Saturday, October 16, 2021

Scripture for October 17

11 The priests then withdrew from the Holy Place. All the priests who were there had consecrated themselves, regardless of their divisions. 12 All the Levites who were musicians—Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun and their sons and relatives—stood on the east side of the altar, dressed in fine linen and playing cymbals, harps and lyres. They were accompanied by 120 priests sounding trumpets. 13 The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, the singers raised their voices in praise to the Lord and sang:

“He is good;
    his love endures forever.”

Then the temple of the Lord was filled with the cloud, 14 and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the temple of God.

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Friday, October 15, 2021

Daily Prayers October 15

The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.

Daily Readings for Friday, October 15, 2021

O God, you are the well-spring of life. Pour into our hearts the living water of your grace that we may be refreshed to live this day in joy, confident of your presence and empowered by your peace. Protect your people, O God, and keep us safe until the coming of your new dawn and the establishment of your righteous rule. By your Holy Spirit, stir up within us a longing for the light of your new day, and guide us by the radiance of Jesus Christ your Son, our risen Lord. Almighty God, guide the nations of the world

into ways of justice and truth, and establish among them that peace which is the fruit of righteousness, that they may become the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Compassionate God, your Son gives rest to those weary with heavy burdens. Heal the sick in body, mind, and spirit. Lift up the depressed. Befriend those who grieve. Comfort the anxious. Fill all people with your Holy Spirit that they may bear each other's burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ. (Add your prayers.) Amen.

The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of God's Son, Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, remain with you always.

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Order of Worship October 10




Listening God, hear your church today as we bring our joys and our concerns, our thanksgivings and our requests. Fill us with the assurance you hear our words and thoughts, our songs and our tears. In the name of the One who always shows us the way, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

             PRELUDE      Canon, Fughetta, and March on a “Ton-y-Botel” Gudger 





God, you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.

Our ancestors trusted in you, and you delivered them.

They cried to you, and you saved them.

In you we will trust because you are holy, O God.

All praise to you, now and forever!

† HYMN “The God of Abraham Praise” Hymnal #49




We 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 your mother. We think we are obeying you, but we cannot let go of the things we think we need or what we believe is important. We do not follow you or love you with all our hearts, our minds, or our strength. We are unwilling to give our whole selves to you. Forgive our disobedience, our lack of commitment, and our desire to focus on material things instead of on your will for us. Lead us back to you and help us let go of anything that keeps us from following. (Silent Confession)




The peace of Christ be with you. And also with you. 

†GLORY TO GOD              Hymnal #582 

TIME WITH CHILDREN (Sunday Worship) (Children 5th grade and younger may leave to attend Sunday School) 

SCRIPTURE           Mark 10:17-31 

SERMON        “Golden Handcuffs ”        Rev. Dr. Dave Burgess

 † AFFIRMATION OF FAITH Westminster Confession of Faith, Shorter Catechism 

Question One Q. What is our chief end? A. Our chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy God forever. 

OFFERING Thy Word      Smith/Geschke      Chancel Bells

 † THE DOXOLOGY      Hymnal #606 


† HYMN      “Will You Come and Follow Me”      Hymnal #726 


† BENEDICTION      “You Shall Go Out With Joy”      Hymnal #80 

POSTLUDE (Sunday Worship)      Laudation      Martin 

† You are invited to stand, as you are able

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Scripture for October 10

 Mark 10:17-31

The Rich and the Kingdom of God

17 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.’[a]

20 “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.”

21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

22 At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.

23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!”

24 The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, “Children, how hard it is[b] 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 The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?”

27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”

28 Then Peter spoke up, “We have left everything to follow you!”

29 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel 30 will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. 31 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”

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Friday, October 8, 2021

Daily Prayer October 8

 Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near.

