~ SERVICE OF THE WORD ~

October 17, 2021

Twenty First Sunday After Pentecost

PRAYER IN PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

God of all creation, you laid the foundation of the earth while all the morning stars sang together, and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy. You created us in your image, to love and serve one another as Jesus loved and served his friends.  As we listen to your deeds of old, open our hearts and minds to hear the voice of your Holy Spirit. Amen.

                    Scifres, Mary; Beu, B. J. The Abingdon Worship Annual 2021 (p. 230) 

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PRELUDE MUSIC

GREETING & ANNOUNCEMENTS

SOLOMN DECLARATION & CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader:  God of wind and water, God of love and compassion, 

People: God of all that is and all that ever shall be,

Leader:  When Job insisted he was innocent of every sin, 

People: You came to him in a whirlwind, and showed him the wonders of a world he had not made.  

Leader:  When James and John asked Jesus for power and glory, Jesus told them that they would share in the bitter cup that he would drink, and in the baptism of suffering that he would endure for the world. 

People: Remind us that we are members of the body of Christ, and that we are called to serve your creation in love and compassion.

Scifres, Mary; Beu, B. J. The Abingdon Worship Annual 2021 (p. 228) 

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GATHERING HYMN

"I Sing The Mighty Power Of God”

sing the mighty power of God that made the mountains rise,

That spread the flowing seas abroad, and built the lofty skies.

I sing the wisdom that ordained the sun to rule the day;

The moon shines full at God's command, and all the stars obey.

 

I sing the goodness of our God that filled the earth with food;

God formed the creatures with a word, and then pronounced them good.

Oh, how your wonders are displayed, where'er I turn my eye;

If I survey the ground I tread, or gaze upon the sky!

 

On earth there's not a plant or flower but makes your glory known.

The clouds arise and spread their showers by order from your throne.

All life is but a gift from you and ever in your care;

Wherever people gather, you, O God, are present there. 

ELLECOMBE

Isaac Watts, 1715 / eGesangbuch Württembergischen, 1784

CALL TO CONFESSION

 

UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION

God of love and compassion, you call us to lives of love and service, and to share in Christ’s cup of compassion for the healing of the world. Like Job, we complain about the unfairness of life, seeking explanations when we don’t get everything we want. Like James and John, we want to be first. We want to win at the game of power and glory. Forgive us when we forget that we are not the center of your great creation, and that you are the beginning and ending of all things.

                              Scifres, Mary; Beu, B. J. The Abingdon Worship Annual 2021 (p. 229) 

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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

Job 38: 1-11

The Lord Answers Job

Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind: “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up your loins like a man, I will question you, and you shall declare to me. “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone when the morning stars sang together and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy? “Or who shut in the sea with doors when it burst out from the womb? when I made the clouds its garment, and thick darkness its swaddling band, and prescribed bounds for it, and set bars and doors, and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther, and here shall your proud waves be stopped’?

 

TEACHING TIME FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS

GOSPEL READING

Mark 10: 35-45

The Request of James & John

James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They replied, “We are able.” Then Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.”

When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. So Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

HYMN

"Won't You Let Me Be Your Servant?"

Won't you let me be your servant, 

Let me be as Christ to you?

Pray that I may have the grace to

Let you be my servant, too.

We are pilgrims on a journey,

We are travelers on the road;

We are here to help each other

Go the mile and bear the load.

I will hold the Christ-light for you

In the shadow of your fear;

I will hold my hand out to you,

Speak the peace you ling to hear.

I will weep when you are weeping;

When you laugh, I'll laugh with you.

I will share your joy and sorrow

Till we've seen this journey through.

When we sing to God in heaven

We shall find such harmony.

Born of all we've known together

Of Christ's love and agony.

SERVANT SONG

Richard Gillard, 1977 / arr. Betty Carr Pulkingham, 1977

TEACHING TIME

CHANCEL SINGERS ANTHEM

“Immortal, Invisible” arr. Gordon Young

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

“The Church Of Christ” 

The church of Christ, in every age,

Beset by change, but Spirit led,

Must claim and test its heritage

And keep on rising from the dead.

 

Across the world, across the street,

The victims of injustice cry

For shelter and for bread to eat,

And never live before they die.

 

Then let the servant church arise,

A caring church that longs to be

A partner in Christ's sacrifice, 

And clothed in Christ's humanity. 

WAREHAM

Fred Pratt Green, 1969 / William Knapp, 1738

COMMISSION & BENEDICTION

     Response: Amen, Amen, Amen”

 

CHIMES & POSTLUDE MUSIC

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  ~ UPCOMING SERVICES & MEETINGS ~

 

Saturday, October 23

Second Annual Winter Clothing Giveaway

 

Sunday, October 24

9:00AM - Worship Service

 

Reformation Sunday, October 31

9:00AM - Worship Service

Sunday, November 07

8:00AM - Chancel Singers rehearsal

9:00AM - Holy communion Service

10:00AM - Joyful Ringers rehearsal

Sunday, November 14

9:00AM - Worship Service & Annual Meeting

~ ANNOUNCEMENTS ~

 

We will be participating in the Samaritan's Purse project again the year. f you are interested in helping with this project, the Christmas shoebox collection materials are available in the Narthex. Deadline to return your shoebox is November 07. Contact Fiona Jacoby if you have any questions.