You may wish to prepare for worship on November 18, 2018 by reading and reflecting on the scripture in advance.

 

GENESIS 1:26-31 (The Message)

God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them
    reflecting our nature
So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea,
    the birds in the air, the cattle,
and, yes, Earth itself,
    and every animal that moves on the face of the earth.”
God created human beings;
    He created them godlike,
Reflecting God's nature.
    He created them male and female.
God blessed them:
    Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge!
Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air,
    for every living thing that moves on the face of the Earth. “
God said, “I've given you
    every sort of a seed-bearing plant on earth
And every kind of fruit-bearing tree,
    given them to you for food.
To all animals and all birds,
    everything that moves and breathes,
I give whatever grows out of the ground for food.”
    And there it was.
God looked over everything he had made;
    it was so good, so very good!
It was evening, it was morning - Day Six.

 

PSALM 19

The heavens declare the glory of God,
    and the firmament shows his handiwork.
One day tells its tale to another,
    and one night imparts knowledge to another.
Although they have no words or language,
    and their voices are not heard,
Their sound has gone out into all lands,
    and their message to the ends of the world.
In the deep has he set a pavilion for the sun;
    it comes forth like a bridegroom out of his chamber;
    it rejoices like a champion to run its course.
It goes forth from the uttermost edge of the heavens
and runs about to the end of it again;
    nothing is hidden from its burning heat.
The law of the Lord is perfect and revives the soul;
    the testimony of the Lord is sure and gives wisdom to the innocent.
The statutes of the Lord are just and rejoice the heart;
    the commandment of the Lord is clear and gives light to the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is clean and endures for ever;
    the judgements of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold, more than much fine gold,
    sweeter far than honey, than honey in the comb.
By them also is your servant enlightened,
    and in keeping them there is great reward.
Who can tell how often he offends?
    cleanse me from my secret faults.
Above all, keep your servant from presumptuous sins;
let them not get dominion over me;
    then shall I be whole and sound,
    and innocent of a great offense.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in your sight,
    O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.

 

EXODUS 20:2-5A (English Standard Version)

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God,

 

LUKE 20:20-26

So they watched him and sent spies who pretended to be honest, in order to trap him by what he said, so as to hand him over to the jurisdiction and authority of the governor. So they asked him, ‘Teacher, we know that you are right in what you say and teach, and you show deference to no one, but teach the way of God in accordance with truth. Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?’ But he perceived their craftiness and said to them, ‘Show me a denarius. Whose head and whose title does it bear?’ They said, ‘The emperor’s.’ He said to them, ‘Then give to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.’ And they were not able in the presence of the people to trap him by what he said; and being amazed by his answer, they became silent.

 

 

  

 

 

 

PSALM 118:1-2, 14-24

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;

his mercy endures for ever.

Let Israel now proclaim,

"His mercy endures for ever."

The Lord is my strength and my song,

and he has become my salvation.

There is a sound of exultation and victory

in the tents of the righteous:

"The right hand of the Lord has triumphed!

the right hand of the Lord is exalted!

 the right hand of the Lord has triumphed!"

I shall not die, but live,

and declare the works of the Lord.

The Lord has punished me sorely,

but he did not hand me over to death.

Open for me the gates of righteousness;

I will enter them; I will offer thanks to the Lord.

"This is the gate of the Lord;

 he who is righteous may enter."

I will give thanks to you,

for you answered me and have become my salvation.

The same stone which the builders rejected

has become the chief cornerstone.  

This is the Lord's doing,

and it is marvellous in our eyes.

On this day the Lord has acted;

we will rejoice and be glad in it.

 

ACTS 10:34-43

Then Peter began to speak to them: "I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ - he is Lord of all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name."

 

MATTHEW 28:1-10

After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, 'He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.' This is my message for you." So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, "Greetings!" And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshipped him. Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me."