Sunday, October 24, 2021
St. James Presbyterian Church
Order of Service

PRELUDE                                                            Luke Arnold


WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS                             Sarah Condreay


*CALL TO WORSHIP                                      Sarah Condreay, Lector

Come, you who are weary.

Lay down your burdens, for God can carry them.

Come, you who are joyful.

Join in God’s praise with the choir of the saints.

Come, you who are doubting.

Behold the one who brings sight to the blind.


*HYMN OF PRAISE       “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” – GTG #465


CALL TO CONFESSION


PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on us.

Heal us of our blindness, O Lord,

    for it is a blindness we have chosen.

We close our eyes when faced with suffering of the world,

    turn our gaze away from the needs of our neighbors,

    and blur our faces in the mirror,

    lest we recognize your image.

Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on us.

Heal us of our blindness,

    and open our eyes to the beauty of your grace.


ASSURANCE OF GOD’S GRACE


STEWARDSHIP HIGHLIGHT – INTERFAITH COALITION & MISSIONS


*THE PEACE

The peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

And also with you.



                     WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD


PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION

First Scripture Reading

Psalm 126NRSV

Sermon Scripture Reading

Hebrews 7:23-28NRSV

SERMON             “Christ Welcomes All”         Rev. Deanna Wildermuth


*HYMN OF RESPONSE         “Open the Eyes of My Heart” – GTG #452



            WE RESPOND TO GOD’S INVITATION TO DISCIPLESHIP


JOYS & CONCERNS


PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION


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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.


INVITATION TO THE OFFERING


OFFERTORY


*DOXOLOGY                “For the Life That You Have Given” – GTG #717

For the life that you have given, for the love in Christ made known, With these fruits of time and labor, with these gifts that are your own; Here we offer, Lord, our praises; heart and mind and strength we bring; Give us grace to love and serve you,

Living what we pray and sing. 


*PRAYER OF DEDICATION


*HYMN OF COMMITMENT                  “Be Thou My Vision” – GTG #450



           WE GO INTO THE WORLD AS GOD’S AMBASSADORS


*BLESSING & CHARGE


POSTLUDE

Announcements

GODLY PLAY: The 10 Best Ways

In this story we continue to witness God’s elusive presence with God’s People on 3 occasions at Mt. Sinai: First in the burning bush when God revealed to Moses the name of God. Second, when God gave the Ten Commandments to the people through Moses. Third, when, after breaking the tablet in anger, Moses climbed up to Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments a second time.


The Godly Play room will open at 10:15am for songs and memory verse time, with the lesson starting at 10:35am. Students will be brought back to the service for the last hymn.


LECTIONARY TEXTS

For anyone wishing to study the lectionary texts, this week, 

October 24th, the Lectionary texts are:         

Psalm 126 (worship)

Hebrews 7:23-28 (preaching)                          

Psalm 34:1-8                                    

Job 42:1-6, 10-17

Jeremiah 31:7-9         

Mark 10:46-52


BOOK DISCUSSION  Join us Sunday mornings beginning on September 26th at 9:00 am on Zoom for a book discussion led by Jennie McLaurin on her new book Designed to Heal. Let Seth or Tracy know if you need a copy of the book.


ST. JAMES BOOK CLUB  is currently reading “Unsheltered” by Barbara Kingsolver. “Unsheltered” is the compulsively readable story of two families, in two centuries, who live at the corner of Sixth and Plum in Vineland, New Jersey, navigating what seems to be the end of the world as they know it. With history as their tantalizing canvas, these characters paint a startlingly relevant portrait of life in precarious times when the foundations of the past have failed to prepare us for the future. 

We will be meeting Monday, November 15th at 7:00pm. 

Email tracy@saintjamespres.org for the Zoom link. 

Books are available in the church office.

   


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PASTOR SETH AWAY Next week, Pastor Seth will be away for an intensive retreat with his Doctor of Ministry cohort. Please welcome Interfaith Coalition Executive Director, Deanna Wildermuth, who will be preaching and sharing about our important relationship with Interfaith, on 10/24 as a part of our highlights for the 2022 Stewardship Campaign. If you have a pastoral emergency, please contact your church deacon or the office (360-733-1325). Pastor’s Doug Bunnell, Kerrie Bauer, and Greg Ellis are all available for support while Seth is away. 

Zoom Stream Info

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