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Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

October 10th, 2021 at 11:00am

It is rare indeed that people give. Most people guard and keep; they suppose that it is they themselves and what they identify with themselves that they are guarding and keeping, whereas what they are actually guarding and keeping is their system of reality and what they assume themselves to be.

James Baldwin from The Fire Next Time

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You are invited to participate during worship by speaking aloud the bolded text.
Please stand as you are able whenever an asterisk (*) precedes a heading.


The prelude is an integral part of worship as we open ourselves to the wonder and mystery of God’s presence. Please remain quiet, being sure to silence any electronic devices.

Opening Song

“We’ve Come This Far by Faith” by Albert A. Goodson



The Reverend Dr. Cathy S. Gilliard

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*Christ’s Peace

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

Please remain in your pew and greet one another with non-physical signs of peace.

*Gathering Hymn

United Methodist Hymnal #334 – Sweet, Sweet Spirit

*Call to Worship

Isaiah Fish

O God, let our mouths proclaim your praise.
Let us sing of your glory all of our days.
In you our ancestors trusted, and you delivered them;
In you they trusted, and they were not put to shame.
For you are the rock of our salvation;
We call upon your name and declare your great acts.
Holy are you, O God, and blessed be your name!
To you be the glory for ever and ever. Amen.



“God of Our Weary Years” by Roland Carter

*Opening Hymn

United Methodist Hymnal #117 – O God, Our Help in Ages Past


Prayer of the Day

Nancy Morriseau

Merciful God, we live with great abundance and are blessed beyond measure, yet all too often our lives are empty and without Godly direction. We claim to have a fundamental reverence for you, yet in practice we often disregard you. We seek you because you have sought us; we love you because you have first loved us. We pray to you, not because of our worthiness, but at your invitation. In our worship this day, hear the cries of our hearts, mend the brokenness of our lives, and teach us your patterns of humility and grace, which is your great gift through Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Gospel Lesson

Mark 10:35-45 from The New Revised Standard Version

James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They replied, “We are able.” Then Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.”

When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. So Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Laity Reflections

Carson Cook & Michael Vann

Choral Anthem

Laity Reflections

Jim Crawley & Winnie Taylor

Musical Reflection

Derrick Byars


Giving of Tithes and Offerings

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Offertory Anthem

Offertory Prayer

*Presentation Hymn

United Methodist Hymnal #94
The Doxology

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
praise God all creatures here below;
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Praise God, the source of all our gifts!
Praise Jesus Christ, whose power uplifts!
Praise the Spirit, Holy Spirit!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Words: Thomas Ken, 1674; adapt. by Gilber H. Vieira, 1978  Music: Geistliche Kirchengesange, 1623; harm. by Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1906; Tune: Lasst Uns Erfrueun; From The United Methodist Hymnal, © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House, CCLI License #11377965; Streaming License #20189579

Prayers of the People

Give us good intention. Lord, hear our prayer.

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

Sending Forth

*Closing Hymn

United Methodist Hymnal #593
Here I Am, Lord

I, the Lord of sea and sky, I have heard my people cry.
All who dwell in dark and sin my hand will save.
I who made the stars of night, I will make their darkness bright.
Who will bear my light to them? Whom shall I send?
Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord? I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go, Lord, if you lead me.I will hold your people in my heart.

I, the Lord of snow and rain, I have borne my people’s pain.
I have wept for love of them. They turn away.
I will break their hearts of stone, give them hearts for love alone.
I will speak my word to them. Whom shall I send?
Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord? I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go, Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart.
I, the Lord of wind and flame, I will tend the poor and lame,
I will set a feast for them. My hand will save.
Finest bread I will provide till their hearts be satisfied.
I will give my life to them. Whom shall I send?
Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord? I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go, Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart.

Words & Music: Dan Schutte, 1981 (Isa. 6:8); music adapt. by Carlton R. Young, 1988; Tune: Here I Am, Lord; © 1981, 1983, 1989 Daniel L. Schutte and NALR; from The United Methodist Hymnal, © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House; CCLI License #11377965; Streaming License #20189579


*Choral Benediction

"God Be With You" by Derrick Byars


All scripture quotations used during service and listed in this bulletin are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Prayer of the Day adapted and reprinted by permission of Westminster John Knox Press from Feasting on the Word® Worship Companion, copyright © 2015. 

All service music and hymns reprinted from The United Methodist Hymnal, copyright © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House. Used and reprinted by permission. CCLI License #11377965; Streaming License #20189579