communion through Jesus Christ our Lord.

We offer ourselves in service to those God loves. We offer our sacrifices to build community, bring peace, and be a blessing to those in need throughout the world. Amen.


During this time of offering you are encouraged to take a moment to be in prayer with God and reflect on what is means to be a student or disciple of Jesus Christ. The Gospel understanding of discipleship is a way of being in the world that affects every relationship. Disciples shape one another according to the action of the Spirit in their lives. The energy of the disciples flows from faith in what is unseen yet believed. At its very core, discipleship is a call to a love so radical that it never gives up on God, one’s neighbor, or one’s self. How is God calling you to use your gifts, talents, time and resources to love radically, especially as a part of this worshipping community?


OFFERTORY: We Gather Together- Dutch hymn tune KREMSER, setting by Phillip Keveren

HYMN OF PRAISE # 652 A Grateful Heart



Creator God, you made everything, and you provide for every need. The bread we break and the wine we pour come from you. As we eat and drink with thanksgiving, fill us with your love; let that love flow through us to others; and join us to the saints before us in a holy and boundless communion; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



Blessed are you who hunger for justice, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who thirst for righteousness, for you will drink deeply of the cup of joy. Blessed are you who yearn for reconciliation, for you will find peace. Blessed are you who are persecuted in the name of faith, for yours is the commonwealth of heaven. Blessed are we— for Christ calls us to his table, where there is room for everyone, and plenty for all.

O taste and see that the Lord is good.



The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal: you we praise and glorify, you we worship and adore. You formed the earth from chaos; you encircled the globe with air; you created fire for warmth and light; you nourish the lands with water. You molded us in your image, and with mercy higher than the mountains, with grace deeper than the seas, you blessed the Israelites and cherished them as your own.

That also we, estranged and dying, might be adopted to live in your Spirit, you called to us through the life and death of Jesus. Together as the body of Christ, we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Christ has died.

Christ is risen.

Christ will come again.

With this bread and cup we remember your Son, the first-born of your new creation.

We remember his life lived for others, and his death and resurrection, which renews the face of the earth. We await his coming, when, with the world made perfect through your wisdom, all our sins and sorrows will be no more. Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

Holy God, holy and merciful, holy and compassionate, send upon us and this meal your Holy Spirit, whose breath revives us for life, whose fire rouses us to love. Enfold in your arms all who share this holy food. Nurture in us the fruits of the Spirit, that we may be a living tree, sharing your bounty with all the world. Amen. Come, Holy Spirit.

Holy and benevolent God, receive our praise and petitions, as Jesus received the cry of the needy, and fill us with your blessing, until, needy no longer and bound to you in love, we feast forever in the triumph of the Lamb: through whom all glory and honor is yours, O God, O Living One, with the Holy Spirit, in your holy church, now and forever, as we 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 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.



Hunger no more. Thirst no more.

Come to the banquet of life.

Holy God, we give you thanks that the Lord Jesus, on the night before he died, took bread, and after giving thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:

Take, eat. This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.

We give thanks to you, O God, as we remember how Jesus took the cup and after gave thanks, saying:

This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this in remembrance of me.

Hunger no more. Thirst no more.

Come to the banquet of life.



All are welcome to the Lord’s Table. As a matter of hospitality, all communion bread is gluten free and the wine is non-alcoholic. Please come to the Table by the center aisle, receive a piece of bread, dip it into the cup, commune, and then return to your pew by the outer aisles. If you are not able to comfortably come forward for communion, a server will come to you.



Sovereign God, in this meal you give us a foretaste of the great feast to come. Keep us faithful to you, that we, with all your saints, may at length celebrate the marriage feast of the Lamb, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Gracious God, you took the form of a servant, offering yourself as food, comfort, and strength to a sick and hurting world. Anoint with a servant heart those who take your word and sacrament to our sisters and brothers in their homes, in prisons, and in hospitals. Grant grace, mercy, healing, and hope to those who feast on your body and blood and receive your words of new life. May we all recognize that we have a place and a home in the body of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. Amen.

The love of God surrounds you; the grace of + Christ releases you; and the Holy Spirit is your guide and strength, now and forevermore. Amen. Amen. Amen.


