Sunday, November 15, 2020 Interactive Worship Bulletin 

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Preparing for God’s Word


"Lord, Make Me Like You”

Call to Worship

[based on Isaiah 53:1, 4-5, 12]

Leader:Who has believed what we have heard? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?

People: Praise be to the one who shouldered the sins of the many and prayed for the rebellious.

Leader: Surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases; yet we account him stricken,
struck down by God and afflicted.

People: Praise be to the one who shouldered the sins of the many and prayed for the rebellious.

Leader: He was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed.

People: Praise be to the one who shouldered the sins of the many and prayed for the rebellious.

Hymn of Adoration

”Open the Eyes of My Heart”


Open the eyes of my heart, Lord
Open the eyes of my heart
I want to see You
I want to see You

To see You high and lifted up
Shining in the light of Your glory
Pour out Your power and love
As we sing holy, holy, holy

Holy, holy, holy
Holy, holy, holy
Holy, holy, holy
I want to see you

Prayer of Confession

Leader: Almighty God, through Christ you have made us your children. And yet often we do not reflect you all that well. Often we act less like "yours" and more like "kids." Sometimes Lord, we are like toddlers who wander off and need to hear Your call before we come back to you. Other times, we are like children testing boundaries, ignoring Your call until fear finally makes us look back. And still other times we are full of youthful rebellion, demanding to be cut loose and set free, not knowing how much we still need you. But most of all, too often we don't even think ourselves as your children. We imagine ourselves as adults who have figured it all out and know our own way, only to end up stumbling and straying so far. 

Remind us, Heavenly Father, that we are always Your children, that we are never fully grown up, and that we always have much to learn. Help us to seek You every day, to acknowledge that we need Your wisdom and guidance, and help us to return to you. In the name of Christ, who is our companion on this journey of faith, we pray. Amen

Assurance of Pardon

[based on 1 Peter 2:24]

Leader: Hear the Good News! Jesus himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness;

People: By his wounds we have been healed. 

Leader: Praise God.

Hearing God's Word

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 53:1-12

53:1   Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?  2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.  3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.  4 Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.  5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.  6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.  7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.  8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away. And who can speak of his descendants? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was stricken.  9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.  10 Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.  11 After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light [of life] and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.  12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. 

Children's Message

**Click here to listen to children's message about what it means to reflect Christ**​

**Click here to listen to the Old Testament and New Testament Readings and here the sermon**

Prayer of Illumination

[inspired by Philemon 4-7)

God of extravagant grace, may your Spirit refresh our hearts through the reading of the scriptures that we may perceive all the good we can do for Christ and so grow in our faith toward our Lord Jesus. Amen.

New Testament Reading: Luke 24:13-27

13   Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem.  14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened.  15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them;  16 but they were kept from recognizing him. 

17   He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?” 

 They stood still, their faces downcast.  18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you only a visitor to Jerusalem and do not know the things that have happened there in these days?” 

19   “What things?” he asked. 

 “About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people.  20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him;  21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place.  22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive.  24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.” 

25   He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!  26 Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?”  27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. 

**Click here to watch the video clip from "The Princess Bride," referenced in the sermon**



“God Speaks... And the Message Doesn't Ever Change"

Responding to God’s Word

Hymn of Response

“Lord, Speak to Me that I May Speak”


Lord, speak to me, that I may speak
In living echoes of your tone;
As you have sought, so let me seek
Your erring children lost and lone.

O lead me, Lord, that I may lead
The wandering and the wavering feet;
O feed me, Lord, that I may feed
Your hungering ones with manna sweet.


O teach me, Lord, that I may teach
The precious truths which you impart;
And wing my words, that they may reach
The hidden depths of many a heart.


O fill me with your fullness, Lord,
Until my very heart o’erflow
In kindling thought and glowing word,
Your love to tell, Your praise to show

O use me, Lord, use even me,

Just as you will, and when and where

Until your blessed face I see

Your rest, your joy, your glory share

Stewardship Sunday

Prayer of Dedication

Leader: Creator of all, the earth is yours, the world and all who live in it. You have entrusted us with gifts—
time, talent, energy, money— and asked us to use them to build your kingdom.
People: With thanks and praise we respond to your call.
Leader: We bring a portion of these gifts you have given in our pledge card this year, returning to you just a small portion of the great generosity you have shown to us.

People: With thanks and praise we respond to your call.

Leader: Lord, we offer ourselves, our lives, our hopes and fears, our dollars, and our hours to you this day. We commit ourselves to work for your world, to love and serve as you direct us.

People: With thanks and praise we respond to your call.
Leader: We ask your blessing on this as we seek to follow you with heart, mind, and soul. Bless also these gifts, our investment in your future, that they may multiply in faith, hope, and love. And all God's people said,
People: Amen.


"How Firm a Foundation"


How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord
Is laid for your faith in His excellent word

What more can He say than to you He hath said
To you who for refuge to Jesus have fled

Fear not, I am with thee; oh be not dismayed
I am thy God and will still give thee aid
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand
Upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand

When through the deep waters I call thee to go
The rivers of sorrow shall not overflow
For I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress

When through fiery trials thy pathways shall lie
My grace all sufficient shall be thy supply
The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine

The soul that on Jesus still leans for repose
I will not, I will not desert to its foes
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake



[Based on Hebrews 13:20-21]

Leader: Go forth in joy to love and serve God in all that you do. Let us bless our Lord.
People: Thanks be to God. Alleluia!

Leader: May the God of peace, who raised to life the great shepherd of the sheep, make us ready to do his will in every good thing, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. 

People: Thanks be to God. Alleluia! Amen.

Benediction Response

“On Eagle’s Wings”


You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord
Who abide in His shadow for life
Say to the Lord, "My refuge, my rock in whom I trust!"


And He will raise you up on eagles' wings
Bear you on the breath of dawn
Make you to shine like the sun
And hold you in the palm of His hand

The snare of the fowler will never capture you
And famine will bring you no fear
Under His wings your refuge, His faithfulness your shield

For to His angels He's given a command
To guard you in all of your ways
Upon their hands they will bear you up
Lest you dash your foot against a stone


"10,000 Reasons"

Union Presbyterian Church

5615 Union Road, Gastonia, NC 28056

Phone: 704-864-7681    Fax: 704-864-7594


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