Sunday, October 10, 2021

Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost
October 10, 2021
10:15am

 

Organ Prelude

 

Welcome and Announcements                                 John Strawbridge

 

Choral Introit Lead Me, Lord (Samuel S. Wesley)

Lead me, Lord; lead me in Thy righteousness. Make the way plain before my face. Amen.

 

Call to Worship

L:The sunshine of Galilee seems almost like a dream of childhood.  We have traveled far; we have seen much.  What was once simple and carefree has become complex and burdensome.  What seemed the safe route is revealed as the most perilous.  What looked easy now appears impossible.

P: Children, how hard it is to enter into the rule of God!

L: My friends, we set out long ago on this pilgrimage of life.  Who among us has not known the fear of the wind in angry waters?  Who among us, knowing the word of obedience, has not disregarded it and gone the way of selfishness?  Who among us has ears and yet has failed to hear, has eyes and yet has failed to see?

P: We are not always with Jesus on our journeys.  We do not always choose the Lord and God’s ways, but Jesus is with us even unto the end.  He has chosen us.

L. Our  failure, our abandonment, our betrayal is not the end of the story.  It is the beginning of our gospel journey.  Whatever shadows we follow, whatever floor of smug self-confidence we go crashing through, whatever failure looms up to paralyze us in fear, the power of the gospel will rise like the sun on a crisp autumn morning and we shall find ourselves by a Galilean sea at the feet of him who chose us first.

P: Let fear be cast out as darkness flees before the dawn.  We have already passed through many storms; we have already fallen and risen many times.  Out of darkness we have been led into the light of Galilee again and again.

L: Let us pray together:

Therefore, O Lord, our hearts choose you and your way again, trusting that you who called us will see us through, abide with us, and go on before us.  We know that wherever we choose to go, you, O Lord will be there before us, and the gospel word of God’s unconquerable love will be the last and everlasting word we shall hear.  Amen.

 

Opening Hymn “Jesus Calls Us” UMH 398 (1,2 & 5)

1. Jesus calls us o’er the tumult  of our life’s  wild restless sea;

day by day his sweet voice soundeth, saying, “Christian, follow me”

2. As of old the apostles heard it by the Galilean lake,

turned from home and toil and kindred, leaving all for Jesus’ sake.

5. Jesus calls us!  By thy mercies, Savior, may we hear thy call,

give our hearts to thine obedience, serve and love thee best of all.

 

A Reading from the Letter to the Hebrews 4:12-16   (New Revised Standard Version)

12 Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow, it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions  of the heart.  13 And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eye s of the one to whom we must render an account.  14  Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession.  15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin.  16 Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need..

This is the Word of the Lord. THANKS BE TO GOD!

 

Sharing Joys and Concerns
Pastoral Prayer
Lord’s Prayer

 

Choral Response “Cares Chorus” TFWS 2215

I cast all my cares upon You
I lay all of my burdens down at Your feet
And any time I don’t know just what to do,
I will cast all my cares upon You.

 

The Gospel Lesson:  Mark 10: 17-31   (New Revised Standard Version)

17  As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what nust I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone.  19 You know the commandments: ‘You 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.’”  20 He said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.” 21 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.” 22 When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving for he had many possessions.

23 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!”  24 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! 25 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.”  26 They were greatly astounded and said to one another, “Then who can be saved?”  27 Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for with God all things are possible.”

28 Peter began to say to him, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.” 29 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, 30 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.  31 But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.

The Word of God for the people of God…..THANKS BE TO GOD

 

Sermon   “Doing Good with Money”       Dr.   Emora Brannan

 

Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving

 

Offertory “Day By Day” (Martin How)

Day by day, day by day,
O, dear Lord, three things I pray:
to see thee more clearly, love thee more dearly,
follow thee more nearly, day by day.

 

Offering Prayer (All)

We celebrate the opportunity to share what we have with those who have needs. Bless these gifts, O God, and our lives as we offer them as faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. He who loved us and gave himself up for us invites us to live in love. May your Spirit strengthen us to witness to his love in all we do and say. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen

 

Closing Hymn “Lord, Dismiss Us with Thy Blessing” UMH 671

1. Lord, dismiss us with thy blessing;

Fill our hearts with joy and peace;

Let us each thy love possessing,

Triumph in redeeming grace.

O refresh us, O refresh us, traveling through this wilderness.

2. Thanks we give and adoration for thy gospel’s joyful sound.

May the fruits of thy salvation in our hearts and lives abound;

ever faithful, ever faithful to the truth may we be found.

 

Benediction & Blessing by the Minister

 

Choral Benediction “New Testament Benediction” (Christian Gregor)

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God
and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen.

 

Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

 

Postlude

 

 

We are grateful that you have come to be with us this morning.  It is our hope that you experience the love of Christ this morning and his presence during our worship. Please find our contact information below if you would like to reach out to us:

 

Church Office Number: 410-889-1512
Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, & Saturday; 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Email: Lovely.Lane.BCS@gmail.com

Pastor: Rev. Deb Scott

Phone Number: 301-641-4601

Email: revdeb8@aol.com

 

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