October 17, 2021 – 11am
Jesus said, “The hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. God is spirit and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:23, 24
L: May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you. P: And also with you
Songs of Praise, Part 1 … “Me & Dem”
Welcome and Announcements
If you are a visitor, we are pleased to have you with us today. May our worship together be meaningful to us all.
Life & Work of the Church
(Birthdays & Anniversaries)
Call to Worship L: We come, like Abraham, Sarah, and John the Baptist,
P: people with vision.
L: We come, like Job, Thomas, and the Samaritan woman,
P: people with questions.
L: We come, like Moses, Jeremiah, and Mary,
P: people with self-doubts.
L: We come, like Joshua, Deborah, and Stephen,
P: people with courage.
L: We come, like David, Mary Magdalene, and Paul,
P: people with regrets.
L: We come, like Hagar, Uriah, and the Syrophoenician woman,
P: people with wisdom from the margins.
L: We come, like Rebekah and Samuel, like Hosea and Esther, like Nathaniel and Martha, like John, Mark and Priscilla,
P: people with a part to play in the story of faith. Amen.
Hymn: Standing on the Promises of God – “Me & Dem”
Prayer of Approach (Unison) O God, where hearts are fearful and confined, grant freedom and daring; where anxiety is infectious and widening, grant peace and reassurance; where impossibilities close every door and window,
grant imagination and resistance; where distrust reshapes every understanding, grant healing and transformation; where spirits are daunted and dimmed, grant soaring wings and strengthened dreams.
Hymn: Hymn: God of the Mountain – “Me & Dem”
Prayer of Confession (Unison) God of love and God of grace, you know the secrets of our hearts:
how blind we are to our own faults, yet harsh in judging others;
how swift we are to take for gain, yet slow to give for others;
how proud we are of our success, yet grudging in our praise of others. Remember, O God, your tender care and love unfailing.
Do not remember our sins and offences, but remember us in your goodness, in accordance with your endless mercy. Amen.
Words of Assurance God is the love that is over and around us lies; the grace that is totally unearned; and the healing that makes the earth whole.
Give thanks to God; we are forgiven! Amen.
Hymn: He’ll Understand and Say Well Done – “Me & Dem”
LISTENING TO GOD’S WORD … Iva Powell
Old Testament Reading: Job 38:1-7 Responsive Reading: Psalm 104: 1-9 (pp 826)
Gospel Reading: Mark 10:35-45 … Rev. Simba
Meditation: “Power or Service?”
Offertory Invitation As we come to present our offerings at this table, we remember God’s generous hospitality. Our calling is to feed those dismissed from the world’s tables, that they may no longer feel hungry or alone.
Dedication We bring our gifts to you, O God. Here is the will and the commitment to serve you; Here is the work of our hands, and here is the love of our hearts. Accept them and use them, through Christ our Lord. Amen
Songs of Praise, Part 2 … “Me & Dem”
Sending Forth and Blessing May the beauty of God walk with you; May the beauty of God be beside you and behind you. May the beauty of God be above you and below you, may the beauty of God lead you in service and love of God people. May you represent the beauty of God in the world. Amen.