* Stand if willing and able
Gathering Music: #450 “Be Thou My Vision”
Welcome and Announcements
Prelude: “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” by Helen H. Lemmel
* Call to Worship
Let us bless the Lord at all times,
May we praise God continually.
Let our souls boast in the Lord,
May the humble hear and be glad.
O magnify the Lord, O ye people,
Let us exalt God’s name together!
Let us pray together:
* Prayer of the Day
Merciful God, you always hear us when we cry out. You stay close when we are in distress. It is you in whom we seek refuge, and you deliver us from evil. Let praise flow from our mouths to your ears, for we can taste and see that you are indeed good. All glory, praise, and honor are due to you, O God, our redeemer and our strength. Amen.
* Hymn of Praise #852 “When the Lord Redeems the Very Least”
* Invitation to Healing
Let us confess our shortcomings to God, who alone has the power to save and waits in mercy to forgive.
* Prayer of Wholeness
Eternal God, we confess that we sometimes fail to seek your will. When the poor cry out for help, we often pass them by, or when we dare to listen to them, we still fail to offer the handout they ask us for. When the weak reveal their strength, we feel threatened and want to silence their voices. Forgive us yet again, God of grace. Teach us how we might be blessing and wholeness – for the good of your great earth, all her creatures, and our fellow beings.
* 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:
Dear God, let us not only hear of you but see you with our own eyes through your Word. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Hebrew Scripture: Job 42:1-6, 10-17 p. 660 OT
“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”
Epistle Reading: Hebrews 7:23-28 pp. 301-302 NT
“The word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”
Gospel Reading: Mark 10:46-52 pp. 65-66 NT
“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you, O Christ”
Meditation: “TL 10-24-2021 Seeing Anew” ~ Pastor Scott
RESPONSE TO THE WORD
* Hymn of Response #260 “Alleluia! Sing to Jesus”
* 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
The Lord is indeed good, for God has blessed us richly. Let us offer back a portion, in gratitude and love.
Offertory: “Arioso” by Daneil Gottlob Turk
*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
O God our God, Creator of the universe, we offer to you these gifts for the work of your kingdom, in the name of Christ your Son our Lord, amen.
* The Lord’s Prayer “…debts…debtors…” Amen.
* Closing Hymn #353 “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less”
People of God, go in peace and walk humbly in the world.
May the healing love of Christ, the wisdom of God, and the strengthening power of the Spirit be with you this day and always.
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.
Question for Reflection:
How can you help someone find his or her healing?
Household Prayer: Morning
Dear God, help me to follow after your ways as I go throughout my day. Amen.
Household Prayer: Evening
Gracious God, thank you for keeping me covered throughout the day. Grant me peace and rest in your safety. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.