SENDING HYMN # 643 Now Thank We All Our God


POSTLUDE: Now Thank We All Our God- hymn tune NUN DANKET ALLE GOTT by Johann Crüger, setting by Gail Smith


NOTES: Order of service and content is in accord with the Presbyterian Church’s Directory for Worship. Prayers are from the Sundays and Seasons (Year B), Glory to God Hymnal on-line, and the Presbyterian Book of Common Worship (2018). Commemoration of Saints is from the 2018 Book of Common Worship, beginning on pg 1145.

Christian Formation

Church School

On Sundays:

Stop off in Nelson hall for the coffee hour first.  We will begin in the basement Room 102 around 10:45.  We are starting to collect for Bees, so remember your offering!  The K-2nd and 3rd-5th classes will rotate separately after our opening and we will conclude around 11:45.

Nov. 18th – Focus on Spiritual Practices and Science

Nov. 25th – No Church School

Dec. 2nd – Focus on Mission and Advent

Dec. 9th – Pageant practice during the Church School hour

Dec. 16th – Pageant during service, no Church School for K-5th

Church School resumes on Jan 6th!

Adult & Youth

Today’s Adult Study

Sundays, Nov 18 Presbyterians and Puerto Rico with Pastor Christian. The group will reflect and discuss ways in which we are able to come alongside our sisters and brothers in Puerto Rico, as well as support the work of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and the PR presbyteries.

Come to Thanksgiving Dinner at God’s House

All are welcome! Thursday Nov. 22nd 3:00pm

Bring a dish to pass. Turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash provided. Everyone goes home with left overs!

Come a little early to help set up! Stay a little late to help clean up!

RSVP, More info: Nettie Sadler (262) 278-6528



There will be a Called Congregational meeting on December 9th to review the 2019 budget, electing Nominating Committee members, and reviewing changes in Pastor Christian’s Call.



Help provide animals for people in need around the world as a way of giving some much needed resources. Currently, the Church School is raising money for Heifer Project to buy bees. How many can we get? Please help support the children in their mission by contributing to their effort. Please make out your check to Southminster and put Heifer Project in the memo line. God bless!



All Hands On Deck—We have traditionally decorated the church for the Advent season on the Saturday prior to the first Sunday of Advent.  This year that Saturday will be the Santa Lucia celebration.  Therefore, we have changed the day for decorating to Monday, November 26th.  We will be preparing for Advent and Santa Lucia, so we’ll need lots of volunteers.  We will also need one or two people to help bring the decorations upstairs Sunday after church on the 25th so they are ready to put in place on Monday.  (Any youth available?) There will be a sign-up this Sunday in Nelson Hall.


Changes to the Bulletin

In the coming weeks, you will see some changes to the bulletin.  We have already changed the size of our bulletin so we can increase the font and spacing of the text.  This morning we are adding new icons that will signify the various parts of the service, such as praying hands to denote a time for prayer and a chalice for communion.  For those who would prefer to follow the worship service on their cell phone or tablet, the bulletin will be available on the SPC web page.  The web address is projected on the screen at the beginning of the service. Using the electronic bulletin saves paper and reduces costs to the church and the environment. For a full explanation for the Worship Music Team’s efforts to provide an inclusive worship experience for all our members and guest, please read the article “How Hospitable Are We? in this month’s Visions.


Hear Ye, Hear Ye!!  

In less than a month, the Santa Lucia Festival will commence. There will be delicious traditional Swedish food followed by a slide show of Santa Lucia’s past. The young children will then decorate the Christmas tree and dance around it.Santa Lucia and her court will sing as they process to the stage. What an event to begin the Christmas season!

The meal will be served buffet style so as to minimize the amount of helpers/servers that will be needed. However, the committee could use about 6 people who could assist serving. These volunteers would be able to sit down and enjoy the breakfast and entertainment with their family and friends.

The tables will be cleared once the entertainment is done. We do not want to distract from the dancers and procession. Would there be several people who could stay a bit to get the dirty dishes into the kitchen?

If you would like to help with this event, either serving or clearing, please email Alice at alundstrom47@gmail.com  or Jan Anderson at rodjan155@yahoo.com.

Remember reservations will be taken through November 19. Call the office to place your reservation. Leave a message for Shelby if she is not there and she will get back to you!

Doors open on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 8:45 am. with breakfast served at 9:00.



Calling all Holiday Cookie Bakers! At Santa Lucia Celebration we will be selling the best, most delicious holiday cookies and we need you! Contact Carol Kay 262-549-5557 or Sally DeVriend 262-696-8080 for more information. Cookies accepted November 29th and on!

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