Welcome to ICYMI Worship! ICYMI stands for In Case You Missed It; our ICYMI series gives a brief snapshot of worship each week so that you can worship in your home, on the road, or wherever life takes you.
At Cross of Christ, our basic worship order is based on worship patterns from Hebrew traditions and biblical accounts of the earliest Christians:
We GATHER with songs and prayer,
We HEAR God’s word,
We SHARE a meal of bread and wine,
We are SENT into the world to love and serve.
Let us know how this format works for you.
TODAY IS THE LAST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
“Christ Is Enough”
PRAYER OF THE DAY
Almighty God, your sovereign purpose brings salvation to birth. Give us faith to be steadfast amid the tumults of this world, trusting that your kingdom comes and your will is done through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
THIS WEEK’S READINGS
Daniel 12:1-3 The book of Daniel is an example of apocalyptic literature, which is full of strange visions and symbolism. Arising during times of great persecution, apocalyptic literature is concerned with God’s revelation about the end time and the coming kingdom of God, when God will vindicate the righteous who have been persecuted.
Psalm 16 My heart is glad and my spirit rejoices; my body shall rest in hope. (Ps. 16:9)
Hebrews 11:11-25 Images of worship and sacrifice are used throughout Hebrews to highlight what Christ has uniquely accomplished through his death. Because we have received forgiveness through Christ’s death, we live with sincere hearts by trusting in God’s promises and encouraging love and good works from each other.
THIS WEEK’S GOSPEL
Mark 13:1-8 In the last week of his life, Jesus warned his disciples concerning trials that were to come upon them and upon the world. He exhorts the listener: Do not be alarmed.
PASTOR DAVE’S SERMON SNAPSHOT: “Earthquake Proof”
Today is the last of the “ordinary” Sundays in the Season of Pentecost. They are called “ordinary” not because they are common, but because we count them, using ordinal numbers – first, second, third, and so forth. On this 26th Sunday after Pentecost, Jesus predicts the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, which indeed comes to pass in 70 AD, and compares that with his impending death and resurrection.
SONG OF THE DAY
“My Hope is Built On Nothing Less”
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
“Behold the Lamb”
On the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me. Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.
All are welcome to receive Christ’s Body and Blood in the Bread and Wine of the Eucharist.
YOUNG CHILDREN AND FAMILIES ARE INVITED TO THE “PRAY-GROUND” – This special space in the Sanctuary is designed for our youngest worshippers and their families. Children age 8 and under are welcome to color, play games, enjoy age-appropriate books, and just have their own space in the back of the transept – the southeast corner of the Sanctuary. We LOVE having children in worship! We hope this special place helps make them and their families feel both welcome and comfortable.
ADULT FAITH FORMATION SERIES RETURNS TODAY – as we get into the meat of our new series on the book of Acts. Join Pastor Dave as he leads this study through this fascinating, exciting, action-packed book between worship services, from 10:15 to 10:55 am, in the Library.
CHILDREN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL – for kids ages 4-10 will meet in the Youth Room between services and is designed for any child to drop in at any time. Come join the fun this week or any Sunday!
CALLING ALL LECTORS! – Please consider signing up online to read a lesson in one of our upcoming worship services. It greatly adds to our worship and helps with planning when a variety of voices volunteer to be lectors. To save your spot, go to http://www.crossofchristbellevue.org/volunteer-sign-up/. Thanks!
ADVENT READERS & CANDLE LIGHTERS – One very meaningful tradition for Sundays in Advent is the lighting of the candles on the Advent Wreath. This year, an original Advent-themed liturgy – “Home Coming” – has been created for this special part of our worship. Readers and candle lighters are needed for all services on the Sundays in Advent: December 2 (10 am only), 9, 16 and 23. Please connect with Pastor Dave to be a part of this year’s beautiful Advent celebrations.
THE DICKENS CAROLERS CONCERT TODAY – 7 pm, Bellevue Church of Christ, 104 SE 11th Street. There is an $8 suggested donation. Jim Francis, member of Cross of Christ’s choir, Cantorei, sings with this talented group and invites you to their annual preseason kickoff concert.
