Twenty First Sunday After Pentecost
October 17, 2021 Worship Bulletin

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Gathering for God’s Word




Choral Introit

#2022, “Great is the Lord”  Sing the Faith Hymnal


Great is the Lord
He is holy and just
By His power we trust
In his love
Great is the Lord
He is faithful and true
By his mercy he proves
He is love

Great is the Lord
And worthy of glory
Great is the Lord
And worthy of praise
Great is the Lord
Now lift up your voice
Now lift up your voice
Great is the Lord
Great is the Lord

Great are You, Lord
And worthy of glory
Great are You, Lord
And worthy of praise
Great are You, Lord
I lift up my voice
I lift up my voice
Great are You, Lord
Great are You, Lord

Welcome & Announcements


Time of Silence & Ringing of the Bell


Call to Worship

[based on Psalm 91:2; Romans 10:9, 13]

Leader: Let us worship God.
People: “He is our refuge and our fortress, our God, in whom we trust.”
Leader: Let us confess with our mouths, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in our hearts that God raised him from the dead. 

People: “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Leader: Let us call upon our true God this day, believing him in our hearts, confessing him with our mouths, and worshiping him in spirit and in truth.

Preparing for God's Word

Hymn of Adoration

#265, "Jesus Shall Reign Wher'er the Sun

Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
Does its successive journeys run;
His Kingdom stretch from shore to shore,
Till moons shall wax and wane no more.

To Him shall endless prayer be made.
And praises throng to crown His head,
His name like sweet perfume shall rise
With every morning sacrifice.

People and realms of every tongue
Dwell on His love with sweetest song;
And infant voices shall proclaim
Their early blessings on His name.

Blessings abound where’er He reigns:
The prisoners leap to lose their chains,
The weary find eternal rest,
And all who suffer want are blest.

Let every creature rise and bring
Honors peculiar to our King;
Angels descend with songs again,
And earth repeat the loud Amen!


Prayer of Confession

[time of personal silent confession]

All: Righteous Father, as those who often own more than we use, proclaim more than we experience, and request more than we need, we come asking your forgiveness this day. Too often we seek your salvation, then act like we save ourselves. We beg your forgiveness, then repeat our errors. We experience your grace, then act defeated. We rely on your power, but only in difficult times. We have become confused and misguided. Forgive our every defection. Bring us to an unbroken commitment and a steady trust, through Jesus Christ, who is the way of hope, the truth of God, and the life of love, now and always. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon

[based on Romans 5:8-9]

Leader: Hear the Good News. God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

People: Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 

Leader: Praise God.

Hearing God's Word

Children's Message

Ages 12 and under gather up front as congregation sings “Jesus Loves Me.” After the Children's Message, the children may return to sit with their families.

Hymn of Preparation

#649, "Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound"

Amazing grace, How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now I am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved.
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed!

Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come,
'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

When we've been there ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun,
We've no less days to sing God's praise
Than when we've first begun.

Prayer of Illumination

New Testament Reading: Hebrews 5:1-10

1 Every high priest is selected from among men and is appointed to represent them in matters related to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.  2 He is able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray, since he himself is subject to weakness.  3 This is why he has to offer sacrifices for his own sins, as well as for the sins of the people. 

4   No one takes this honor upon himself; he must be called by God, just as Aaron was.  5 So Christ also did not take upon himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But God said to him, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father.”  6 And he says in another place, “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” 

7   During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.  8 Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered 9 and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him 10 and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek. 


“Jesus is Greater... Close but No Cigar”


Responding to God’s Word

Affirmation of Faith

[from Philippians 2:5-11]

Leader: What do we believe about Jesus?

All: Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess to the glory of God: Jesus Christ is Lord!

Hymn of Response

#518, "Lamb of God"

Your only Son, no sin to hide,
But you have sent Him from Your side
To walk upon this guilty sod
And to become the Lamb of God

Oh Lamb of God, sweet Lamb of God,
I love the holy Lamb of God.
O wash me in His precious blood.
My Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God.

Your gift of love, we crucified.
We laughed and scorned Him as He died.
The humble King we named a fraud
And sacrificed the Lamb of God.

I was so lost I should have died
But You have brought me to Your side
To be led by Your staff and rod
And to be called a child of God.

Prayers of the People

Leader: The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you.

Leader: Lift up your hearts.

People: We lift them up to the Lord.

Leader: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People: It is right for us to give thanks and praise.


[various prayers]

Leader: God of grace and mercy.

People: Hear our prayer.

The Lord's Prayer

All: 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. 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.

Choral Anthem

"Surely the Presence of the Lord is in this Place"

Lisa Lawson


Benediction Response

[Hymn originally from Argentina]

#595, "Holy, Holy, Holy

Holy, holy, holy

My heart, my heart adores you!

My heart knows how to say to You

You are holy, Lord!