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Sunday Morning Worship 10 24 2021
Pam Smith
Pam Smith
Sunday, October 24, 2021
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Order of Worship
Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost
October 24, 2021

+GATHERING+

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

PRELUDE    

CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS

Blessed be the holy Trinity + one God, who forgives all our sin, whose mercy endures forever.
Amen.
    
Let us confess our sins to the one who welcomes us with an open heart.

          Silence is kept for reflection.

God our comforter:
like lost sheep, we have gone astray.
We are surrounded with abundance and see scarcity.
We turn away from injustice and oppression that we don’t want to see.
We exploit the earth and its resources 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.
Amen.

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.
Amen.    
 

HYMN  

   Gather Us In      
          ELW 532    (vs 1,3,4)

Here in this place the new light is streaming,
now is the darkness vanished away;
see in this space our fears and our dreamings
brought here to you in the light of this day.
Gather us in, the lost and forsaken,
gather us in, the blind and the lame;
call to us now, and we shall awaken,
we shall arise at the sound of our name.

Here we will take the wine and the water,
here we will take the bread of new birth,
here you shall call your sons and your daughters,
call us anew to be salt for the earth.
Give us to drink the wine of compassion,
give us to eat the bread that is you;
nourish us well, and teach us to fashion
lives that are holy and hearts that are true.

Not in the dark of buildings confining,
not in some heaven, light years away—
here in this place the new light is shining,
now is the kingdom, and now is the day.
Gather us in and hold us forever,
gather us in and make us your own;
gather us in, all peoples together,
fire of love in our flesh and our bone.

GREETING
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
And also with you.

                                                    
PRAYER OF THE DAY
Let us pray.
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.
Amen.

+WORD +

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.

7For thus 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.

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Psalm 126    (read responsively by full verse)

 1When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion,
 we were like those who dream.
 2Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
 and our tongue with shouts of joy;
 then it was said among the nations,
 "The LORD has done great things for them."
 3The LORD has done great things for us,
 and we rejoiced.
 4Restore our fortunes, O LORD,
 like the watercourses in the Negeb.
 5May those who sow in tears
 reap with shouts of joy.
 6Those who go out weeping,
 bearing the seed for sowing,
 shall come home with shouts of joy,
 carrying their sheaves.

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.

The holy gospel according to Mark.
Glory to you, O Lord.

46 As [Jesus] and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind 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.

The gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

SERMON

HYMN   

     Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness     
            ELW 843  

Praise the One who breaks the darkness
with a liberating light;
praise the One who frees the pris'ners,
turning blindness into sight.
Praise the One who preached the gospel,
healing ev'ry dread disease,
calming storms and feeding thousands
with the very bread of peace.

Praise the one true love incarnate:
Christ, who suffered in our place;
Jesus died and rose for many 
that we may know God by grace.
Let us sing for joy and gladness, 
seeing what our God has done.
Praise the one redeeming glory; 
praise the One who makes us one.

+REMEMBRANCE +

Cleston Spresser 
August 20, 1939 -  September 29, 2021

As we gather this day to worship, to proclaim Christ crucified and risen, we remember before God our brother, Cleston Spresser, to give thanks for his life, to commend him to our merciful redeemer, and to comfort one another in our grief.

PRAYER
O God of grace and glory, we remember before you today our brother, Cleston.  We thank you for giving him to us to know and to love as a companion in our pilgrimage on earth.  In your boundless compassion, console us who mourn.   Give us faith to see that death has been swallowed up in the victory of our Lord Jesus Christ, so that we may live in confidence and hope until, by your call, we are gathered to our heavenly home in the company of all your saints; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
    Amen.

SCRIPTURES

    Isaiah 54:10
For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be remove says the LORD, who has compassion on you.

    2 Corinthians 4:16—5:1
So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal. For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
    
    John 17:9-10
I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them.

REFLECTION

COMMENDATION
Let us commend Cleston Spresser to the mercy of God, our maker and redeemer.
    Silence
Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant Cleston.  Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming.  Receive him into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light.
Amen.

APOSTLES’ CREED

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
     creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son,
     our Lord,

     who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
     born of the virgin Mary,
     suffered under Pontius Pilate,
     was crucified, died, and was buried;
     he descended to the dead.
     On the third day he rose again;
     he ascended into heaven,
     he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
     and he will come to judge the living
     and the
dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
     the holy catholic church,
     the communion of saints,
     the forgiveness of sins,
     the resurrection of the body,
     and the life everlasting. Amen.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

Set free from sin and death and nourished by the word of truth, we join in prayer for all of God’s creation.

     A brief silence.

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 (especially), 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,  particularly Alena, Jenna, Marilyn, Margaret, Anna Mae, Julie, Alan, Ken, Carol, Anne, Allen, JoAnn, Meagan, Betty, Dione, Dottie, Theresa, Dottie, Tim, Ruth,  Henry, Mary, Greg, Ann Joyce, Barbara,  and Shelby.
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. Today we particularly remember our brother in faith, Cleston.  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.
Amen.