TANZANIA TEAM MEETING TONIGHT – from 5-7 pm in the Library. This is another very important meeting as we make decisions about a possible mission trip to Africa in 2020. All those who are interested are urged to attend. Pre-deposits are due at this time as well.
GRIEF GROUP GATHERS WEDNESDAY – All are welcome to this informal, warm, confidential group. We meet from 10-11 am the third Wednesday of each month in the Gathering Room. Pastor Dave brings a devotion and conversation starter. This month our theme is “Surprisingly Grateful.”
32ND ANNUAL THANKSGIVING EVE INTERFAITH COMMUNITY GATHERING – All are invited to the Thanksgiving Eve Interfaith Community Gathering at St. Louise Catholic Church on November 21 (Wednesday Thanksgiving Eve) at 7:30 pm. We will gather with congregants from Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, Episcopal Church of the Holy Apostles, Jewish Temple B’nai Torah, Islamic Center of the Eastside, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon) Robinswood Ward, representatives from Native American tribal communities, as well as neighbors from our community and the greater Seattle area, for this traditional prayer-and-song inspired celebration. Refreshments and fellowship will follow. A freewill offering will be taken to support Hearts & Hammers projects next year. For more information speak with or call Joyce Johnson 206-931-2848.
OFFICE CLOSED THURSDAY FOR THANKSGIVING – and will reopen Monday at 9:30 am. Regular office hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:30 am to 2 pm. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!
SAVE THE DATE FOR ADVENT SMORGASBORD – Please join us for a festive and delicious Cross of Christ tradition – our Annual Smorgasbord luncheon, which will be held on the first Sunday in Advent, December 2, immediately following the 10 am combined service. Please sign up at the Information Desk in the Narthex to attend and to help with the meal. You may either bring a potluck item (salad, side dish, rolls, main dish, dessert) or contribute money towards the purchase of turkey and ham. For more information, or to volunteer to help, please contact Linda Capron at 425-898-0263, email@example.com.
MEMORIAL FOR REV. WINSTON BONE – will be held at Cross of Christ on Saturday, December 8, at 11 am, in the Sanctuary, followed by a luncheon reception in the Fellowship Hall. Rev. Bone was an ELCA pastor for more than 50 years. He was father to member Alma Constable, wife of Brian. Please keep the family in your prayers.
DEATH OF FORMER MEMBER ALVERDA LIEN – We received word of her passing from family this week. Alverda was 98 years old. Please keep her loved ones in prayer.
SOPHIA WAY EMERGENCY WOMEN’S SHELTER AT CofC – The Women from Sophia Way will be with us through the month of November. They need the following items: umbrellas, rain slickers, tampons, Poise products, and handwarmers. There is a collection box for these items at the Information Desk. They also need breakfast items. If you would like to help, please bring 3 dozen hard boiled eggs on Sundays through November 25, with date clearly marked. These can go in the refrigerator in the Fellowship Hall. You can also sign up to provide a meal at: http://signup.com/go/tMaKqVQ or contact Dorinda Otto to sign up for you. Thank You!
BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION – Pastor Judy is collecting box tops for the PTA of her children’s school throughout the year. They can be found on various boxes, like Cheerios, Kleenex, etc. Just clip them out and stick them in her mailbox. Thanks!
PRAYERS FOR HOMEBOUND MEMBERS – Marilyn Van Brero, Ed and Phyllis Hahn, Doris Lundquist, Bill and Betty McConnell, Mary Moen, Marlys Paulson, Jane Pittenger, and Norman Stromer.
CORN AND RICE BAGS FOR SALE – Pastor Judy and volunteers have been making these lovely bags that can either be heated in the microwave or kept in the freezer for warm or cold therapy. Some are designated for homebound and other members in need. But others will be for sale over the next few weeks for a suggested donation of $5. Proceeds will go toward purchasing new embroidered Cross of Christ aprons for our kitchen and volunteering opportunities. These handmade bags would make great holiday gifts or stocking stuffers! Contact Pastor Judy to learn more.
“Soon and Very Soon”
By God’s grace, through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, we are called to
Grow in Faith
Share the Gospel
Serve others, and
Thanks be to God!