Sunday, October 28, 2018

The Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost

Organ PreludeIntroibo Ad Altare (Gregorian)

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge, Lay Leader

* 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: It is easy to pray when the sun shines
and we are grateful for another glorious day of being.
P: It is hard to pray when wind and rain and thunder
plague our every step and spoil our every plan.
L: It is easy to be virtuous when life goes well
and our existence is a journey from bliss to beauty and back.
P: It is hard to be virtuous when life assaults us
and our very being is a pilgrimage from bad to worse to worst.
L: It is easy to be cheerful when health bursts in us
so that we can feel the very pulse of life.
P: It is hard to be happy when pain and fatigue beset us
and we wonder if we can go on…
L: God of order and neatness, we give thanks for all that is good.
We are grateful for manifold blessings bestowed upon us.
P: God of chaos and disorder, be with us also when life is messy.
Bless our coming in and our going out from this day forth.

* Opening HymnBe Thou My Vision UMH 451

1. Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart; naught be all else to me, save that thou art. Thou my best thought, by day or by night, waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

2. Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word; I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord; thou and thou only, first in my heart, great God of heaven, my treasure thou art.

3. Great God of heaven, my victory won, may I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heaven’s Sun! Heart of my own heart, whatever befall, still be my vision, O Ruler of all.

Prayer of Invocation (All)

Loving God, your light dazzles and confuses the arrogant, yet gives hope to the beggar and sight to those who live in shadows. Please count us among the sight-impaired beggars, holy Friend, that by the word of Jesus we may see more clearly, share more generously the good things you have done for us, and by faith anticipate the even better things you have in store for us. Through this same Jesus of Nazareth. Amen!

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Children’s Moment

AnthemAbide With Me (arr. Gilbert Martin)

1. Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.
 

2. I need Thy presence every passing hour.
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s power?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.

3. I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.
 

4. Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.
Heaven’s morning breaks, & earth’s vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

* A Reading from the Gospel – Mark 10:46-52                                                        Laura Gamble, Liturgist
They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, he is calling you.” So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher, let me see again.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.

Prayer of Confession Laura Gamble, Liturgist

L: Lord Jesus Christ, even in the midst of a large, probably noisy crowd, you helped Bartimaeus move from blindness to sight by focusing your power on his cries for mercy and healing. The crowd and the attempt by some to silence Bartimaeus did not distract you from responding to the needs of this blind beggar. This interruption to your journey provides an example of the life you call your disciples to live. The question, however, disturbs us – would we have been among those who called out for Bartimaeus to be quiet?
P: Forgive us, Lord, if we find interruptions to our plans a source of irritation rather than an opportunity for serving others in your name.
L: Bartimaeus’ desperation and cry for mercy is echoed in the lives of many people in our own communities and throughout the world.
P: Forgive us, Lord, if we close our ears and our hearts to these cries and remind us that following you means responding to those who cry for mercy.
L: Immediately Bartimaeus regained his sight, he followed Jesus on the way. The way to discipleship is entered when our eyes are graciously opened to see & to follow Christ in faith.
P: Forgive us, Lord, when we find excuses to delay responding to your call to discipleship.
L: Jesus, Savior and Lord, enlighten our minds with your wisdom, and imprint the image of your love once more on our hearts so that we can focus anew on your presence and your power whenever and wherever you call us to serve people in your name. Amen.

Silent Prayer

Assurance of Forgiveness

L: Jesus is able for all time to save those who approach God through him,
since he always lives to make intercession for them. (Hebrews 7:25) .
Hear then the good news that in and through Jesus Christ we are forgiven.
P: Thanks be to God! Amen!

* HymnOpen My Eyes, That I May See UMH 454

1. Open my eyes, that I may see glimpses of truth thou hast for me; place in my hands the wonderful key that shall unclasp and set me free. Silently now I wait for thee, ready, my God, thy will to see. Open my eyes, illumine me, Spirit divine!

