Sunday, October 21, 2018

The Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost

Organ PreludeThe Falle of the Leafe (Martyn Pearson)

Words of Welcome and Announcements Rev. Debbie Scott

* 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: We are called to be one body in Christ;
P: Though we are all different, we need each other.
L: We are created to give honor, praise, and glory to God;
P: Though we are all different, we worship the same God together.
L: We are challenged to share the gifts of God with all;
P: Though we are all different, we serve one another and bear each other’s burdens.
L: We are one in Christ Jesus our Lord;
P: Though we are all different, we are the body of Christ.
L: Come, worship God who made each of us, and love our Savior who loves us all. Amen.

* Opening HymnWhat Gift Can We Bring? UMH 87

1. What gift can we bring, what present, what token? What words can convey it, the joy of this day? When grateful we come, remembering, rejoicing, what song can we offer in honor and praise?

2. Give thanks for the past, for those who had vision, who planted and watered so dreams could come true. Give thanks for the now, for study, for worship, for mission that bids us turn prayer into deed.

3. Give thanks for tomorrow, full of surprises, for knowing whatever tomorrow may bring, the Word is our promise always, forever; we rest in God’s keeping and live in God’s love.

4. This gift we now bring, this present, this token, these words can convey it, the joy of this day! When grateful we come, remembering, rejoicing, this song we now offer in honor and praise!

Prayer of Invocation (All)

Loving God, today we recognize that you call each one of us to the service of your Son, Jesus. Help us to be bold in living our faith so that others will always see you in us. Set our hearts and minds on faithfulness in serving you rather than ourselves. We know that there is work for all of us to do so that our church will be a mission outpost for Jesus and a place where Christian disciples are made and nurtured. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Children’s Moment

Anthem The Secret of Christ (Richard Shephard)

For a long time I have held My peace, but now will I speak. I will lead the blind in a way they know not, in paths they have not known I will guide them. I will turn their darkness into light, and I will not forsake them.

And He showed me a pure river of the water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God; and on either side of the river was there a tree of life, and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. (continued)

Help us, Lord, to persevere in prayer with mind awake and thankful hearts, that we may share the secret of Christ with those we meet on our earthly pilgrimage, following in the steps of Jesus, our Master and our Friend. Amen.

Old Testament Lesson – Job 38:1-7 (The Message)                              Dan Bailey, Liturgist

And now, finally, God answered Job from the eye of a violent storm. He said: 

“Why do you confuse the issue?
Why do you talk without knowing what you’re talking about?
Pull yourself together, Job!
Up on your feet! Stand tall!
I have some questions for you,
and I want some straight answers.
Where were you when I created the earth?
Tell me, since you know so much!
Who decided on its size? Certainly you’ll know that!
Who came up with the blueprints and measurements?
How was its foundation poured,
and who set the cornerstone,
While the morning stars sang in chorus
and all the angels shouted praise?
And who took charge of the ocean
when it gushed forth like a baby from the womb?
That was me! I wrapped it in soft clouds,
and tucked it in safely at night.
Then I made a playpen for it,
a strong playpen so it couldn’t run loose,
And said, ‘Stay here, this is your place.
Your wild tantrums are confined to this place.’

Call to Confession (Leader) Dan Bailey, Liturgist

We do not pray in order to alleviate our guilt, but to express our gratitude to God. For we know all the things we have said and done that we shouldn’t, and all those words we could have spoken, all those actions we could have undertaken, but did not. Despite such lives, God still loves us, surrounding us with mercy and hope, waiting to restore us to new life. Please join me, as we pray together saying,

Prayer of Confession (Unison)

Creation’s Heart, we look around and see how we fall short in our attempts at faithfulness. We often do things, not because it is what you call us to do, but in hopes of earning points with you. We can become so self-absorbed, we cannot see the suffering and struggles of friends, family, strangers. We are so desperate to get to the front of the line, we push aside the very ones you seek to honor.
Forgive us, Holy One. Remind us that the cup we are offered overflows with grace, that the waters of baptism cleanse and make us new, and that Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, is the One who calls us to service, standing by our side, as we seek to be faithful disciples.

Assurance of Pardon

L: The One who poured the foundations of creation fills us with grace and hope. The One who numbered the clouds, tips over rain barrels of living water into our parched souls.
P: The One who writes anthems for the early morning stars, fills us with songs of joy. The One who provides food for all living things, feeds us with mercies which come fresh and new each day. Thanks be to God, we are forgiven. Amen.

* HymnDear Jesus, in Whose Life I See UMH 468

1. Dear Jesus, in whose life I see all that I would, but fail to be, let thy clear light forever shine, to shame and guide this life of mine.

2. Though what I dream and what I do in my weak days are always two, help me, oppressed by things undone, O thou whose deeds and dreams were one!

A Reading from the Gospel – Mark 10:35-45

James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They replied, “We are able.” Then Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.”

When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. So Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

Sermon – “Where You Sit…Matters”                                                                                  Rev. Debbie Scott

The Offering of Gifts & Tithes

OffertoryLord, Make Me An Instrument Of Thy Peace (Luigi Zaninelli)

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
Let me sow love, that burgeoning hate may cease.
Pardon I’d grow where bitterness grew before,
Faith in men’s hearts that doubt there shall thrive no more.
Let me raise hope where lies despair,
To minds in darkness, bring learning’s light so fair,
And, Lord, into lives which misery’s wall surrounds,
With joy I’d break, Thy joy that in love abounds.
Lord, grant to me, as slowly my days unfold, (continued)
More to console than asking to be consoled;
May I understands, not seeking to be understood,
And love all men, judging not as to which are good.
Lord, take my life, which first I received from Thee,
Not measured out or counted, but full and free.
Then, Lord, as I go from this small earth’s pain and strife,
With Thee I’ll know eternal and infinite life.

* 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)

God of grace and truth, receive and bless these gifts which we offer in response to the blessings you bestow on our lives and our world. We dedicate ourselves anew to live witnessing to the love and servanthood of Jesus, in whose name we pray. Amen.

* Closing HymnAre Ye Able UMH 530

1. “Are ye able,” said the Master, “to be crucified with me?” “Yea,” the sturdy dreamers answered, “to the death we follow thee.” Lord, we are able. Our spirits are thine. Remold them, make us, like thee, divine. Thy guiding radiance above us shall be a beacon to God, to love, and loyalty.

2. Are ye able to remember, when a thief lifts up his eyes, that his pardoned soul is worthy of a place in paradise? Lord, we are able. Our spirits are thine. Remold them, make us, like thee, divine. Thy guiding radiance above us shall be a beacon to God, to love, and loyalty.

3. Are ye able when the shadows close around you with the sod, to believe that spirit triumphs, to commend your soul to God? Lord, we are able. Our spirits are thine. Remold them, make us, like thee, divine. Thy guiding radiance above us shall be a beacon to God, to love, and loyalty.

4. Are ye able? Still the Master whispers down eternity, and heroic spirits answer, now as then in Galilee. Lord, we are able. Our spirits are thine. Remold them, make us, like thee, divine. Thy guiding radiance above us shall be a beacon to God, to love, and loyalty.

* Dismissal with Blessing

L: The God we worship is never confined to this holy place.
P: So we go and travel with the God who is found in ordinary and surprising places.
L: Remembering that the universe is much larger than our ability to comprehend,
P: Let us go from this time together with the resolve to allow wonder, that sense of what is sacred -to find space to open up our minds and illumine our lives. Amen.

* Choral ResponseAmen (Dresden)


* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Organ PostludeAllegro Fiero (Crabbe)

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