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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

For those you are attending in person, we ask that you remain masked for the duration of the service.
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.

Prelude

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

Entrance

Welcome

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.

Processional

*Introit

“God of Our Weary Years” by Roland Carter

*Opening Hymn

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

Proclamation

Prayer of the Day

Isaiah Fish

O Lord, you are loving, merciful, and just. You journey with those who wander and comfort those who are burdened with grief. Grant us the faith this day to believe that you will provide a future where we cannot see a way forward, that any bitterness may turn to joy and barrenness may bear life. Through Christ we pray in the power of your Spirit. Amen.

Musical Reflection

Derrick Byars

Response

Giving of Tithes and Offerings

We invite you to give online at paumcnyc.org/give. If you wish to give by cash or check, you may place your offering in the box at the back of the sanctuary as you depart.

Offertory Anthem

 “Pass It On” by Kurt Kaiser

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 #292
What Wondrous Love is This

What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul,
what wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this
that caused the Lord of bliss
to bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul,
to bear the dreadful curse for my soul.

What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul,
what wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this, that caused the Lord of life
to lay aside his crown for my soul, for my soul,
to lay aside his crown for my soul.

To God and to the Lamb I will sing, I will sing,
to God and to the Lamb, I will sing;
to God and to the Lamb who is the great I AM,
while millions join the theme I will sing, I will sing;
while millions join the theme I will sing.

And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on,
and when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on;
and when from death I’m free, I’ll sing and joyful be,
and through eternity I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on,
and through eternity I’ll sing on.

Words: USA folk hymn; Music: USA folk hymn, harm. by Paul Ja. Christiansen, 1955; Tune: Wondrous Love | Harm. © 1955, renewed 1983 Augsburg Publishing House, from The United Methodist Hymnal, © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House; CCLI License #11377965; Streaming License #20189579

*Benediction

*Choral Benediction

"God Be With You" by Derrick Byars

Acknowledgements

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. Call to Worship reprinted by permission of Westminster John Knox Press from Feasting on the Word® Worship Companion, copyright © 2015. All service music and hymns from The United Methodist Hymnal, copyright © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House; Reprinted by permission. CCLI License #11377965; Streaming License #20189579