Sunday, October 29, 2017

Sunday, October 29, 2017
Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost/Reformation Sunday
Morning Worship at 11:00 am

Jesus said, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, & with all your mind.  This is the 1st
& greatest commandment.  And the 2nd is like it:  You must love your neighbor as you love yourself.  All the Law & the
prophets depend on these 2 commands.”   ― Matthew 22:34-36

Prelude Salus Aeterna (Sarum)

Words of Welcome and Announcements

Introit God is Here (Cyril Taylor)

God is here as we your people meet to offer praise and prayer,
May we find in fuller measure, what it is in Christ we share.
Here, as in the world around us, all our varied skills and arts,
Wait the coming of the Spirit into open minds and hearts.

*             Call to Worship Psalm 46 (musical response 1) Hymnal 780-781

Response 1: A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark nev er failing.

L: (1)     God is our refuge and strength,

L:     A very present help in trouble.

ALL:     (2)     Therefore we will not fear though the earth should change,

ALL:     Though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;

L: (3)     Though its waters roar and foam,

L:     Though the mountains tremble with its tumult.

ALL:     (4)     There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,

ALL:     The holy habitation of the Most High.

L: (5)     God is in the midst of the city which shall not be moved;

L:     God will help it at the dawn of the day.

ALL:     (6)     The nations rages, the kingdoms totter;

ALL:     God’s voice resounds, the earth melts.

L: (7)     The Lord of hosts is with us;

ALL:     The God of Jacob is our refuge.

Response 1: A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark nev er failing.

L: (8)     Come, behold the works of the Lord,

L:     Who has wrought desolations in the earth;

ALL:     (9)     Who makes wars cease to the end of the earth,

ALL:     Breaks the bow, shatters the spear,

ALL:     And burns the shields with fire!

L: (10)     ”Be still, and know that I am God.

L:     I am exalted among the nations,

L:     I am exalted in the earth!”

ALL:     (11)     The Lord of hosts is with us;

ALL:     The God of Jacob is our refuge.

Response 1: A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark nev er failing.

*             Song A Mighty Fortress Is Our God Hymnal 110

1. A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing; our helper he amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing. For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe; his craft and power are great, and armed with cruel hate, on earth is not his equal.

2. Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing, were not the right man on our side, the man of God’s own choosing. Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is he; Lord Sabaoth, his name, from age to age the same, and he must win the battle.

3. And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us, we will not fear, for God hath willed his truth to triumph through us. The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him; his rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure; one little word shall fell him.

4. That word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth; the Spirit and the gifts are ours, thru him who with us sideth. Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also; the body they may kill; God’s truth abideth still; his kingdom is forever.

Pastor’s Time with Young Disciples

Special Music Gratitude & Praise (Kenn Mann)

Gratitude and praise unto the great “I am”!
We have overcome by the blood of the Lamb.
Gratitude and praise for all that You have done;
You have set us free through the power of Your Son.
For new mercies every day we give you gratitude and praise!

With a thankful heart we lift our hands to You,
For each and every storm that You have brought us through.
And now we’ll live our lives for the rest of our days
Giving you gratitude and praise.

You have seen our tears, You have heard our cries,
You have healed our hearts as You have born our stripes.
And now we testify, bring glory to Your name,
Giving you gratitude and praise.

Scripture Lesson

From the Hebrew Scriptures Deuteronomy 34:1-12
Then Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho, and the Lord showed him the whole land: Gilead as far as Dan, all Naphtali, the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Western Sea, the Negeb, and the Plain—that is, the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees—as far as Zoar. The Lord said to him, “This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants’; I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not cross over there.” Then Moses, the servant of the Lord, died there in the land of Moab, at the Lord’s command. He was buried in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth-peor, but no one knows his burial place to this day. Moses was one hundred twenty years old when he died; his sight was unimpaired and his vigor had not abated. The Israelites wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days; then the period of mourning for Moses was ended.

Joshua son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, because Moses had laid his hands on him; and the Israelites obeyed him, doing as the Lord had commanded Moses.

Never since has there arisen a prophet in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face. He was unequaled for all the signs and wonders that the Lord sent him to perform in the land of Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his servants and his entire land, and for all the mighty deeds and all the terrifying displays of power that Moses performed in the sight of all Israel.

Reader:  This is the Word of God for the people of God.

People:  Thanks be to God.

Sermon “Change Happens!”        Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring

*             Song The Church of Christ in Every Age Hymnal 589

1. The church of Christ, in every age beset by change but Spirit-led, must claim and test its heritage and keep on rising from the dead.

2. Across the world, across the street, the victims of injustice cry for shelter and for bread to eat, and never live until they die.

