Book of Ruth 1:1-22
“Look,” said Naomi, “your sister-in-law Orpah is going back to her people and her gods. Go back with her.” But her daughter-in-law Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.”
MESSAGE: “Why did the Turkey Cross the Road?”
Introduction by Pastor Doug
Preparing for last week’s message about feeding the hungry and welcoming the stranger, I found among dozens of Jewish and Christian exhortations to care for the “alien” or “foreigner” in our midst a text from Isaiah demanding refuge for the “outcasts of Moab living in your midst” (Isa. 16:4). Ruth was just such a Moabite refugee who crossed over the Jordan River into Bethlehem, following her Israelite mother-in-law Naomi. We learn from subsequent books of the Bible that Ruth was considered the great-grandmother to King David and is thus, according to the Gospel of Matthew, among the roots of Jesus’ family tree. Let that sink in. If the Moabite isn’t allowed into Bethlehem with Naomi, where Ruth meets and intermarries with a Jewish man named Boaz, Jesus is never born.
Why the history lesson? As we prepare for the coming seasons of Advent and Christmas it is good to reflect on those women who courageously birthed a new reality–Naomi, Ruth…and Mary. But the story of Ruth is also pregnant with implications for why modern folk might also “cross-the-road” or transcend artificial divides like race, religion, birthplace or gender which separate us from God and one another. We finally understand why the chicken–or turkey–crossed the road…
Prelude: “Prelude in D” J. S. Bach
Meditation: “Adagio in C” Stanley
Anthem: “I Will Arise” trad. Spiritual; arr. Parker
Postlude: “Voluntary in G” Stanley
Religious Education This Week
From the Desk of Sheryl:
December 7th 5:30-8:00pm….Mark your calendars and get out that sweater your great aunt sent you that is in the back of the closet. It is time for our Christmas Mixer. All Youth, Mentors and Parents are welcome to come and eat and play games for our Christmas Game night mixer. Bring your favorite dish to share. Drinks will be provided. We will have an Ugly sweater contest, Pictionary, Bingo, and some other games to play. Prizes for the winners. Come and enjoy.
Sunday School Lessons:
10:15am Happy Thanksgiving to all. We have some fun plans for our Sunday School Students. We will be hearing the story of the Crippled Lamb. It will get us ready for the Christmas season. Our youth are welcome to come hear the story or remain in worship.
8:30 am: Confirmation class will meet at 8:30 for a lesson on the Nicene Creed.
11:15 am: Advent Fair
Come join our children as we make Christmas Cards to share. We will have advent calendars to take home along with a devotional for the advent season.
9 o’clock Singers
Choral Preview: Next Thursday, November 29th 7:30pm
Rehearsal are offered on Sunday mornings from 9:00am to 9:45am. Child care will be provided from 8:45am through the end of worship service. It will be a “drop-in” choir; anyone is welcome to join us on any Sunday. Please join us! – Allen LeVines, Director of Music
Advent choral service
To prepare “Schubert’s “Mass in G” for the Advent choral service on Sunday, December 16th additional rehearsals have been scheduled. We hope you can join us.
Thursday 29th – 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Thursday 6th – 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Sunday 9th – 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Thursday 13th – 7:00pm to 9:30pm