October 3, 2021
In-Person Sunday Morning at 9:30 am
or
Pre-Recorded Worship Service
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Order of Worship
BOLD indicates congregational SPEAKING participation
* stand with your heart or with your posture
GATHERING AS THE BODY OF CHRIST

Prelude
   Help Us Accept Each Other
UMH #560
(In-Person Only)

Welcome and Sharing of Announcements

A Time to Make Connections
(In-Person Only)
Call to Worship

Liturgist: God is calling us today to be a part of the healing ministry for this world.
People: But we aren’t sure we are the ones for this job.
Liturgist: Moses received God’s call and he wasn’t sure either. Peter was so afraid of what was going to happen to Jesus that he tried to prevent Jesus from going to Jerusalem. All of us experience concerns and questions when it comes to following God.
People: It may be difficult, but we will place our trust in God’s guidance.
Liturgist: Come, let us offer our lives in service to God.
People: Let us praise God and serve by helping others in need. AMEN.
Opening Prayer

Lord, we have gathered here today to hear your word for us. We marvel at the witness of Moses who received your call to liberate your people from human predicament. We also struggle with the issues of safety and security that plagued Peter when Jesus set his sights on entering Jerusalem. Be with us this day, guiding our spirits and opening our hearts to hear your forgiveness and call to us. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. AMEN.
 (Ministry Matters™) 


Opening Hymn
"Let us Break Bread Together"
 UMH #618

GREAT PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is truly right and joy to give you thanks and praise, O God, for at creation you filled the Void with light and life, with planets and stars, with seas and mountains, with beasts of field and air and water, with women and men. You called those women and men to heed your voice, and at times they did and at times they did not. So in the fullness of time you came to us in the man Jesus, who called women and men to follow him.

We follow him this day and lift our voices in praise for all your generous and magnificent deeds. And so with all the saints, we sing a song of praise, joining our voices with the residents of Heaven, saying:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed are you, O Creator, and blessed is our Redeemer Jesus Christ, who led us on paths of truth and grace, compassion and justice, hope and peace. Blessed is your Holy Spirit, who hovers among us now, and who comes into this bread and this cup, changing these ordinary things into sacred and holy things, the bread of life and cup of salvation. For all these things, we give you thanks. And now hear us as we are bold to say together the prayer that Jesus taught….

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, for ever and ever. Amen.

(Family share the Bread and Juice) Spirit of the living God UMH 393 (Singing this song while we take the Bread and the Juice) 

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
Almighty and everlasting God, we thank and praise you for feeding us with the life-giving body and blood of your beloved son Jesus Christ. Send your Holy Spirit that, having with our mouth received the holy Sacrament, we may by faith obtain and eternally enjoy your divine grace, the forgiveness of sins, unity with Christ, and everlasting life; through Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.
(Lutheran Service Book)
Message in Music 
“Surely the Presence of the Lord”
 by Lanny Wolfe
Nancy Burns, soloist   
 
ATTENTION TO THE WORD OF GOD

Scripture
Romans 12:9-21
 
9 Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; 10 love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord.[e] 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly;[f] do not claim to be wiser than you are. 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. 18 If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God;[g] for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 No, “if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

James 5:13-18
 
13 Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. 14 Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. 17 Elijah was a human being like us, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. 18 Then he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain and the earth yielded its harvest.
 
Liturgist   The word of God for the people of God.
People    Thanks be to God.  

Message
“Life Together: A Radical Togetherness”
Pastor Seok-Hwan 

WE RESPOND
 
A Time for Reflection
Pastor Seok-Hwan   


*Offertory Prayer

Giving God, we can never match your generosity. When we are in need, you are at our side, present to us even in our darkest moments. You rescue us from harm. Make us into a people who celebrate your goodness, drawing others into the celebration of your many blessings. Receive our offerings, even if they are as small as a drink for someone who thirsts. Transform them into the mystery of your reign here and now on earth, in the name of Jesus, your greatest gift. Amen.
 (Ministry Matters™)
*Closing Hymn
 “One Bread, One Body”
UMH #620

The Blessing and Sending Forth
Go out into the world in peace; have courage, hold on to what is good;
May the lord bless you and keep you
May the lord be kind and gracious to you
May the lord look upon you with favor and give you peace. Amen.
 (Ministry Matters™)        

Postlude
Renew Me, O Eternal Light
Arr. Paul Manz
(In-Person Only)
Online Service

Video: Mark Beatty
Liturgist: Nancy Burns
In Person Services

Liturgist: Nancy Keelan
Usher: Roy Higgins
Technology: Sharon Lipp
Organist: Matt Cron
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