CALL TO WORSHIP:
One: If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not
have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
All: If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all
mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that
can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
One: If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to
hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
All: Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not
boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is
not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no
record of wrongs.
One: Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
INVOCATION & The LORD’S PRAYER
Let us pray.
Lord, we are in your presence. We are one with you and you are one with us. You have given us the gift of life for which we are truly grateful. We have shared in your abundance, felt the warmth of your love, and walked in all the paths you have prepared for us. Be with us now as we reflect on your truth. Bless us in our worship. Hear us as we pray in the words your son, Jesus, taught us…..Our Father, who art in heaven…
October 23rd 1956 Revolution
National Holiday for Hungary
October 23rd marks the day of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.
2016 is the 60th anniversary of the event with many commemorations, programs in the capital and the whole country.
It was a revolution against the Stalinist, communist regime and Soviet oppression that was beaten down by the Russian army. The Hungarian revolution of 1956 is one of the most significant events of the country’s 20th century history.
The Soviet army invaded Hungary, crushing the revolution in early November after a series of vicious street battles in Budapest. Imre Nagy and the leaders of the revolution were lured into a trap and arrested, and as a result of the invasion over two thousand lost their lives, more than ten thousand were wounded and around 150,000 Hungarians fled as refugees.
As an act of revenge, several hundred revolutionaries were executed by the Soviets, and mass arrests continued for months afterwards. Public discussion about the revolution was suppressed until the fall of communism, and only in 1989 did the process of rehabilitating victims began. October 23rd has been a national holiday in Hungary since 1989, and ceremonies are held throughout the country on this date to pay homage to the heroes of the struggle for freedom in 1956.
And now, let us return a small measure of the wealth our God has blessed us with, in our offerings.
Lord, accept our meagre offerings which cannot measure up to the wealth of the lives you have created for us. Yet in all humility we recognize the value of your precious gifts, and we pray you will bless us and what we offer to return to your bounty. Amen.
Special Music: "500 Year Old Melody" - Grace & Carol
Congratulations Grace.... great job!!!
Let us pray.
Lord. you are our shepherd and we your sheep. Grant us your love and your protection, not only those in our community, but especially all who suffer everywhere. Offer us all the balm of your love and the salve of your forgiveness, and welcome us into your paradise with open arms when our earthly journeys are done. We pray this in the name of your son, Jesus, our Lord. Amen.
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