LITURGY & ORDER OF WORSHIP
Service for the Lord’s Day
Sunday, October 24, 2021
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Call to Worship
Friends, we gather across time and space to hear God’s word.
We gather to feel God’s presence and comfort.
We gather to seek to understand our faith.
We gather to see God’s presence in our world.
We gather following Jesus’ command to love God ahead of all the “gods of this world.
We gather to love one another, to love ourselves as an expression of our love for God.
We gather and confess our faults, failings and missed opportunities.
We gather to seek God’s mercy.
We gather to receive God’s grace.
We gather together to worship God.
Prayer of Confession/Assurance of Forgiveness/Sharing of God’s Peace
Ours is an all-knowing God. God knows we are sometimes haughty, proud of who we are but forgetting to whom we belong. When we look down on others because of things like the color of their skin, their socio-economic status, where they live or who they love, we miss opportunities to proclaim God’s abundant love and radical hospitality. But here is the good news, even when we miss it, even when we fail, God’s love remains. Just as the shepherd rejoices in the found lamb that has gone astray, our great priest searches for us, finds us and cleanses us of all our inequity. By the grace of God, through Jesus Christ, we are forgiven. Allelujah!
Water is poured into the baptismal fount as we are reminded of the certainty of God’s love and forgiveness. We are invited to remember our baptisms, our unity in the family of God, and the abundance of God’s grace for us and for all creation.
Hymn 63 The Lord is God
Anthem There is Balm in Gilead
Mark 10: 46-52
46 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. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 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.” 50 So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. 51 Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher,[a] let me see again.” 52 Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.
Mark 12: 28-31
28 One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; 30 you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
This is the Word of the Lord, thanks be to God.
Moment for Silent Reflection
Announcements, Invitation to Offering, and Prayers of the People
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
Hymn 772 Live Into Hope
Charge & Benediction
We give thanks for the worship leadership of Bradley Blackburn. Bradley served as our Christian Education Coordinator from 2019 to August of 2021.
We also give thanks for Elders Garland Hughes and Julie Luppino for their work crafting liturgy and recruiting support for this morning’s worship service.
Pastor Jill is away on a time of extended respite through October 31st. If you have a pastoral care need, please contact Elders Bonnie Shearer or Laura Sigmon, or one of our deacons.
Permission to stream the music in this service was obtained from ONE LICENSE, License A-711930 and CCLI License #s21047050 and 21047067. All rights reserved.
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