October 10 Worship Bulletin

October 10 Worship Bulletin

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October 10 – 20th Sunday after Pentecost

Today is the second of our 4-week fall stewardship campaign. The title for the 2021 campaign is “Our Money Story.” We all have a money story, whether we recognize it or not. Some live from a story of fear or shame or guilt. For others, it’s a story that no matter what we do, our actions will have little or no impact. Maybe it’s a story that there’s never enough. God has a money story, too. It’s a story of redemption, grace, always enough. Scattered throughout the Bible are stories of God helping people move past their self-imposed limitations which are almost always based on human perspective rather than God’s perspective. The goal of this stewardship campaign is to help worshipers identify their own money stories and to re-write them wherever they don’t align with God’s money story. The campaign will culminate on October 24, when worshippers will have the opportunity to bring their 2022 Estimate of Giving card. This morning’s theme is release. The message will focus on releasing anything connected to our personal money story that keeps us from freedom, wholeness, and living into God’s story.

Welcome and Announcements

Prelude – “Sing Unto the Lord” – Benton Price

*Call to Worship

L: Through Moses, God said,
P: “Let my people go.” (Ex.9:1)
L: In scripture, the law declares:
P: “In the seventh year, you must cancel all debts.” (Deuteronomy 15:1)
L: With grace, Jesus said:
P: “Give one coat away.” (Luke 3:11)
L: With honesty, Jesus taught:
P: “Sell what you have, give that money to the poor.” (Matt. 19:21)
L: Faith has always involved letting go, releasing, setting free, dropping our nets, giving to others, and following.
P: So, in this hour of worship, may we release that which binds us. May we worship with open, untamed, and porous hearts, so that we can walk freely with God.
L: Let it be so.
P: Amen.

Hymn – “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus” – UMH #196

  1. Come, thou long expected Jesus, born to set thy people free;
    from our fears and sins release us, let us find our rest in thee.
    Israel’s strength and consolation, hope of all the earth thou art;
    dear desire of every nation, joy of every longing heart.
  2. Born thy people to deliver, born a child and yet a King,
    born to reign in us forever, now thy gracious kingdom bring.
    By thine own eternal spirit rule in all our hearts alone;
    by thine all sufficient merit, raise us to thy glorious throne.

*Congregational Prayer of Confession

Gracious God, we admit to holding tight to that which we know and
understand. We put you in a box to avoid the shades of gray that come
with faith. We put worship in a box to avoid the discomfort of change. We
put ourselves in boxes labeled with gender expectations and societal
norms. We put others in boxes labeled “worthy” and “unworthy.” We put
all that we have in a box and pray we won’t run out. So, in this moment, we
confess to holding tight to fear, greed, and worldly structures. Forgive us
for missing the point. Open our eyes to a new way—to a holiness found in
open boxes, unclenched fists, shades of gray, and holy release. Gratefully
we pray. Amen.

Scripture Reading – Deuteronomy 15:1-11

1Every seventh year you must cancel all debts. 2This is how the cancellation is to be handled: Creditors will forgive the loans of their fellow Israelites. They won’t demand repayment from their neighbors or their relatives because the LORD’s year of debt cancellation has been announced. 3You are allowed to demand payment from foreigners, but whatever is owed you from your fellow Israelites you must forgive. 4Of course there won’t be any poor persons among you because the LORD will bless you in the land that the LORD your God is giving you to possess as an inheritance, 5but only if you carefully obey the LORD your God’s voice, by carefully doing every bit of this commandment that I’m giving you right now. 6Once the LORD your God has blessed you, exactly as he said he would, you will end up lending to many different peoples but won’t need to borrow a thing. You will dominate many different peoples, but they won’t dominate you.

7Now if there are some poor persons among you, say one of your fellow Israelites in one of your cities in the land that the LORD your God is giving you, don’t be hard- hearted or tightfisted toward your poor fellow Israelites. 8To the contrary! Open your hand wide to them. You must generously lend them whatever they need. 9But watch yourself! Make sure no wicked thought crosses your mind, such as, The seventh year is coming—the year of debt cancellation—so that you resent your poor fellow Israelites and don’t give them anything. If you do that, they will cry out to the LORD against you, and you will be guilty of sin. 10No, give generously to needy persons. Don’t resent giving to them because it is this very thing that will lead to the LORD your God’s blessing you in all you do and work at. 11Poor persons will never disappear from the earth. That’s why I’m giving you this command: you must open your hand generously to your fellow Israelites, to the needy among you, and to the poor who live with you in your land.

Time with the Children

Special Music – “Break into Song” – Donna Butler

Scripture Reading – Matthew 19:16-22

16A man approached him and said, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to have eternal life?

17Jesus said, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There’s only one who is good. If you want to enter eternal life, keep the commandments.”

18The man said, “Which ones?”

Then Jesus said, “Don’t commit murder. Don’t commit adultery. Don’t steal. Don’t give false testimony. 19Honor your father and mother, and love your neighbor as you love yourself.”