GREETING OF PEACE

The peace of the Lord be with you.
And also with you.

+ MEAL +

During this time of pandemic, we are not passing offering plates during our worship service.  Instead, they are placed at the back of the sanctuary.  You may place your offerings there either before or after the service.  Alternatively, some are using Tithe.ly for online giving or are using their bank’s online banking option.  Whichever way you choose to give, we are grateful for your stewardship and generosity.

OFFERING PRAYER
God of abundance, you cause streams to break forth in the desert and manna to rain from the heavens.  Accept the gifts you have first given us.  Unite them with the offering of our lives to nourish the world you love so dearly; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

GREAT THANKSGIVING
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

PREFACE

It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God, through our Savior Jesus Christ; who on this day overcame death and the grave, and by his glorious resurrection openn.ed to us the way of everlasting life. And so, with all the choirs of angels, with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn: 

Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,

heaven and earth
are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the
highest.
Blessed is he who comes
in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.
Hosanna in the highest.

THANKSGIVING AT THE TABLE

Holy God, you alone are holy, you alone are God.  The universe declares your praise:  beyond the stars; beneath the sea; within each cell; with every breath.
We praise you, O God.

Generations bless your faithfulness:  through the water; by night and day; across the wilderness; out of exile; into the future.
We bless you, O God.

We give you thanks for your dear Son:  at the heart of human life; near to those who suffer; beside the sinner; among the poor; with us now.
We thank you, O God.

In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:  Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.  Do this for the remembrance of me.

Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying:  This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.  Do this for the remembrance of me.
Remembering his love for us on the way, at the table, and to the end, we proclaim the mystery of faith.

Christ has died.  Christ is risen.  Christ will come again.

We pray for the gift of your Spirit:  in our gathering; within this meal; among your people; throughout the world.

Blessing, praise, and thanks to you, holy God, through Christ Jesus, by your Spirit, in your church, without end. 
Amen.

THE LORD'S PRAYER

Our Father in heaven,
    hallowed be your name,
    your kingdom come,
    your will be done,
        on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
    as we forgive those
        who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
    and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
    and the glory are yours,
    now and forever.  Amen.

DISTRIBUTION   

 In Holy Communion, the baptized children of God are invited by the Lord to the Lord's Table where we receive Jesus' very body and blood in, with, and under the bread and wine. We commune at the head of the aisle receiving the host and then moving to receive wine or grape juice by the individual cup. The ushers will direct you. Gluten free bread is available. If you wish to commune but cannot come forward, let an usher know and Pastor will come to you. For those who do not wish to commune, they are welcome to come forward to receive a blessing from Pastor. 

Come to the Table    ELW 481

Come to the table of mercy,
prepared with the wine and the bread.
All who are hungry and thirsty,
come, and your souls will be fed.
Come at the Lord's invitation;
receive from his nail-scarred hand.
Eat of the bread of salvation;
drink of the blood of the Lamb.

BLESSING AFTER COMMUNION

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, being witness to the abundance of your love in Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.    
Amen.

+SENDING+

BENEDICTION

SENDING HYMN     

     Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound  
          ELW 779  (vs 1,4,5)

Amazing grace! how sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
was blind, but now I see.

The Lord has promised good to me;
his word my hope secures;
he will my shield and portion be
as long as life endures.

When we've been there ten thousand years,
bright shining as the sun,
we've no less days to sing God's praise
than when we'd first begun.

DISMISSAL 

Go in peace. Serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God!

POSTLUDE

COMMEMORATION

Simon and Jude, Apostles
We know little about these apostles. Simon is listed as "the zealot" or Cananean in New Testament lists. Jude, also called Thaddeus, asked Jesus at the last supper why he had revealed himself to the disciples but not to the world.

Gather Us In , Text and music: Marty Haugen, b. 1950, Text and music © 1982 GIA Publications, Inc,  Reprinted and/or streamed with permission under OneLicense #A-722274. All rights reserved. 

Liturgical Text, Music, and Images from Evangelical Lutheran Worship, © 2006 and 2020 Augsburg Fortress and SundaysandSeasons.com. Reprinted and/or streamed with permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies License #SAS016761.  All rights reserved.

Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness, Text: Rusty Edwards, b. 1955, Text © 1987 Hope Publishing Company. Text reprinted and/or streamed with permission under OneLicense #A-722274. All rights reserved.  Music: J. Wyeth, Repository of Sacred Music, Part II, 1913.  Public domain.

Come to the Table, Text: Claire Cloninger, b. 1942. Music: Martin J. Nystrom, b. 1956.  Text and Music © 1991 Integrity's Hosanna! Music | Curb Word Music,  Text and music reprinted and/or streamed with permission under CCLI License # 2241477.   All rights reserved.

Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound, Text: John Newton, 1725-1807, alt., sts. 1-4; anonymous, st. 5. Music: W. Walker, Southern Harmony, 1935; arr. Edwin O. Excell, 1851-1921, alt.  Public domain.