Sunday Worship Guide - Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

 

Worship Guide

October 10, 2021

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Creating Disciples of Jesus who Transform the World

 

ENTRANCE WITH PRAISE

 

Greetings:

Minister: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!

People: And also with you!

 

Special Music: Gracious Creator of Sea and of Land” - Michael              

 

Centering Words:

 

It is not what we do that saves us. It is the mercy and grace of God, poured out in love. The first shall be last, for God’s love turns our expectations upside down.

 

*Call to Worship:

 

Leader:   Come and worship.

People:  God is here.

Leader:   Listen for God’s word.

People:  It is alive and active.

Leader:   Draw near to the source of mercy.

People:  The God of grace is with us.

Leader:   Let us  pray.

 

ALL: There are days, O God, when we feel far from your presence. We long for you, yet we feel no response, no closeness. Give us the strength to cry out in pain, speaking our truth. Give us the courage to complain, even when there is no response. In the emptiness, we long for your presence. We wait, O God, for you. We know that you are the source of all mercy and grace. We trust that you will help us in times of need. Amen.

 

Hymn: Crown Him with Many Crowns”

 

Crown him with many crowns,

the Lamb upon his throne,

Hark! how the heavenly anthem drowns

all music but its own.

 

Awake, my soul, and sing

of him who died for thee,

and hail him as thy matchless King

through all eternity.

 

Crown him the Lord of life,

who triumphed o'er the grave,

and rose victorious in the strife

for those he came to save.

 

His glories now we sing,

who died, and rose on high,

who died, eternal life to bring,

and lives that death may die.

 

Crown him the Lord of peace,

whose power a scepter sways

from pole to pole, that wars may cease,

and all be prayer and praise.

 

His reign shall know no end,

and round his pierced feet

fair flowers of paradise extend

their fragrance ever sweet.

 

Crown him the Lord of love;

behold his hands and side,

those wounds, yet visible above,

in beauty glorified.

 

All hail, Redeemer, hail!

For thou hast died for me;

thy praise and glory shall not fail

throughout eternity.

 

PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD

 

Words of Assurance

 

In Jesus, we have one who has experienced pain and struggle.

He understands us, and leads us to the one who offers grace and forgiveness.

He reminds us that all things are possible for God. Amen

 

*Gospel Reading: Mark 10:17-31

 

17 As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall  not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.’ ” 20 He said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.” 21 Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” 22 When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.

 

23 Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” 24 And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” 26 They were greatly astounded and said to one another, “Then who can be saved?” 27 Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.”

 

28 Peter began to say to him, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.” 29 Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, 30 who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields, with persecutions and in the age to come eternal life. 31 But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”

 

Leader:   This is the Word of God, for the People of God

People:  Thanks be to God!

 

WORD AND RESPONSE

 

Time with Young Friends: “Jesus Loves Me

 

Children’s Message: “Thanks in the Bad Times”

 

Hymn: “Grace Greater Than Our Sin”

 

Marvelous grace of our loving Lord,

grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt!

Yonder on Calvary’s mount outpoured,

there where the blood of the Lamb was spilled.

 

Grace, grace, God’s grace,

grace that will pardon and cleanse within;

grace, grace, God’s grace,

grace that is greater than all our sin.

 

Sin and despair, like the sea waves cold,

threaten the soul with infinite loss;

grace that is greater, yes, grace untold,

points to the refuge, the mighty cross.

 

Grace, grace, God’s grace,

grace that will pardon and cleanse within;

grace, grace, God’s grace,

grace that is greater than all our sin.

 

Dark is the stain that we cannot hide.

What can avail to wash it away?

Look! There is flowing a crimson tide,

brighter than snow you may be today.

 

Grace, grace, God’s grace,

grace that will pardon and cleanse within;

grace, grace, God’s grace,

grace that is greater than all our sin.

 

Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace,

freely bestowed on all who believe!

You that are longing to see his face,

will you this moment his grace receive?

 

Grace, grace, God’s grace,

grace that will pardon and cleanse within;

grace, grace, God’s grace,

grace that is greater than all our sin.

 

Sermon: “Bitter Complaints” - Job 23:1-9, 16-17

 

23 Then Job answered:

2    “Today also my complaint is bitter; his hand is heavy despite my groaning.

