~ SERVICE OF THE WORD ~

October 10, 2021

Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost

Harvest Home

PRAYER IN PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

It is not what we do that saves us. It is the mercy and grace of God, poured out in love. The first shall be last, for God’s love turns our expectations upside down.               

                    Scifres, Mary; Beu, B. J. The Abingdon Worship Annual 2021 (p. 224) 

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Service will be posted

Sunday afternoon

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PRELUDE MUSIC

GREETING & ANNOUNCEMENTS

SOLOMN DECLARATION & CALL TO WORSHIP

     Leader:  There are days, O God, when we feel far from your presence. 

     People: We long for you, yet we feel no response, no closeness.

     Leader:  Give us the strength to cry out in pain, speaking our truth. 

     People: Give us the courage to complain, even when there is no response. 

     Leader:  In the emptiness, we long for your presence. We wait, O God, for you.

     People: We know that you are the source of all mercy and grace. We trust that you will help us in times of need.

Scifres, Mary; Beu, B. J. The Abingdon Worship Annual 2021 (p. 224) 

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GATHERING HYMN

Come, O Thankful People, Come”

Come, O thankful people, come, raise the song of harvest home; 
All is safely gathered in, as the winter storms begin. 
God our Maker does provide for our wants to be supplied; 
Come to God's own temple, come, raise the song of harvest home. 

All the blessings of the field, all the stores the gardens yield; 
All the fruits in full supply, ripened 'neath the summer sky, 
All that spring with bounteous hand scatters o'er the smiling land, 
All that liberal autumn pours from its rich o'erflowing stores.

 

These to you, our God, we owe, source form whom all blessings flow;

And for these our songs we raise, grateful vows and solemn praise. 
Come, then, thankful people, come, raise the song of harvest home; 
Come to God's own temple, raise the song of harvest home. 

ST. GEORGE'S WINDSOR

George J. Elvey, 1858

CALL TO CONFESSION

 

UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Living God, your way can be hard. How can we give up everything to follow you? We feel so frustrated when we reach out to you and feel only silence. We cling to what we own, fearing the future. Free us from our desire to accumulate more and more. Transform us into generous spirits, sharing your gifts with the world. Work within us, that we may know your real presence, even when we feel so little. We cannot do this alone. We need your help. Amen.

                              Scifres, Mary; Beu, B. J. The Abingdon Worship Annual 2021 (p. 224-225) 

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ASSURANCE OF GOD’S FORGIVENESS

 

SHARING OF GOD’S PEACE

     Leader: God’s peace is yours!

     People: And yours also!

(please safely share God’s peace with those around you)

ACT OF PRAISE

     Leader: Let us praise the Lord!

     People: The Lord’s name be praised!

     Response: “Glory Be To The Father”  

Glory be to the Father,

and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.

As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be.

World without end! Amen. Amen.

FIRST READING

Psalm 133

The Blessedness Of Unity

 

How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down upon the collar of his robes. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.

 

TEACHING TIME FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS

GOSPEL READING

Mark 10: 17-31

The Rich Man

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

 

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

 

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

HYMN

"We Praise You, O God"

We praise you, O God, our Redeemer, Creator;
In grateful devotion our tribute we bring.
We lay it before you, we kneel and adore you;
We bless your holy name, glad praises we sing.

We worship you, God of our mothers and fathers;
Through life's storm and tempest our guide you have been.
When perils o'ertake us, you never will forsake us
And with your help, O God, our battles we win.

With voices united, our praises we offer,
And gladly our song of thanksgiving we raise.
Our sins now confessing, we pray for your blessing;
To you, our great Redeemer, forever be praise!

KREMSER

Julia C. Cory, 1902 / Nederlandtsch gedenkclanck, 1626

TEACHING TIME

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH

“The Apostles’ Creed”

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

      Creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,

      He was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

      Born of the Virgin Mary,

      Suffered under Pontius Pilate,

      Was crucified, died, and was buried;

      He descended to the dead.

      On the third day he rose again;

      He ascended into heaven,

      He is seated at the right hand of the Father, 

      And he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

      The holy catholic Church

      The communion of saints, 

      The forgiveness of sins,

      The resurrection of the body,

      And the life everlasting. Amen. 

MORNING PRAYERS & LORD’S PRAYER

     Leader: The Lord be with you.

     People: And with you also.

Our Father, who 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.

 

OFFERING

     Response: “Doxology”                                        

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Praise Him, all creatures here below.

Praise Him above ye heav’nly host.

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost! Amen.

     Prayer Of Dedication

PARTING HYMN

“For The Fruit Of All Creation” 

For the fruit of all creation, thanks be to God.

For God's gifts to every nation, thanks be to God.

For the plowing, sowing, reaping, silent growth while we are sleeping,

Future needs in earth's safe-keeping, thanks be to God.

In the just reward of labor, God's will is done.

In the help we give our neighbor, God's will is done.

In our worldwide task of caring for the hungry and despairing,

In the harvests we are sharing, God's will is done.

For the harvests of the Spirit, thanks be to God.

For the good we all inherit, thanks be to God.

For the wonders that astound us, for the truths that still confound us,

Most of all that love has found us, thanks be to God.

AR HYD Y NOS

Fred Pratt Green, 1970 / Welsh traditional melody, 1784

COMMISSION & BENEDICTION

     Response: Amen, Amen, Amen”

 

CHIMES & POSTLUDE MUSIC

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  ~ UPCOMING SERVICES & MEETINGS ~

 

Saturday, October 16

8:00AM – Men’s Breakfast

Friedensburg Country Restaurant

 

Sunday, October 17

​8:00AM - Chancel Singers rehearsal

9:00AM - Worship Service

10:00AM - Joyful Ringers rehearsal

 

Sunday, October 24

9:00AM - Worship Service

 

Reformation Sunday, October 31

9:00AM - Worship Service

~ ANNOUNCEMENTS ~

 

We will be having our 2nd annual winter clothing giveaway on Saturday, October 23. Clean, gently used or new clothing can be dropped off at the church on Sunday mornings or during office hours (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30AM-3:00PM). There will also be two evening drop off opportunities on Thursday October 7 and 14 from 5-7PM. Help support this important outreach ministry if you are able.