October 3 Worship Bulletin

October 3 Worship Bulletin

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October 3 – 19th Sunday after Pentecost

Today, we begin 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 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 remembering. The message will focus on how ‘remembering’ God’s actions of grace and faithfulness can liberate us from our own stories which keep us in spiritual bondage to the past.

Welcome & Announcements

Prelude – “We Have Come To Worship Thee/Sanctuary”

*Call to Worship

  • L: We remember
  • P: that God created.
  • L: We remember
  • P: that God liberated.
  • L: We remember
  • P: that God fed.
  • L: We remember
  • P: that God is still creating, is still liberating, and still feeding us.
  • L: Let this be our story.
  • P: Let this be where we begin.
  • L: Let us worship holy God.

*Song – “I Love to Tell the Story” – UMH #156

I love to tell the story, ’twill be my theme in glory,
to tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love.

  1. I love to tell the story of unseen things above,
    of Jesus and his glory, of Jesus and his love.
    I love to tell the story, because I know ’tis true;
    it satisfies my longings as nothing else can do. (Refrain)
  2. I love to tell the story; more wonderful it seems
    than all the golden fancies of all our golden dreams.
    I love to tell the story, it did so much for me;
    and that is just the reason I tell it now to thee. (Refrain)
  3. I love to tell the story; ’tis pleasant to repeat
    what seems, each time I tell it, more wonderfully sweet.
    I love to tell the story, for some have never heard
    the message of salvation from God’s own holy Word. (Refrain)
  4. I love to tell the story, for those who know it best
    seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.
    And when, in scenes of glory, I sing the new, new song,
    ’twill be the old, old story that I have loved so long. (Refrain)

Scripture Reading – Joshua 4:1-7

1When the entire nation had finished crossing over the Jordan, the LORD said to Joshua, 2“Pick twelve men from the people, one man per tribe. 3Command them, ‘Pick up twelve stones from right here in the middle of the Jordan, where the feet of the priests had been firmly planted. Bring them across with you and put them down in the camp where you are staying tonight.’”

4Joshua called for the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one man per tribe. 5Joshua said to them “Cross over into the middle of the Jordan, up to the LORD your God’s chest. Each of you, lift up a stone on his shoulder to match the number of the tribes of the Israelites. 6This will be a symbol among you. In the future your children may ask, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ 7Then you will tell them that the water of the Jordan was cut off before the LORD’s covenant chest. When it crossed over the Jordan, the water of the Jordan was cut off. These stones will be an enduring memorial for the Israelites.”

Time with the Children

Special Music – “Hearts of Gratitude”

Scripture Reading – Luke 22:1-23

1The Festival of Unleavened Bread, which is called Passover, was approaching. 2The chief priests and the legal experts were looking for a way to kill Jesus, because they were afraid of the people. 3Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, who was one of the Twelve. 4He went out and discussed with the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard how he could hand Jesus over to them. 5They were delighted and arranged payment for him. 6He agreed and began looking for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them—a time when the crowds would be absent.

7The Day of Unleavened Bread arrived, when the Passover had to be sacrificed. 8Jesus sent Peter and John with this task: “Go and prepare for us to eat the Passover meal.”

9They said to him, “Where do you want us to prepare it?”

10Jesus replied, “When you go into the city, a man carrying a water jar will meet you. Follow him to the house he enters. 11Say to the owner of the house, ‘The teacher says to you, “Where is the guestroom where I can eat the Passover meal with my disciples?” ’ 12He will show you a large upstairs room, already furnished. Make preparations there.” 13They went and found everything just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover meal.

14When the time came, Jesus took his place at the table, and the apostles joined him. 15He said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16I tell you, I won’t eat it until it is fulfilled in God’s kingdom.” 17After taking a cup and giving thanks, he said, “Take this and share it among yourselves. 18I tell you that from now on I won’t drink from the fruit of the vine until God’s kingdom has come.” 19After taking the bread and giving thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 20In the same way, he took the cup after the meal and said, “This cup is the new covenant by my blood, which is poured out for you.

21“But look! My betrayer is with me; his hand is on this table. 22The Human One[a] goes just as it has been determined. But how terrible it is for that person who betrays him.” 23They began to argue among themselves about which of them it could possibly be who would do this.

Message – “Remember”

Sacrament of Holy Communion

Prayer of Confession & Words of Affirmation

Holy God, we admit to remembering the wrong things. We remember worldly lessons like, “Everyone for themselves,” “An eye for an eye,” and “All is fair in love and war.” And yet, we forget to forgive 70 times seven, to love our neighbors as ourselves, and to live like the body of Christ. Why is it so hard to remember the right things? Release us from our muscle memory and re-center us in a new place, a fresh place, a space grounded in your love. Help us to receive your word anew, and to consider stewardship not with the world’s rules, but with your rules. Help us remember. With hope we pray. Amen.

