Sunday, October 14, 2018

Prelude Introibo (Gregorian Proper)

Words of Welcome and Announcements

* Choral IntroitBe Joyful In The Lord (Donald Moore)

Be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands! Serve the Lord with gladness,
and come before His presence with a song. Amen.

* Call to Worship

L: Come, all who are weary and burdened. It is here that you will find rest.
P: We come, bringing our joys and sorrows, hopes and dreams to God.
L: Though we are different and have encountered a host of differing circumstances, God awaits us with God’s healing touch.
P: Stress and strife, sorrow and sadness claim too much of our lives.
L: Come, now is the time to give to God all the brokenness you have experienced.
P: Healing and Restoring God, touch our lives and bring us to wholeness with you. Amen.

* Opening HymnAll Hail the Power (Vs. 1, 4, 5 & 6) UMH 155

1. All hail the power of Jesus’ name! Let angels prostrate fall, let angels prostrate fall; bring forth the royal diadem, and crown him, crown him, crown him, crown him, and crown him Lord of all.

4. Let every kindred, every tribe on this terrestrial ball, on this terrestrial ball, to him all majesty ascribe, and crown him, crown him, crown him, crown him, and crown him Lord of all.

5. Crown him, ye martyrs of your God, who from his altar call, who from his altar call; extol the Stem of Jesse’s Rod, and crown him, crown him, crown him, crown him, and crown him Lord of all.

6. O that with yonder sacred throng we at his feet may fall, we at this feet may fall! We’ll join the everlasting song, and crown him, crown him, crown him, crown him, and crown him Lord of all.

Prayer of Invocation (All)

Lord, you have called us here this day for healing, hope, and transformation. As we listen to the Scripture, pray our prayers, sing our hymns, and hear the words of wisdom, open our hearts to hear your claim on our lives; that we may fully and joyfully serve you. Amen.

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Children’s Moment

AnthemThe King of Love My Shepherd Is (Edward Bairstow)

1. The King of love my Shepherd is,
Whose goodness faileth never;
I nothing lack if I am His,
And He is mine forever.
4. Thou spread’st a table in my sight;
Thy unction grace bestoweth;
And oh, what transport of delight
From Thy pure chalice floweth!
2. Where streams of living water flow
My ransomed soul He leadeth,
And, where the verdant pastures grow,
With food celestial feedeth.
5. Perverse and foolish oft I strayed,
But yet in love He sought me,
And on His shoulder gently laid,
And home rejoicing brought me.
3. In death’s dark vale I fear no ill
With Thee, dear Lord, beside me;
Thy rod and staff my comfort still,
Thy Cross before to guide me.
6. And so through all the length of days
Thy goodness faileth never;
Good Shepherd, may I sing Thy praise
Within Thy house forever.

Responsive Psalm – Psalm 22 (A 21st century exploration by Francis Macnab)        Eleanor Packard
The writer of this Psalm is experiencing the ‘absence’ of God & longs for the ‘closeness’ once known.

L: God, we read that people in the past believed in you; and you apparently gave them the strength they sought. So why are you so distant from me? There have been times when I have reached out to you, but you looked the other way! My disillusionment comes under criticism from so many people. And those I thought were my friends, fail to support me.
P: Truth is, in my heart of hearts, I know that you gave me life at the beginning, and I felt you cared for me. But now I need you to be closer to me, because nothing makes much sense anymore, and there are so many huge problems gathered around me.
L: In all this tale of misery, I am talking to you because you know my feelings and failings.
P: And you will save me – even from my own negative thoughts. I continue to believe in your Presence which is more powerful than I can really understand. You have planted within us the awareness of a love which is eternal, yet very important and personal.
L: I continue to believe that people are valued by you, even when they fall away from you.
P: You let that happen: but you go on feeling the pain and you are ready to support them in their difficulties. You are the Eternal God of us all: and I dedicate myself anew to you.
L: Regardless of my feelings of insignificance and inadequacy, I am in awe as I try to find a way to worship you.
P: One thing I can do. I can be a carrier of your love to people all around me.

* HymnI Surrender All (Vs. 1, 2, 4 & 5) UMH 354

1. All to Jesus I surrender; all to him I freely give; I will ever love and trust him, in his presence daily live. I surrender all, (I surrender all), I surrender all, (I surrender all), all to thee, my blessed Savior, I surrender all.

2. All to Jesus I surrender; humbly at his feet I bow, worldly pleasures all forsaken; take me, Jesus, take me now. I surrender all, (I surrender all), I surrender all, (I surrender all), all to thee, my blessed Savior, I surrender all.

4. All to Jesus I surrender; Lord, I give myself to thee; fill me with thy love and power; let thy blessing fall on me. I surrender all, (I surrender all), I surrender all, (I surrender all), all to thee, my blessed Savior, I surrender all.

5. All to Jesus I surrender; now I feel the sacred flame. O the joy of full salvation! Glory, glory to his name! I surrender all, (I surrender all), I surrender all, (I surrender all), all to thee, my blessed Savior, I surrender all.

A Reading from the Gospel – Mark 10:17-31

As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.’” He said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.” Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.

Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” They were greatly astounded and said to one another, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.”

Peter began to say to him, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age—houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields, with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”

Sermon – “You Want Me to Give Up What?”                                                                      Rev. Debbie Scott

The Offering of Gifts & Tithes

Offertory Stand By Me (Carolyn Hamlin)

Storms appear, shadows come over me,
Depths of despair would claim each new day.
There, in the darkness when I’m tempted to lose my way,
I have a pilot Who knows the sea.

I call His name in each troubling hour;
Promise is mine of His saving power.
He gives the peace that calms my soul;
Safe is the harboring when I on Him call.

When the storms of life are raging, stand by me.
No other source can my refuge be.
Thou, Creator of the Heavens, and Ruler of the seas,
In the eye of the tempest, stand by me. (continued)

Trials come and trials go:
The only refuge I can know
Is in His ever-loving care;
The sovereign Master hears my prayer.

Stand by me, oh, stand by me.
No other source can my refuge be.
When the storms of life surround
And their wrath would bring me down,
Thou, Who rulest wind and water,
Thou, Who knowest all about me,

Stand by me.

* Presentation of OfferingPraise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow UMH 95

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below;
praise him above, yet heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Offering Prayer (All)

With open hands and thankful hearts, we offer to you all that is already yours, O Lord. Everything we possess is a gift from you. You so freely give us what we need, and you promise even greater treasures that await us in heaven. Take what we offer and use it for the goodness of your kingdom. Help us share generously with others all that you so graciously give to us. Amen.

* Closing HymnGive Thanks TFWS 2036
Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks unto the Holy One
Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son

Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks unto the Holy One
Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son

And now let the weak say, “I am strong”
Let the poor say, “I am rich”
Because of what the Lord has done for us

And now let the weak say, “I am strong”
Let the poor say, “I am rich”
Because of what the Lord has done for us

Give thanks
Give thanks

* Dismissal with Blessing

L: It’s time to start moving back along those separate paths from which we have come.
P: None of us can predict what this week may bring, but there is one certainty:
L: The resources of the God who engineered the whole universe, will be there for you.
You may be tested, you may suffer, you may waver and become weary,
but you will not finally be overcome. God is your strength and salvation.
P: Amen! God is our strength and salvation!
L: The blessing of God be with you today and evermore.
P: Amen!

* Choral ResponseAmen (Dresden)

Amen.

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* PostludeIn Alium (Rose)

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