Twenty-first Sunday After Pentecost

Laity Sunday

October 17, 2021

If you do not tell the truth about yourself, you cannot tell it about people.

Virginia Woolf

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



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

There’s a sweet, sweet spirit in this place,
and I know that it’s the Spirit of the Lord;
There are sweet expressions on each face,
and I know they feel the presence of the Lord.

Sweet, Holy Spirit, sweet heavenly Dove,
stay right here with us, filling us with your love;
And for these blessings we lift our hearts in praise
without a doubt we’ll know that we have been revived
when we shall leave this place.

Words & Music: Doris Akers, 1962; Tune: Sweet, Sweet Spirit; © 1962 Manna Music, Inc., from The United Methodist Hymnal, © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House; CCLI License #11377965; Streaming License #20189579 

*Call to Worship

Jennifer Jacob

We gather today to bear witness to the great things that God has done.
How wonderful are your works, O Lord!

The Spirit is upon us, anointing us to share the good news.
Here we are, O Lord. Send us!

God has raised up the righteous and set forth a covenant with us.
O Lord, we will serve you today and forevermore.

Blessed is the one who seeks the Lord!
Blessed is the one who walks in the light of God!



*Opening Hymn

United Methodist Hymnal #430
O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee

O Master, let me walk with thee
in lowly paths of service free;
tell me thy secret; help me bear
the strain of toil, the fret of care.

Help me the slow of heart to move
by some clear, winning word of love;
teach me the wayward feet to stay,
and guide them in the homeward way.

Teach me thy patience; still with thee
in closer, dearer company,
in work that keeps faith sweet and strong,
in trust that triumphs over wrong.

In hope that sends a shining ray
far down the future’s broadening way,
in peace that only thou canst give,
with thee, O Master, let me live.

Words: Washington Gladden, 1879; Music: H. Percy Smith, 1874; Tune: Maryton
From The United Methodist Hymnal, © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House, CCLI License #11377965; Streaming License #2018957


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