Prayer of Great Thanksgiving

*Song – “Christ, We Are Blest” – W&S #3174

  1. Christ, we are blest as we gather to dine,
    strengthened for love by the bread and the wine.
    This is your body, now entering ours,
    strong with your loving miraculous powers.
  2. You laid your life down like sowing a seed;
    once dead and buried, from death you are freed,
    rising like wheat in the warmth of the sun!
    Christ, you are risen! New life has begun!
  3. Christ, you are risen, but not far above:
    you live among us in each act of love,
    in every deed of compassion you rise,
    living in flesh we can see with our eyes.
  4. Jesus, you feed us, then bid us to leave,
    sharing with others the love we receive.
    We are your body, sent by your command,
    making love real as the bread in our hands.

Sharing the Bread and Cup

Prayer after Communion

Invitation to Give & Prayer of Dedication

Offertory – “Deep, Deep Love” – Lee Dengler

*Closing Hymn – “Are Ye Able” – UMH #530

Lord, we are able. Our spirits are thine.
Remold them, make us, like thee, divine.
Thy guiding radiance above us shall be
a beacon to God, to love, and loyalty.

  1. “Are ye able,” said the Master, “to be crucified with me?”
    “Yea,” the sturdy dreamers answered, “to the death we follow thee.” (Refrain)
  2. Are ye able to remember, when a thief lifts up his eyes,
    that his pardoned soul is worthy of a place in paradise? (Refrain)
  3. Are ye able when the shadows close around you with the sod,
    to believe that spirit triumphs, to commend your soul to God? (Refrain)
  4. Are ye able? Still the Master whispers down eternity,
    and heroic spirits answer, now as then in Galilee. (Refrain)

*Benediction/Affirmation of Faith

  • L: The story of God calls us to remember—
  • P: that creation was made good and Sabbath is necessary.
  • L: The story of God calls us to remember—
  • P: that we belong to one another, for we are bone of bone and flesh of flesh.
  • L: The story of God calls us to remember—
  • P: that reconciliation between family members is holy, and slavery of any kind is evil.
  • L: The story of God calls us to remember—
  • P: that the wilderness is real, and that God will be with us, raining down manna and speaking in a still, small voice.
  • L: The story of God calls us to remember—
  • P: that love looks like healing the sick, eating with the outcast, making room for the children, and seeing the unseen.
  • L: The story of God calls us to remember—
  • P: because if we forget, we risk making God, love, and reconciliation small.
  • L: So, as we remember, we now declare—
  • P: we believe in a God who made all things good, who stands with the suffering, walks with us in the wilderness, sees the overlooked, loves with an untamed heart, and makes room for all at God’s table.
  • L: Go in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
  • P: Amen.


Helping Lead Today’s Worship

  • Liturgist: Barb Hurd
  • Singers: Ann Jacobs, Cathy Grattan, Noreen Kleinstiver, Tom Norager, and Steve Grattan
  • Organ/Piano: Kathy Cay
  • Rev. Elisabeth Danielsons, Deacon
  • Rev. Drew Hart

Lyrics to Special Music

Hearts of Gratitude

Our hearts of gratitude bring us to this place. Here we worship Christ; here we seek His face. Our hearts of gratitude bring us to this place, this place. Taking bread and wine, mercy we embrace. A feast of love is spread: body broken, blood shed. Hearts of gratitude bring us to this place. Our hearts of gratitude bring us to this place. Here we worship Christ; here we seek, we seek His face. Hearts of gratitude bring us to this place; remembering His love, we celebrate His grace. A feast of love is spread: body broken, blood shed. Hearts of gratitude bring us to this place. A feast of love is spread: body broken, blood shed. Hearts of gratitude, hearts of gratitude, our hearts of gratitude bring us to this place.

Deep, Deep Love

Deeper than the nails driven into His hands, is the love of a Father who gives His only Son. Deeper than the thorns pressing into His brow, is the love of a Son who dies for ev’ryone. Love, so amazing, deep, deep love. Love, so divine, deep, deep love. Love never failing to hear my call demands my soul, my life, my all. Deeper than the spear piercing into His side, is the love of God who takes away my sin. Deeper than the pain of the mob’s bitter words is the love of the Savior who only says “forgive.” Love, so amazing, deep, deep love. Love, so divine, deep, deep love. Love never failing to hear my call demands my soul, my life, my all. Love so amazing demands my soul, my life, my all.