October 10, 2021
In-Person Sunday Morning at 9:30 am
or
Pre-Recorded Worship Service
To access, please visit our website at www.umcw.org/sermons
Order of Worship
BOLD indicates congregational SPEAKING participation
* stand with your heart or with your posture
GATHERING AS THE BODY OF CHRIST

Prelude
 "Faith, While Trees Are Still in Bloom"
UMH #508
(In-Person Only)

Welcome and Sharing of Announcements

A Time to Make Connections
(In-Person Only)

*Call to Worship
Liturgist: Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised
People: His holy mountain is the joy of all the earth.
Liturgist: We ponder your steadfast love, O God.
People: Walk among your people, that you may tell the next generation that this is God, our God forever and ever. God will be our guide forever. Help us to seek your guidance as we gather to worship you. (Adapted from Psalm 48 by Austin D. Hill)

*Opening Prayer
Abundant God, you made us in your image and breathed in us a spirit of generosity that is both gift and response. Move us, we pray, to give as we have received--abundantly, generously, and joyfully that our common ministry may ever bear witness to your unfailing grace. In the name of the Three in whom we are One, Amen. 
(The Episcopal Diocese of Washington: https://www.edow.org)

Opening Hymn
"Praise to the Lord, the Almighty"
UMH #139 (vs. 1, 3, & 4)

Joys and Concerns
(in-person only)
Dismiss Children and Youth to Sunday School

Pastoral Prayer and Lord's Prayer

Prayer Response
 “Spirit of the Living God”
UMH # 393

Message in Music
"How Great Thou Art"
Courtney Till Pianist
   by Stuart K. Hine
ATTENTION TO THE WORD OF GOD

Liturgist:
Scripture Readings
Luke 16:1-13

6 Then Jesus[a] said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. 2 So he summoned him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Give me an accounting of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.’ 3 Then the manager said to himself, ‘What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. 4 I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.’ 5 So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 6 He answered, ‘A hundred jugs of olive oil.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.’ 7 Then he asked another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ He replied, ‘A hundred containers of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill and make it eighty.’ 8 And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light. 9 And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth[b] so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes. 10 “Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. 11 If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth,[d] who will entrust to you the true riches? 12 And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own? 13 No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”[e]

Liturgist: The word of God for the people of God.
People: Thanks be to God.

Message
 “Stewardship I: Earn All You Can
 Pastor Seok-Hwan

We Respond

A Time for Reflection
Pastor Seok-Hwan
Offertory Prayer

Almighty God, we thank you for all the gifts You have given us: our lives, our loved ones, all that we have and all that we are. Most of all, we thank You for Jesus, your Son and our Redeemer, who came among us to show us the way to eternal life. Jesus was the perfect steward of your gifts, showing that complete trust in You is necessary, and that giving of self is a most important part of following You. May the offerings of our time, our talents, and our material resources be made in the same spirit of sacrifice that Jesus taught us by His life and death for us. Amen.
(Thomas Merton)
*Closing Hymn
  "Great is Thy Faithfulness" 
UMH #140 (vs. 1&3)

The Blessing and Sending Forth
Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you. 12 And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you. 13 And may he so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.
(I Thessalonians 3:11-13)

Postlude
  "Postlude in D Major"
Healy Willan
(in-person only)
Online Service

Video: Sharon Lipp
Liturgist: Pete Seymour
In-Person Service

Liturgist: Pete Seymour
Usher: Nancy Keelan
Sound Board: Valarie Wilder
Projection: Sharon Lipp
Organist: Matt Cron
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“God calls us to be disciples of Jesus, building community through service and fellowship and sharing the love of Christ with all.”

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