Blessings to you on this beautiful, rainy pledge Sunday! Pledges were received this morning during the prelude. If you were not able to join us or just not ready to pledge, feel free to mail your pledge card to the office. Out of God’s great gift, we in turn give what we can of what we have.
Next Sunday is Reformation, wear red!
November 7th is our celebration of All Saints. If you have a name you would like added to the list of remembrances, please write it on the sheet in the narthex or email the office.
Our second Pack the Pantry event is now! You are encouraged to donate either non-perishable food item or a monetary offering.
Pastor Chris Lee
Order of Service for Sunday, October 24, 2021:
Prelude: ” All That We Have, – Ault. Brittany Anderson, vocalist.
Can we pray the way Bartimaeus prays? People try to hush him up because by addressing Jesus as “Son of David” he is making a politically dangerous claim that Jesus is the rightful king. Could our prayers ever be heard as a threat to unjust powers that be? Bartimaeus won’t give up or go away quietly, but repeats his call for help more loudly. Do we ask so boldly? And are our prayers an honest answer to Jesus’ question, “What do you want me to do for you?”
Confession and Forgiveness
Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God whose teaching is life, whose presence is sure, and whose love is endless.
Let us confess our sins to the one who welcomes us with an open heart.
God our comforter:
like lost sheep, we have gone astray. We gaze upon abundance and see scarcity. We turn our faces away from injustice and oppression. We exploit the earth with our apathy and greed. Free us from our sin, gracious God. Listen when we call out to you for help. Lead us by your love to love our neighbors as ourselves.
All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. By the gift of grace in ☩ Christ Jesus, God makes you righteous. Receive with glad hearts the forgiveness of all your sins.
Opening Hymn: ELW 673- “God, Whose Almighty Word,” all 4 verses.
Prayer of the Day
Eternal light, shine in our hearts. Eternal wisdom, scatter the darkness of our ignorance. Eternal compassion, have mercy on us. Turn us to seek your face, and enable us to reflect your goodness, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
First Reading: Jeremiah 31:7-9
This passage speaks not only of the southern kingdom, Judah, and its homecoming from exile in Babylon, but also of the northern kingdom (“Israel” or “Ephraim”) and its restoration. The northern tribes of Israel had been lost in exile to Assyria more than a century before Jeremiah prophesied.
7Thus says the Lord:
Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob,
and raise shouts for the chief of the nations;
proclaim, give praise, and say,
“Save, O Lord, your people,
the remnant of Israel.”
8See, I am going to bring them from the land of the north,
and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth,
among them the blind and the lame,
those with child and those in labor, together;
a great company, they shall return here.
9With weeping they shall come,
and with consolations I will lead them back,
I will let them walk by brooks of water,
in a straight path in which they shall not stumble;
for I have become a father to Israel,
and Ephraim is my firstborn.
Second Reading: Hebrews 7:23-28
Human priests of old offered sacrifice for their own sins and served only until their death. In contrast, Jesus is God’s Son, the holy, sinless, resurrected high priest. Death did not terminate his priestly service, but through his death he has interceded for our sins.
23The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office; 24but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. 25Consequently he is able for all time to save those who approach God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.
26For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, blameless, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. 27Unlike the other high priests, he has no need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for those of the people; this he did once for all when he offered himself. 28For the law appoints as high priests those who are subject to weakness, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever.
Gospel: Mark 10:46-52
Bartimaeus comes to Jesus with faith, asking that he might see again. Recognizing Jesus’ identity, Bartimaeus is the first person to call him “Son of David” in the Gospel of Mark.
46As Jesus and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind [veteran] beggar, was sitting by the roadside. 47When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, he is calling you.” 50So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. 51Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher, let me see again.” 52Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.
Sermon: Pastor Chris Lee
Hymn of the Day: ELW 779- “Amazing Grace,” verses 1 – 4.
Prayers of Intercession
Set free from sin and death and nourished by the word of truth, we join in prayer for all of God’s creation.
