Sunday, October 31, 2021

Twenty-third Sunday

After Pentecost

October 31, 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

God of our mothers and fathers and of all who have gone before us,

We thank You for their lives of faith that show us how to live.

We thank You for all those people who have helped us to grow to become who we are -

Those whose words have challenged us -those whose lives have inspired us – those whose love has upheld us

May we, with them, know Your forgiveness and love, and our eternal life together;

through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Opening Hymn      “For All the Saints” UMH 711 Vs. 1, 2 & 5

1. For all the saints, who from their labors rest,

who thee by faith before the world confessed,

thy name, O Jesus, be forever bless’d.

Alleluia, alleluia!

2. Thou wast their rock, their refuge, and their might,

thou, Christ, the hope that put their fears to flight;

’mid gloom and doubt, their true and shining light.

Alleluia, alleluia!

5 But lo! There breaks a yet more glorious day;

the saints triumphant rise in bright array,

as God to glory calls them all away.

Alleluia, alleluia!


Litany for All Saints Day (See Link Below)


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 Matthew 5:1-12

5 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them. He said:

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 Blessed are those who mourn,

for they will be comforted.

5 Blessed are the meek,

for they will inherit the earth.

6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

for they will be filled.

7 Blessed are the merciful,

for they will be shown mercy.

8 Blessed are the pure in heart,

for they will see God.

9 Blessed are the peacemakers,

for they will be called children of God.

10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

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


Sermon   “Saints Among Us”               Rev. Debbie Scott


Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving


Offertory “Blest Are They” David Haas

1. Blest are they, the poor in spirit;

Theirs is the kingdom of God.

Blest are they, full of sorrow;

They shall be consoled.

Refrain: Rejoice and be glad!

Blessed are you; holy are you!

Rejoice and be glad!

Yours is the Kingdom of God!

2.Blest are they, the lowly ones;

They shall inherit the earth.

Blest are they, who hunger and thirst;

They shall have their fill. Refrain

3. Blest are they who show mercy;

Mercy shall be theirs.

Blest are they, the pure of heart;

They shall see God. Refrain

4. Blest are they who seek peace;

They are the children of God.

Blest are they who suffer in faith;

The glory of God is theirs. Refrain


Offering Prayer (All)

As God wipes away our tears, we are called to be tissue-bearers to the world. When there is pain and suffering, the church has a healing mission. Where there is doubt and despair, we offer hope’s embrace. Much of this ministry we offer personally, but our outreach is extended by the material offerings we give. Bless these gifts, O Lord. Amen



Closing Hymn    “Rejoice in God’s Saints”    UMH 708   Vs. 1, 2, & 3

1. Rejoice in God’s saints, today and all days!

A world without saints forgets how to praise.

Their faith in acquiring the habit of prayer,

Their depth of adoring, Lord, Help us to share.


2. Some march with events to turn them God’s way;

Some need to withdraw, the better to pray;

Some carry the gospel through fire and through flood:

Our world is their parish: their purpose is God.


3. Rejoice in those saints, unpraised and unknown,

Who bear someone’s cross, or shoulder their own:

They share our complaining, our comforts, our cares:

What patience in caring, what courage, is theirs!




L: For the immense crowd of angels and archangels who praise your  name with us today, O Lord, and who present to you our prayer unceasingly;
P: Blessed be you, O God, throughout eternity.
L: For the immense crowd of saints who overcame the great trial and for the blessings that you worked and still work in and through them;
P:Blessed be you, O God, throughout eternity.
L: For the immense crowd of saints who live in our midst today and who pull us and push us on the path to heaven through their example and their teaching;
P: Blessed be you, O God, throughout eternity.
L: For the high calling to which you have called us and for the love of  your Son Jesus Christ and the guidance of the Holy Spirit in it;
P: Blessed be you, O God, throughout eternity.

L: Down years and centuries those who love God sing together an anthem of  faith.

P: Countless people gone before us leave a melody of love and grace – a heritage of hope.

L: The invitation comes to us to listen, to hear this song soaring over all, and  then…

P: To add our voices to this melody,

L: To join in harmony for ourselves and for those who cannot sing,

P: To keep on singing beyond our earthly days and prayers. Amen.


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




Altar Flowers

Given to the glory of God and in honor of all saints who have gone before us and who are with us in this moment.


Homecoming and Memorial Service

Next Sunday, we will celebrate Homecoming at the 10:15 AM service and Dorothy Krug’s memorial at noon.



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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