3    Oh, that I knew where I might find him, that I might come even to his dwelling!

4    I would lay my case before him, and fill my mouth with arguments.

5    I would learn what he would answer me, and understand what he would say to me.

6    Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power?

No; but he would give heed to me.

7    There an upright person could reason with him, and I should be acquitted forever by my judge.

8    “If I go forward, he is not there; or backward, I cannot perceive him;

9    on the left he hides, and I cannot behold him; I turn to the right, but I cannot see him.

16   God has made my heart faint; the Almighty has terrified me;

17   If only I could vanish in darkness, and thick darkness would cover my face!

 

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

 

Hymn: “In Christ Alone”

 

In Christ alone my hope is found,

he is my light, my strength, my song.

This Cornerstone, this solid ground,

firm through the fiercest drought and storm.

What heights of love, what depths of peace,

when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!

My Comforter, my all in all,

here in the love of Christ I stand.

 

In Christ alone, who took on flesh,

fullness of God in helpless babe.

This gift of love and righteousness,

scorned by the ones He came to save.

Till on that cross as Jesus died,

the wrath of God was satisfied;

for every sin on Him was laid.

Here in the death of Christ I live.

 

There in the ground His body lay,

Light of the world by darkness slain.

Then bursting forth in glorious day,

up from the grave He rose again!

And as He stands in victory,

sin's curse has lost its grip on me.

For I am His and He is mine,

bought with the precious blood of Christ.

 

No guilt in life, no fear in death,

this is the power of Christ in me.

From life's first cry to final breath,

Jesus commands my destiny.

No power of hell, no scheme or plan

can ever pluck me from His hand.

'Till He returns or calls me home

here in the power of Christ I'll stand.

 

Psalter: Psalm 22:1-15

 

1   My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?

2   O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer;

and by night, but find no rest.

3   Yet you, the praise of Israel, are enthroned in holiness.

4   In you our forebears trusted; they trusted and you delivered them.

5   To you they cried, and were saved;

in you they trusted, and were not disappointed.

 

6   But I am a worm, and not human;

scorned by others, and despised by the people.

7   All who see me mock at me,

they make mouths at me, they wag their heads;

8 "He committed his cause to the Lord;

let the Lord deliver him. Let the Lord rescue him, for the Lord delights in him!"

9   Yet it was you who took me from the womb; you kept me safe upon my mother's breast.

10  Upon you I was cast from my birth, and since my mother bore me, you have been my God.

11  Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is none to help.

 

12 Many bulls encompass me, strong bulls of Bashan surround me;

13  they open wide their mouths at me like a ravening and roaring lion.

14  I am poured out like water

and all my bones are out of joint;

my heart is like wax,

it is melted within my breast;

15   My mouth is dried up like a potsherd,

and my tongue cleaves to my jaws;

you lay me in the dust of death.

 

 

Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow

 

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

praise him, all creatures here below;

praise him above, ye heavenly host;

praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Amen

 

Prayers of the People Joys and concerns:

Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer

 

SENDING FORTH

 

Hymn: “When We All Get to Heaven”

 

Sing the wondrous love of Jesus,

sing his mercy and his grace.

In the mansions bright and blessed

he’ll prepare for us a place.

 

When we all get to heaven,

what a day of rejoicing that will be!

When we all see Jesus,

we’ll sing and shout the victory!

 

While we walk the pilgrim pathway,

clouds will overspread the sky;

but when traveling days are over,

not a shadow, not a sigh.

 

When we all get to heaven,

what a day of rejoicing that will be!

When we all see Jesus,

we’ll sing and shout the victory!

 

Let us then be true and faithful,

trusting, serving every day;

just one glimpse of him in glory

will the toils of life repay.

 

When we all get to heaven,

what a day of rejoicing that will be!

When we all see Jesus,

we’ll sing and shout the victory!

 

Onward to the prize before us!

Soon his beauty we’ll behold;

soon the pearly gates will open;

we shall tread the streets of gold.

 

When we all get to heaven,

what a day of rejoicing that will be!

When we all see Jesus,

we’ll sing and shout the victory!

 

Benediction

 

 
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