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October 17, 2021–Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost
We Come Together as God’s People
Prelude Crown Imperial William Walton
Dr. John Allegar, organ (1902-1983)
Welcome Rev. Christopher A. Henry
Choral Call to Worship Behold Now, Bless the Lord Alfred V. Fedak
Sanctuary Choir; Dr. Michelle Louer, conductor (b. 1953)
Behold now, bless the Lord,
All you servants of the Lord,
Who stand by day in the house of the Lord.
Bless the Lord.
Lift up your hands in the holy place and bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, the Lord who made heaven and earth,
Bless you out of Zion.
Behold now, bless the Lord!
* Call to Worship Elder Nancy A. Frick
One: Let your light shine!
All: Let your hearts be glad!
One: God is faithful to all. God rules the world in love.
All: Then let us worship the God of love.
* Prayer of Adoration
* Processional Hymn #371 Lift High the Cross CRUCIFER
Call to Confession
Prayer of Confession
One: Holy One, we long to be faithful stewards of your abundance and grace.
All: To serve each other with compassion and humility;
to serve your world with wisdom and energy.
One: Forgive us when we stumble over pride,
when our words and actions are not guided by love.
All: Turn our hearts when we act with resentment.
Restore our energy when it is gone.
Renew our vision when it is fading.
One: We are your people;
help us to dwell in your promise,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Words of Assurance
* Response of Praise Doxology OLD HUNDREDTH
* Passing of the Peace
* Hymn #462 Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies RATISBON
We Experience God’s Word
Time with Children (11:00)
Sacrament of Baptism Rev. Christopher A. Henry (9:30)
Hymn of Response #498 Child of Blessing, Child of Promise KINGDOM
Prayer for Illumination Elder Carol Paik (9:30)
Elder Marilyn Kuhn (11:00)
First Scripture Lesson Matthew 22:34-40
Anthem Jubilate Deo William Walton
O be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands:
serve the Lord with gladness, and come before his presence with a song.
Be ye sure that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves.
We are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
O go your way into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise:
Be thankful unto him, and speak good of his name.
For the Lord is gracious, his mercy is everlasting:
And his truth endureth from generation to generation.
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.
—Text: Psalm 100
Second Scripture Lesson Ephesians 1:15-23
Sermon Rev. Christopher A. Henry
“The Heart’s Eyes”
"...so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints..."
Moment of Silent Meditation
We Give Thanks to God
* Affirmation of Faith (from the Iona Abbey Community) Rev. Karen L. Lang (9:30)
Rev. Michael M. Samson (11:00)
With the whole church, we affirm that we are made in God's image,
befriended by Christ, and empowered by the Spirit.
With people everywhere, we affirm God's goodness at the heart of humanity,
planted more deeply than all that is wrong.
With all creation, we celebrate the miracle and wonder of life, the unfolding purposes of God,
forever at work in ourselves and the world. Amen.
Invitation to Discipleship and Generosity
Offertory Come Down, Angels Spiritual arr. Undine Smith Moore
Caitlin Stewart, soprano (1904-1989)
Come down, Angels, trouble the water.
Let God’s saints come in.
I love to shout, I love to sing. Let God’s saints-a come in.
I love to praise my heavenly King. Let God’s saints come in. Refrain
I think I hear the sinner say: Let God’s saints-a come in.
My Savior taught me how to pray. Let God’s saints come in. Refrain
Prayers of the People and The Lord's Prayer
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.
We Go Forth to Serve
* Closing Hymn #332 Live Into Hope TRURO
* Charge and Benediction
* Choral Benediction Amen Danish
Postlude Herr Christ, der einig Gotts Sohn, BWV 601 J.S. Bach
"Lord Christ, the Only Son of God" (1685-1750)