Daily Readings for Friday, October 8, 2021

Jesus, Good Shepherd of the sheep, by whom the lost are sought and guided into the fold: Feed us and we shall be satisfied, heal us and we shall be whole, and lead us that we may be with you, with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Almighty God, by grace alone you call us and accept us in your service. Strengthen us by your Spirit, and make us worthy of your call. Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation. In the beginning you separated light from darkness and placed all your works in our hands. You have given us the light of day that we might see your wonders in all we say and do; you give us the gentle darkness of the night that we might rest from our burdens and be refreshed in body and spirit. Break through the darkness of our sins with the splendor of your mercy and love. Send your light to dispel our fears and anxieties and fill us with hope and joy. Glory, praise, and honor are yours, O God. (Add your prayers.) Amen.

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

(Opening sentences, prayers, and blessings are from the Book of Common Worship. Readings are from the daily lectionary in Daily Prayer. Both are published by Westminster/John Knox Press.)

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Order of Worship October 3


God, sometimes we do not understand why bad things happen to good people. Sometimes all we can do is lift up our eyes and hearts to heaven, and scream out loud, “Why?” Sometimes we do not want to persist in our integrity; we allow our suffering to lead us into despair. Yet wisdom comes from listening to your Word. Enable us to see the life you give us through the laughter, joy, trial, and tribulation of your son Jesus Christ, who lived, suffered, died, and was raised for us. In his name we pray. Amen. 

PRELUDE (Sunday Worship) Trumpet Tune in G Sobaje 



We come here today to tell God’s story of love: O Lord our God, how majestic is your name! In the great congregation we will sing your praise: O Lord our God, how majestic is your name!

† HYMN “God of Great and God of Small” Hymnal #19 


You gave us commandments, God of love, because you know the hardness of our hearts. You created us to live in community, but we still oppress others and separate ourselves from each other and from you. Jesus loved the children, but there are still many rejected and unloved in the world who live in hunger and fear. Forgive us, and call us to faithfulness. Bind all your children together as siblings, and nurture us with your love and forgiveness, that we might share what we’ve received from your gracious hand. (Silent Confession)



The peace of Christ be with you. And also with you. 

†GLORY TO GOD                    Hymnal #582 

TIME WITH CHILDREN (Sunday Worship) (Children 5th grade and younger may leave to attend Sunday School)

SCRIPTURE              Mark 10:13-16 

SERMON       “What’s Holding You Back?”         Rev. Dr. Dave Burgess 

† AFFIRMATION OF FAITH Westminster Confession of Faith, Shorter Catechism

 Question One Q. What is our chief end? A. Our chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy God forever. 

OFFERING           Let The Children Come              Williams/Martin 

Chancel Choir Amy Shelton, Soloist 

† THE DOXOLOGY            Hymnal #606 

† HYMN            “We Gather Here in Jesus Name”            Hymnal #510 


Invitation to the Table 

Great Prayer of Thanksgiving and the Lord’s Prayer               Hymnal p. 35 

Words of Institution   

Sharing of the Bread & Cup   

Prayer After Communion


† BENEDICTION      “You Shall Go Out With Joy”      Hymnal #80 

POSTLUDE (Sunday Worship)       God Will Take Care of You          arr. Hughes 

† You are invited to stand, as you are able 

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Scripture for October 3, 2021

 Mark 10:13-16

The Little Children and Jesus

13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 16 And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.

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Friday, October 1, 2021

Daily Prayers for October 1

 I appeal to you, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

Daily Readings for Friday, October 1, 2021

Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ ascended to the throne of heaven that he might rule over all things as Lord. Keep the church in the unity of the Spirit and in the bond of peace; bring all creation to worship at his feet, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Clothe us with the power promised from on high, and send us forth to the ends of the earth as heralds of repentance and witnesses of Jesus Christ, firstborn from the dead. Merciful God, strengthen us in prayer that we may lift up the brokenness of this world for your healing, and share in the saving love of Jesus Christ. We pray for those in positions of authority over others, the lonely and forgotten, children without families or homes, agents of caring and relief. (Add your prayers.) Amen.

May God in endless mercy bring the whole church, the living and departed, to a joyful resurrection in the fulfillment of the eternal kingdom.

(Opening sentences, prayers, and blessings are from the Book of Common Worship. Readings are from the daily lectionary in Daily Prayer. Both are published by Westminster/John Knox Press.)