20The young man replied, “I’ve kept all these. What am I still missing?”

21Jesus said, “If you want to be complete, go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor. Then you will have treasure in heaven. And come follow me.”

22But when the young man heard this, he went away saddened, because he had many possessions.

Message – “Release”

Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer

*Song – “His Eye Is on the Sparrow” – FWS #2146

I sing because I’m happy ( I’m happy)
I sing because I’m free (I’m free)
For His eye, his eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.

  1. Why should I feel discouraged, Why should the shadows come,
    Why should my heart be lonely, And long for heaven, heaven and home,
    When Jesus is my portion? My constant Friend is He;
    his eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
    his eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me. (Refrain)
  2. “Let not your heart be troubled,” His tender word I hear,
    And resting on His goodness, I lose my doubts and fears;
    Though by the path He leadeth, but one step I may see;
    His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
    His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me. (Refrain)
  3. Whenever I am tempted, whenever clouds arise,
    When songs give place to sighing, when hope within me dies,
    I draw the closer to Him, from care He sets me free;
    His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
    His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me. (Refrain)

Invitation to Give & Prayer of Dedication

Offertory – “Lord, Speak to Me” – Eugene Butler

*Closing Hymn – “Victory in Jesus” – UMH #370

Oh, Victory in Jesus, my Savior forever!
He sought me and he bought me with His redeeming blood;
He loved me ere I knew Him, and all my love is due Him;
He plunged me to Victory, beneath the cleansing flood.

  1. I heard an old, old story, how a Savior came from Glory
    How He gave His life on Calvary, to save a wretch like me.
    I heard about his groaning, of his precious blood’s atoning,
    Then I repented of my sins, and won the Victory. CHORUS
  2. I heard about His healing, of His cleansing power revealing.
    How He made the lame to walk again and caused the blind to see;
    And then I cried, “Dear Jesus, come and heal my broken spirit.”
    And some how Jesus came and brought to me the Victory. CHORUS
  3. I heard about a mansion He has built for me in glory,
    And I heard about the streets of gold beyond the crystal sea;
    About the angels singing, and the old redemption story,
    And some sweet day I’ll sing up there the song of Victory! CHORUS

*Benediction/Affirmation of Faith

  • We believe that on the first day
    God released love and creativity over a void;
    and that void became mountains and rivers, sunsets and starry nights.
  • We believe God released
    his people from the grips of slavery,
    liberating us day in and day out.
  • We believe God laid down with death
    and was released from its grip,
    knowing suffering and freeing us from this fragile life.
  • And we believe God invites us—
    day in and day out—
    to release our fears, let go of assumptions, tear down walls, throw open
    the doors, and walk closer to love.
  • May it be so in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
  • Amen.

*Postlude – “Sing Unto the Lord” – Benton Price

Helping Lead Today’s Worship

  • Liturgist: Bob Beedon
  • Organ/Piano: Kathy Cay
  • Rev. Elisabeth Danielsons, Deacon
  • Rev. Drew Hart

Lyrics to Special Music

Break Into Song

Open your heart. Feel the harmonies ringing, lift up your voice, set your spirit free, dance in the joy as we celebrate this day. Open your heart. Feel the harmonies ringing, lift up your voice, set your spirit free, capture the hope of our Savior’s boundless love. So, break, break into song. Sing praise to the Lord. Let music resound in ev’ry heart. Reach out to the world. Join hearts in the song. Give voice to the music of God’s grace. So, let us sing! Open your arms, to a friend or neighbor reach out in faith, to a world in need. Listen to God, let His rhythm guide your way. Open your arms to a friend or neighbor, reach out in faith to a world in need. Gather in joy, share your music, join the song! So, break, break into song. Sing praise to the Lord. Let music resound in ev’ry heart. Reach out to the world. Join hearts in the song. Give voice to the music of God’s grace. So, let us sing! Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Sing alleluia. Sing praise! Sing praise and raise your voices! Break, break into song. Sing praise to the Lord. Let music resound in ev’ry heart. Reach out to the world. Join hearts in the song. Give voice to the music of God’s grace. So, let us sing! So, let us sing! So, let us sing!

Lord, Speak To Me

I kneel here alone before you, Lord, seeking to find my way. I am list’ning in silence for your voice; tell me what to do and to say. Lord, speak to me that I may speak in living echoes of your tone, as you have sought so let me seek Your wand’ring children lost and lone. I need your presence with me, Lord. Fill me with your grace and love. O search my heart and cleanse my soul. Lead me to your realms above. O fill me with your fullness, Lord, until my very heart o’erflows in kindly thought and glowing word, your love to tell, your praise to show. Now Lord, I feel your presence near, I feel your love and joy. My heart is full, I sing your praise. Let me all my talents employ. O use me, Lord, use even me, just as you will and when and where, until your blessed face I see, your rest, your joy, your glory share!