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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

Silent 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)

Gathering Song

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..."
(Ephesians 1:18)

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)