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* Stand if willing and able
Gathering Music: #14 “For the Beauty of the Earth”
Welcome and Announcements
Prelude: “Jesus, The Very Thought of Thee” arr. Fred Bock
* Call to Worship
Praise the Lord, for God is great indeed!
Let us sing praises for God’s glorious works.
We give glory, honor, and thanksgiving to the Lord,
Who makes and sustains all things.
Let us pray together:
* Prayer of the Day
O God, you show us the way of servanthood. You have given us much so that we can bless others and not seek gratification for ourselves. Help us to seek your path and keep us in humility so that we can be the light of Christ in the world. In the name of the one who came to serve, we pray. Amen.
* Hymn of Praise #32 “I Sing the Mighty Power of God”
* Invitation to Healing
Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor, trusting in the mercy of our Lord.
* Prayer of Wholeness
Merciful and gentle God, we have wanted reward without sacrifice. We have been unwilling to serve and have not humbled ourselves in obedience. Forgive our hubris, gracious God. Correct our ignorant ways and help us to know your glory through servanthood. Guide us to be true followers of your way, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
* Hymn #471 “O Lord, Hear My Prayer” (Repeat 3x)
* Assurance of God’s Presence and Passing of the Peace
Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!
Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. The grace and peace of our Lord be with you!
And also with you!
Please share a sign of peace with those with whom you are worshiping.
* Sung Response #591 “Halle, Halle, …” (chorus twice)
Celebrating Joys: Where We Have Seen God at Work
Sung Response #647 “Give Thanks”
Prayer of Illumination:
O God, your Word gives us counsel for our understanding. Enable us to receive it today, in the name of your son, our Lord. Amen.
Hebrew Scripture: Job 38:1-7 (34-41) p. 655-656 OT
“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”
Special Music: Michael Card’s “The Way of Wisdom” excerpt from Job’s story
Epistle Reading: Hebrews 5:1-10 p. 299 NT
“The word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”
Gospel Reading: Mark 10:35-45 p. 65 NT
“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you, O Christ”
Meditation: “TL 10-17-2021 Convictions” ~ Pastor Scott
RESPONSE TO THE WORD
* Hymn of Response #274 “You, Lord, Are Both lamb and Shepherd”
* Affirmation of Faith: Adapted from the Confession of 1967
Life is a gift to be received with gratitude and a task to be pursued with courage. People are free to seek life within the purpose of God: to develop and protect the resources of nature for the common welfare, to work for justice and peace in society, and in other ways to use their creative powers for the good of all life.
Intercessory Prayers of the People
Call and response: “Lord, in your mercy:” “Hear our prayers.”
Minute for Mission
Invitation to Present our Offerings
God is ever faithful and has blessed us with so much. With grateful hearts, let us offer back to God what we have, with love and thanksgiving.
Offertory: “Sonatina” by William Duncombe
*Doxology Hymn #606 using text below
Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
Praise Christ all creatures here below!
Praise Holy Spirit evermore!
Praise Triune God whom we adore! Amen!
* Prayer of Thanksgiving/Dedication
Gracious God, we offer you these gifts. Multiply them so that they might help build your kingdom on earth and be of service to the body of Christ, in whose name all disciples were taught to pray, saying:
* The Lord’s Prayer “…debts…debtors…” Amen.
* Closing Hymn #320 “The Church of Christ in Every Age”
The Son of Man came to serve, not to be served. Let us follow Christ’s example, and give our all to God and one another.
“Deep Peace be with you…”
Friends, this worship has ended, let our service begin!
* Congregational Song: “Let There Be Peace on Earth”
Lyrics found on the inside front cover of the hymnal.
Bathrooms and a diaper changing station are located in the Fellowship Hall. Please join us in the outdoor pavilion with appropriate social distancing for refreshments and conversation following worship.
Questions for Reflection:
What can you do to seek God’s wisdom? How can you be a better servant? Use the space below to journal your thoughts – then make a plan and carry it out.
Household Prayer: Morning
Gracious God, keep me humble throughout the day. Help me to seek your wisdom as I stand in service to others. In your name I pray, Amen.
Household Prayer: Evening
Loving God, thank you for keeping me today. Thank you for the awesome works you have blessed my eyes to see. Continue to bless my community and me throughout the night, in the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.