Sunday, October 24, 2021

Twenty-second Sunday
After Pentecost
October 24, 2021


Organ Prelude


Welcome and Announcements


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

Lead me. Lord, lead me in Thy righteousness,

Make the way plain before my face.


Call to Worship

L: O God, because of the faithful witness of your people down through the generations the story of your gracious love and its sovereign power has been given to us. We are gathered together because we have heard the call to follow Jesus,

P: O Lord of grace and life and hope, help us to take the next step on our journey.

L: For when we look into ourselves and look back on our past, we sometimes are overwhelmed by the failure and weakness we find, and we are gripped by fear and doubt.

P: But when we offer up our fearful doubt to Jesus, we are grasped and lifted up–again and again and again.

L. Yet, if we journeyed alone under our own strength, we certainly would be swallowed by the wilderness. We would choose our way instead of being led by God in the way of life.

P: But we are not alone. For Jesus, the Lord of all life, has promised that where two or more gather in his name, there he will be in their midst.

L: Where God is present with God’s people, there mercy, kindness, love, and understanding flow like a refreshing stream. Lord, cast out our fears so that our hearts may be open to your love and to one another

In Jesus’ name, amen.


Opening Hymn  “Amazing Grace”  UMH 378   Vs. 1,3 & 4

1. Amazing grace! How sweet the sound

that saved a wretch like me!

I once was lost, but now am found;

was blind, but now I see.

3. Through many dangers, toils, and snares,

I have already come;

’tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,

and grace will lead me home.

4. The Lord has promised good to me,

his word my hope secures;

he will my shield and portion be,

as long as life endures.


[October 18 is observed as St. Luke's Day. Luke, the Gospel writer, was also a physician. This is among the lessons appointed for this observance.]


A Reading from Ecclesiasticus, or the Wisdom of Jesus Son of Sirach 38:1-4, 6-10, 12-14 (New Revised Standard Version)

1 Honor physicians for their services,

for the Lord created them;

2 for their gift of healing comes from the Most High,

and they are rewarded by the king.

3 The skill of physicians makes them distinguished,

and in the presence of the great they are admired.

4 The Lord created medicines out of the earth,

and the sensible will not despise them.

6 And he gave skill to human beings

that he[a] might be glorified in his marvelous works.

7 By them the physician[b] heals and takes away pain;

8     the pharmacist makes a mixture from them.

God’s[c] works will never be finished;

and from him health[d] spreads over all the earth.

9 My child, when you are ill, do not delay,

but pray to the Lord, and he will heal you.

10 Give up your faults and direct your hands rightly,

and cleanse your heart from all sin.

12 Then give the physician his place, for the Lord created him;

do not let him leave you, for you need him.

13 There may come a time when recovery lies in the hands of physicians,[a]

14     for they too pray to the Lord

that he grant them success in diagnosis[b]

and in healing, for the sake of preserving life.


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.


Gospel Lesson   Mark 10:46-52

46 And they came to Jericho; and as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great multitude, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timae us, was sitting by the roadside. 47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; rise, he is calling you.” 50 And throwing off his mantle he sprang up and came to Jesus. 51 And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Master, let me receive my sight.” 52 And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.

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


Sermon   “Seeing Again”   Dr. Emora Brannan


Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving


Offertory   “Proclamation of Service” (Martin)

As for those in this house, we will serve the Lord.

We will give our allegiance unto God.

With one voice we will offer up our song,

Give our praise with voices strong,

Live our lives for God alone.


As for those in this house, we will serve the Lord.

This we pledge with our hearts in one accord.

Let the lives we bring

Give honor to the King;

As for those in this house, we will serve the Lord.

Founded on the Word of God, we have built this place,

Nurtured by the love of God, we proclaim His grace.

Challenged by the Truth of God, we break forth in praise – Alleluia!

We will serve the Lord for all our days.


As for those in this house, we will serve the Lord.

We will give our allegiance unto God.

With one voice we will offer up our song,

Give our praise with voices strong,

Live our lives for God alone.


Take my life and let it be

Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.

Take our heart, it is Thine own;

It shall be Thy royal throne.

We will serve the Lord.


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   “Dear 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!


Benediction and 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. Am


Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell




Memorial Service

We will celebrate the life of one of our saints, Dorothy Krug, on November 7th at 12:00 PM


Charge Conference

Charge Conference is next week by Zoom.


All Saints Sunday

We will celebrate All Saints Sunday next week. If you would like us to lift up the name of a friend or loved one that has died since last Nov. 1st, please submit those names by Wed. Oct. 27th to the church office by email. (




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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


Pastor: Rev. Deb Scott

Phone Number: 301-641-4601







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