Risen One, we give you thanks for congregations and ministries throughout the world that serve as centers of prayer and action. Empower missionaries, teachers, healers, evangelists, and all who are sent to share your song of joy. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.
Holy One, we give you thanks for generous land that produces abundant harvests. Strengthen and protect all soils, from rooftop gardens to prairie farmlands, to patio planters to fertile valleys, and bless all who lovingly tend them. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.
Ruling One, we give you thanks for leaders of nations who work to build up the common good. Strengthen efforts of reconciliation among all nations, that peace extends in every direction. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.
Healing One, we give you thanks for all who labor for the health of others. Comfort and strengthen all who struggle with chronic pain. Send healing and relief to all who are sick especially Rose Reasor; David Neu; Everett Noah; Wayne Esping; Libby Hofsas; Noah Stoutt; Bonnie Sellers; Shelley Collis; Barbara Witt; Barb Martin; Deb Schafer; Alivia DeWitt; Bill and Virginia Thorpe; Richard Hotchkiss; Marijane Cook; Nancy and Bob Bosco; Charysse and Adean Heritage and Family; Randy McIntyre; Karen Bemowski; Marilyn Hubbard; Helen Schubert, and all those we name before you aloud or in our hearts. Give them tangible signs of your steadfast love. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.
Providing One, we give you thanks for all who provide for others. Inspire generosity in your people, so that we carry out the work of making disciples of all nations. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.
Living One, we give you thanks for the saints who have increased our faith. Give us courage to follow in hope until you gather us all around your table of abundance. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.
Confident that you hear us, O God, we boldly place our prayers into your hands; through Jesus Christ, our truth and life.
The Lord’s Prayer
Communion: ELW 612- “Healer of Our Every Ill.”
Communion: ELW 639- “We Are Living.”
Prayer after Communion
Lord of life, in the gift of your body and blood you turn the crumbs of our faith into a feast of salvation. Send us forth into the world with shouts of joy, bearing witness to the abundance of your love in Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
People of God, you are Christ’s body, bringing new life to a suffering world. The holy Trinity, ☩ one God, bless you now and forever.
Sending Hymn: ELW 820- “O Savior, Precious Savior,” verses 1 & 2.
Go in peace. The living Word dwells in you.
Thanks be to God.
Postlude: “Many and Great,”- Carter.
Facebook link to Sunday, October 24, 2021 Worship Service:
Image credits: Jesus Heals Bartimaeus, gardenofpraise.com and Blind Bartimaeus lavistachurchofchrist.org
Brittany Anderson: Song Leader.
Pam Edwards: Music Director/ Piano
“All That We Have.” Contributor: Gary Ault. Words and Music copyright 1969, Damean Music. (One License #00007) All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.
“God, Whose Almighty Word.” Text: John Marriott, 1780 – 1825, alt.. Music: Felice de Giardini, 1716 – 1796. Public domain.
“Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound.” Text: John Newton, 1725 – 1807, alt., sts. 1 -4; anonymous, st. 5. Music: W. Walker, Southern Harmony, 1835; arr. Edwin O. Excell, 1851 – 1921. Public domain.
“Healer of Our Every Ill.” Text: Marty Haugen, b. 1950. Music: Marty Haugen. Text and music copyright 1987 GIA Publications, Inc.. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.
“We Are Living.” (Pues si vivimos) Text: st. 1, based on Romans 14:8; tr. Elise S. Eslinger, b. 1942; st. 2 -3, Roberto Escamilla, b. 1931; tr. George Lockwood, b. 1946. Music: Spanish traditional. Spanish text, sts. 2 -3 copyright 1983 Abingdon Press and tr. copyright 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House, admin. The Copyright Company. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.
“O Savior, Precious Savior.” Text: Frances R. Havergal, 1836 – 1879. Music: Arthur H. Mann, 1850 – 1929. Public domain.
“Many and Great.” (LACQUIPARLE) Contributor: John Carter. Music copyright 2005, Hope Publishing Company. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.
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