2. Open my ears, that I may hear voices of truth thou sendest clear; and while the wavenotes fall on my ear, everything false will disappear. Silently now I wait for thee, ready, my God, thy will to see. Open my ears, illumine me, Spirit divine!

3. Open my mouth, and let me bear gladly the warm truth everywhere; open my heart and let me prepare love with thy children thus to share. Silently now I wait for thee, ready, my God, thy will to see. Open my heart, illumine me, Spirit divine!

A Reading from the Old Testament – Jeremiah 31:7-14

For thus says the Lord:
Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob,
and raise shouts for the chief of the nations;
proclaim, give praise, and say,
“Save, O Lord, your people,
the remnant of Israel.”
See, I am going to bring them from the land of the north,
and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth,
among them the blind and the lame,
those with child and those in labor, together;
a great company, they shall return here.
With weeping they shall come,
and with consolations I will lead them back,
I will let them walk by brooks of water,
in a straight path in which they shall not stumble;
for I have become a father to Israel,
and Ephraim is my firstborn.

Hear the word of the Lord, O nations,
and declare it in the coastlands far away;
say, “He who scattered Israel will gather him,
and will keep him as a shepherd a flock.”
For the Lord has ransomed Jacob,
and has redeemed him from hands too strong for him.
They shall come and sing aloud on the height of Zion,
and they shall be radiant over the goodness of the Lord,
over the grain, the wine, and the oil,
and over the young of the flock and the herd;
their life shall become like a watered garden,
and they shall never languish again.
Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance,
and the young men and the old shall be merry.
I will turn their mourning into joy,
I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow.
I will give the priests their fill of fatness,
and my people shall be satisfied with my bounty,
says the Lord.

Sermon – “Eyes to See”                                                                                                            Rev. Debbie Scott

The Offering of Gifts & Tithes

OffertoryIf Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee (Jody Lindh)

If thou but suffer God to guide thee
And hope in Him through all thy ways,
He’ll give thee strength, whate’er betide thee,
And bear thee through the evil days.
Who trusts in God’s unchanging love
Builds on the Rock that naught can move.

Only be still and await His leisure
In cheerful hope, with heart content
To take whate’er thy Father’s pleasure
And His discerning love hath sent,
Nor doubt our inmost wants are known
To Him who chose us for His own.

Sing, pray, and keep His ways unswerving,
Perform thy duties faithfully,
And trust His Word, though undeserving,
Thou yet shalt find it true for thee.
God never yet forsook in need
The soul that trusted Him indeed.

* 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)

Dr. Martin Luther King reminds us: “I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. You can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be.” Our tithes, pledges, & offerings are a way to support one another, those within this community & beyond, to become all of what we are called to be. Our offerings enable us to give thanks to God for the resources we have been given & enable us to be resources for others. Amen.

* Closing HymnFor the Healing of the Nations UMH 428

1. For the healing of the nations, Lord, we pray with one accord; for a just and equal sharing of the things that earth affords; to a life of love in action help us rise and pledge our word, (pledge our word) help us rise and pledge our word.

2. Lead us forward into freedom; from despair your world release, that, redeemed from war and hatred, all may come and go in peace. Show us how through care and goodness fear will die and hope increase, (hope increase) fear will die and hope increase.

3. All that kills abundant living, let it from the earth be banned; pride of status, race, or schooling, dogmas that obscure your plan. In our common quest for justice may we hallow life’s brief span, (life’s brief span) may we hallow life’s brief span.

4. You, Creator God, have written your great name on humankind; for our growing in your likeness bring the life of Christ to mind, that by our response and service earth its destiny may find, (may find) earth its destiny may find.

* Dismissal with Blessing

Darkness has been banished. Sight has been restored. Your lives are re-formed in Christ’s love. Go now in peace to serve with great joy. Bring the love of God with you so that the light which has re-formed & brightened your life may shine for others. Go no, beloved, to serve. AMEN.

* Choral ResponseAmen (Dresden)

Amen.

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Organ PostludeJubilate (Thomson)

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