3. Then let the servant church arise, a caring church that longs to be a partner in Christ’s sacrifice, and clothed in Christ’s humanity.

4. For he alone, whose blood was shed, can cure the fever in our blood, and teach us how to share our bread and feed the starving multitude.

5. We have no mission but to serve in full obedience to our Lord, to care for all, without reserve, and spread his liberating word.

Time of Morning Prayer

Prayer Song Out of the Depths, I Cry to You (verses 1 and 2) Hymnal 515

1. Out of the depths I cry to you; O Lord, now hear me calling. Incline your ear to my distress in spite of my rebelling. Do not regard my sinful deeds. Send me the grace my spirit needs; without it I am nothing.

2. All things you send are full of grace; you crown our lives with favor. All our good works are done in vain without our Lord and Savior. We praise the God who gives us faith and saves us from the grip of death; our lives are in God’s keeping.

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer (You may pray any version or language.) Hymnal 894, 895, or 896

Prayer Song Out of the Depths, I Cry to You (verses 3 & 4) Hymnal 515

3. It is in God that we shall hope, and not in our own merit; we rest our fears in God’s good Word and trust the Holy Spirit, whose promise keeps us strong and sure; we trust the holy signature inscribed upon our temples.

4. My soul is waiting for the Lord as one who longs for morning; no watcher waits with greater hope than I for Christ’s returning. I hope as Israel in the Lord, who sends redemption through the Word. Praise God for endless mercy.

Glorifying God with our Gifts and Offerings

Invitation to Share in God’s Kingdom Work

Offertory In the Heart Where Love Is Abiding (John Barnard)

In the heart where love is abiding, God is in that heart.
And the love of Christ has made us all of one heart.
Then with joyful and with glad hearts let us thank him.
Let us fear God and remember all his goodness.
Let us love each other with a pure and clean heart.
May no quarreling or dispute come between us.
Let us see your face, O Lord Christ, now among us.
Let us sing with all the angels praise to Jesus.
In a song of joy that wells up from a clean heart. Amen.

Prayer of Dedication (By Martin Luther)

Behold, Lord, an empty vessel that needs to be filled.  My Lord, fill it.
I am weak in the faith; strengthen me.
I am cold in love; warm me and make me fervent, that my love may go out to my neighbor.
I do not have a strong and firm faith; at times I doubt and am unable to trust you altogether.
O Lord, help me. Strengthen my faith and trust in you. In you I have sealed the treasure of all I have.
I am poor; you are rich and came to be merciful to the poor. I am a sinner; you are upright.
With me, there is an abundance of sin; in you is the fullness of righteousness.
Therefore I will remain with you.  Amen

*             Presenting our Gifts Christ Loves the Church Hymnal 590

1. Christ loves the church, with grace beyond all measure. We bear his name, for all the world to see. He will not let us go or let us be, but chooses earthen vessels for his treasure.

2. Christ bears the church, corrupted or conforming, obsessed with trifles, blessing greed and war. His love outwits us, spinning gold from straw, through saints and prophets, praying and reforming.

3. Christ feeds the church, and fills us with a vision, through praise and preaching, wine and broken bread, of sharing people, doing what they’ve said, who win the world’s respect, or opposition.

4. Christ needs the church, to live and tell his story, to praise his love and marvel at his trust, till, bathed in light, awakened from the dust, we walk with God, alive in grace and glory.

Affirmation of Faith – From John Wesley’s Letter to a Roman Catholic

I believe Jesus of Nazareth is the world’s Savior, the Messiah foretold a long time before he came, the One anointed with the Holy Spirit & therefore a prophet revealing to us the whole will of God. A priest, who gave himself as a sacrifice for sin, he still makes intercession for sinners. A king, with all power in heaven and earth, he will reign until the whole world knows he is King. I believe he is the real and natural Son of God, God himself, & Lord of all, with absolute, supreme & universal authority over all things. But I believe that more especially, he is our Lord, for those who believe in him. I believe he always existed.  Jesus, human nature & the divine nature living in one person conceived by the Holy Spirit, was born of the blessed Virgin Mary. I believe he suffered inexpressible pains in both body & soul then died on a cross when Pontius Pilate governed Judea under the Roman emperor. While his body lay in the grave, his soul went to the place of departed spirits. On the third day he rose from the dead. Then he ascended to heaven where he remains on the throne in highest power &         honor as Mediator, until the end of the world. He will come in the end times from heaven to     judge every one of us about our work, both those who have already died & those still alive.  Alleluia! Amen!

Choral Response Savior, Again to Thy Dear Name (Edward Hopkins)

Savior, again to your dear name we raise with one accord our parting hymn of praise. Guard now the lips from sin, the hearts from shame, that in this house have called upon your name.

Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

*             Postlude Allegro Spiritoso (Blake)

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