Estes Park United Methodist Church

(November15, 2020)

Order of Worship

Prelude – Count Your Blessings                                                                                                                                            




Call to Worship               

We gather in our separate places

And celebrate that we are not alone.

You, Eternal Spirit are with us

And you call us to be joined in a spirit of grace,

knowing that we do not live alone,

knowing that we cannot live fully

if we are for ourselves alone. Amen


May the prayers we share refresh our courage.

May the songs we sing lift our spirits

And may our hearts joined together

Through your Holy Spirit lead us into the mystery

of your divine presence.  Amen


*HYMN – Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee 89 (UMH) 1, 4


Prayer of Confession

Leader: We are ordinary people,
each with strengths and each with weaknesses,
aware of our shortcomings.

Our lives set before us many tasks.
We are not always equal to them.
Too often we fall short of our best expectations of ourselves.


And yet, here we are, not always perfect, not always wise,

but always wondrously and mysteriously human,

Attended by our better angels, plagued with our worst impulses.

And here you are, loving us with a love that we not deserved,

Forgiving us with a grace that the world too often withholds.


Silent Prayer


Assurance of Pardon

Leader: My sisters and brothers,

it is God’s great pleasure to bring to us

the kingdom of mercy and grace,

not as a place where we may retreat,

but as a way that we may live.

People: Thanks be to God!  Amen!




Prayer of Blessing



Pastoral Prayer


Scripture Lesson: Matthew 25: 14-30    


Sermon  “Parable of the Bags of Gold”   Dale Beck


Closing Hymn – Revive Us Again    



Service Participants:

Guest Pastor: Rev. Dale Beck

Liturgist: Cay Lacey

Director of Music: Jim Flanigan

Pianist: Nancy Gunter

Videographer: Jim Ecklund