Sunday's Sermon

"Together We Are the Church in Our Gifts"

Rev. Tim Carpenter, Senior Pastor


Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25

The Tribes Renew the Covenant

Then Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and summoned the elders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of Israel; and they presented themselves before God. 2 And Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Long ago your ancestors—Terah and his sons Abraham and Nahor—lived beyond the Euphrates and served other gods. 3 Then I took your father Abraham from beyond the River and led him through all the land of Canaan and made his offspring many. I gave him Isaac;


“Now therefore revere the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness; put away the gods that your ancestors served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”


16 Then the people answered, “Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods; 17 for it is the Lord our God who brought us and our ancestors up from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, and who did those great signs in our sight. He protected us along all the way that we went, and among all the peoples through whom we passed; 18 and the Lord drove out before us all the peoples, the Amorites who lived in the land. Therefore we also will serve the Lord, for he is our God.”


19 But Joshua said to the people, “You cannot serve the Lord, for he is a holy God. He is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions or your sins. 20 If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, then he will turn and do you harm, and consume you, after having done you good.” 21 And the people said to Joshua, “No, we will serve the Lord!” 22 Then Joshua said to the people, “You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen the Lord, to serve him.” And they said, “We are witnesses.” 23 He said, “Then put away the foreign gods that are among you, and incline your hearts to the Lord, the God of Israel.” 24 The people said to Joshua, “The Lord our God we will serve, and him we will obey.” 25 So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and made statutes and ordinances for them at Shechem.



Matthew 25:1-13

The Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids

“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3 When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; 4 but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5 As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. 6 But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ 7 Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the wise replied, ‘No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ 10 And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. 11 Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ 12 But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I do not know you.’ 13 Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

Adult Sunday School Classes

Please check out the list of lessons and teachers below for November 8 and join us!

-Called – Hearing and Responding to God’s Voice (Lauren Boswell)

Agape meets at 10:00 am in Room 233, Chapel Building.


-Life Interrupted, Navigating the Unexpected (Maureen Drummond)

Alpha meets at 10:30 am via Zoom. Contact Bill Nation ( for invite.


-You Are Not Alone by Max Lucado (Mike Goforth)

Apostles meets at 10:00 via Zoom. Contact Mike Goforth ( for invite.


-The Gospel of Mark (Bill McLaughlin)

Asbury meets at 11:00 am in Room 136 and via Zoom. Contact Bill McLaughlin ( for invite.


-Our God of Miracles (Amy Speake)

Celebration meets at 10:15 am via Zoom. Contact Bryan Barger ( for invite.


-John – The Gospel of Light and Life by Adam Hamilton

Emmanuel meets at 10:00 am in the Adult Education Building, Room 4


-Youth Preservation Society (Eric McCreight)

Emmaus Class meets at 10:00 am at the Trinity Center, McVay Park


-We Did Some Things Right! (Judy Pearson)

Fellowship Forum meets at 10:00 am in Room 339


-The Letters of Paul to the Thessalonians (Jim Borden)

Fiser Covenant meets at 10:00 am in the Adult Education Building, Room 1


-Love Does by Bob Goff

Foundations meets at 10:00 am in OLEC Oasis


-Remember . . . the Veterans (Doug Carpenter)

Gilbert meets at 10:00 am in Room 232


-Spiritual Lessons We Learn from Nature (Dinah Allison)

Horizon meets at 10:00 am in the Fellowship Hall and via Zoom Contact Linda Colebank ( for invite.


-Coincidences? (Henry Evans)

Lamplighters meets at 10:00 am in the OLEC Dance Room


-Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times

Pathfinders meets at 10:30 am in Room 320.


-Meditations on Sacred Art (Bill McLaughlin)

Seekers meets at 10:00 am in the OLEC Gym


-Devotional and Conversation (Jay McKinney)

Trinity meets at 9:45 am in the Pavilion at McVay Park


-A Look at the Synoptic Gospels (Ross Hamilton)

Wesley 2.0 meets at 10:00 am in the Chapel


-The Gospel of Luke (Carla McCrary)

Women’s Bible Class meets at 10:00 am in the Bride’s Room

Worship Music

Hymn Stories for 9 a.m. Traditional Worship Sunday, November 8, 2020

#437 This is My Song FINLANDIA


Hymntune names are often descriptive. They can tell us where someone was when writing, for example DUKE STREET or UNION SEMINARY. FINLANDIA too tells a story.


At the turn of the 19th and 20 century Finnish composer Jean Sibelius wrote a collection of 7 tone poems that each reflected periods of Finnish history.


In February 1899, a manifesto from Tsar Nicholas II declared Russia’s right to rule Finland without the consent of local legislators. Sibelius’ choice of Finlandia as a title for the composition served as a subtle form of protest against Russian censorship; however, that censorship was so intense that it couldn’t be performed publicly as Finlandia, so other titles were devised including “Happy Feelings at the Awakening of Finnish Spring.”


Sibelius composed this tune with a sense of national pride. We can hear the expanse and clarity of a Finnish winter in this melody. Nordic, subtle, not hurried but not without passion. A tune written with an understanding of place and time. What tune would we write for our place and time? I pray it would be as lovely and lasting as FINLANDIA.





Songs for 11 a.m. Ancient-Modern Worship Sunday, November 8, 2020


Build My Life


Now Thank We All Our God


Another in the Fire

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